Why we own multiple guitars

I’ll try to answer this question by putting my current music life under the spotlight. Here is a list of my recent bands, and how good my alternative basses match them.

Scores

BandStyleP with flatsP with nickelsJ with steels
AfrotoliaAcoustic123
Cenk SoyakPower Trio123
Istanbul Funk UnitFunk123
Jozi LeviLatin/Jazz321
MinzenAmbient123
Özge EstekinSoul/Jazz321
PinyataPop/Rock321
TushePop/Rock321

Let’s summarize the scores.

SubjectP with flatsP with nickelsJ with steels
Overall score161616
Primary count44
Secondary count080

Evaluation

As you see, the total scores are equal. It could seem like I could get by with any of those basses. However; that’s not the case at all.

P with rounds is not the primary choice for any band. However, it is the second best on all bands. Therefore; it can be evaluated as “Jack of all trades, master of none”. It will work OK in all situations, but not necessarily satisfactorily.

P with flats is the primary choice for a set of 4 bands, and secondary choice for none. J is the primary choice for another set of 4 bands, and secondary choice for none. Therefore; either bass will work great on some gigs and inadequate on others.

Verdict

I could have “only” a P bass with rounds, and fulfill my role as a bassist – but not ideally. Having “only” a P with flats or a J would be perfect for some of my gigs, but jeopardize the rest.

Since I definitely need a “joker” backup bass as well; the best choice is to own all of the aforementioned basses simultaneously. I use the J on some, P with flats on others; and the P with rounds as a backup / stunt / lease / occasional instrument.

Although most people play other instruments or other styles of music, their need for multiple guitars could probably be justified likewise.

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