That's correct.  Solid tops sound better with age because it's all solid wood, it expands and contracts, the pores open up over time from the resonance of being played, as well as from the climate.   I have a 1969 Yamaha FG450SA that sounds just like a Martin D-28, it has a solid top, and has been aging all this time.  Laminate tops are plywood basically, and synthetic glue doesn't "age", it doesn't have any pores to open and close over time, it'll basically stay the same forever.  HOWEVER;  Solid top guitars are VERY susceptible to climate and humidity changes, alot of them end up cracking all over the place if you don't take proper care of them (using a humidifer and keeping them in a controlled temperature environment).  A laminate top will never crack from humidity or climate (it will crack however if you throw it down a flight of stairs and smash it with a hammer while burning it with matches, but why would you do that?).  Yamaha makes very nice sounding acoustic guitars with laminate tops, I was fortunate enough to get one from when they were using solid tops all the time, but in this day and age they make very good ones basically with plywood.  In the end it all depends on if you like the sound.


(18 replies, posted in Acoustic)

tubatooter1940 wrote:

Most popular alternative tunings around here are open E chord (all strings open) and playing in D with the big E string, only, tuned down to D.

That's called Drop D.


(21 replies, posted in Acoustic)

This is very simple.  THE bluegrass guitar is a Martin, usually a D-28, or a D-45.  One of the most used and best acoustic blues guitars is a Gibson J45.  Alot of new "pop" artists and commercial country artists use Taylors.  However Takamine and Yamaha make some of the best stage guitars.  The answer is, the "best" guitar depends on what type of music you play.  To me however, Martin makes the overall finest guitars, which perform and sound exceptionally in all styles of music on stage or in the studio.  The Martin D-45 is made of 45 year old wood (hence the name), the same for every other guitar in the D series, as guitars sound better with age.  In effect, you're buying a new 45 year old instrument.  Most other companies do not use wood that's been aged for that long, and virtually all lower priced guitars are not made of solid wood.  Personally I own a rare Yamaha acou/elec that was mislabelled at the factory with a model number that doesn't even exist hah.  I Have played alot of Yamaha acoustic's, and they ALL sound exceptionally good to me, and the price can't be beat.  They look pretty nice cosmetically also.  However as with any other company, Yamaha makes handmade guitars in their "Chronos series" that go for about $2,000 - $3,000CAN, then they have their factory models which don't sound AS good but they do sound good from about $150.00 - $800.00.  The quality of the guitar does not depend on the price, it depends on tone, neck feel, projection and your personal comfort with the feel of the instrument.


(31 replies, posted in Acoustic)

petermiss wrote:

I don't think you'll get banned, everybody is free to have an opinion. I just don't understand why you waste your time on this lousy site...

I don't waste my time on this lousy site.  I registered like a year ago, posted a bunch of stuff in about 2 days and forgot about it until yesterday, and most likely will forget about it again.  Theres plenty of resources out there for the beginner, they don't need amateurs telling them what to do, when that information is HIGHLY incorrect most of the time.


(31 replies, posted in Acoustic)

petermiss wrote:

Sometimes we could do better without some members that don't do anything but whine. The incorrect tabs/chords are free to correct. AND it's absolutely free to choose other sites than chordie.

Harsh enough?


By the way, as upyerkilt pointed chordie is a search engine so if you find erratic tabs the error comes from another site...

Oh I'm not complaining, I figure everything out by ear.  The newbies can't though, and if you're pointing them towards incorrect chords/tabs, they aren't going to learn properly.  As you just said "the incorrect tabs are free to correct", well I would assume that means someone already has "corrected" them, incorrectly.  We don't need a search engine for tabs, that's what google is for.  And so far all I've seen on this forum is nonsense and people who don't have a clue in hell what they're talking about.  Sure you'll ban me now, because you can't handle the truth.  Many people agree with me that nobody knows what they're talking about on this forum site.  Thanks for your time smile


(31 replies, posted in Acoustic)

lil.g1114 wrote:


Well sometimes we have to be "harsh" to get the point accross.


(8 replies, posted in Acoustic)

bootleger wrote:
lisa1320 wrote:

does anyone know how often you should change your strings or when you should???

Depending on how much you play will dictate how often to change strings. Basically when they sound flat change them.


When they die is when I would change them.  Especially if you can't afford to be wasting money on strings that aren't dead.  Dead means when you hit one and it no longer resonates.  Also if they start to turn blackish.  The bottom 2 strings usually start slipping when the strings are dead (they go out of tune alot).  But you'll know, because they usually start breaking when they've had enough use.  The third string always breaks first, as it's the highest tensioned string on a guitar, but the sixth string up on a 12 string guitar is the highest.  You can save all the trouble by buying elixir coated strings, that keep oil from penetrating the string's core, good for people with oily hands.


(14 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Esteban HAHA.  I Love his Christmas TV commercials "I Was in a plane wreck and I made this guitar out of my leg after I sawed it off to escape the wreckage"  Ok I might have exaggerated a bit, but they are funny.  He can play good for sure, but his guitars are garbage, cheaply made usually out of plywood.


(4 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Martin makes THE finest acoustic guitar on the face of the earth, no questions asked.  I Played an Ovation celebrity that my buddy had, it wasn't that great, and ironically enough he ended up trading it in for a fender amp.  Man if you can get a Martin, go for it.


(31 replies, posted in Acoustic)

upyerkilt wrote:

chordie is a search engine that gets the songs from other sites, so if you want a certain song on here you will have to go to resources and request for a song to be added to the list.
So, if you cannot find it elsewhere then id deffinitley will not be on chordie..


So why wouldn't we just go somewhere like or who actually HAVE the stuff on their site?  Any chords I ever see on this site are wrong anyways, better get on that eh? Before you lose members.


(38 replies, posted in Electric)

shredfiend wrote:

I prefer an SG to a Les Paul, but I'd advise that you don't get either. First off, they are both overpriced and secondly, they are overpriced. Both are great guitars of high quality and most have a great sound, but I think you could get a comparable guitar for half the price. I Play a Schecter C-1 with Seymour Duncan pickups and I did a side-by-side comparison of my guitar with an SG-Standard and I think that my Schecter is a superior guitar that plays and sounds better (I bought a sweet tube amp with all the money I saved too!).

Well man, I Just generally don't like solid body guitars.  I have owned 2 of them and played many, they're all very simple constructed and have no sound unless plugged in.  I'm an acoustic man, always will be.


(12 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I As well get sweaty hands from being nervous and whatnot mostly, It's not so much the sweat in your hands that screws the strings over, as it is the acid and salt.  Nobody on here likes coated strings apparently, most likely because they have never tried them - but coated strings are great for people like us with sweaty hands, because the coating prevents alot of the acid and whatnot from getting to the actual string.  When the $24.00 strings I use go on me finally, it usually has to wait a longgg time to get new ones on it.


(38 replies, posted in Electric)

SGinCYQX wrote:
bigdjindustriez wrote:
SGinCYQX wrote:

I highly prefer SG's.

I Think SGinCYQX only prefers SG's because he probably has a cheapo copy of one, perhaps an epiphone..polar white maybe with EMG pickups.  Les paul is by far better, especially if you get a semi-hollowbody.

I'm pretty sure the OP was talking about a solid-body. If you want a semi-hollowbody guitar, just buy an acoustic. And remember, not all of us play music written by a 70-year-old raccoon hunter. Be more open.

I don't think big old fat black guys, otherwise known as the greatest blues musicians, were raccoon hunters.  They mostly all played either acoustic or a Gibson ES-335, or something simillar.


(38 replies, posted in Electric)

SGinCYQX wrote:
BrownSound wrote:

I admit you will over-pay for a Gibson LP, but you will get a hand-crafted finish and a human to do QA on it.  With an Epi, you get a mass-produced ax with no QA.  However, it's up to you whether it's worth the price-drop or not.
Did I mention I wanted ALL the Epiphone Zakk Wylde models?

Sorry.  I think I am going to be sick.

Rock on!

For one, my Epiphone SG sounds better than a stock Gibson, and it's BONE STOCK. It DID come with active EMG pickups, I'll admit, which helps a LOT. The EMG's will outburn the Gibson pickups everywhere, in my experience. My Epi has also had NO problems, unlike a few of the Gibson Les Pauls I've played and literally had the tone knob fall off in my hand. It's a solid-feeling guitar with a mahogany neck and body, rosewood fretboard, set neck construction and flawless finish. I think it's damn good for ANY brand name. From what I can tell, it's kind of like the SG version of the Zakk Wylde LP's. I prefer the SG shape over the LP style, I think it's more ergonomic and better looking. I honestly don't see what the hype about the Les Paul's are. Don't get me wrong, I love them and I want one, but they are certainly not the be all end all of electric guitars.

Or we could get rid of all electrics and replace them with nice lil Martin acoustics..get an effects pedal if you need to hear that weird screamo sound.  A solidbody is cut out of a solid piece of wood with a bandsaw in about 2 minutes and has some holes drilled in it, it gets painted and off it goes.  An acoustic has to be bent, glued, inlayed and all kinds of shit, painted, laquered... which takes about 21 days if done by hand.  The end product is better and better sounding


(38 replies, posted in Electric)

SGinCYQX wrote:

I highly prefer SG's.

I Think SGinCYQX only prefers SG's because he probably has a cheapo copy of one, perhaps an epiphone..polar white maybe with EMG pickups.  Les paul is by far better, especially if you get a semi-hollowbody.


(16 replies, posted in Acoustic)

gitaardocphil wrote:

Well thanks for your answers. They are matching entirely with my opinion.
But WHY has Fender, such a brand, neglected the acoustic market? Neglecting is a big word, but the acoustic guitars are so lonely? I mean, that I can't believe that Fender, making such fantastic guitars, like the Fender Stratocaster, and Telecaster, produced in fact "inferior" guitars, compared to others?
I noticed that slowly, there guitars are (except, the electracoustics) becoming better and better.
I don't say that they are bad, but only that it is difficult to accept the lesser quality acoustics.


  Hey there Phil.  Fender is actually more popular than you think when it comes to Acoustics.  I'm sure everyone here knows Doc Watson, if you don't...get the hell out haha.  The model of Gallagher guitar that is named after him and he uses, which in itself is one of the finest instrument makers in existence, utillizes a Fender neck and fingerboard (with their own Gallagher nut design).  Fender necks are known for their extremely high action and the fact that they basically play themselves.  If anyone has had a bad experience with a fender acoustic, they either had a dud or it wasn't set up properly, most likely the fault of the music store or person you got it from.  Many people even buy fender necks and put them on all different kinds of guitars.  Yes Martin makes probably THE best neck, because they don't have a trussrod in them, but fender is still pretty great.  The trussrod takes away from the sound because it absorbs the sound.  Fender acoustics are actually fairly popular these days, they just have plain looking heads, so nobody really know they're a fender unless they get up close


(11 replies, posted in Acoustic)

sumelton1 wrote:

yes - I use the rigid claw shape too- but if I play daily it wears my index nail away so it becomes sore and useless for picking. I started using picks recently because of that, but i find they produce a harsher sound - so I'll post a new thread on that topic and see if I can get some tips. Using the thumb alone has never really appealed.

Using the thumb alone doesn't produce a loud enough sound, especially if you're playing with other people, they'll just drown you out.


(11 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I never used a pick, but of course i'm a fingerpicker, I use my index and middle nails along with a thumbpick, no i'm not Chet Atkins haha.  But yea anytime I strum, it's without a pick.  Who needs em'.  Just form a ridgid claw shape, such as the one you'd use for clawhammer banjo and go to it.


(14 replies, posted in Acoustic)

Nobody learns the guitar right anymore man.  The best thing to do is start out with a simple picking song like "Wildwood Flower" by the Carter Family, Every guitarist I know (and thats quite a few) all started with this song.  It's a simple short almost riff like song in key of G, and once you can play it (which isn't difficult) you'll be like "HEY! I Can actually play a song, I'm going to keep practising!" I used to play that tune everyday when I finally got it right..then I moved on to learn fingerpicking, strumming, flatpicking and whatnot.  Just keep at it man!


(4 replies, posted in Acoustic)

The White Falcon is an extremely expensive guitar and so is the Duojet, but when you have both of them made into one (The Penguin)'s going to be REALLY expensive.  And I mean come on, look at it!  The hardware is all gold plated, the binding is all finished wood (probably rare expensive wood) And it's a Gretsch...pretty much paying for the name.  They aren't that expensive really, look up the Martin D-100 Deluxe, pretty much everything on it covered in extremely rare wood, gold and abalone inlays..the list price for that is $109,999.00 USD - No that's not a typo, about the price of a small house.  Their D-50 KOA Deluxe is a bit cheaper at $50,000,00 USD but not much.  So yea, the Gretsch isn't all that bad in price.


(14 replies, posted in Other string instruments)

The best website for tuning I know of is ..It has a guitar, 12 string guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, uke and bass tuner.  Check it out


(7 replies, posted in Acoustic)

If you want a good guitar for blues, classic rock, rockabilly, and even some country..your best bet would be a Gibson ES-335.  You could order a guitar straight from the factory, in some cases that's cheaper, in some cases it costs ALOT more.


(34 replies, posted in Acoustic)

my dream guitar is a Martin D-50 with an inlayed back, gold tuners, totally inlayed fretboard with the tree of life pattern and a pickup added extra...however that would cost around $100.000.00 US from the Martin Company.  - Worth it though!


(9 replies, posted in Acoustic)

dsus4 is a regular D major with your middle finger taken off of the bottom string.

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