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Origin Of The Word "Axe" When Referring To Instruments?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by mickeyw3340, Jan 30, 2003.


  1. Does anyone have any comments about the origin of this term? One would think it relates to the shape of a guitar, similar to an axe. Axe handle = Guitar neck ... Axe blade = Guitar body . Also wondering if it relates to the word we use "chops" . Just curious. Over the years it has also been used to refer to other musical instruments, horns, fiddles, etc.
     
  2. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    My old bass was modeled like a B.C rich Mockingbird...It looked kind of like an Axe :p
     
  3. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Back in the 18th century people used to use their guitars to chop wood, because the Steel Workers' Union went on strike, so there were no ax blades available and.............





    Okay, okay, so I'm making this up, but hey, I'm a bass playing rodent, so it's excused! :p
     
  4. neptoon

    neptoon

    Jul 25, 2000
    summerville, sc
    i call mine a fiddle
     
  5. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Ed for President! Who's with me?! :D
     
  6. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    That was brilliant Ed...thanks...that made my day :D
     
  7. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    No clue...but I'll guess

    gig= go, instrumentalists go!!!!!
     
  8. Jason Carota

    Jason Carota Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2002
    Lowell, MA
    Well, you made me curious. So, I found the following on http://pw1.netcom.com/~mrlucky/gig.html:

    "…gig-a musical performance, likely comes from French gigue ‘a ball or dance’, from Middle French giguer ‘to dance’. Jig (the verb) likely comes from the same source."
     
  9. moley

    moley

    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Talking of which, what is the origin of dig, in this context?
     
  10. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Again I don't know but I like guessing :D


    Dig = Music thats so good(complex maybe) you have to dig your way through it to get everything out of it out.
     
  11. neptoon

    neptoon

    Jul 25, 2000
    summerville, sc
    i mainly gig for carp
     
  12. What about "hip", "cool", "groovy", "the cats",....
     
  13. moley

    moley

    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Digging yourself into a bit of a hole there, Ed...
     
  14. yoshi

    yoshi

    Jul 12, 2002
    England, London
    Off topic slightly, but I saw a TV show where it stated artists, especially heavey metal ones, saw the guitar as an extension of their 'manhood', especially when worn low (crotch region) ;)

    ..it then jumped to some female guitarists so that theory was kind of out...possibly...
     
  15. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Geez man! one at a time...you trying to kill us?

    again I don't KNOW but these are my guesses

    hip= you shake your hips when you dance, if a groove is dance-able its hip

    cool= if a song makes you feel relaxed or chill then its cool

    groovy= that which grooves is groovy

    cats= cats are notorius for being really calm and collected, really cool...so the musicians that make cool music must be cats.
     
  16. Axe - see Gene Simmons :D
     
  17. Yeah...You mean there was music BEFORE KISS?? Wow.....how did people live? Wow
     
  18. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member






    Probably got coined when Pete Townshend took off Abbie Hoffman's head with his guitar!:eek: