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Dan Halbert replied to CaliGull's discussion The Merlin. Anyone got one? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"In traditional dulcimer playing, when it's in your lap, you fret the string(s) closest to you as the melody, and the rest are just drones. So if those strings are doubled, you get a louder melody line. Often the fretting is done with a…"
Sep 18
Dan Halbert replied to CaliGull's discussion The Merlin. Anyone got one? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Right. The two closely-spaced strings are tuned to the same pitch."
Sep 17
Dan Halbert replied to CaliGull's discussion The Merlin. Anyone got one? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"I haven't tried one, but it's tuned like a mountain dulcimer, DAdd. I found this on the Seagull website: http://www.seagullguitars.com/seagull_merlin_handbook.pdf I have a mountain dulcimer. The main issue I see with the Merlin is that the…"
Sep 15
Dan Halbert replied to Stan's discussion SM6 question in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"The main effect caused is due to the mass of the pins, so metal pins like brass are going to affect the moving top more. Some more…"
Jul 23
Dan Halbert replied to Greg Ballantyne's discussion Mom - How about a Coastline Grand? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Re holding a dulcimer: it's traditionally on your lap, but it can slide around or tip. I use a strap around my waist. But you can also use a low table. And here's a thread talking about stands, lap boards, and using a medical walker as a…"
Jul 18
Dan Halbert replied to Greg Ballantyne's discussion Mom - How about a Coastline Grand? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"I'm wondering about a steel-string for someone with perhaps some hand difficulties. Have you put a guitar into her hands and had her strum a few chords? How about a nylon-string instead? Given her piano background, she might have an easier time…"
Jul 17
Dan Halbert replied to Derick Chatfield's discussion UK Excursion folk. in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"The exclusivity to Europe appears to be a solid spruce top with laminate cherry sides. The walnut ones are available in the US with solid spruce tops, e.g. http://www.sweetwater.com/store/search.php?s=excursion&Go=Search ."
Jul 8
Dan Halbert replied to Joe Brancato's discussion How about a Seagull Road Show??? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Much as I like the idea, I am not sure a road show would be cost-effective for Godin. Running a road show requires personnel and guitar transportation. The higher end of the price range for Godin guitars is in the lower to middle range for a Taylor…"
Jun 10
Dan Halbert replied to Jud Hair's discussion My quick & unscientific 3-guitar comparison "Martin vs Taylor vs Seagull" in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"For me, for this particular song, the dreadnoughts have an edge over the Taylor. The bass line is much clearer and constrasting on the Martin and the Seagull. Having said that, I find the mids to be somewhat muddled-sounding on the Martin; the mids…"
Jun 2
Dan Halbert replied to Bill McCracken's discussion Factory Setup Specifications? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Would you share the numbers? They're probably the same for most Seagulls. Thanks."
May 24
Dan Halbert replied to Raymond Coffman's discussion Used Seagull Artist Mosaic in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"I would be cautious. I would want to see a picture of a long straightedge put on the frets and slid up to the bridge, to see where the straightedge hits the bridge. If it's at all below the top of the bridge, it may need a neck…"
Apr 28
Dan Halbert replied to Jud Hair's discussion Godin/Seagull policy on selling broken and damaged guitars in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Russ, did you fix the cracks yourself? Did you have previous experience or did you just research how to do it and follow through?"
Apr 25
Dan Halbert replied to Robert Williamson's discussion Guitar Setup Tools in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"There are also metal action gauges for sale on eBay, at a lower price than StewMac's."
Apr 14
Dan Halbert replied to Jud Hair's discussion Do you suffer from "Stage Fright" ? Here's a great little 2-minute video for you ... enjoy! in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"That was fantastic! Thanks for finding this. You might post this again over in "PLAY" on the AGF. (BTW, it's more like 7 minutes.)"
Mar 16
Dan Halbert replied to Gary Welch's discussion DIY in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"You might find this lengthy guide to setups to be helpful: http://charlestauber.com/luthier/Resources_files/BasicGuitarSetup101-March2013.pdf. The author is a regular in the "Build and Repair" section of http://acousticguitarforum.com. I…"
Feb 21
Dan Halbert replied to Dan Halbert's discussion 1.72" neck string spacing? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Great, thank you. So the 1.4" string spacing is only a tiny bit greater than the 1.375 of the Yamaha 1-11/16" neck. So it's the typical string spacing of of a 1-11/16", but with a bit more room on the edges of the neck, the same…"
Feb 1

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Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Amateur or recreational musician, Guitar student
How many years have you been playing guitar?
Less than 1 year
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
Yamaha FS700S, JR1
Seagull Deluxe Spruce
Alvarez AP70
What type of music do you like to play?
folk
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