I've noticed there have been posts lately regarding gear, passing on the knowledge of the "old guys before they kick off" (was that how you put it Max?), advice on buying a particular guitar, the benefits of having info on one thread, etc. When I first came on Mudcat I searched the forum a lot to get a feel for "who's who" at Mudcat. I noticed that gear came up a lot, but spread all over the place on lots of threads. Also, since many of us have been playing 30 years or more, we've acquired a good bit of info/knowledge/opinions regarding guitars as well as songs, a kind of natural phenomenom. So.............
The intent here is to let the thread run for awhile and then change to a different brand. You can always go back and add. The "biggies" like Martin will be alone and we can do combinations on smaller companies (Lowden,Larrivee,Lakewood). This would make the info easy to find in the forum by subject, which it sure isn't now.
Starting off with Martin seemed logical as they are widely used and would attract more attention to the thread. I've never had much luck (or maybe I've had bad luck) with Martin because 3 out of 4 times they've been stolen within a year. This wouldn't have been so bad except that they stole my others as well resulting in a net loss of 14 guitars!!!
Talk about your experience, opinions, friends,Corp. other lines(like Sigma), whatever. Might make a nice, easy to find reference...and YOU KNOW it will result in lots of differing opinions...but like I told someone the other day, that's the beauty of Mudcat!!!