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Do guitars have feelings?

Sandy Mc Lean 05 Dec 11 - 09:57 PM
Bert 05 Dec 11 - 10:17 PM
GUEST,Wesley S 05 Dec 11 - 10:21 PM
GUEST,BigDaddy 06 Dec 11 - 04:14 AM
Waddon Pete 06 Dec 11 - 04:37 AM
GUEST 06 Dec 11 - 04:42 AM
Will Fly 06 Dec 11 - 05:26 AM
banjoman 06 Dec 11 - 06:32 AM
GUEST,colin holt 06 Dec 11 - 06:48 AM
Amos 06 Dec 11 - 09:30 AM
Little Hawk 07 Dec 11 - 01:40 AM
Doug Chadwick 07 Dec 11 - 02:27 AM
VirginiaTam 07 Dec 11 - 03:12 AM
Big Al Whittle 07 Dec 11 - 08:40 AM
Brian Peters 07 Dec 11 - 10:09 AM
GUEST,Suibhne Astray 08 Mar 12 - 05:36 AM
Acorn4 08 Mar 12 - 11:09 AM
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Subject: Do guitars have feelings?
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 05 Dec 11 - 09:57 PM

I recently bought a "Chinese" Great Divide which I have been playing for the past week. My Yamaha FG-512, my Eko J-54, and my BC Rich BW-4000 hang on the wall unplayed. The BC Rich also suffered the indignity of having me removing my favourite strap and attaching it to the new upstart. My Washburn electric and a couple of banjos also share my neglect. I feel especially sorry for the BC Rich which has been my main axe for about twenty or so years. This comming weekend I expect to play in four different places and intend to use the new intruder. I feel as guilty as a philandering husband but the excitement of a new conquest drives my ego. Does anyone share my guilt? :-}


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Subject: RE: Do guitars have feelings?
From: Bert
Date: 05 Dec 11 - 10:17 PM

Of course they do.

I have this Jumbo and she keeps asking me

"Does my butt look fat?"


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Subject: RE: Do guitars have feelings?
From: GUEST,Wesley S
Date: 05 Dec 11 - 10:21 PM

Why am I reminded of polygamy right now? Your other wives are feeling neglected - that's all. Share the love.


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Subject: RE: Do guitars have feelings?
From: GUEST,BigDaddy
Date: 06 Dec 11 - 04:14 AM

Yes. They feel sad when they are not being played. And this is reflected in how they sound after a period of neglect. It's hard to keep them all happy when you have more than two or three. Unless you play them equally. It's the bane of instrument collectors. It's hard to keep them all happy. And a good argument for letting them go if you aren't giving them them what they need.


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Subject: RE: Do guitars have feelings?
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 06 Dec 11 - 04:37 AM

I have always had a sneaky feeling that any wooden instrument has feelings. They are made from wood that was once alive, after all. Certainly they 'learn' how you play so it is often difficult when you try or buy a 2nd hand guitar to get it out of its old habits! However, I find that if I have the other guitars in the same room when I am playing one of the others, the sound resonates with all of them and that seems to keep them happy. I know when I have offended one because it just won't stay in tune!

....but using the BC Rich's strap on a newbie....oh dear! There'll be trouble!

Best wishes,

Peter


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Subject: RE: Do guitars have feelings?
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Dec 11 - 04:42 AM

My ex is a fiddler and he said that Guitars and indeed any wooden musical instruments respond to being played and that the wood "comes alive"

I have a few poor neglected ones and a lovely parlour guitar i promised to pay attention to...guilt, guilt ,guilt....arghhh


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Subject: RE: Do guitars have feelings?
From: Will Fly
Date: 06 Dec 11 - 05:26 AM

I've a few acquaintances who collect guitars like some people collect stamps, and I think, "What's the point of having instruments that you can't possibly play regularly?" Of course I know that they collect them for the joy of ownership or as an investment or because they have the collecting fever, but what a shame that these lovely things stand idle.

I have 3 steel-strung acoustic guitars, 1 tenor guitar, 1 mandolin and 1 violin. All of these have been bought for a particular reason and all of them are played regularly. With the violin in particular, the instrument sings the longer it's played.

So, Sandy - give your other loves a little hug from time to time. :-)


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Subject: RE: Do guitars have feelings?
From: banjoman
Date: 06 Dec 11 - 06:32 AM

Of course they do. My guitars and banjos seem to sound better than ever after they have been "Neglected" for a few weeks. I think its a response to them realising that they are still loved.


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Subject: RE: Do guitars have feelings?
From: GUEST,colin holt
Date: 06 Dec 11 - 06:48 AM

Definately ......I've got a couple that are just too highly strung.......(sorry) !!!


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Subject: RE: Do guitars have feelings?
From: Amos
Date: 06 Dec 11 - 09:30 AM

My D-35 suffers patiently as I explore the intricate beauty of my new Apollo. She understands that she owns a deeper claim, that she will never be cast off; but regardless, she still sniffs haughtily when the young thing comes back all full of excitement about the bluegrass we made.


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Subject: RE: Do guitars have feelings?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 07 Dec 11 - 01:40 AM

Guitars definitely have feelings. And I'll go beyond that and say that they have living souls. They do respond to love, they respond to respect, and they love being played well, taken good care of, and being appreciated for what they give.


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Subject: RE: Do guitars have feelings?
From: Doug Chadwick
Date: 07 Dec 11 - 02:27 AM

No


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Subject: RE: Do guitars have feelings?
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 07 Dec 11 - 03:12 AM

Perfect thread to plug my friend Sally Ironmonger and her band.

Catalogue Guitar Tango


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Subject: RE: Do guitars have feelings?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 07 Dec 11 - 08:40 AM

Yes its funny how some men seem able to find the G spot just like that, whilst with the rest of us - well its just self gratification all the way really.

I think length of fingers might be a factor.


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Subject: RE: Do guitars have feelings?
From: Brian Peters
Date: 07 Dec 11 - 10:09 AM

Some of them gently weep, I believe.


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Subject: RE: Do guitars have feelings?
From: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
Date: 08 Mar 12 - 05:36 AM

Do guitars have feelings? Well, after nigh on 4 decades of folkin', all I can say is, God, I hope not...


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Subject: RE: Do guitars have feelings?
From: Acorn4
Date: 08 Mar 12 - 11:09 AM

Do I detect a hint of the Jeremy Clarkson attitude to guitars on here?


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