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Dan Halbert replied to Rob Osborn's discussion Hygrometers.... in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"I have used the Caliber brand, which are about $20 apiece on Amazon, sold mostly by cigar stores. They are compact and have a convenient magnet mount. I have two and they differ by about 5%. I have not tried to calibrate them. I'm thinking of…"
Jan 16
Dan Halbert replied to Rob Osborn's discussion Seagull neck... in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Yup, that's what happened to me. I rounded the edges of the heel, unfortunately. I also found it difficult to do the sanding evenly. I unbolted and rebolted it a dozen times to check the action. Once I took it off the body, I was able to…"
Jan 13
Dan Halbert replied to Rob Osborn's discussion Seagull neck... in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"A neck reset is usually not due to something changing about the neck or the neck joint. It is due to the body folding up slightly over time. There are a number of threads describing this over on AGF: A good…"
Jan 13
Dan Halbert replied to Robert Williamson's discussion Straps in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"(As a beginner) I have been using a strap occasionally when practicing, both standing and sitting. It improves my posture, preventing me from hunching over the guitar to look at the fretboard. Sometimes I feel like I want to raise the neck a bit,…"
Jan 6
Dan Halbert replied to Martin van Dooremalen's discussion I think I’m becoming a Seagull 1.8” nut width snob and the beginnings of GAS….. in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"What is the string spacing at the saddle on your 1.8"s vs 1.72's? For instance, what's the distance from the center of the first bridge pin to the center of the last pin, or the center of E to e? My 20-year-old 1.8 Seagull is…"
Nov 26, 2014
Dan Halbert replied to Martin van Dooremalen's discussion I think I’m becoming a Seagull 1.8” nut width snob and the beginnings of GAS….. in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Hi Tony, the reason I said the string spacing is 1.5" is that I've replaced the nut on my old Seagull with a Tusq PQ-1801. The manufacturer (Graphtech)  told me that this is the OEM nut they supply to Godin. That nut is spec'd at…"
Nov 25, 2014
Dan Halbert replied to Martin van Dooremalen's discussion I think I’m becoming a Seagull 1.8” nut width snob and the beginnings of GAS….. in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"When you say it didn't feel right, was that on the fretting hand or the picking hand, or both? Despite being slightly wider, the 1.8" nuts on Seagulls have the same string spacing as the 1.75" nut Taylors. The spacing is 1.5" E…"
Nov 25, 2014
Dan Halbert replied to NCgull's discussion Keep bone saddle on S6 Spruce -- yea/nay? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"I don't think it's an objective fact about whether the bone or the Tusq is "better". It depends on your own tastes. The difference may be subtle or non-existent. The only way to tell is to try it. Keep the same strings, because…"
Nov 10, 2014
Dan Halbert replied to NCgull's discussion Keep bone saddle on S6 Spruce -- yea/nay? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"I would say don't worry about the strings and just try it. But try recording it (even if just on your phone) before and after the change, because one's memory about these things can be quite subjective. I have switched to Tusq from micarta…"
Nov 7, 2014
Dan Halbert replied to Nic Lubbers's discussion Name for evernote-like website for lyricists in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"lyricpen I search for some others (e.g., lyricish), but the .com's are taken. I'm actually a little reluctant to give suggestions here for fear someone will squat on your desired domain."
Oct 18, 2014
Dan Halbert replied to CaliGull's discussion The Merlin. Anyone got one? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Acoustic Guitar Magazine just posted a short video review on YouTube, which discusses the sound difference between the mahogany and spruce models and also has examples of both being played: "
Oct 18, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014
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, 2014

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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
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
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