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How many guitars do you need??
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There's a nice interview with Tom Petty a few years ago in which he says they have about 144 guitars, but you only need one.  I have a good acoustic, a good electric, and something for the campfire…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Hatcher Oct 21.

Why did you buy your first guitar?
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Did you buy your first guitar to make music?  Or, to make sounds like someone you admire?  Or, to impress someone??  Other??Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by DW Hamilton May 13, 2012.

party song suggestions?
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I'm looking for suggestions of songs to play at parties.  Fun upbeat songs that most people know and can sing along with.  I guess I'm drawn more to the deeper cuts and less well known artists...…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Bedard Feb 20, 2012.

 

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Jeff Hatcher replied to tom blegen's discussion How many guitars do you need??
"As always....just one more."
Oct 21
tom blegen commented on Jud Hair's group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Nashville is a fun show, and, yes, the music is really good."
Mar 7, 2013
tom blegen replied to Tony Nungesser's discussion Installing an acoustic pre-amp and equalizer on my new acoustic guitar question
"There shouldn't be very much tension in the sides of the guitar, they are bent on forms that are the shape of the side then put into forms for glue up of the back and top.  I would be more concerned using a jigsaw - be sure to use a new…"
Feb 13, 2013
tom blegen replied to Diamond Dave's discussion Winter NAMM Godins--all-mahogany! in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Richard Hoover at Santa Cruz Guitar Company told me that a mahogany tree needed to be about 100 years old to get guitar components out of it..."
Jan 16, 2013
tom blegen joined James Sennett's group
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Jan 11, 2013
tom blegen replied to Martin van Dooremalen's discussion A new 'Gull for the New Year and some assorted questions in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"A hard case should be better because it ought to seal better than a zipper.  I wouldn't worry too much about over humidifying, even 60% rh is fine.  The main thing to avoid is dramatic changes in rh and temp, just leave it in the case…"
Jan 2, 2013
tom blegen replied to Gary Ellis's discussion Seagull Spoken Here? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"I know it's weird, but there are times when B# and E# exist.  For example, in a C# major chord the third is technically an E#, and, likewise, in a G# major the third is a B#."
Dec 11, 2012
tom blegen replied to Fern's discussion New member of the Seagull flock with questions... in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"My 15 year old Taylor with a cedar too still looks like new, but I treat all my guitars pretty gently. They also get played a lot."
Dec 9, 2012
tom blegen replied to Merlin Ponder's discussion Humidity, and lack thereof ... and time. in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"I lived in Utah for 10 years and never monitored my humidity levels, just kept a humidifier in the case.  When traveling I don't bother with even that...  I just spent a month in relatively dry climates with my old taylor and it…"
Nov 30, 2012
tom blegen replied to Jud Hair's discussion "Looper" pedal in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"some performers are really good at it recording their loop while they play the song then use it for their instrumental break.  I don't care for those who build a song using different instruments for all the parts and create lots of layers.…"
Nov 29, 2012
tom blegen replied to Fern's discussion New member of the Seagull flock with questions... in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"Be sure to play everything you can get your hands on, every guitar is unique.  There are lots of great guitars in the Godin line as well as other makers and all will have their own take on body shapes and neck profiles as well as tone and…"
Nov 26, 2012
tom blegen replied to Richard Lee Norris's discussion Compound curves and lower bouts.
""Flat top" is a little bit of a misnomer as most steel string acoustics have at least a little bit of an arch in the top.  It makes the top very much stronger and it will be a little more apparent in the lower bout with so much…"
Nov 24, 2012
tom blegen commented on Jud Hair's group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"I think the K&K pure mini is a great pickup. Some will claim it has feedback issues but I think they are manageable unless you're playing in high volume settings.  It is a relatively permanent installation with super glue, though it…"
Nov 17, 2012
tom blegen replied to Richard Lee Norris's discussion Wearing your frets.
"I haven't had my Seagull a year yet, so I'm not even looking at my frets yet.  My Taylor is about 15 now and has some definite grooves in some frets but not affecting the sound.  I'm not going to think about that one until I…"
Nov 10, 2012
tom blegen replied to Chuck Hydrick's discussion What strings are you guys (& gals) using? in the group "Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)
"I've been using D'Addario EJ16's for maybe 15 years.  I thought I should see what else is out there, so, I'm trying Elixer nano PB's now, the 80/20's were not very pleasant as were the D'Addario EXP's."
Nov 1, 2012
tom blegen replied to Nelson Neves's discussion Acoustic guitar amp
"what do you want to use it for and what do you consider affordable??  something like the Fishman Loudbox Mini is really popular and sounds good for around $300 new and it will be pretty serviceable for coffee shops or other small venues.…"
Oct 17, 2012

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Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Amateur or recreational musician, Guitar maker
How many years have you been playing guitar?
20-30 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar, Electric guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
martin om-28v, taylor 714, seagull sws sg, yamaha fg 420-12, fender stratocaster, fender telecaster
What type of music do you like to play?
folk, rock, blues
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