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  1. 4 points
    if you are a musician, especially a guitarist, then referring to 'your mental health' is disingenuous...you are already certifiably nuts!
  2. 3 points
    Coconut Rosette Gmelina Soundboard video-1579006195.mp4 video-1579007939.mp4 video-1579674017.mp4 video-1579761025.mp4 video-1579761195.mp4 video-1579685993.mp4
  3. 3 points
    And I, of course, disagree. Well, partly disagree. I've been saying for years that you don't need to spend more than $500 to buy a very good guitar. But, looking back, I realize that I've been saying it for quite a lot of years and I was probably talking about guitars made 10 years and more ago - time flies LOL - especially when you are as old as me.. For example, I own an early Tanglewood guitar, made in Korea, that sounds better than any Martin or Taylor guitar that I've ever played. And it's not a one-off - I've played a few MIK Tanglewoods and they have all been excellent. I also own a MIK Crafter guitar - one of their all solid range - that plays and sounds almost as good as my Tanglewood. Both guitars sold for around the £300 mark 15 years ago. I kind of believe that Korean craftsmen (and Japanese before them and Chinese and Indonesian since them) are probably just as skilled as their Western cousins. But, of course, since that time price inflation and rising material costs have probably taken their toll so perhaps $500 is on the low side now - perhaps I should go up to $750? That's about right. The other consideration of course is wood scarcity: no rosewood, no ebony, etc. But hell, what's wrong with maple or walnut or even bamboo?
  4. 3 points
    When I used to teach guitar, I always advised my students to start on a nylon string guitar, with decent action. Don't worry about 'tone', that will be your next instrument. Too often, when students started on steel strings, they gave up before their calluses developed...'it hurt!'...nylon strings are much more finger friendly. A decent classical by a known manufacturer, like Yamaha, will run in the $150 range, and despite the wider neck, this is actually the best place to start....IMHO, of course.
  5. 3 points
    If you haven't seen this, it's well-worth watching IMO...
  6. 3 points
    I play in the studio a lot more than I play live, but I still enjoy playing live when the occasional opportunity to do so with the right people arises. Still, there is a LOT to be said for playing for your “own mental health” and for your own enjoyment. I know I enjoy the day a lot more if I can pick up and play a guitar for a bit, and I feel like something’s missing when I can’t.
  7. 3 points
    there are a handful of guitarists that when I see or hear them play, make me wonder why I bother...Atkins, Knopfler, Albert Lee, Tommy Emmanuel, Adrian Legg, Johnny Hiland and Jerry Reed...
  8. 3 points
    I don't speak any Chinese but I can figure out enough to know I'm in trouble when I hear her complaining to her friends and it goes something like this Ba ba ba Gardo ba ba ba ba Guitar Center ba ba ba credit card ba ba ba ba
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  10. 3 points
    Yes, all are production models....now, but a dozen or so years ago, they were just pencil sketches that I posted on the old Harmony Central Electric Guitar forum. What would become 'Backlund' guitars were first seen here as embryonic pencil doodles. Bruce Bennett was the one who stepped forward and built the first prototypes, as well as all of the following JBD guitars. The rest, as they say, is history.
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