Post by Al Evans Post by hank alrich
I have been surprised by the general response to the sound of my
McCollum from ordinary non-musicians in audiences.
Well, you do tend to play it "pure acoustic" with a really good mic --
that already separates it from the "typical" guitar sound. And you
McCollum is of a quality to stand out a bit in almost any acoustic
On the main subject, as for me, I don't really consider the sounds and
the notes separately so much. I'm always trying to play the music I want
to, with the sound I want to hear. A great-sounding guitar draws me
further into the music, suggests more music to me, and keeps me from
getting frustrated trying to get what I want.
I don't think people listening care anywhere near that much about
nitpicky audio details. But I do:-)
This is also a response to some other replies.
My criteria for performance are quite different from those for back
porch picking. For performance I have to be able to hear myself well,
and what I can hear is a lot more important to me than what the
audience hears - that is the soundman's problem. OTOH, when playing
for myself I try not to get too distracted by sounds, as discussed in
my original post, though as you say, a good sound draws you into the
music and makes your try harder. I'm pretty ambivalent about this
question of sounds versus notes, because of the synergy between the
two. An example - my performance flattop is a Maton 225 with a good
pickup system and just OK sound. I play it at home when I am in the
"don't care about sound" mode. When I'm interested in sound I pull out
the Bourgeois, which, in fact, isn't that often.