# you Do the maths

How many guitars does one player need? It’s the eternal question. My brother, who is a maths teacher, says that the answer can be expressed by the formula n+1, where n is the number of guitars you have at present. His wife, also a maths teacher, offers the alternative formula d-1, where d is divorce. Ouch. But applying logic to a subject usually noted for its absence, this must mean that d-1 = n+1, and it follows that d = n+2. So we won’t arrive at d for divorce if we buy our guitars one at a time! Which is just as well, as I now have my eyes on a lovely Telecaster Thinline, to be followed, perhaps, by something in Fiesta Red… Michael Bruce, via email Michael, we applaud your scholarship – we were never that good at maths, so we’ll offer an even simpler formula to avoid angering your partner with off-piste guitar purchases: ‘one in one out’. In other words, sell one to get another. Keeping your guitars within a closed economic loop in which trading in (and hopefully up) is the means to keep experiencing new guitars does seem to work in preventing the odd domestic contretemps at home. But can you stick to that rule? We’ve struggled over the years, we’ll admit. Anyway, we’re sending you our Star Letter prize of a Korg Pitchblack tuner absolutely free – so they can’t touch you for it!