The Acoustic Guitar
I’m an electric player. I have been since I was 10. Never owned an acoustic and never really had a chance to play one beyond the odd sitting-around-the-campfire-and-picking-up-that-one-guy-who-only-plays-Wonderwall-in-front-of-girls’ shitty acoustic.
So it was pretty neat when I rented a Gibson Hummingbird this weekend. I needed it for the followup to Hey You. It’s doesn’t feature prominently in the new song, it’s for atmosphere mostly. Anyway, I thought since I’m John Q Coolypants I’d just open the case and be amazing at it.
Different beast altogether. The thing shakes with resonance in your arms. Feels a lot more alive in your hands than an un-amped electric. That’s pretty cool, but misfret a single note and your chord goes kaput. On an electric there’s all kinds of tricks to hide crummy playing or fake your way through something. On an acoustic? Forget about it. It exposes any flaws in your playing and there’s no fooling anyone. It’s one of those things where anyone can make a racket on it but MAN it gives you a newfound respect for the real experts.
And recording it! Had to reshape the entire room with sound control. Can’t have it too dead (sounds boring) or too alive (sounds amateur). Spent more time moving blankets and sound foam around than actually playing the frigging thing. It was a good sound-engineering experience if nothing else.
I just needed the thing to strum a few chords this weekend but the instrument deserves better than that.
Looks like I’m in the market.