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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 Jud Hair's group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"mine get played too, Robert...blessed to be able to have options. Also, the designer in me doesn't allow closet clutter. "
michael schwartz replied to Dave Fengler's discussion 1970 Yamaha FG-300 in the group Yamaha Guitars
"A whoo hoo for you, Dave!! Pretty snazzy...."
michael schwartz commented on Jud Hair's group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"cases for storage...nuff said..."
michael schwartz commented on Jud Hair's group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"I'm psyched for you , Dave!!!!"
michael schwartz commented on Jud Hair's group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"we got over 16" of SNOW sat/ you really want to talk weather???!!! Our house is at 66 with 48% humidity...for now...."
michael schwartz commented on Acoustic Pickers's group Yamaha Guitars
"I try to use FedEx as well...a distribution center is only a mile or so for our house. Sometimes you need to call them at 6AM just to be sure it'll be waiting there for you, and not on a truck. Best of luck, Bud.... "
michael schwartz commented on Acoustic Pickers's group Yamaha Guitars
"this is interesting as my '68 Red Label FG230 was made in Japan(Nippon Gakki) and has a gold logo"
Nov 20
michael schwartz commented on Acoustic Pickers's group Yamaha Guitars
"pretty cool Dave..good score, and let us know!!"
Nov 19
michael schwartz replied to Jud Hair's discussion SURVEY: How many acoustic guitars do you own right now? How many are Godin brand? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"I seem to have 16 guitars now. Of them 3 are Seagulls...S12, M12Gloss, S6 Folk.Yes, I do have a 6 string!!   Lennie, I still have my 1st 12 string, which is a '68 Yamaha FG230"
Nov 13
michael schwartz commented on Jud Hair's group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"I'm with Jud. Just meeting a man with his heritage and knowledge would be quite cool. I was disappointed not to have met him on our factory visit, but he was kind enough to sign a book for me and FedEx it back!! Class man and company, in my…"
Nov 5
michael schwartz commented on Jud Hair's group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
" Deidre(the Saint), has taken to it quite well...she can do This land is Your Land and Wagon Wheel already!! What a dichotomy when we play together....the uke and a 12 string. Kudos to her for wanting to play!! "
Oct 27
michael schwartz commented on Jud Hair's group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
""functional art" is the term we use around here. We do have one wall hanging that doesn't get played, but the others do.   Got my Wife a baritone uke, and that's about as small as I can see me going. I'm not blessed…"
Oct 27
michael schwartz commented on Ted Hechtman's group Guitar Collectors
"Thanx, Bud...taunting me with a vintage 12 string right off the bat???!!!?? Let me know when there is herd culling at your house......calling "dibs" on Ted's 12 strings."
Oct 27
michael schwartz commented on Jud Hair's group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"very well said, Stephen!! I do like wear patterns better than dings tho. My J12-15 shows wear on the satin finish, and I Love it as it reflects me and my playing."
Oct 15
michael schwartz commented on Jud Hair's group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"I hearya, Martin. I have very few "dings" on any of my guitars, and the few I do have, I feel personally.The older ones, that have been around the block more than me have earned their "battle scars"."
Oct 14
michael schwartz commented on Jud Hair's group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"I won't "go there", but you know the direction I'd suggest...ha "
Oct 7

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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 D12-35 1968
Martin D12-20 1969
Martin D12-1932(1992)
Martin HD12-35SJC(2002)
Martin J12-15(2005)
Martin J12-16RGT(custom)2001
Martin J12-40(1994)
Martin J12-65(1995)
Martin 00028-12(custom)2006
Martin 000012-28H AG(1997)
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 6:47am on February 15, 2015, Greg Maxwell said…

Hi Michael, thanks for the friend request and for you kind words about my web site and guitars. I am currently building a 12 string for a client in Hawaii and I have a second one commissioned that is still in the design phase. The base price for my Monarch model is $4000 and most people add some options such as upgraded rosette, neck inlay, shell body purfling, etc. I love 12 strings and I have an older Guild as well as a Rickenbacker electric 12. I've had several others, such as an all-Walnut Taylor 12. A real piece of eye candy but the tone had no depth at all. Cheers, Greg

At 6:18am on January 16, 2015, Stephen Leigh said…

Just checked out your website -- I'm impressed; you do fantastic interior design work!

At 6:15am on January 16, 2015, Stephen Leigh said…

Suggestions for books: IMMORTAL MUSE might be a good choice since you say you like contemporary fantasy.  It's a combination of contemporary fantasy and historical fantasy. You might want to wait until March to pick it up, though -- right now it's only available in hardcover (and as a less-than-cheap ebook), but it will be released in mass market paperback in March, and the price of the ebook should drop at the same time.

Coming out in March (also) is CROW OF CONNEMARA, which is also a contemporary fantasy, set mostly in Ireland.  That'll be a hardcover release -- the mass market paperback won't be available until next March...

THE WOODS is contemporary fantasy if you consider the 1970s as contemporary, and THE ABRAXAS MARVEL CIRCUS is contemporary fantasy if you consider the early 1990s contemporary.

As for series work:  it's not at all contemporary, but you might try the CLOUDMAGES series if you like epic Celtic Fantasy, or the NESSANTICO series if you prefer something set in a faux Rennaisance era.  I wrote both of those under my "S.L. Farrell" pseudonym.

Wow -- nice array of 12-strings you have!

At 8:50am on January 15, 2015, Stephen Leigh said…

Thanks, Michael -- hope you enjoy!

At 5:10pm on December 21, 2014, Robert said…

I know what you mean about too little time.  No Border Collies, but a Lab-Shepherd cross who's just a year old.  Plus, I take care of my grandson 2 days a week.  And we're trying to get my Dad moved into a new place - something we'd hoped to have done by October.

Yes, it's a great blessing to share playing with the wife.  In fact, it's how we met, both performing with our then significant others at a coffeehouse in suburban Boston.  A year later, our first date was a church youth group Valentine's party.  A year and a half after that, those same significant others played us down the aisle and we've been singing together ever since.

At 12:14pm on December 21, 2014, Robert said…

Always good to make a new friend.  My daydream now is to find a '68 D-35 to go with the 12 - a matched pair.   Saw one in a music shop in Lebanon, NH a couple years ago but couldn't swing the $. Have seen several on since around the price you paid for yours.  


At 10:24am on December 4, 2014, joey pinter said…

I agree, my wife supports me more then anyone I have ever been with. she's always kicking me in the ass, telling me to answer email and comments.

At 6:28pm on October 28, 2014, Alan Edmunds said…

Yes, Michael....we leave for Lakeland in about 2 weeks and will be there about 5 months; I'm on sabbatical.

As mentioned in previous posts, I'm dedicating myself to writing, composing and recording original songs. In addition to the song posted on my AGC page, I have 5 more completely finished and awaiting recording, 4 with lyrics and partial music, and 3 with lyrics only.

I got my new recording gear recently, but will only set up in FL where I can leave it set up for 5 months. Looking forward to the challenge.

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,


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