A fun post to read by Bill-- reprinted from the Steel Guitar Forum
posted 27 April 2001 12:47 PM
I really enjoyed reading this thread. It shows me that more players today have a much better understanding about the instrument than just a few years ago.
The steel guitar forum is a good place to get some positive discussions going and to bring general problems to everyone's attention, but let's not forget that the forum is not a battlefield. I can give you some good reasons how a discussion can get out of control. The written word, especially when dealing with facts, can sound cold and aggressive while a spoken statement can have a totally different effect on the listener. It's not so much what you say, it's how you say it.
I personally saw nothing wrong
with Bobbe's posting with the exception that he came right out of the
blue like an elephant in a china store -- this without any warning! When
I answer some of the e-mail that I get, I'm lucky that Becky takes the
edges out of my writing. Here is a sample: "I just bought from a friend
a steel guitar and want to learn how to play. I really want to sound like
Buddy Emmons sounded thirty years ago. Could you wind me a pickup with
about 1000 ohms more so I can get that sound?" Those that know me can
imagine what I would write, but Becky translates it into a more civilized
Conclusion: a pickup by itself has no sound.
Let's face it, a pickup is
one of many links in a chain, and a chain is only as strong as its weakest
link. This can be the player, the guitar, the strings, the bar, the pickup,
the cable, the amp, the speaker and when worst comes to worst, all of
I agree with Bobbe. There is
no microphone around to make Porter Wagoner sound like Dolly!
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