For the longest time I had no idea what acoustic electric guitars were, and this is surprising to a lot of people I know because I am married to a guitar player. I know about electric guitars because there are ten different ones in my home, and I certainly have known about acoustic guitars because I have been around them my whole life. I owned own of my own before I ever met my husband. I had no idea that there was a combination out there, and this lead to a confusing moment in my life that I look back on now with laughter.
A few years ago my husband was in two bands, and on of those bands played blues and country music. He wasn’t big on the country component, but he loved the blues music. They had two acoustic electric guitars, and they had worked them into the shows. I had not seen them play in a while, so I had no idea what was going on. One of his band members called and asked me to remind my husband to bring both of the acoustic electric guitars up from the rehearsal space to the gig that night.
For about ten minutes we had an argument on the phone that must have been comical to anyone else who was within earshot. I didn’t know what acoustic electric guitars were, and I thought he was making it up. I said he would bring both kinds, and this confused his band mate even more. After much conversation he finally realized why I was so confused, and he still picks on me about it today. I hadn’t even crossed his mind that I didn’t know what acoustic electric guitars might be. I knew of acoustic and electric, but had no idea there was an in-between.
You can get them anywhere, I am told, and many bands us acoustic electric guitars when they want to do mellow songs, or perhaps they just want the sound of an acoustic. They look just like a regular acoustic guitar, but they have a power source so the guitar can be played through an amp rather than having to rely on the sound carrying throughout the venue. Perhaps I had seen acoustic electric guitars before but I didn’t know what I was looking at. I’m sure I am not the only person to ever make this mistake, though I may be the only one who is married to a guitar player that didn’t know they existed. My shame is endless.
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