Naming your guitar

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Naming your guitar

I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to name all of my guitars. After spending so much time with them it just doesn’t feel right not to call them by a first name. I do it so much that now Evita will refer to my guitars by their names rather than by any other factor. I know of some famous guitarists that named their guitars. B.B. King comes to mind. All of his guitars are name Lucille I believe. Personally I prefer to take into account where the guitar came from and the character of its looks and sounds.

Naming your guitar

Laura

So, here are my instruments:

Valentina (an Italian classical guitar from Napoli – incidentally she is for sale right now…)

Laura (my Australian lattice braced Sheridan guitar – this is the one you have seen in the videos)

Amelia (my beat up classical that I had as a student)

Missy (the latest member of the family, a chocolate brown mahogany steel string)

Little B (my mandolin)

And, well actually I do have an electric without a name. She was from my teenage years when I had long hair and dreams of playing too fast. I will have to think about that one…

 

What are some of your guitar’s names? Tell us in the comments below.

-Simon

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  1. Peter Lauzier August 23, 2014 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    I have never given much thought to naming my guitars but I think I will.My Recardo Sanchis classical that I bought in 2002 I will name Molly and my new guitar being finished by luthier, Thomas Knatt of Groton,Ma.,I will name Maggie. Both were cats i adored and miss terribly. Recently Maggie died at the age of twenty. When she died, four weeks ago,today, a part of me died with here. Naming the guitars for them will give added meaning to my memories of my two beloved felines.Peter

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      Simon August 23, 2014 at 7:05 pm - Reply

      Nice one Peter! I fine way to remember your loved ones.

  2. Simon Deppeler August 24, 2014 at 8:48 am - Reply

    Many years ago I bought my Khono which I still have. I called her Yoko. Get it? Put them together!

  3. Rian August 24, 2014 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    A friend lent me a Kasha/Schneider guitar. Richard Schneider, luthier, also named all his guitars female names and included a feminine scarf with each. Personally, I have always cringed at calling guitars “she” and giving them female names. I feel that instruments reflect the highest qualities of both masculine and feminine, just as music does. A guitar can be a King as well as a Queen, so I feel assigning gender is ultimately quite limiting. I have respect for those who choose to feminize their guitars, as well as their boats, but I have experienced so much masculinity from guitars and boats that it’s impossible for me (I have about 12 guitars and 4 kayaks)

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      Simon August 26, 2014 at 1:15 am - Reply

      First of all, that is amazing that you have 12 guitars! Awesome :)
      I have to admit that I haven’t thought about the gender bias, which is absolutely there. I guess I have just been swept away by other people’s tendencies over the years. I agree with you about masculine and feminine tendencies and I for one will not be assuming a “she” for next time.

      Thanks, Rian.

      • Rian August 27, 2014 at 9:19 pm - Reply

        My 12 guitars cover a wide range: classical, steel string, electric, synth access (Godin nylon) and an 18th century German parlor guitar. I got a Hirade which seemed like a younger brother to my 1975 Kohno, and the masculine idea really set in. I just got a 1995 Richard Howell that is just superb, but no names yet. Funny thing is that neither my wife or & call each other by our given name, it’s always terms of endearment. I guess I feel the same about my instruments.

  4. Francois Victor August 25, 2014 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    Hi Simon,

    My classical guitar name is sweet angel.Because she make me happy all time.On the 31st August 2014 this coming Sunday 3pm I will be having a classical guitar recital in a chapel together with my students.
    regards Francois.

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      Simon August 26, 2014 at 1:15 am - Reply

      Nice! Have a great recital with your students. What a fantastic thing to do.

  5. Andrew September 3, 2014 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    I will now have to give some thought to naming my guitar having read your blog.

    My guitar hasn’t been named but did have a poem written about it on its first day.

    That was the day I’d bought it and promptly badly damaged it within an hour of getting it home.. it was upsetting to say the least so a dear friend of mine wrote the following ditty

    Hollow wooden virgin – with strings attached
    Picked up,played with and paid for..
    We fell in love…….
    ….Then he f*****d me

    The guitar, a ‘Manuel Rodriguez’ was repaired rather crudely by another friend and still lives on…and in my eyes despite the scars is as beautiful as ever and ‘she’ still performs beautifully

  6. Gary Snowbeck September 6, 2014 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    I named my guitar “Galatea” after the statue Pygmalion carved, fell in love with, and that then came to life. Like him, I lovingly bring her to life, and she sings to me her deepest secrets.

  7. Cantible September 11, 2014 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    My classical’s called Rain, short for Desert Rain. My Fender acoustic’s called Count Bassy . . . Cause the last two strings sound like they have a tactile transducer attached . . . lol

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    Joannes May 4, 2017 at 10:43 am - Reply

    my Guitar is called ” Merula” after the Bird, she needs to sing with the most beautiful voice I can give her

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