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Greg Ballantyne replied to Greg Ballantyne's discussion Mom - How about a Coastline Grand? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"I think I like the finish on the coastline top better also, but I've just been looking at websites. I called my mom the other day to discuss options, and she said she wants a guitar and directed me to go and get one. I think she must be feeling…"
2 hours ago
Greg Ballantyne replied to Diamond Dave's discussion I'm out! in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Keep hanging around here Dave, that way the day that you again become a Godin owner will get here faster. In the meantime we'll welcome you just the same."
yesterday
DJ replied to Greg Ballantyne's discussion Mom - How about a Coastline Grand? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Greg, Have you thought about a 3/4 guitar? Like a little Martin or a baby Taylor. Just an idea. They are small and easy to hold and yet have have good acoustics and playability and don't cost a mint. How about a small electric piano. Like a…"
yesterday
R Hill replied to Greg Ballantyne's discussion The Mandolin Bug is Biting This Year in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Greg, I went through the same process you are going through about a year ago.  I settled on a Kentucky KM-150, with which I am very pleased.  You might consider that model along with the others you are looking at. The KM-150 is an…"
yesterday
Ron Khoo replied to Greg Ballantyne's discussion Mom - How about a Coastline Grand? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"I have a Entourage Rustic Dread and a Coastline Folk.  The Folk has better finish while the Rustic has a stained top, probably because the wood would not look good without the dark stain to hide imperfections.  The tones are different but…"
Monday
Joe Brancato replied to Greg Ballantyne's discussion Mom - How about a Coastline Grand? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"That's what great about music....you're never too old to learn something new....or just enjoy the beauty of music. I too have to vote for a nylon string guitar.....maybe a small bodied A&L.....a fairly small investment. I would…"
Saturday
Greg Ballantyne replied to Greg Ballantyne's discussion Mom - How about a Coastline Grand? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Actually I've been thinking that those Grands have a narrower nut, and wishing they were wider. My mom is a big boned woman, with large hands. There might have been a time or two when as a youngster I wished they were…"
Friday
Jud Hair replied to Greg Ballantyne's discussion Mom - How about a Coastline Grand? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Here's an alternative ... Consider a baritone uke tuned to DGBE ... nylon strings with simpler 4-string "guitar" chords.  This is how I learned all those years ago. Kudos to your Mom for having the "get-up-and-go" to…"
Friday
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…"
Friday
Elton Bloye replied to Greg Ballantyne's discussion Mom - How about a Coastline Grand? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"+1 on the nylon string with narrower nut width. Very good thinking. "
Friday
Ian Miller replied to Greg Ballantyne's discussion Mom - How about a Coastline Grand? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Yes, I agree,a mountain dulcimer is a pretty cool and easy instrument!"
Friday
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…"
Friday
James Baxter Bain replied to Greg Ballantyne's discussion Mom - How about a Coastline Grand? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Yes, I played them both and bought the Rustic......no difference I could hear or feel."
Friday
Greg Ballantyne added a discussion to the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
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Mom - How about a Coastline Grand?

 My mother, a long time piano teacher, is suddenly interested in learning to play guitar. She wants me to find her a guitar, and get her going. There are many who think going in that learning the guitar will be easy, and perhaps an 80 year old piano teacher believes that music knowledge will carry the day. Music knowledge goes a long way, but I wonder how much hand strength and technique, not to mention picking/strumming considerations might conspire to prolong the progress towards…See More
Thursday
Greg Ballantyne replied to Greg Ballantyne's discussion The Mandolin Bug is Biting This Year in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Thanks for the offer - and the suggestion. I spoke to one of my guitar playing buddies and he told me about a place in Catonsville (Baltimore suburb) that has "Bluegrass" in the name. That may go a long way toward solving my local…"
Thursday
FloridaGull replied to Greg Ballantyne's discussion The Mandolin Bug is Biting This Year in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"If I was doing this, and as I played the viola in a previous life, I'd buy a mandola... ;-) Anyway, Breedlove makes them, too...there are 3 at Wolfe Guitars in Jupiter, FL -…"
Jul 16

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Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Amateur or recreational musician
How many years have you been playing guitar?
More than 30 years
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.
Seagull Maritime SWS HG spruce & mahogany dred
Seagull Natural Elements cedar & cherry dred
Aria six string spruce top dred - old Japanese acoustic flat top guitar from 30 years ago
Large selection of harmonicas
What type of music do you like to play?
Variety of rock, acoustic rock, folk
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
I don't regularly read Acoustic Guitar

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At 3:53pm on December 11, 2013, FloridaGull said…

What kind of Aria is it?  I had an LW-15 - nice, but I think it had a 1 5/8" nut!  Ouch (compared to the Seagull)

 
 
 

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