The greatest forum on the planet. Ostensibly a place for people to discuss guitar tones (which they often do) it is often host to funny picture threads, hilarious n00b
bashing, and humorous (and often ambiguous) use of emoticon
s. Also contains a number of "clubs" to which people profess their allegiance in their signature, which occasionally are "joined" to support for a particular manufacturer, e.g. the Mesa Boogie Mob or the VHT Death Squad, but are more often whimsical and rather meaningless, such as Renoir1's :o club and various other emoticon clubs. It has either popularized or invented notable memes, such as numerous pictures involving the faces or bodies of the likes of Eddie Van Halen
, Zakk Wilde
and moshzilla photoshopped
into various amusing locations, and slang as well, such as "teh br00talz
" and "porcupwned
." Despite all of its shenanigans, however, HCAF is actually quite a useful resource for all manner of amp- and guitar-related material, and can be very useful to beginners and seasoned tone veterans alike. The members tend to be very opinionated, however, with a notable tend towards tube amp-purism, and a general (though not universal) dislike towards certain manufacturers, such as Crate, Bugera, Krank and others which are seen as overpriced, overhyped, of low quality, or a combination the above.