The only thing I've ever used on a guitar is a non-silicone based polish. For fretboard cleaning I use a stiff toothbrush to scrub either side of the fret wires. I use a 1" wide soft bristle paint brush to get the dust that settles under the strings above the bridge, nut and around the tuners. I clean the rest of the guitar with a little polish and a soft cotton cloth. Been doing it that way since they finished the pyramids.
pwfirst, it's good that you got all your annual bad luck out of the way early. You're a good planner. Joking aside, I'm glad your wife is fine. Mine went through a terrible time this past year with an untreatable thing called Frozen Shoulder (times 2), which is an affliction the medical arts presently have little knowledge of. Talk about feeling helpless. Anyway, I'm glad to read yours is on the mend. I'm assuming the stair railing got reinstalled?
The Blues. Yep, the genre can get rather musically tunnel-visioned. Like rayden remarks, it takes some creativity to keep the freshness in it. All the old blues players had a new sound way back when but it was all so similar. Can't say that the staccato style suits me. Besides, you can pretty much shake a blues player out of the nearest tree because it is a rather easy genre to be involved in and has this unflappable solidarity, and historical reverence with guitarists. The general audience, on the other hand, isn't so imbued. As an audience member, I prefer to hear something else and as a guitarist I'm looking to plow new rows.
Don't forget your audience when looking for an expanded vocabulary. You could expand away from them. Kitchen language is all you need and to keep that creative you need to look more at structure than words. Also, don't get hung up on your "darlings" (great lines or phrasings you wrote, love and strive to build a song around) because they can, to quote another writer I'm acquainted with, sabotage your efforts. Don't be defeated if you have to lose them to move forward.
"I will ever be the effigy Of the man I wish you could know."
Lines from a song I wrote. While it got decent reviews (both obligatory and honest) a few people asked what "effigy" meant. Now, I would have looked the word up (self-respect thing) rather than come right out on a public forum and ask. This is evidence that the audience, at large, is comfortable with keeping things familiar even to the point of exhibiting publicly that they prefer it, in their own ways. So you have to write for them. That means using kitchen language.
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Not a country music player or bluegrasser myself, I have had many jams with that genre. I just played a rhythm that worked for the players. It was a good time. That's when I lived near Louisville, Kentucky, and a bunch of older farmers would gather at a place every Saturday at the town music shop where I bought strings and stuff. Always had a good time and, yep, it was a couple hours of three chord songs. Those guys were no strangers to music in general, though. They were surprisingly, to me, pretty savvy in many genres and each of them knew songs that weren't just country. All of them had Martin dreads that were D-41 or better. Farmer's have lot's of money.
I just can't play little things like that with these fence posts. I have a new, unplayed mando to prove it.
Very sharp looking uke. Music store in town here has one of those. I started to pick it up but knowing literally nothing about them (except they are originally from Lilliput) I didn't. I mighta choked its little neck with a loose grip.
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I know there's a Bose unit out that is comparable but from the rounds I've made on various forums asking this question most of the responses have been negative towards Bose, in the general sense. I don't know why. One commenter stated flatly that he wouldn't buy anything made by Bose. Okay, dude has his reasons but he didn't elaborate while others just had better things to say about Fishman. I got the sense that folks were just spouting off without having experience with either brand's system.
For me, toting around a 75 pound Fender Acoustasonic has come to an end. Not gonna do it. Hence my interest in the Fishman (Fishstick).
Seagull makes a good guitar. I had one a few years ago. Don't remember the model number but it was quite long. It had the Quantum II onboard system. I play classical guitar as well as the steel string variety so their standard nut width wasn't cumbersome for me. Nice snag.
Sell that banjitar yet? Don't know a thing about them but that's a good starting point. If you do have it Ill probably pick it up from you. My only problem is I don't use the conventional on-line payment methods. Prefer USPS money order. Let me know.