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Old 07-27-2012, 09:39 AM
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No no, you have it all wrong.

The definition of a folk guitar goes well beyond the actual guitar. Here are a list of requirements that brings true meaning to the definition. If any 2 of these apply to you then it makes no difference what model guitar you play... it will then be defined as a folk guitar by the masses.

Carrying case: vinyl bag or pressed cardboard and rope for handle.

Stickers on the case or guitar: flowers or 'Support Your Local Farmer.'

Attitude of the player: Peace, love and holding hands.

Books in the guitar case: 'Mel Bay book 1', 'The Folksingers Wordbook,' 'The Complete Joni Mitchell' and 'On The Road' by Jack Kerouac.

Required repertoire: Puff the Magic Dragon, Kumbaya, Little Boxes... etc..

Language or common phrases: 'Far out' 'Groovy' 'I'm hip.'

Attire: Paisley shirt or blouse, jeans with patches and sandals. Guys MUST roll up their sleeves.

Favorite beverage: Rose hips tea

Favorite food: Veggie burger

Upcoming road trip: Birmingham, Alabama

Pickup on guitar: 'What's that????'

I'm sure we can all add something to this. Heck, we could even define Jazz, Blues, Rock and Bluegrass guitars along these lines.

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Old 07-27-2012, 10:24 AM
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Toby you nailed it.
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:30 AM
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Hmmm, interesting commentary, but not in-line with what I think about as a traditional "industry" use of the words "folk guitar" (the physical instrument itself, not the surrounding culture or music).

To me, the industry used this term specifically when referring to an inexpensive nylon-string guitar that was built to accommodate ball-end nylon strings.

Wade referred to this, somewhat, with his mention of the 0-16NY...but I tend to think of much-cheaper instruments.

That's what I think of when someone uses the term "folk guitar".

End of story.

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Old 07-27-2012, 10:33 AM
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Louie Armstrong said

All music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song.
so I guess it would be just about any guitar
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:40 AM
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Latest definition I've heard...

At a Hot Tuna concert, Barry Mitterhof pulled out an ancient uke (1929), and remarked, "This instrument may not stay in tune, for the whole song. At which point, it can be called a folk song." (fully tongue-in-cheek)
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:01 AM
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The first time I heard the term "folk guitar" was when I was a kid (it's been a "few" years back), and one of the guitar techs at my local music store was using the term to refer to a 12-fret steel string guitar with a slotted head. Maybe not definitive, but that's been my terminology ever since.
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:05 AM
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I had one of the those gibson F-25's ( think thats the number ) yes that was a folk guitar by all means -but it was quite possibly one of the worse guitars i ever owned -sounded like it was full of socks ! ( i never looked, maybe it was )
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Opa John View Post
And then Yamaha comes along with their FG700S, FG720S and FG730S. The FG supposedly stands for "Folk Guitar". These won't even fit into a standard dreadnought case since the lower bouts measure fully 16 1/4" wide.

So, my definition of a folk guitar is any guitar that the user plays folk music on.
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