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Lennie Schoonover
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  • Bonney Lake, WA
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Tony K. 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)
"My bro has a Seagull Coastline (S6) 12 string that shipped with Elixers.  It's now almost 10 months later, he's bin playing it non stop and it still sounds great.  I can hear that it's getting close to new string time soon,…"
Saturday
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
Tony K. 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)
"Ya, like I said, I used to use D'Addarios all the time.  Loved those strings.  You should probably give a couple of sets of Elixers a try then.  Since both of us like D'Addarios so much, if I like Elixers so much, then that…"
Thursday
Ron Khoo 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)
"Even new string can go bad. I have opened new strings with some corrosion."
Thursday
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…"
Thursday
Tony K. 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)
"That "corrosion" you see is the oxidization mentioned.  The 4 wound strings, if uncoated, once released from their sealed packaging, will oxidize or "corrode" no matter what or where they are.  The thing that "gets…"
Aug 26
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
Blackback Gull 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)
"Appreciate the info, Tony - I use uncoated strings on all my guitars - always reckoned they just stretched and deadened over time - oxidation makes sense..."
Aug 24
Martin van Dooremalen 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)
"I have to agree with Tony about Elixirs staying "alive" under tension and un-played. I put some on my Norman a little over two years ago when I started playing again, played them for about 6 months until I bought my Maritime and…"
Aug 24
Tony K. 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)
"No disrespect meant here Blackback, but it's the tension that brings the strings to life.  Without tension, they are just dead pieces of wire.  Once uncoated strings are out of the package, if you just leave the strings by themselves…"
Aug 24
Blackback Gull 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)
"I think it's the tension that deadens them, even if they're not being played. I( have several guitars, and most of 'em spend most of their time in the case. After a lobg layoff, new strings do indeed make a difference - at least to my…"
Aug 24
Tony K. 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)
"Once out of their original packaging, any uncoated strings will go dull over time, even if not played.  Brass/bronze will oxidize.  That's just the reality of it. Coated strings however (and I can only speak to Elixers here cuz they…"
Aug 24
Jud Hair 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)
"I'm of the (highly unscientific) opinion that strings put under tension and exposed to the atmosphere go dull even if they're not played.   My case in point is the brand new Taylor GA-3 I ordered from Sam Ash Direct.   When I…"
Aug 24
Lennie Schoonover added a discussion to the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
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Do Strings go bad if you don't play them?

Jud is the master at keeping the discussion going around here, for which I say, "Jud, thanks, you are the best!"  So it is a kick for me to come up with a question that I think will be a contribution.I think most of us accept that strings kept in their package will sound fresh when we take them out.  But what happens to strings that are installed but not played?  Do they stay fresh like new strings?  Does putting them under tension make them go dull?  We know that bits of finger flesh in the…See More
Aug 24
Lennie Schoonover replied to Mick Jones's discussion Seagull v Lowden in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Mick, welcome to the group.  You have known for a long time what a lot of folks are just learning.  I find it amazing how much value one gets with the Seagull line of instruments.  My dealer had me compare a Washburn when I…"
Aug 24
Lennie Schoonover replied to Jud Hair's discussion Scale length on your Seagull ... What is it? Why does it matter? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Tony compares scale length Just bringing back an older topic because there is a new vid out with a comparison.  While he doesn't use Seagulls, he does use the same basic model of Martin D18. Some of you with better ears (or speakers) may…"
May 24

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Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Amateur or recreational musician, Guitar student
How many years have you been playing guitar?
1-2 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar, Mandolin, Banjo
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
Yamaha FG160 - Fender Leo Deluxe 5 string - Seagull M12 Gloss - Seagull 25th Aniversary model mahogany-spruce.
mandolin (still learning) fiddle (gave up)
What is your website address?
http://lenschoonover.wordpress.com/
What type of music do you like to play?
I like to play music from John Denver, most bluegrass, good old standard folk songs, and just a wee bit of 60 rock.
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
I don't regularly read Acoustic Guitar

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I'm not sure how this whole blog thing works, but it sounds like a diary that everyone can read.  I've been playing a Seagull M12 for about 6 months and just bought a new Seagull 25th Aniversary Model Mahogany/Spruce.  I couldn't be happier.  I have been chastized by my good friend John from Colorado as he says I should buy a Martin.  Well the Seagull company makes a guitar that sounds to me just as nice and it is a whole lot less money.  Besides, I really like the 1.8" neck width for my long… Continue

Posted on September 28, 2011 at 8:59pm

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At 8:50pm on December 30, 2013, Jason said…

Lennie, thanks for the feed back. I was not aware that the saddle was a tusk. I have include some pics so you can see what I'm dealing with. My Seagull is an M6 2001, after almost 13 years of play it has developed these grooves, not bad actually.  

At 11:08am on September 1, 2013, michael schwartz said…

Hi Lennie

Would you happen to know of a respected luthier in the Seattle area? I'm pondering a guitar out that way, and might ask the owner to bring it into a recommended guitar shop. I can't fly out to see and play it, and would need a professional's advice.

thanx in advance,

Michael

At 12:41pm on May 4, 2012, DJ said…

I think I ate it.  It was however very filling.  DO you mess around with alternate tunings?  lately, post 25th Anniversary purchase,  I find myself tuning to a drop D or Double Drop D as well as Drop A.  The guitar will just throb with bass and the clear high tones ring through.  I have never heard a better guitar.  I like it better than my friend Ron's 1968 Martin D45. I must say though his is prettier and sounds as good.  Funny thing is we paid about the same.  He bought his in 1968 for about $800 new. Hate to say it but I paid a little less than that with the LR Baggs iBeam installed.  His is worth a lot, mine not so much.  I think 44 years from now it might be.  I was told by Seagull that only about 1000 Anniversary Editions were built.  So I am thinking yours is a later build than mine because your SN  is larger than mine.  It is a beautiful thing and just think there are like 998 more of them.  That's a lot of happy people.

At 12:41pm on May 1, 2012, DJ said…

Hey Lennie!  I have a 25th Anniversary Gull as well.  I agree that it sounds fantastic.

Plays great and is less filling.

At 6:52am on October 24, 2011, Wayne Simpson said…

Thanks for the shout out, Lennie. Been kind of busy, not leaving much time for practice, but I'm trying. The other forum was just killed by Spam. Pity because there was a good community there.

 

Keep on strummin'... 

At 7:28pm on July 14, 2011, Jud Hair said…

Lennie ---

 

"Wildwood Flower" ...  boy does that bring back memories!  My band back in high school had a gig up in theBblue Ridge mountains of North Carolina.  Not sure at all, why they hired us since we palyed mostly stuff like Cream, Jimi Hendix, and Jefferson Airplane, etc.

 

Anyway, we went through our first set and we could see that we were going over like the proverbial lead balloon.  When we took our first break, this good old boy approaches us and says, I' don't know whut that it that y'all are'a playin', but we all want to hear a "Buck Dance" ... We said a whut??  He said, a "Buck Dance" ... you,know Wildwood Flower and such ...

 

We'll luckily our lead guitarist knew Wildwood Flower and we literally played a 20 minute set of nothing but, before  packing up our stuff and high-tsailing it during our next "brelk"??

 

That was a night we still talk about all these years later.

 

--- Blackville

At 6:36pm on July 14, 2011, Jud Hair said…

Hey Lennie .. Welcome to Seagull chat!  Tell us a little about your self.

I see you have a Seagull 12.  I played a 12 string electric ( A Hagstrom) back in the day when I fancied myself the next Roger McGuinn (Remenber him? The Byrds?)  Gave it up because I absolutely could NOT keep it in tune (before the days of electronic tuners). 

 

What do you like to play on your Seagull 12 ??

 
 
 

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