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South American guitars
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I'm planning a trip to Argentina and Brazil next year and am toying with the idea of buying a locally crafted (read: no Martins or Taylors...) parlor or folk sized steel string accoustic while there.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Keith Pratt Mar 9, 2013.

Campfire guitar
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I'm looking for the ultimate campfire/travel guitar, the one that is indestructable,sounds great, and is affordable! Your opinions please!

Started this discussion. Last reply by FloridaGull Aug 26, 2011.

 

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Ian Miller replied to Chuck Snyder's discussion Dry Climate: Guitar Cases and Humidity Control in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"It's called marketing. Like Ron says, too much information may cost you a sale! That's why I think it's best to channel through a trusted Luthier and/or instrument builder to get to the truth."
Apr 12
Ian Miller replied to CaliGull's discussion Anyone ever sell a 'gull and buy another one like it later? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Oh oh... this discussion sounds like it's going to be one of those round table therapy sessions! I too have a confession to make. I've recently commissioned an L-00 by David Webber in N.Vancouver, just across the pond from where I am on…"
Apr 12
Ian Miller replied to Šandor Gion's discussion My new Norman B20HG in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"That's a beauty, Sandor! The grain matches really well!"
Apr 11
Ian Miller replied to Diamond Dave's discussion Howdy! in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Dave....Dave...Dave..."
Apr 11
Ian Miller replied to Chuck Snyder's discussion Dry Climate: Guitar Cases and Humidity Control in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"As in previous discussions relating to humidity and it's lack of or too much of, this is being WAY to over thought!!"
Apr 7
Ian Miller replied to Chuck Snyder's discussion Dry Climate: Guitar Cases and Humidity Control in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Take humidity readings throughout your house to see if one area or spare room is more humid than others. Try to create a micro climate of 45 to 60 % humidity there to store your guitars, the time you have them out of that space to play them probably…"
Apr 6
Ian Miller replied to Chuck Snyder's discussion Check Out My new S6 Entourage in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Classic body shape! Go eat your dinner, if you don't eat you can't play!!"
Apr 1
Ian Miller replied to Chuck Snyder's discussion New Seagull Owner in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Hi Chuck, Welcome! This is a great site and there will be no shortage of support for you! When you receive your guitar send some pictures!"
Mar 28
Ian Miller replied to Harris Coe's discussion Maritime SWS models in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Can't comment on the Folk model but I've had my SWS Maritime MJ (2010) since new and it is fantastic! Not exactly something you'd curl up with on the couch, but very comfortable to play while seated thanks to the tight waist! I would…"
Mar 26
Ian Miller replied to Jud Hair's discussion Do you suffer from "Stage Fright" ? Here's a great little short video for you ... enjoy! in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"For me, repetition and improvement are key in letting go of the insecurity I feel when playing for others. I play songs to death before I'm somewhat happy with the result, only then can I separate myself from being self conscious and worried…"
Mar 17
Ian Miller replied to Jud Hair's discussion Do you suffer from "Stage Fright" ? Here's a great little short video for you ... enjoy! in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Well, that was a bit weird...but true to life! I suffer from performance anxiety but am finding playing and singing publicly more comfortable the more I do it! "
Mar 17
Ian Miller replied to eric johnson's discussion seagull performer mini jumbo cw cedar gt in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"My "camp fire" guitar is a Yamaha Dread and personally I find the body shape "slippery" compared to the comfortable waist of my SWS MJ (which is awesome!)"
Mar 4
Ian Miller replied to J.L's discussion Hiya folks (Excursion vs. Entourage q) in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Something to consider might be the humidity variations where you live, if it's too dry you'll be forever fretting (excuse the pun) about drying out a solid wood top guitar!"
Feb 21
Ian Miller replied to Gary Welch's discussion Seagull Mini Jumbo in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Yes, the MJ is a very comfortable guitar."
Feb 15
Ian Miller replied to Gary Welch's discussion Seagull Mini Jumbo in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Hi Gary, I played recreationally for years when I was young, then, as you say, life got in the way! Fast forward 22 or so years and I took it up again. I can't comment on the various courses available out there as I've never taken one, but…"
Feb 12
Ian Miller replied to Peter Pauer's discussion Guitar Chair in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"I'm always scared to twist around and whack the tail end of the guitar, so I use anything "backless"!"
Feb 10

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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?
2-5 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar, Nylon-string guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
Seagull SWS Maritime Mini Jumbo
Yamaha classical GC-15D 1972
Simon and Patrick Woodland Pro Folk Sunburst
What type of music do you like to play?
finger style folk, accoustic rock.
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
I don't regularly read Acoustic Guitar

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At 1:52pm on October 31, 2012, Calliope said…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bNhwUMdZOo

does this help you with todo cambia? Cheers, Kai

At 11:21am on December 10, 2011, Cameron Curtis said…

Also, I got the MJ because it felt and sounded like what I wanted to learn/play more fingerstyle with. I've got a lot to learn, but I think the MJ will fit nicely into that style... What do you think? I just noticed that you like to play fingetstyle. How does it compare to other guitars you have/have played for fingerstyle?

-cam

At 11:15am on December 10, 2011, Cameron Curtis said…

well, the Dread has solid Rosewood, and both have different body sizes/finishes,  so tonally they are a bit different. When strumming the rosewood seems resonant heavy to me. Kind of like the bass notes tumble and thunder about as they mix with the highs. But they don't muddy the sound. The rosewood projected more than the mahogany did (both dreadnoughts), and I liked the cheerier, more edged feel of the rosewood model on hand, so that's what I got. The MJ, of course, is mahogany and seems more "resonant" friendly. Sounds don't feel like they are crashing and tumbling about as they mix, but just blending. That edged clarity I like about the rosewood is buffered a little in the MJ's softer mahogany. The MJ is quite balanced however, just as most people report. I wanted a little more bass from it so I put bluegrass strings on it and for me, it sounds just as i'd like. They are pretty different guitars, both with unique and really great sounds to them. On a side note, I played two different SWS rosewood dreads in the shop and even between them, sounds came out differently. So, I guess the old adage that every guitar is different and sounds different, is true. The same models, out of the same wood, won't play the same every time. It's taken me a few weeks to really start to like the sound of the MJ. I got it because I liked some of the sound it had, and I'd read that as it ages, the sound gets better and better. After some adjustments to the action and truss rod, it plays much more easily, and with time I'm starting to think that I'm going to love it, not just like it a lot. Thanks for your response about the tric case. I'm hoping to find something that's nice and hard and offers a soft and snug fit for it. I'm having a tough time of it though. Thanks for reading this novel I wrote. 

  -Cam

At 1:19am on December 10, 2011, Cameron Curtis said…

Hi Ian. What are you using for a case for your MJ? I recently purchased on and the gig bag/case that the store threw in for discount seems overly tight to me on the lower bout, with lots of wiggle room for the upper bout. Plus it doesn't seal well. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks,

-Cameron

At 5:26am on July 19, 2011, Jud Hair said…
Ian ... wow, I dunno.  Spam has not been a problem so far on this site.  Not like some other guitar-related sites I frequent.  It showed up last night when I posted photos of my new Martin.  I'll try to report it to the moderator.
At 6:16am on July 12, 2011, Jud Hair said…
Welcome to the group Ian!!  How do you like your Maritime?  I'm actively looking at Maritimes right now myself because I want a spruce top as an option to my cedar top S-6. 
 
 
 

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