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  1. I know there's nothing I can do to help you, but I sincerely wish I could. This world is hard to understand, let alone accept. For whatever it's worth, I'm thinking of you, and... well, I'm thinking of you.
  2. Not true. I showed what I thought was respect for others here and didn't bore them with entry-level stuff. I looked around lots of places to find my answers, and I lurked here til most of them were answered. The ones I couldn't figure out, well after I while I finally asked. Granted, I'd been playing for 8 years or so before I joined here, but for example, I never knew that a saddle could affect your tone. But an amazing thing happens when you sit back and read/listen. You learn stuff. Knowledge finds you. There was never any reason for me to ask - all I had to do was read what a lot of you all were saying, then start Googling. As a matter of fact, the way I learned about saddles other than standard plastic, was reading Karen's signature and wondering, "what is a Bob Colosi?" 20 seconds later, I'm on his site and learning a whole bunch. Very true. And that's why there should be a dedicated board for just that. :) Anyway, sorry for the novels, all. Have fun.
  3. I'm not suggesting an end to asking questions. That's the whole point of a forum, and I'm perfectly aware of that. I'm just saying it makes no sense to answer the same basic questions over and over again. There's a better way to handle that, get new members up to speed, and discuss better things than which kind of strings work for a Songwriter (answer is always the same: whichever ones you like best!). I believe the way this forum has skewed toward inexperienced players and tangential ephemera drives away the very people I want to hear from. This place is pretty funny. All you have to do to be liked and encouraged is go along with everyone else and say only nice things. The mood here seems to be, "oh do whatever you want. Say nice things to others and everything will be fine." Critiques or ideas that don't fit into this attitude are dismissed. In other words, go along with the herd or be ignored. And before anyone says, "if you don't like it, you can go elsewhere," I already have. That's been the point of my two long-ish posts here. I've spent less and less time reading posts here over the last 6 months or so, because there is very little to read about. This thread was serendipitous, as the last few days I've been thinking about just deleting my bookmark. But before that, I thought I would at least show respect for the forum I once enjoyed and its members, and put into words my thoughts - even knowing it is a pointless attempt to influence a change for the positive. I wish you all many years enjoying the comforts of discussions of bridge pin transformations, tone-rites, dating guitars from one-line descriptions, trying to read someone's mind for the clues as to which strings are perfect for them, explaining why Norlins aren't worth $5000, and so on and so forth. I can only imagine it's some sort of comfort food for certain folks. I will, however, miss hearing folks' experiences with their guitars, tales of their performances, and the general wealth of knowledge I once found here.
  4. I guess the reason I've lost interest in the Gibson Acoustic forum (not that anyone has asked or particularly cares) is it's become something of a regular stream of the same questions over and over, from "what is my XXX worth?" to "what kind of strings should I use?", etc. This is great for Gibson, as I see a lot of first-timers here, but frankly, it's not very engaging for someone who's been here more than a few months. In my opinion, it's become a place for Gibson newbies to ask questions. Again - great for GIbson and great from newbies, not great for others. And I think that's reflected in the postings - if you do an informal scan, you don't see a lot of the veterans posting as much. I suppose after being in this racket for 10 or 20 years, you probably don't feel much like typing your 51st response to, "where should I put my strap button," or "will bone pins make my guitar sound better?" And so, I feel like a lot of the wisdom and authority has slowly drained form the forum. And that's a shame. Add to that a lot of non-guitar content and random performance clips, and there's just not a lot of interesting stuff. I've been criticised in the past for suggesting people Google for an answer or search the archives here before raising an old question. I can't make that a law, so I'm not sure why my ideas rub others so wrong, but I stand by them. I think the state of the forum now shows what happens when some common courtesy on the part of knowledge-seeker isn't applied. Honestly, I don't find much here any more but links I could find on my own, and a rehash of the "Gibson Acoustic Forums Top Ten Questions." I don't have the power to change this place, and that's fine. Social evolution should be natural, even if some don't like it. But me, I've been spending more time on other sites where I actually learn stuff, where I'm introduced to new things, and where some really knowledgeable folks hang out. So... yeah. I'm sure you are all very sad at my loss of interest. What's that you say? How would I "fix" things around here? Well, thanks for asking, friends. I think it'd be pretty simple, really. Just add a couple sticky bulletins that answer those top questions that get beat to death (i.e. bone pins, how to date your J-45, etc.). Then when the topic inevitably comes up - point the fella there. Pretty simple. Also, create a new board for posting YouTube/other performance links. And lastly, if it doesn't have guitar content, move it to the lounge. I don't think those three ideas are too crazy, but hey.... what do I know?
  5. Agreed. I wish all that stuff was posted elsewhere. For that matter - and I can't believe I'm about to type this - I wish there were tighter moderation here. It's just kind of a free-for-all, and I don't care for the way this board has evolved.
  6. I can't believe I'm the first one to mention Taylor. I need to spend more time with better Guilds. I wish there was a dealer near me. I'll never understand the allure of Martins. They just don't do anything for me.
  7. You should certainly keep experimenting with strings, but IMHO, they are one of the least important factors affecting tone. I'd suggest looking at different types of picks (assuming you're a flatpicker/strummer). You might be surprised.
  8. Well, I was trying not to be a jerk and point it out, but since you asked - some parts of this question sounded like a joke. I thought I was being a decent guy and assuming good intent by answering a question that had been overlooked to that point. I know others disagree with me here, but when your knowledge is at an early level (as the OP stated), I think it's a good idea to spend a little time (a little, I'm not talking about hours) doing some research on the internet before asking really broad, general questions on this or any other forum. It saves everyone's time and it also equips the "asker" with a bit more of the history and vocabulary necessary to get solid advice from the (hopefully) good answers. In other words, we can "speak the same language." Does that sound unreasonable to you, Ponty?
  9. Just someone looking for attention by hopping on the bandwagon of whatever is the most recent technology. Same thing happened in the 80s when synths became ubiquitous, and the 90s when sampling became easy. Always someone looking for attention. It's easier to do something like this than learn to play well.
  10. JJ, I'm going to assume your post is in good faith. I would start with trading the plastic saddle for a Colosi bone saddle (Google it). As far as tuners go, I wouldn't be held to anything "period specific." Just get the best tuners you can (Waverlies, Gotohs, etc.). As far as "tulip button" and "double ring," I'm again going to assume your intent is genuine, and respectfully suggest you spend ten minutes with Google.com.
  11. Yes, and yes. There are (as with any thing in life and gear) many variables, but the general rule is, the more boxes, the less natural tone. Some pedals are better than others, and the order can make a huge difference, as well as the quality of patch cables (cable quality becomes a bigger deal when you have 8 of them in line). You will definitely lose some tone, but it may be barely perceivable. You'll have to determine for yourself if the tradeoff is worth it.
  12. This kind of thing can be hard to pull off, but the rewards are huge if done well. One of our local solo acoustic singer/guitarists does a great version of "Bad Romance," by Lady GaGa. I'd never heard the original, but I was really enjoying the song. I asked a friend what it was and they looked at me like I was from Mars for not knowing.
  13. I'm of two minds on this. One, I think it's a strong setlist that folks of a certain demographic will enjoy. As far as the order, I would stick with an artist for a couple songs then go to another. For example, two Beatles, two Elvis, two Dylan, back to two Beatles - rather than go all over the map. I think it gives people a chance to settle into a style/artist. But also try to avoid doing back-to-back-to-back songs in the same key. Two in a row is OK, but try to avoid three or more. My second mind tends to agree with Zombywolf in that this is a very familiar setlist that isn't very challenging to an audience, and could easily become wallpaper. Wallpaper is OK for some; but it just depends on if you want to challenge/engage your audience. One of the coolest - and most difficult - things to do is to grab someone with a song they've never heard before By nature, we tend to dismiss the unfamiliar. If you can really interest someone in a new song because it's just that great and you've performed it so well - that's a great thing. Me, I've gone the second route, but upon reflection, my setlist is probably too eclectic. But we'll find out. It's a lot easier to get booked if you tell the booker you do mostly Beatles and James Taylor and Bob Dylan, because everyone knows that stuff and it won't scare off an audience. But will it have any staying power? Best of luck
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