Don't know if it's been mentioned, but let me contribute to the hate: I hate that I can't get a stable job playing in an orchestra, hate that we don't have great late-romantic repertoire, hate that there's an anti-amplification vibe in the guitar community (wish the amplification was better too), and hate that most of my training as a guitarist was spent playing and practicing alone and not with others. And I hate that 99% of my repertoire is way too difficult to perform drunk
On the flip side I think tremolo is charming, I look good in a tuxedo and I don't mind the name classical guitar!
Makes complete sense to me. Most people look good in a tux. I find the drunkenness problem is easier when playing duets. Did a Spanish embassy gig once and found that lots of sangria is fine as long as ones partner is driving. We ended up having an live ornament competition in a piece of Bach. Hysterical.
If I were playing out now I'd use a quite dampened sound, maybe nail-less, and amplify it, perhaps adding a bit of delay, distortion or chorus occasionally where it works, for a change. Then I could do the pubs.
I suppose that's me finished on the forum.
Seems to me that we become too accustomed to the sound and forget that just one note played well sounds wonderful.
Was it Schubert who said that the only sound better than the guitar was two guitars? I often wonder why his songs are not more performed in gtr transcriptions. I keep meaning to have a go at the Lime Tree but I expect it's been done.