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Greg Ballantyne
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  • Westminster, MD
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Greg Ballantyne replied to Jud Hair's discussion Seeking help with writer's block issue ... need a name for my road!! in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"There is a road near me that I always thought should be used in a song, but I have never been a song writer. The name of that road is Copper Mine Road. I don't know if that fits your purpose or not...."
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Greg Ballantyne replied to Blackback Gull's discussion ALERT: MARY MALLARD - SPAM-SCAM MEMBER, SPAM-SCAM EMAILS in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Mary Mallard..... It was a female mallard who was nesting in a barrel on my boat dock when I lived in Alabama who crapped on my shoulder. Maybe the same bird? Its been 25 years....."
Feb 18
Greg Ballantyne commented on Jud Hair's group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Solid wood back & sides are great, but by far the greatest contributor to the sound of a guitar IMHO is the top. Species of wood, followed closely by solid vs. laminate.  In my mind the greater question regarding Godin laminates is the…"
Feb 12
Greg Ballantyne replied to Alan Cargile's discussion Locking Your Strap On The Endpin Jack. in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"That does indeed look quite secure, and unobstrusive at the same time. I may look for similar parts to put on my NE - also with endpin jack."
Jan 24
Greg Ballantyne replied to Alan Edmunds's discussion Guitar Tone/Sound Comparison in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"I played a Rainsong in the shop in town a couple of years ago, and was decidedly unimpressed. It had a fairly expensive price tag as well. I have never looked for another one to pick up again."
Jan 21
Greg Ballantyne replied to Alan Edmunds's discussion Guitar Tone/Sound Comparison in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Glad to hear about your comparison, Alan. I've never compared guitars quite that way before, but always loved a J45 and have never played a Recording King. Now I'm on the lookout for that opportunity..... would have loved to have been…"
Jan 21
Greg Ballantyne replied to Alan Edmunds's discussion Guitar Tone/Sound Comparison in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Sorry in advance to any Ovation owners, but.... I never heard or played an Ovation that sounded any good unless it was plugged in, and then they only sound a little better..... but never heard them with a sound that justified the price"
Jan 21
Greg Ballantyne replied to Alan Cargile's discussion How do you all feel about string gauge? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"I guess I've never tried extra lights - used to use "bluegrass" guage strings years ago, but now simply use lights (12's). I find changing strings about once a month maintains the "active" sound the bluegrass guage…"
Jan 16
Greg Ballantyne replied to Rob Osborn's discussion Group appreciation! in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"I guess if I hear that kind of advice I'll have to laugh at the advice giver, and conclude that person just doesn't know much about guitars......"
Jan 14
Greg Ballantyne replied to Rob Osborn's discussion Group appreciation! in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"I also give that advice - about buying a better guitar straight away. When you recommend Seagull at the same time, its far more likely your advice will actually be taken...."
Jan 14
Greg Ballantyne replied to Rob Osborn's discussion Seagull neck... in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"I've heard the same discussions about glued vs. bolt on necks, but never having had a guitar that required a new or reset neck, and not knowing anyone I've played with extensively have a guitar that developed that problem, I hever really…"
Jan 13
Greg Ballantyne replied to Alan Cargile's discussion Adding a strap lock. in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"I've had the strap pull off the end pin on my NE, while holding the guitar by the strap while moving it from the stand to playing position. This is due to both the larger diameter of the end pin with the cord jack, and the strap being in the…"
Jan 13
Greg Ballantyne replied to Alan Edmunds's discussion Singing the "Lost a Seagull" blues in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"That was how I got my first Seagull - traded a Washburn 12 string for it. My wife had bought the Washburn for me about 20 years prior, but it hadn't been played much. Nice enough guitar, but I just always reached for the 6 string. 20 years…"
Jan 12
Greg Ballantyne replied to Dave Fengler's discussion Has anyone joined the Guitar Center String Club? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"So far I always go to the low bidder on Amazon, and get multiple string packs. I'm going through two sets a month, and the low bidder on Amazon for 10 sets of EJ16 is always less than $5 a set anyhow.....I think they're about $4.30 a set."
Jan 12
Elton Bloye replied to Greg Ballantyne's discussion Smaller Body Guitars, or smaller body stringed instruments in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"For me, small bodies work best when the woods chosen bring out the best bass response. (I am talking OM/000 size or smaller).   I think its why you see so many small bodied guitars with cedar tops - The cedar naturally brings out the lower…"
Jan 12
Martin van Dooremalen replied to Greg Ballantyne's discussion Smaller Body Guitars, or smaller body stringed instruments in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Greg, you mentioned the Seagull mini jumbo shape and I think that might be a good direction to go if you want another guitar. Size wise against the dread the MJ is barely a quarter inch wider in the upper and lower bouts and a full inch narrower…"
Jan 11

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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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