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  • So when was the term "acoustic guitar" first used?

    Prior to the 30's, were they just referred to as.... guitars?
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    I'm guessin' when the first electric guitar came out.
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    • #3
      Back in the late 50s and early 60s I'm pretty sure they were just referred to as "Spanish" or "Flat Top" guitars. And I seem to remember that the arch top guitars were called "F Hole" guitars.

      I'm just going on memory though. Could be wrong.
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      • #4
        ^Can you remember the first wheel?
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        • #5
          What was high-tech called before the digital age? Just tech?

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          • #6
            Back in the late 50s and early 60s I'm pretty sure they were just referred to as "Spanish" or "Flat Top" guitars. And I seem to remember that the arch top guitars were called "F Hole" guitars.

            I'm just going on memory though. Could be wrong.


            Apparently the guy who stole my lunch money back in grade school was an arch top guitar....
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            • #7
              In the 1960s, I recall acoustic guitars being called "guitars" and electric guitars being called "electric guitars", but I also remember arch-top guitars being called "arch-tops" or "semi-hollow-bodies" in music stores. At least my favorite shop at the time (Coyle Music), that's the way it was.
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              • #8
                ^Can you remember the first wheel?


                Why yes, I can...got the showroom demo (at a most handsome price, I'll add) from Og Mastodon-killer's Westside location!

                Sadly, my first Missus was kinda hard on it...

                God(s) bless the rest of the world(s), too

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                • #9
                  ^Can you remember the first wheel?


                  Remember it!? Hell.......I invented it! Right after I invented dirt. I sold my first wheel to TAH.

                  I'm old enough that I even remember what tornados sounded like before trains were invented.
                  Three Dreads......2 Martins and 1 YamahaA fiddle, a mando, a uke, eight harmonicas, a Zoom H2, a Panasonic recorder, coupla penny whistles, an Italian made Titano accordion, three handguns, at least a dozen chess sets, more power tools than Bob Vila, and one old Westclox "Big Ben" wind-up alarm clock that still works! Oh, BTW, I forgot to mention my ocarina and maracas.

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                  • #10
                    I remember back in the sixties referring to acoustic guitars as "folk guitars". I had thought the term acoustic was coined not to differentiate between acoustics and electrics, but steel string acoustics and classical guitars. But heck ... who knows?
                    Bob.
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                    • #11
                      In the 1960s, I recall acoustic guitars being called "guitars" and electric guitars being called "electric guitars" . . . .


                      Yeah, that's how I remember it too when I was a lad back then.
                      Howard

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                      • #12
                        I'm old enough that I even remember what tornados sounded like before trains were invented.


                        I LOL'd!
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                        • #13
                          Used the term "acoustic guitar" in the 70's ...
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                          • #14
                            What was high-tech called before the digital age? Just tech?


                            Science Fiction.
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                            • #15
                              Apparently the guy who stole my lunch money back in grade school was an arch top guitar....


                              Oh, you're killing me here!!!!

                              Stop it!!!!

                              This here is my music what I make with my mouth and instruments and such

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