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Greg Ballantyne
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  • Westminster, MD
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Greg Ballantyne replied to Peter Pauer's discussion For when your mind goes blank in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"The words are what started getting away from me - they never get completely away. but far enough away I got tired of interrupting songs long enough to dredge em up. Printed page sure helps em stay in line....."
Tuesday
Greg Ballantyne commented on Jud Hair's group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"A little wider and a little deeper...a little more in the hand. More width each side of the strings means less chance of fouling the E strings with too much big hand draped around the neck."
Tuesday
Greg Ballantyne replied to Greg Ballantyne's discussion Any Real or Wanna Be Luthiers On Here? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Aside from doing setup & maintenance on my own guitars, I think my thoughts about kit assembly or more in depth builds should really wait for retirement. I've already got a long list of unfinished and not started projects, and a pile of…"
Aug 11
Craig B replied to Greg Ballantyne's discussion Any Real or Wanna Be Luthiers On Here? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Greg - I am in the same boat as you. I have been doing minor repairs to guitars that are about ready for the backyard fire pit. I am reading "how to" books every night and acquiring some of the tools that I can't make. Building a Stew…"
Aug 10
Greg Ballantyne replied to Greg Ballantyne's discussion Any Real or Wanna Be Luthiers On Here? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"The Stew Mac kits are $500 to $600, and as some have observed assembling the kit would also require a substantial tool investment. I've already concluded that the tool investment isn't wise if the intention is to assemble only one kit.…"
Aug 9
Jud Hair replied to Greg Ballantyne's discussion Any Real or Wanna Be Luthiers On Here? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"I agree completely.  I would want to have a highly experienced guitar builder guiding my every step, helping me to avoid costly, and irreversible mistakes.  I also agree, that the finished product even in the best of circumstances is…"
Aug 9
Dave Fengler replied to Greg Ballantyne's discussion Any Real or Wanna Be Luthiers On Here? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"I'm a wanna be luthier/guitar tech.  I've been learning acoustic guitar repair for nearly 2 years, doing more complex things every few months.  Refretting and neck resets will probably happen in the next 6 months.  I…"
Aug 9
Jud Hair replied to Greg Ballantyne's discussion Any Real or Wanna Be Luthiers On Here? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"A luthier and a guitar tech are two different things in my mind. One builds guitars from the ground up and the other makes relatively simple adjustments to existing guitars to enhance playability and tone, etc. I think anyone can learn to be a…"
Aug 9
Greg Ballantyne replied to Joe Brancato's discussion Leaving the flock.....SWS Mini Jumbo for sale! in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Joe - Perhaps you should talk trade-in with the people selling the Breedlove to get an idea of fair market value. I got $250 on a trade in for a 12 string Washburn 4 years ago, it had a nice hard case with it but was not a solid wood guitar, and was…"
Aug 9
Greg Ballantyne added a discussion to the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
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Any Real or Wanna Be Luthiers On Here?

I place myself squarely in the wanna be category....... I've looked at the guitar and mandolin kits in he Stew Mac catalog a lot, and have a basic woodshop (in disarry currently, some of it in the basement and some of it in the barn) and believe that one day I'll build a guitar, or at least assemble a kit or two. My perceptive wife noticed my attention to that part of the catalog, on on my birthday I opened a box that contained two DVDs, Vols. 1 & 2 of Dan Erlewine's Guitar Shop Maintenance…See More
Aug 9
Greg Ballantyne replied to Peter Pauer's discussion For when your mind goes blank in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"I one of the binder crowd - large font and mostly one page, the two pagers I print so that both pages can be seen without page flipping. What helps the one page thing is I only have lyrics on the pages. So far I don't have much trouble…"
Aug 9
Tony K. replied to Greg Ballantyne's discussion A Shipment of Gulls comes to Westminster in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Oh ya.  I say all the time, the Maritimes are probably THEE best bang for the buck on the planet.  All solid wood, great sounding guitars that cannot be matched by anyone else for their price.  Maritimes are a special creature all…"
Aug 2
Greg Ballantyne replied to Greg Ballantyne's discussion A Shipment of Gulls comes to Westminster in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Nice looking guitar Tony - looking at that picture I realized I'm not sure if the one in town was a CW - I don't think it was. I'm going over to an old friend's house tonight to play some music - it would be great to show up with…"
Aug 2
Tony K. replied to Greg Ballantyne's discussion A Shipment of Gulls comes to Westminster in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"I love the Cedar Walnut look myself Greg.  It's part of the reason I first grabbed the S&M CW GT I now own.  It has Wild Cherry back and sides and a solid Cedar top, but the Wild Cherry has been stained a walnut color.  After…"
Aug 2
Greg Ballantyne commented on Jud Hair's group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Dave - do you fix 'em and sell 'em? Or simply get into projects? I've thought about trying a StewMac kit before, but realize that the half dozen or more unfinished projects I've already got is an indication to be heeded. Maybe in…"
Aug 2
Greg Ballantyne replied to Greg Ballantyne's discussion A Shipment of Gulls comes to Westminster in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Dammit........I'm going to town soon, and keep thinking about that spruce & walnut mj.....I better stay off main street"
Aug 2

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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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