I'm not out to defend Ed Roman, but do you know that his nationalist attitude spills over onto anything but guitars? Ed may not be your "typical American", but then again, who is? When you say "too many felow Americans", I guess it comes down to how many is too many and what, besides guitars, are you referring to when you say "narrowminded redneckish"? There are a great many citizens of my country, but I would dare say that the vast majority of our population look upon our neighbors overseas with respect. I mean are you thinking about some guy from St. Louis stating that Budweiser is better than Guiness or do you consistently run into Americans that hate anything foreign?
I would say the attitude of any American for whatever reason you would classify as "narrowminded redneck" would certainly benefit from some travel to other parts of the world. I'm sure you'd agree that the same would go for your fellow countrymen. Narrowmindedness is a condition born totally from environment. We could probably rate a similar % of each of our populations as such.
This may be a forum for a specific type of guitar, but it isn't particularly sheltered from any one type of person. If anything, I think this forum represents a good x-section of our world population. It sounds like you haven't, but don't let a few bad apples ruin the bunch!
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