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So what fun/obscure or just silly songs are you playing these daze?here's a few that come to my mind:Lyle Lovett: Song about Sonya, Creeps like meLeo Kotke: Pamela BrownSteve Goodman: Door #3, You're…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Captain Simian Oct 5, 2012.


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michael schwartz commented on James Sennett's group Martin Owners
"fotos??? I don't think you've mentioned that before. I'm sending you a "reminder" email too."
3 hours ago
michael schwartz commented on James Sennett's group Martin Owners
"Reporting back will be my pleasure! Ed: have fun visiting that little guitar of yours on display. I have every intention of seeing it personally some day!!!"
4 hours ago
michael schwartz commented on James Sennett's group Martin Owners
"@Jud I just saw the Kinston Trio(and many others) last night  on a John Sebastian PBS special on folk was GREAT!!! picked up lawn seats to see CSN(no Young) at Ravinia in July!!! @Dave I have a Friend who has a 1936 solid mahogany…"
5 hours ago
michael schwartz replied to Ronald P Pare's discussion Seagull Maritime SWS problem??? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"that's WAY beyond my comfort zone. Hopefully the dealer is close to you."
Apr 15
michael schwartz commented on John Wilson's group 12-String Guitar
"I hope this clarifies this. you simply adjust the rings per your strings. @Robert...I hope this clarifies this. There is also a Capo User forum here, tho I don't go there often. "
Apr 13
michael schwartz commented on John Wilson's group 12-String Guitar
Apr 13
michael schwartz commented on John Wilson's group 12-String Guitar
"I'm not an engineer;"
Apr 12
michael schwartz commented on John Wilson's group 12-String Guitar
"@Robert: this foto does seem reversed. you are correct. Good idea about adding the tubing to the other capo. Maybe that'll make a couple of my old ones more useable...we'll see"
Apr 12
michael schwartz commented on John Wilson's group 12-String Guitar
"yep..this would be it. I have a few of them now. Clean crisp sound on each string."
Apr 11
michael schwartz commented on John Wilson's group 12-String Guitar
"I don't know how to show web fotos, but they make a specific 12 string capo with pcs to hit the octave strings individually. A bit of a set up at 1st, but worth the sound(IMHO)"
Apr 10
michael schwartz commented on John Wilson's group 12-String Guitar
"Has anyone else used Page capos? I LOVE mine tho they aren't quick change. I keep all my guitars at concert tuning."
Apr 10
michael schwartz commented on Ted Hechtman's group Guitar Collectors
"Lefty?? If you held the guitar the right handed way, the writing would be correct, not upside down, and seeing my friend's Spanish Jazz guitar last week the extended fretboard was closer to his lap(bottom)"
Apr 9
Rosemary j. Lambin replied to michael schwartz's discussion UV aging guitars in the group Martin Owners
"This is new to me. I did not know that guitars could get suntans."
Apr 6
michael schwartz commented on John Wilson's group 12-String Guitar
"@Robert...use 'er well..have FUN @Edward...are you liking the extra lights? I keep them on all of mine now. When are you going to the Martin Factory? I have a cool story to relate to you before you go. Happy weekend everyone PS: just picked up…"
Apr 4
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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.
Yamaha 12 string ...1968 FG230
Seagull S6 Folk
Seagull Coastline S12
Seagull Maritime 12 Gloss
Martin D12-2832 (1984)
Martin D12-1932(1992)
Martin J12-15(2005)
Martin J12-40(1994)
Martin HD12-35SJC(2002)
Martin J12-16RGT(custom)2002
Martin J12-65(1995)
Vintage Paul Brett Signature 8000PB-12 2013
What is your website address?
What type of music do you like to play?
easy/folk/light rock stuff
Do you subscribe to or regularly read Acoustic Guitar?
I don't regularly read Acoustic Guitar

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At 3:30am on September 6, 2013, Rory Maloney said…

Hi Michael.Thanks for inviting me to be your friend.l bought a dcpa5, so l can plug in and play live.lf your thinking of buying a guitar, don, t try in London, l really battled to even find a decent music store.You can buy on amerzon, but with no trail and l like to test them first.Nice collection of guitars you have there.

At 9:46am on May 15, 2013, FloridaGull said…

I don't think any guitar ever "needs" to leave - unless it attacks one of your other guitars, like Jud's Harmony did to his 1st Martin... ;-)

At 8:46am on May 15, 2013, FloridaGull said…

Is this it?

455CE 12 String

At 8:43am on May 15, 2013, FloridaGull said…

You may have to sell the S12 - and, take an updated picture...

I still think a Craviola would sit nicely on the wall directly above the mantle...and look interesting... ;-)

Sideways, I think...

At 2:51pm on April 29, 2013, Phil Manuel said…

Oops, meant to leave this link to the Mass St. Music Acoustic Pickup Test Drive... this is the type of demo that I did in person, and wouldn't it be nice, if all Music shops did something like it?

At 2:49pm on April 29, 2013, Phil Manuel said…

Hi, Michael! I decided on the K&K after trying one out at Mass St. Music.  They had a guitar fitted with 3 different pickups, and I felt for this little GA parlor style guitar, it was the best sounding and best of all - lowest cost.  Now, I'm still stressing over what to do about my Martin HD-28, and Gibson J-200, but for now - I'm using an older Dean Markley ProMag soundhole pickup, which works surprisingly well.  I can easily switch the ProMag ibetween the Martin and J-200, but the little GA soundhole is only 3 1/4 inch, so it wouldn't fit.  I'm looking forward to getting the GA back, also, having a setup done on it, so it should be in great shape.  It's over 10 years old, and had some relief in the neck, so it was time.  Anyway, keep in touch!  Still trying to get the Pine Tar Bats off the ground - doing videos got harder, since my laptop died.

At 1:04pm on February 4, 2013, MichiganGull said…


It is in the section about the Martin Shenandoah discussion I started. But, if it's not there:

It said:

"You and Michael Schwartz - I think you guys only have the 6 strings so you can say you have one...or for the lowly 6 string pickers who might come to your home and want to play along...;-)

I love 12 strings, too - hence my desire for a cedar-topped one with electronics...

Hmm- maybe a local trade at Schumacher - I think they have a S12 with Q1 that's been "hanging out" awhile - don't think they even know what a "Natural Element" is...:-)

And I only have one far....;-) "

FG and I have been in contact, back and forth for a while. He was very helpful in my research when I got my Giannini Craviola 12 string (bought and sold). He offered to trade his Seagull Performer for my S12/Q1. When I told him I really prefer the 12 Strings, that is what prompted the above comment. All in good fun.....

Keep in touch,


At 12:50pm on February 4, 2013, FloridaGull said…
At 12:30pm on February 4, 2013, MichiganGull said…

Hi Michael:

Looks like you and I are true 12 string collectors. Check the comment from Florida Gull about us.....Yes, you will have 1st shot at it!! anybody as passionate as you (and I) are about 12 strings deserves the 1st shot. I really have no idea what the value of this guitar is. It appears there were only 12 ever made.

All the best,


At 1:23pm on January 28, 2013, Edward Sparks said…

my suggestion is the Fishman Matrix is a great pickup and comes in two nut widths. 

Although my Guild 6 and 12 both have factory installed Fishman Matrix pickups with the old discontinued AGP2 preamps, my two Gibson 6 strings have the Infinity model. The Infinity model has a mini volume and tone control unit that is sound hole mounted so it's always handy and yet you can hardly see it. But the best thing about the Infinity is the tone doesn't cut highs or lows, it actually dips or flatens the midrange, which is what makes the acoustic sound acoustic via a pickup! 

Also, it has an internal LED light that glows when the battery is getting low...the inside of your guitar will light up red when it's time to change the battery!    I swear by them!

Here is a review by Acoustic Guitar Magazine with a demo video! Check it out!


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