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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walkingdecay: One of the local foxes has made him or herself a playground with found items at the end of our garden. There are shredded plastic flower pots, a mauled frisbee, a washing liquid widget, a disemboweled tennis ball - and an onion. Sept 7, 2021 23:21:08 GMT
martinrowe: You could move the swings and slide down there Sept 8, 2021 7:34:51 GMT
walkingdecay: Yep. They would probably take a while to chew up. Sept 8, 2021 16:19:15 GMT
curmudgeon: Watching the run up to F1 Sprint race with subtitles on -Just seen "Mercedes" interpreted as "Miss Sadie's - Well toto - thats the name of your team now!! Sept 11, 2021 13:53:54 GMT
walkingdecay: A few weeks ago I would have agreed that having had a heat pump installed was essentially an act of old hippie wilfulness and that it hadn't been worth the considerable disruption. This morning it feels like it was a very good move. Sept 20, 2021 8:09:33 GMT
martinrowe: 'The Whole Earth Catalog' here we come. Sept 21, 2021 16:28:06 GMT
walkingdecay: Always confused me, that. I can think of fewer more awkward spaces to occupy than a geodesic dome. Sept 21, 2021 17:05:09 GMT
walkingdecay: There, you've got me worrying about people who live in geodesic domes now, and more specifically what must happen when they try to lean a guitar against the wall. Sept 21, 2021 19:52:59 GMT
martinrowe: :) Sept 21, 2021 20:10:29 GMT
robmc: The raison d'etre of geodesic domes is to stop people leaning guitars against walls :naughty: you could ask Buckminster Fuller if he were still with us but he has sadly passed on to the great dome in the sky. Sept 23, 2021 10:22:58 GMT
davewhite: If you had an Ovation - or a lute - you'd probably be OK 8-) Sept 23, 2021 16:56:58 GMT
walkingdecay: Or a really big kettle drum, which might even obviate the building itself.(Dome in the sky - I like it.) Sept 23, 2021 23:04:40 GMT
otis1960: I haven’t had an Ovation since I was 19; they were a lovely audience that night Sept 25, 2021 10:26:00 GMT
walkingdecay: Oh, that's splendidly bad. Congrats. Sept 26, 2021 7:23:29 GMT
walkingdecay: Trapped in a room with Strictly Come Dancing on for the first time in years. Fortunately a former bandmate was also confined, so we had a good time ripping in to its bloody awful band. Sept 26, 2021 8:26:05 GMT
walkingdecay: Morning, all you bumps in the road to the glorious uplands of Brexit. Cry hog, for England, Lizzie and St Boris! Oct 4, 2021 7:21:16 GMT
walkingdecay: Biggest laugh of the year: Pig breeders "in tears" over culling of animals they've bred to murder for profit. Oct 6, 2021 0:12:42 GMT
walkingdecay: OK, I'm very angry with what's happening and slipping into one of my mardy moods at present. I'd better stay away from the internet for a while, as it tends to make me worse. Back in a few months, most likely. Enjoy your wood! Oct 6, 2021 7:31:00 GMT
martinrowe: I find trying to avoid the news helps. It's quite hard to do but even a little bit of success at avoidance helps. Take care Pete. Oct 6, 2021 7:50:42 GMT
curmudgeon: I'm pretty angry about what is happening in the UK too - not satisfying to see my predictions coming true. As a lady on Question Time said last night - "The tide is turning!" Gov representatives/reprobates get a hard time on QT! Will "Gov" ban it? Oct 8, 2021 16:20:48 GMT