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Are Gibson acoustics any good for 'funk' rhythms ?


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Im back from vacation, got off the plane and carted away straight to a gig, how very rock n roll.


Anyway, have a full day before back to work tomorrow and now rehearsing some of the material i was reading while on vacation from a guitar book that i hugely recommend for any beginner or intermediate player called 'Intermediate Acoustic Guitar' by Greg Horne, covers all styles, very practical.


Anyway im going through the 'funk' rhythms right now, which im really enjoying as its really something new for me.


Have got a few cool rhythm patterns down and trying it with different guitars and have noticed that my country western just sounds horrid with funk riffs, as if its looking at me asking 'what are you doin' - im called country western for a reason'.


The SWD handles it much better but my Furch OM just loves it, never had so much fun with it.


So the question is .... do you play some funk rhythm and how do you think it works on your Gibson ? I have to say i dont know any funk styled players ever use Gibsons, seems Taylor is the brand of choice here ..


What are you thougths, and yes, i guess the obvious answer is its mainly in the player and the playing, but generally speaking are Gibbys good choice for funky rhythm and style ?



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Well, you don't see that many funk kind of players on Gibsons. The modern guys like Jack Johnson, John Butler, that add chucking into their music play Cole Clarks. But you're right, it's the player. I think the best would be as shallow a body as possible, or maybe even a solid body like the chet atkins sst.

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It seems to me to make sense someone may find an OM style more suited, but I could see anything being suited.


It also occurs to me there are many acoustics that sound good all the way up the neck, and there are many that primarily sound good only near the nut.

i don't find this is mostly a Gibson thing, but many martins share this as well. I have noticed that there are quite a few that prefer guitars like this and only use then for playing that sounds good around the nut, so you get a lot of guitars that are loved and played but have really diminished tone qualities toward the middle of the neck. For flatpickers this makes perfect sense.


So, perhaps that is the case with one of your guitars. And when it comes to funk, it could very well be that you require a different guitar for that. For me, I would think I would prefer a bright sounding gibson dread-type that had good tone all the way up the neck for getting funky, but then I could see another not liking that guitar as much for what they use it for.


But depending on what one's definition of "funk" is, and what be "funky" heck that could be all over the place.

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Actualy the CW is the one that handles it the worst, just outright rejects this style of playing. Excels closer to the nut and especially first position chords ...'cowboy chords' as theyre know apparently.


But the SWD surprisingly scrubs up quite well, and yes, maple would work, imagine a J-200 would do just fine, might try it out with the one thats still left over from the magnificent 7 !



Without being an expert, my compass needle says maple.


Tight, snappy and fast response.




But your late 60ties C&W should be able to do the job.

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the CW is the one that handles it the worst, just outright rejects this style of playing.


There you go. The attack on a guit with hog back and sides is not as immediate as rw or mple. the note blooms after its struck--makes for a nice ring but not a chop.

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