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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 16 July 2018 at 10:11am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Jamie Dickson, editor of GUITARIST, wrote this in the August 2018 issue:


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You have to wonder if the great American makers such as Gibson, Martin, Fender and others don't sometimes secretly feel like all that weight of tradition is a bit of a golden straitjacket. Every time they bring out an all-new design, it's instantly held up to the standard of past glories - and often found wanting.

Interesting. I suppose that could also apply to manufacturers of other instruments.

Thoughts?
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Posted: 17 July 2018 at 1:06am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

As a guitar has to adhere to certain parameters, there`s
only so much you can do to the design.I think the
classic designs are classic for that reason.If a guitar
is uncomfortable to hold and difficult to play, then it
doesn`t matter how good it looks or sounds, it has
failed.
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Posted: 17 July 2018 at 2:56am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I think companies like tinkering, too. Car companies can be the worst for that. Anyone remember roll-up window openers? Which didn't require the engine to be on? Which didn't require a button to be pushed?

I know things evolve. In the case of cars, no-one is asking for a particular model to look like it did in 1900 or 1910.

But one of my favourite cars is the classic Range Rover, launched in 1970. The modern model lacks soul/heart - and doesn't particularly look like the original.

It may well be the same with guitars. And it's not just cars or guitars. Twitter and Facebook keep tinkering with the look, design, features, some of which prove unpopular.

Some of the time, if it isn't broke, don't fix it!
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Posted: 17 July 2018 at 3:42am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

My wife`s new Fiesta has electric front windows and
roll up rear windows, a combination of old and new
tech!

As a kid, my dream car was a Lotus Europa, i saw one
being driven on Top Gear a while back...it`s windows
didn`t roll down at all, and it had no air con, what a
nightmare in summer!

I recall Facebook altering it`s layout a few years
ago, it was awful and not user friendly,if you can`t
improve, don`t change for the sake of it!

Then there was `New Coke`

Then there`s Cadbury`s chocolate...changed the recipe
for the worse!
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Posted: 17 July 2018 at 1:48pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Well, the review of guitars in various publications does show that there appear to be quite a few who don't want tinkering and change. Some change might be good, but automatic tuning does not seem to be popular with many guitarists. 
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