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Greg Ballantyne
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  • Westminster, MD
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Greg Ballantyne commented on Jud Hair's group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"I think there is more to it than just string spacing. Width of neck outside the strings, depth of neck section, etc...... all affect the position of the hand, and the way the fingers are set on the strings. A larger neck, even with the same string…"
Monday
Greg Ballantyne replied to Mick Jones's discussion Seagull v Lowden in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"That Lowden picture makes me think about a walnut & spruce mini jumbo Seagull I played about a month ago in the shop in town. Of course, picture from one side only...... but I really liked the walnur & spruce Seagull"
Friday
Greg Ballantyne replied to Lennie Schoonover's discussion Do Strings go bad if you don't play them? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"A friend of mine always uses Elixirs on his big Taylor 12 string. There are times he plays the same strings for nearly a year, and the guitar always puts out a lot of sound. I can't really judge if its the guitar or the strings. I can say that…"
Friday
Greg Ballantyne replied to Lennie Schoonover's discussion Do Strings go bad if you don't play them? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Happens on the unwound strings too - that's where I've noticed it. I've got an old Aria that I put new strings on about a year ago, and I don't play it much at all - I mainly play my Seagulls..... they sit out on stands, while…"
Aug 27
Greg Ballantyne replied to Jack Slotterback's discussion NGD- Back in the flock with my Maritime SWS Rosewood Q1T in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Jack  I have a spruce/mahogany Maritime dreadnaught. I love the guitar, and have been playing it four years. Its got great sound and tone top to bottom. However, it does not have the volume of my cedar top Natural Elements dread. That NE puts…"
Aug 27
Greg Ballantyne replied to Lennie Schoonover's discussion Do Strings go bad if you don't play them? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"They dull over time, but I've never come back to new strings after a long time that had never been played initially. I have seen them over time not only dull but corrode a little also. Likely initial playing/handling gets it started."
Aug 24
Greg Ballantyne replied to Mick Jones's discussion Seagull v Lowden in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Welcome Mick  I can only add to what you have already discovered, and what others here also have found - that Godin guitars are a lot of guitar for the price. I've had Seagulls for only four years, but have played them along side a number…"
Aug 24
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....."
Aug 18
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."
Aug 18
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

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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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