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(@guitar_samurai)
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So, its common parlance for an electric to be called an axe, anyone who's had any exposure to the music scene knows that. What I'm wondering is what the slang for an acoustic is? Are they both an axe, or is there some other name? How did they get these names? I know it has nothing to do with actually playing, but I've been wondering for a while.


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(@ricochet)
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An axe can be any kind of instrument, not just a guitar.

Old jazz player slang.

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My favorite slang for the acoustic is
el Kabong(er)?

(but that goes way back to the days of black and white cartoon shows)

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(@musenfreund)
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"Git-Fiddle" for either.

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(@rahul)
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Of all the guitar slangs that were ever invented, we have our own in-house slang - Johnson.

Yep, he plays with his Johnson all the time (sometimes in public) and yet somehow always escapes...


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electro-acoustics are better named electrosticks. courtesy of our very own (and recently absent) wattsiepoops.

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Ninjazz have SuperChops.

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(@gnease)
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There is one for a particular electric.

A Tele is a.k.a. a plank. And playing a Tele is known as spanking the plank.

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(@katmetal)
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I affectionately refer to Steinberger guitars as a "boat paddle".

(Well, actually not all of them...)
I've also heard the term "git - box".


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My favorite slang for the acoustic is
el Kabong(er)?

(but that goes way back to the days of black and white cartoon shows)I'm pretty sure its "El Kabong." I heard it in an old color cartoon. One of the many dog characters that were around had an alter ego as a super hero by that name that went around hitting bad guys over the head with an acoustic. Strangely enough I don't think the guitar ever actually broke. I could be wrong though, its been years since I saw any of these.


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You're thinking of Quick Draw McGraw, who was a horse.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quick_Draw_McGraw

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Since we're here on the glossary topic, I'd like to toss out a few I've been unclear on to date (bear with me, I've only been playing for about 2 months).
For me these could use a little clarifying:

Chops (I've heard it used in situations implying the ability to play with speed, and also in the context of the ability to coordinate left and right hands well when playing). This one keeps haunting me

Virtuoso (what exactly defines a virtuoso in modern day terminology)

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chops means simply one's playing; their personal style. an adjective is usually needed to qualify the word.
a shredder's chops would need the right word to separate it from a jazz players chops.
jazz= fluid, smooth chops
shred= killer, tearing, shredding chops.
a virtuoso in my mind is someone who has absolute and complete mastery of their instrument.
they have played and studied all their lives and have a unique skill that is incomparable.
a master.

it is different from a prodigy, who are gifted beyond their age.

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