Do Electric Players Neglect their Acoustics?

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  1. misterwogan

    misterwogan Senior Stratmaster

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    I'm certainly guilty as charged. Most of the time my Yamaha LS16 stays in its case under the bed, gathering dust and cat puke. This week though I've had it sitting on a stand next to my desk and have playing with it every now and then. I got my first acoustic for Christmas 1975 and over the following year but a lot of effort into learning. I could play at school, camping and eventually in the church folk group. Now, I thought that I would see if I could still play that stuff from way back. To my horror - my playing had seriously degraded over the years. If I now tried to strum along to any of those songs in public, I would expect to be bombarded with rotten vegetables. I think electric guitar can be more forgiving that acoustic, so maybe if I refresh my acoustic skills, my electric playing might also improve.
     
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    Electgumbo Not Of This Earth

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    I avoid that problem by having never owned an acoustic....
     
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    Chont Most Honored Senior Member

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    I usually play one guitar until I notice another peeing on the carpet then give it some attention. If my 12 string ever arrives I'm sure I'll be playing that for a while.
     
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    soulman969 Senior Stratmaster

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    At times, yes. I tend to go in streaks but that often happens when you to have too many friggin' guitars and basses. :D
     
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    Impulsive guppy Strat-O-Master Silver Member

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    I get shoulder pain after playing my dreadnought size acoustic. So I don't.

    Should probably find it a new home.
     
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    sssstratsss Strat-O-Master

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    I play my 12 string more than any other acoustic, but its still rare.

    So yes
     
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    jwj1701 Strat-O-Master Silver Member

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    I do. Yes. And I have a Martin. Some times I make a point to play with for a week but most of the time it’s my Strat.
     
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    I think I do a bit. I've got a 1970s Artia parlour which I play slide on quite a bit, but I can probably count the times I've played my Eko Ranger on one hand.
    I think maybe I just need a better acoustic than the ones I've got. Neither of mine are particularly great players (for normal playing at least, the Artia's ideal for slide), but on the rare occasion I've had the chance to play a nice acoustic, I've really liked it.
     
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    I wasn't using my last acoustic (I'd given the other one to my son), so I gave it to my grandson when he went off to university.
     
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    What's an acoustic? and where do I plug it in?
     
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    Baelzebub Dr. Stratster

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    I have within arm's reach a 12 string electric, 12 string electric acoustic, 6 string electric acoustic and a 6 string hollow body electric.

    So I'd have to say no.
     
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    Baelzebub Dr. Stratster

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    It's that thing with EMG's and a dead battery.
     
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    Well, truth be told, I do play my electrics much more these days. Not sure why. Maybe a phase.
     
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    abnormaltoy Mouth draggin' knuckle breather Silver Member

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    Exactly.


    As a matter of fact in the past 50 years of playing, I'd be willing to bet that I haven't played an acoustic for an hour.
     
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    I used to play a lot of acoustic guitar, but acquiring better electric guitars and tube amps over the years has tipped the scales quite a bit towards electrics. Lately I’ve been trying to play acoustic more, restrung the Martin the other night.

    A friend recommended those D’Addario “bluegrass” strings. They have one gauge lighter unwounds vs the strings I normally use, the wound strings are the same. I’m liking them so far. I still get all the bottom end with a bit easier bending on the top three. It’s still a workout versus playing electric, but should help for our occasional plugged-in acoustic sessions when we go off on acoustics like they’re electrics.:D
     
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    I remember owning a couple of acoustics, but the years are vague.
     
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    Mr. Lumbergh needs you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too.

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    Depends on what I'm playing. Sometimes it sits for a long while, sometimes it's all that gets any time.
     
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    I learned my barre-chords on acoustic, so when I move to electric they were easy to do. Then I hear some electric players squealing "OMG, playing F on my Strat is so hard", to which my reply is "Go back to the one with the sound-hole honey and start again".
     
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    I have a charger for those, you're welcome to borrow it.



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  20. misterwogan

    misterwogan Senior Stratmaster

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    You've excluded the image of the 1/4 inch to Anus adapter.