About the Forum

Acoustic Soundboard is a free, independent forum / messageboard for the discussion of acoustic guitars, other acoustic instruments, associated equipment, playing music, listening to music and a whole lot more!

The community has been in existence since 2007, and the forum was previously hosted by ACOUSTIC magazine, under the name Acousticlife.

This forum was set-up at the beginning of October 2010 when we were having lots of access problems at Acousticlife.
The forum software there was very buggy, people struggled to register and access the forum and we were afraid that we would all lose touch with each other if it disappeared. This then became the back-up, so that in times where we couldn't access the main forum, we could still remain in touch with each other and post.

It became useful when Acousticlife changed software and a lot of posts, uploads and information was lost.
Following the problems caused by ACOUSTIC changing publisher from OysterHouse to Blaze (access/bookmark/login issues) this forum received lots more use.

In November 2012 as we were getting more serious about using this forum, we held a mini competition to rename it from Acousticlife Backup to something of our own identity.
Forum member andrewjw came up with the most popular suggestion, and so Acoustic Soundboard was born.

In February 2013, Acousticlife suddenly stopped working altogether and after several attempts at contacting ACOUSTIC staff, including the then editor Guy Little, we received a short note and later a letter from Guy in which he explained that they had a brand new enhanced website not tied to the previous server which hosted the forum.
He says that a decision was made not to continue with the Forum, which had been been closed without any notice to any members.

As such we had no opportunity to warn anyone, to transfer data/content we had built up, or to obtain further contact details for fellow members, and as a result many members were lost or took a long time finding their way to the new forum.

Acoustic Soundboard has slowly but steadily built up an excellent member base, and is now striving to include interesting content, stimulating discussion and most importantly, provide a fun place for like-minded people to visit, interact, learn and be entertained.

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Martin: So young too....very sad :( Jun 4, 2017 20:05:48 GMT
walkingdecay: I did my last gig last Friday. Got sick of being booked to play keyboards only. Jun 6, 2017 13:51:53 GMT *
ocarolan: ...at least you did get booked though, Pete! ;) Jun 6, 2017 21:49:22 GMT
walkingdecay: True, but on some gigs I felt as much programmer as musician, and wishing physical harm would befall the guitarist so I could take over was probably not a healthy state of mind. (I didn't really. Well, not entirely seriously.) Jun 7, 2017 9:31:48 GMT *
ocarolan: Hm, yes. Understand! Just think of the free evenings you'll have! :) Jun 7, 2017 11:52:58 GMT
walkingdecay: The Arena:American Epic series is worth catching on iPlayer at the moment. Nice mini-portraits of the likes of The Carter Family and Mississippi John Hurt, though the "origins of steel guitar" story should be taken with a pinch of salt the size of Hawaii. Jun 7, 2017 14:19:41 GMT
walkingdecay: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08rnyxq/arena-american-epic-part-1-the-big-bang Jun 7, 2017 14:27:33 GMT
ocarolan: :thumbup: Jun 7, 2017 20:34:46 GMT
walkingdecay: Hope gone. Jun 9, 2017 6:10:04 GMT *
Martin: New photo posting guidelines are in effect - photobucket is no longer allowing 3rd party hosting on its free accounts... Jun 30, 2017 14:13:01 GMT
ocarolan: Oh spit! Jun 30, 2017 16:30:08 GMT
vikingblues: Rattfinks! Jun 30, 2017 19:22:48 GMT
007: Vot is ziss Ratfink you speak of is it some kind of animal Jul 8, 2017 16:11:20 GMT
ocarolan: Thanks Photobucket for stuffing up loads of my posts, luthier interviews and photogalleries etc here! >:D Jul 11, 2017 9:02:23 GMT *
Martin: Yep, it's a major inconvenience :( Jul 12, 2017 9:38:59 GMT
Akquarius: the bloody photobucket third party link trap, Keithß Jul 14, 2017 6:53:07 GMT
Akquarius: ? Jul 14, 2017 6:53:13 GMT
rodabernethy: Hey everyone, it's great to be on the forum! Jul 19, 2017 23:07:05 GMT
rodabernethy: Hey everyone, if you're a fan of Leo Kottke and John Fahey, please check out my FB page at https://www.facebook.com/rodabernethyguitar/ Jul 19, 2017 23:08:20 GMT
ocarolan: Hi Rod - and welcome to you! Feel free to introduce yourself at greater length in the, er, Introduce Yourself section! Jul 21, 2017 10:10:53 GMT *