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Old 11-26-08, 03:45 PM   #1
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Acoustic instruments vs electric crap!

Let's not limit ourselves to one instrument but let's discuss the power of the acoustic instrument over the electric crap so prevelant today.

This includes singing also.

Can't beat the sound of clear acoustic, unamped sound, no matter how much stuff you plug into.

This can get more heated than a feud in the roadie forum so lets be polite.

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Old 11-26-08, 03:47 PM   #2
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I love the sound of a cello. Nothing comes close.
Also, the sound of a high quality classical guitar is superb....not the $500 and under stuff at most music stores. I'm talking the hand built stuff....the kind Chistopher Parkening and his ilk play. Amazing instruments.
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Old 11-26-08, 03:51 PM   #3
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I got to see dedalaus (sp) a string quartet last year and was enamored for two straight hours of perfection. The acoustic sounds they came up with were like a slice of heaven to my poor tortured electric burnt ears. I think the Cello is one of the best instruments in the world. Nice memory.

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Im open minded. I like them both.
Ones not 'better' than the other.
I can listen to Appalachian folk music just as long as a good blues band.
The current state of rock, bands are really abusing the privilege
of owning electric instruments, however........
Im going to try to learn mandolin when I get my move out of the way.
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for me, Idc when I am listening...people can and do make wonderful sounds on anything and everything out there imo.


if I am playing it's frustrating playing, say, a pressed-top gtr vs. a carved top. Mind you, I can only afford a pressed top
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Electric bass guitar is waaaaaaaaay more practical than an acoustic one. Espically an upright acoustic bass...
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The kind of music I prefer would be difficult (impossible?) to do with electric instruments. Of course, it could be created entirely on a computer, but whoever does that should be lashed until he collapses.
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The kind of music I prefer would be difficult (impossible?) to do with electric instruments. Of course, it could be created entirely on a computer, but whoever does that should be lashed until he collapses.
do you prefer the old wax recordings to the electronic stuff (when was that the new norm? 1925ish?)
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do you prefer the old wax recordings to the electronic stuff (when was that the new norm? 1925ish?)
That I don't know, I was thinking solely of the instruments. What I was saying is, as far as I know there are no electric clarinets, trombones, trumpets, etc.
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That I don't know, I was thinking solely of the instruments. What I was saying is, as far as I know there are no electric clarinets, trombones, trumpets, etc.
I seem to recall seeing an electric sax, and violin.....
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I seem to recall seeing an electric sax, and violin.....
Never seen an electric sax, but I'm not fond of saxophones anyway. I have seen electric violins, though.
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I have seen electric violins, though.
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What are these electric instruments you speak of...
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An electric sax would be worse than sawing a cat in half.

I have purposely overstated my position to some degree, I can take electric instruments. They are just not the perfection I desire. As stated in another thread the electric instruments allow a mediocre player to sound better than they are.

Example: Take an Flemenco guitarist and give him an electric guitar and he will always sound good, but take a player that plays electric only and he/she will sound like crap on the acoustic guitar. Basics are still basics and you should not learn to play guitar with an electric guitar. Period!

Wish I could afford a high dollar guitar, something above two grand. Looks and sound, yeah.

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An electric sax would be worse than sawing a cat in half.

I have purposely overstated my position to some degree, I can take electric instruments. They are just not the perfection I desire. As stated in another thread the electric instruments allow a mediocre player to sound better than they are.

Example: Take an Flemenco guitarist and give him an electric guitar and he will always sound good, but take a player that plays electric only and he/she will sound like crap on the acoustic guitar. Basics are still basics and you should not learn to play guitar with an electric guitar. Period!

Wish I could afford a high dollar guitar, something above two grand. Looks and sound, yeah.

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Of all my guitar hero's, none of them play electric or acoustic solely.. You lost me..
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An electric sax would be worse than sawing a cat in half.

I have purposely overstated my position to some degree, I can take electric instruments. They are just not the perfection I desire. As stated in another thread the electric instruments allow a mediocre player to sound better than they are.

Example: Take an Flemenco guitarist and give him an electric guitar and he will always sound good, but take a player that plays electric only and he/she will sound like crap on the acoustic guitar. Basics are still basics and you should not learn to play guitar with an electric guitar. Period!

Wish I could afford a high dollar guitar, something above two grand. Looks and sound, yeah.

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I much prefer electric



To acoustic

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Never seen an electric sax, but I'm not fond of saxophones anyway. I have seen electric violins, though.
Johh Klemmer used to play electric sax in the 70s....I recall it sounded a lot like a normal sax....maybe a bit more sustain.

then there are dbag approaches like this
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Please, please don't take everything I say in this thread literally. I'm having fun trashing the electric side of music. Please don't pop my bubble.,,,whine.

And MadeinItaly. You are my hero now. Just don't tell me that there is a Gibson mixed in that group, that would ruin it. Also, my comment about electric players not doing well was mostly aimed at an audience that is not here, my students that want to only play the electric guitar.

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Please, please don't take everything I say in this thread literally. I'm having fun trashing the electric side of music. Please don't pop my bubble.,,,whine.

And MadeinItaly. You are my hero now. Just don't tell me that there is a Gibson mixed in that group, that would ruin it. Also, my comment about electric players not doing well was mostly aimed at an audience that is not here, my students that want to only play the electric guitar.

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Sadly it is all bling and no tone compared to a 40's or 50's Gibson.. Such is live. still a nice instrument.

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I'm sorry, the man is obviously extremely talented, but I simply cannot warm up to the "electronic" sound exhibited in most of that performance. Near the beginning when it sounded like real instruments, I actually liked that. Again, he has infinitely more talent than I could ever hope to have, the music just doesn't do anything for me.
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I have a friend who plays gtr but he may as well play a keyboard or synth. His tone is heavily processed and does not sound like an acoustic guitar or a conventional electric guitar. He does not play any of the blues based riffs you'd expect and is not an accomplished guitarist. In fact, his training and background is as a painter. But I enjoy the sounds he makes with his pedals and processors. It's not what I prefer to play like but I like very much that he follows his own muse.
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Teh bf's and my combined musical menagerie has both electric and acoustic instruments (piano/keyboard, violin, guitar, bass etc.) and though we much prefer the sound of acoustic, electric is a whole lot of fun to play. I run my stagg e-violin through a fishman preamp and a GT-3, and the sounds I make from that thing are highly amusing
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