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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 Acoustic Pickers's group Yamaha Guitars
"Hi All.... New to this group. I have a 1968 FG-230 Red Label 12 string that was my 1st 12. It sounds wonderful if you don't go beyond the 4th fret...ha!! Not going for the neck reset as yet."
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michael schwartz added a discussion to the group Martin Owners

anyone been to the exhibit at the Met Museum?

I was wondering if anyone has seen it, and their comments? Limited time in NYC coming up.thanx....See More
michael schwartz replied to Lon Milo DuQuette's discussion IS THIS OLD FOLKY TOO OLD TO BE ON JIMMY KIMMEL? in the group Old Folkies
"COOL..!!! I'll keep trying, but it isn't letting me vote at this time. "
michael schwartz commented on Jud Hair's group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Martin...that's the biggest flock of Gulls I've seen(even in a foto)!!"
Oct 17
michael schwartz replied to Jud Hair's discussion Finally making the pilgrimage to Nazareth! in the group Martin Owners
"We're going to make the mecca in mid Nov! Whoo hoo!!Yes, we'll do the "behind the Scenes"tour and plan on spending the day. I hope to meet some of the fine folks I've spoken to over the past few years, and perhaps I can get…"
Oct 17
michael schwartz commented on Jud Hair's group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"@Jud...couldn'ta said it better myself!! Thumbs up from me.."
Oct 13
michael schwartz commented on Jud Hair's group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Nice song, Jud!! Wish I had the knack for doing that. You may have been by the surf while we were knee deep in Rocky Mountain snow...we were hoping for Fall colors..ha!!"
Oct 9
michael schwartz left a comment for Ron Khoo
"Heyya Ron...check out the Martin guitars website for events,etc. We had one around here a couple weeks ago, but I couldn't make it. I use the MSP7600 extra lights on all my 12's now."
Oct 6
michael schwartz commented on Jud Hair's group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Did you all pick up on the date he recorded it? Good sense of humor..I like when he uses other people's name in lieu of his own in his intro... Happy Friday!!"
Sep 26
michael schwartz commented on Jud Hair's group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Tony before his "grizzly Adams" look. in the 60's-70's my beard was pretty long, but nothing like his is now!! He looks like Rasputin to me."
Sep 26
michael schwartz commented on Jud Hair's group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"@Rex...I think Elderly has a Martin D12-20 with electronics for not much more than that. I'm Lovin' mine!!!"
Sep 25
michael schwartz commented on Jud Hair's group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"@Ron...whoo hoo for you, Mr. Khoo!!! Should be a GREAT guitar!! Use 'er's that Brazilian sound?"
Sep 24
Ron Khoo left a comment for michael schwartz
"No, my D16 is the gloss top with satin back hog.  Age toner is used with the expensive Martin and the D16 is not one of the special Martins.  It is now in the shop for a setup.  It was high when I got it several years ago and finally…"
Sep 17
michael schwartz left a comment for Ron Khoo
"GREAT choices on your martins! Does your D16 have the aged toner top? Wish mine did! I have a D12-16RGTC that is #166 of 200 that has satin rosewood back and sides with a couple of other tweaks that was commissioned by Guitar Center in 2001.…"
Sep 17

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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 D12-20 (1969)
Martin D12-2832 (1984)
Martin D12-1932(1992)
Martin HD12-35SJC(2002)
Martin D12-28(2004)
Martin J12-15(2005)
Martin J12-16RGT(custom)2001
Martin J12-40(1994)
Martin J12-65(1995)
Vintage Paul Brett Signature 8000PB-12 2013
parlor guitar 1858
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 8:47am on September 17, 2014, Ron Khoo said…

No, my D16 is the gloss top with satin back hog.  Age toner is used with the expensive Martin and the D16 is not one of the special Martins.  It is now in the shop for a setup.  It was high when I got it several years ago and finally got to get the nut lowered a bit.

At 3:01pm on September 16, 2014, Ron Khoo said…

It is a 2011 or 2012 D35 that I changed strings. I will also change strings on my D16,

At 12:45pm on September 2, 2014, Dave Fengler said…


Actually I've been playing for 30 years on and off, mostly off.  I picked it up again about 3 years ago.  I wish I could play the stuff I could back then, lots of old Rush, arpeggiated or rhythm only, no leads.  That stuff can be hard.  on't have the time or patience now.

Most of my guitars are rescues, didn't pay much for most of them.  A lot of odd and unique stuff.  Don't have the money for the good stuff.  I'm lucky to have to Seagull Maritime's and a couple of old Yamaha's.

The only thing I haven't been able to find is talent!  And my memory sucks.  The right hand knows how to form or learn many chords but the mind doesn't know/remember what to do with it.

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.....

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