Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Mount Pleasant, PA
Re: ERG rant
However, I don't really have a problem with the people that shoot down the idea of Extended Range guitars, because what they feel about them doesn't effect the way I feel about them.
I've written music on 7 string guitars out of necessity for the 7th string. Those pieces of music can't be performed without one. Does that also mean that the music in question is "stupid" and "useless"? Well, if you choose to feel so strongly over something that was created by another human being, I won't stop you, but you also won't stop me. Or the poster that started this thread.. so does it matter? I don't think so.
I think its the older guys on this site that are more likely to denounce ERGs. If you have trouble with that, try being highly interested in metaphysics/non-fundamental-spirituality and living with a 75 year old conservative Christian woman. All I'm saying is that the younger generations have been pushing traditional boundaries since the 60's, and its no mystery that ERGs are embraced by us "free thinking satanic youngsters", and shunned by those "lame old strat ****ers".
..and just as an additional illustration - saying that 7 or 8 stringed guitars are useless to a guitarist is almost like saying that a piano is useless to a guitarist. This idea rings true for myself at least, because any guitar with more than 6 strings truly feels and inspires like a different instrument altogether.