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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scorpiodog: Wow! Good point. Can't wait for the locusts, boils and darkness. Hold on though. We haven't had the rapture yet! Mar 13, 2020 11:20:56 GMT
ocarolan: Over 70s eh? Looks like quite a few of us might be spending more time on the Forum before too much longer..... Mar 15, 2020 9:41:00 GMT
Martin: :-X :-X :-X Mar 15, 2020 11:15:39 GMT
martinrowe: Keith. I'm a bit concerned about the lack of contingency planning on this site e.g. has extra virtual alcohol been ordered for the Plucky Duck (it may get busy), and have extra virtual (cheese and onion) crisps been ordered? Mar 16, 2020 16:47:31 GMT
ocarolan: Martin, - I have just ordered an endless supply of everything and to be absolutely certain I doubled the order. :popcorn: :popcorn: :guinness: :guinness: Remember to keep a virtual 2 metres away from staff and other punters though please. Thankyou! Mar 16, 2020 22:36:53 GMT
ocarolan: But, in the real world, I tried a bit of panic buying myself today at Morrisons. Sadly, not a single bottle of Merlot to be had .... was this because Merlot is especially active against viruses or it was the 2 bottles for a tenner special offer? Mar 16, 2020 22:47:29 GMT *
martinrowe: What did you get instead? Mar 16, 2020 23:01:02 GMT
ocarolan: Malbec. It has some of the same letters in it, but wasn't on special offer, so I had to break my usual spending limit and pay £7 a bottle. Mar 16, 2020 23:13:25 GMT
martinrowe: :) Mar 17, 2020 8:22:11 GMT
geddarby: You could try some Cote du Rhône and Pinotage from Lidl. A little rough but smooth enough for my coarse palate. I need the wine to dull my frustration at every local live music event within a 50 mile radius having closed. Mar 17, 2020 16:09:38 GMT
ocarolan: Cheers ! Mar 17, 2020 17:54:02 GMT
robmc: youtu.be/KXXDC5FarhE Mar 17, 2020 22:52:24 GMT
ocarolan: ... separated by a common language! :D Mar 17, 2020 23:43:08 GMT
robmc: :D personally Merlot is my go-to too! You have fine taste sir. Mar 18, 2020 11:07:34 GMT
Onechordtrick: I seem to be allergic to Merlot; fortunately Pinotage, Shiraz, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chianti et al all seem to be OK Mar 18, 2020 16:07:03 GMT
ocarolan: Just started the Malbec- very pleasant, but not worth £2 more than my usual Merlot! Mar 18, 2020 18:39:53 GMT
andrewjw: Carmenere [preferably from Chile ..sorry Greta ] is the new Merlot IMHO : Mar 19, 2020 18:05:41 GMT
Akquarius: if there's on thing I do not have to worry about atm then it's my wine cellar :D Mar 20, 2020 6:29:54 GMT
martinrowe: There's a Ralph McTell article and clip on the BBC news website Mar 26, 2020 12:49:08 GMT
Onechordtrick: Put the bin out last night and the whole street applauded. Never felt prouder. Mar 27, 2020 11:11:18 GMT