Sir Paul McCartney once said in an interview that he’s got “a large collection” of guitars. Two years ago, legendary musician Eric Clapton auctioned off 70 guitars from his massive collection to generate funds for a worthy cause. Former lead guitarist of Guns N’ Roses, Slash (aka Saul Hudson) lists “more than a hundred” guitars in his personal collection. Singer-songwriter-musician John Mayer reportedly has approximately 200 guitars in his collection. And — would you believe? — even actor Richard Gere had a very impressive and extensive guitar collection until he auctioned off about a hundred of them in support of humanitarian causes.
I personally know someone who is just as passionate about guitars as those I’ve mentioned, even though he is not a musician (at least, Richard Gere used to play in a band). He’s my husband Caloy — a lawyer, a teacher and an author. He’s always been interested in guitars even as a young boy, but it was only in the early 1990s — when he was already established as a lawyer — when he started collecting guitars. To date, he has about 120 guitars, give or take a few. He has given out guitars to family members and friends who have shown interest in learning how to play the instrument.
I don’t know the first thing about guitars. I have given my husband only one guitar as a gift but I can’t even remember which one (I’m very sure that it’s blue though). These are a few of my favorites from Caloy’s precious collection:
Our love for the Beatles is just one of the things we share in common and the reason we hit it off right away. So naturally, when I saw this guitar being sold in Harrison Plaza, I asked Caloy to buy it —
It’s pretty cool to share the same roof with over a hundred guitars. I really love having them around the house, even if I don’t know how to play one or how to replace the strings. It’s just that, one of the very first things that attracted me to my husband was his being passionate. When he wants something, he goes after it passionately. Keeping a collection such as this is just proof of his passion, and I love him for that.