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  • Where Is Everyone???

    Cannot help but notice that this forum has gone drip... drip.............................................. ..................... drip slow. What gives? Posts seem to stagnate for days, weeks, before there are replies, often of a cursory nature. Quite an amazing contrast to the wildly active, if argumentative, forum this used to be a decade or so ago. Has everyone essentially quit giving a crap about acoustic guitars (and bridge pins and tone woods and strings - Oh My!)? Or have a lot of folks simply migrated to another forum? If so, which one?

    And of course, by "everyone," I do not mean everyone. Some of you die-hards still clearly maintain a keen interest. But there used to be more of you. What on earth has become of this population?

  • #2
    Well, I am still here. Sometimes. But the lack of traffic does not help. Discussions are rare and nothing ever happens here.
    I would not mind a more lively environment, but music is going to die. The electric part of our world is shrinking. Look at Fender's and Gibson's company results. Falling down like the top floors of the WTC after the impact of the planes.
    Our little acoustic world is doing comparatively well, but the fact is, that almost nobody is going through the chores of learning to play an instrument anymore. It's uncool and apps on mobile phones can arrange samples quicker than anyone can puck a string or fret a note.
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    • #3
      Lethargy breeds lethargy. A few of us are still holding out for a miracle but I think most folks got bored and didn't see much point.

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      • #4
        Bill Collings died this past week and no mention of it on an acoustic guitar forum.
        I'll try not to draw any inference from that.
        I love my acoustic guitars, play them every day, but I'm not shopping, don't suffer from GAS, and if one of you guys likes your Elixir strings I'm totally OK with that.
        I don't know what the best capo is (so I have a couple of each).
        I haven't discovered a hot new player I'm excited to hear or see in concert for a long time now.
        Maybe I should take on a new project...
        Relic a PRS acoustic or something.
        If you have one you'd like me to do for you, I'll give you the customary 10% forum discount.
        Currently there's a 6 month waiting period on these from the date of receipt.
        To you I'm an atheist; but to God, I'm the Loyal Opposition.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by strayGoat View Post

          "Has everyone essentially quit giving a crap about acoustic guitars (and bridge pins and tone woods and strings - Oh My!)?"
          I figured it was all sorted.

          Lon

          Gear:
          More than I need.

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          • #6
            Guitars made out of fossilized swamp ash are hundreds of times better than guitars made out of boring old spruce. Anyone who believes otherwise is an idiot. And the same idiots probably also believe that the headstock doesn't play any part in the sound of the guitar. B*ll*cks! - at least 90% of the sound comes from the headstock and it's even more for an electric guitar.
            Howard

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            • #7
              lol.

              I have found that this place gives me too much GAS. I am now into my 8th month with no NGD. Coincidentally, I don't hang around guitar forums too often (or any other online forums, for that matter), nor do I any longer have a FB acc't with friends enabling my insanity. I think 7+ months is the longest I've gone without buying a guitar in 10 years!

              I've learned a lot here, for which I am very grateful.
              "The Philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it."

              Karl Marx

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              • #8
                A few of us have aged and moved on, whether it's out of spite or to resist temptation or just because we were sick of arguing about stuff that was only keeping us up at night I can't tell. A couple of have moved on and stopped aging and assumed room temperature, which also caused those of us left behind to re-examine our priorities on this earth. Some of us aren't getting along too well and trying to just make the best of what we've got left to look forward to. Some of us have had life take us on little side turns and we've had to step on the brakes. I just come here when real life sucks or I feel like I have something worthwhile to contribute but really I'm coming to terms with the fact that I'm not getting any younger and I've got to live for the day because you never know what tomorrow might bring and there's no sense worrying about yesterday unless you can learn from it.
                Gear:
                2013 Official Luthier's Forum Medium Jumbo (Western red cedar/mahogany)
                2012 McKnight McUke (soprano ukulele, redwood/mahogany)
                2010 Martin D-16GT
                2006 Larrivee OM-03R
                1998 Fender American Standard Stratocaster (natural ash finish)
                1989 Kramer Stryker
                197? Epiphone Texan FT-160N

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Glenn F View Post
                  lol.

                  I have found that this place gives me too much GAS. I am now into my 8th month with no NGD. Coincidentally, I don't hang around guitar forums too often (or any other online forums, for that matter), nor do I any longer have a FB acc't with friends enabling my insanity. I think 7+ months is the longest I've gone without buying a guitar in 10 years!

                  I've learned a lot here, for which I am very grateful.
                  Interesting. I haven't bought a guitar for myself in a few years. The last was an electric. I did buy an amp earlier this year. The day before Palm Sunday I bought a guitar for a guy at church who had his damaged in a house fire and a couple of weeks ago I almost bought a beat up ukulele from Goodwill but that's all. I still come for the VOM and to offer advice and encouragement to new folks, and if a rousing discussion ever starts again I'll be right here.
                  Official HCAG “Theory-Challenged Hack”
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by DeepEnd View Post
                    Interesting. I haven't bought a guitar for myself in a few years. The last was an electric. I did buy an amp earlier this year. The day before Palm Sunday I bought a guitar for a guy at church who had his damaged in a house fire and a couple of weeks ago I almost bought a beat up ukulele from Goodwill but that's all. I still come for the VOM and to offer advice and encouragement to new folks, and if a rousing discussion ever starts again I'll be right here.
                    My guitar insanity was my version of the mid-life crisis. Some guys get Corvettes, or a trophy wife, or both. I went guitar crazy. I don't know how many guitars passed through my hands in the last 10 years, but it is a crazy amount. I'm sure if I tried to tally them, I'd miss one or more. I still have, like, 19. Which is, still, insane. Guitar buying was also insane insofar that it was my way of dealing with health and other crises over this period, of which there were far too many. I am very lucky that my wife tolerated it all. Early last December, I got a nice classical spruce/rosewood guitar (Hanika 54PF), and I knew that was that.

                    Discretionary income has gone towards beautiful trips abroad, and my wife and I are learning Tai-Chi, so we'll be fit into our dotage. In other words, we are investing in ourselves and our well-being. There's only so far one can go with external 'things' to make one happy. Truth is, that never works out, really.




                    "The Philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it."

                    Karl Marx

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                    • #11
                      New management dropped in and told everyone to play nice, not to fight and act like adults. For stale bagels, cold sammiches and light beer? I'm a tolerant feller fighting off the cur of age but a man's got his limits.

                      I came here in the way-way back already snot-nosed smart about guitars, looking for a musical scrap, and all I got was people trying to get snot-nosed smart about guitars. Man, that was grinding. I already had enough of myself, though, so I was like treading water in the interest pool.

                      Still, good people, hilarious times and lot's of marshmallow's flamed. But, back to basics. This place is like the new Phoenix from the flames but from what I've seen there's a new fire suppression system installed to stunt its growth. Unlike the days back in the late SEA period when things were fun, peace time just isn't worthy of a fire brand's visit.

                      A tip of the hat to all.

                      Fisher House Foundation

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                      • #12
                        People got married and left. People lost interest in guitars and left. People lost interest in this forum and left. People got tired of the incompetent forum management (NOT present forum management) and left. People got pissed at other people and left.

                        According to some, people got pissed at me and left. I guess it's all my fault.
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                        Proud reject from the HCAG Civil Posters Society.

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                        • #13
                          I think the information age and the removal of information barriers is the root cause. The journey from physical gatherings, to early chat rooms and bulletin boards, to forums, to social media have brought us to a point where most of the people that really want to learn about a specific topic will have gotten their knowledge AND a broad range of opinions.
                          If the forum doesn't slow down we have to invent things to talk about or bump old discussions. When that happens, the actual nuggets of acoustic guitar info get lost in the squabbles that are the real reason many used to come here (to let off steam, which is legit) and people who want guitar talk give up and the forum slows down naturally like now.

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                          • #14
                            I'm over here in Thailand, where are you? Am coming back to USA next month, for what that is worth Hope to bring back my 69 Gibson got 10 years ago for a song (more like a commercial ditty) unless the bright lights big city overwhelm me with a GAS attack...
                            I'd like to ask question or start topic on some semi intelligent subject, but that doesn't seem to be in the cards.
                            I was kicked out of music class for passing notes...
                            Tuned out, turned in and dropped off

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                            • Grant Harding
                              Grant Harding commented
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                              Do you mean the OP?

                          • #15
                            Originally posted by katopp View Post
                            . . . . I would not mind a more lively environment, but music is going to die. . . almost nobody is going through the chores of learning to play an instrument anymore. . . . apps on mobile phones can arrange samples quicker than anyone can puck a string or fret a note.
                            Hm. Here in Maine, I've noticed the opposite. When I was first learning to play guitar in the late sixties in New York, most kids in my neighborhood didn't have an instrument. Now the majority of the kids I know have at least one and often more. And some of them are real wunderkinds - all over their instruments.

                            I played at a local festival today, and the act before my trio's was students from a high school class doing credible covers of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Stevie Wonder, and other music heroes.

                            Meanwhile, the college music progams here seem to be drawing plenty of people. So I doubt the problem is that the world is running out of musicians.

                            Anyhow, I'm not worried about attendance here. I have a good time checking in, even if it's just to respond to all the NGD, "Which should I buy?" and "How do I amplify it?" posts.*

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                            *Congratulations! The one you like. Mic it.
                            Last edited by Delmont; 07-22-2017, 05:04 AM.
                            Del
                            www.thefullertons.net
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