Seagull S6+ Cedar GT     

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(48 replies, posted in Acoustic)

I've visited Garmisch-Partenkirchen several times and I was there three weeks ago. A beautiful place.

Strummerboy Bill wrote:

"HandArbeit" means it was "handmade" (I believe you may have misread the "a" as an "e"), Zurf and "Garmisch b. (bei) Mittenwald" means it was made in the town of Garmisch NEAR Mittenwald. You have yourself a very nice instrument there, my friend!  smile

Your Pal

Bill

PS: My Epi Les Paul Studio is of Japanese manufacture and I'll tell y'all later about a guitar "Santa" sent me...... (wink-wink, nudge-nudge, say no more)  smile smile smile

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(4 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

I will give it to my daughter today. Meanwhile I've been chumming the waters of her imagination with various photographs of said instrument.

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(4 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Tenement Funster,
That is the one! Thank you.
dj

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(4 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

My daughter asked me to find her a guitar to hang on her wall as decoration. She had been to Nashville recently and she had seen several guitars as decorations. She is not a guitar player...yet. Read on.

I searched Craig’s List first as I didn't want to spend a lot of money on a guitar she may never play. I found several candidates but the thought of driving around all day, meeting strangers in Waffle House parking lots, negotiating trade deals (as fun as that may be) was not how I wanted to spend my day.

Guitar Center must have know this as they emailed me a 15% Veteran’s Day coupon. (They can be pretty sneaky.) Bingo! Whether you like GC or not, they do have a large collection of guitars to chose from. Temptation got me and off I went to visit one of three of the GCs in my area.

Guitar Center did not disappoint. Using my iPhone camera I sent a few photographs to my daughter with questions like brown or colorful, shiny or matte, big or small? The latter referring to dreadnoughts and 000-size respectively.

We settled on a Yamaha FS-800 Sandburst finish. (The FS is Yamaha’s “folk body” and similar to a 000.) The 800 is at the bottom of the 800 series line up but it does not disappoint. In fact, I like its lack of abalone and flash. Regardless the guitar is beautiful and effortlessly playable right out of the box. A great-sound, lovely guitar which will not allow itself to be hung on a wall and forgotten. And that is my plan. I hope my daughter finds it calling her to come and play.

p.s. I know this story cannot be true without a photograph but I am not smart enough to post one. Sorry.
dj

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(11 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

I've owned about a dozen Seagulls or their cousins (Art & Lutherie, Simon & Patrick, Norman) All are well-made and good-sounding instruments. Like all guitars, some sound better than others. It's hard to go wrong with a Seagull S-6. Interestingly the solid-top, laminate back/side models sound better to me than the all solid ones..in most cases.
dj

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(2 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

I have never been impressed by Baby Taylors or Little Martins although I've owned about three of the latter. If ultimate portability is the driver than I suppose you could do worse. However I would opt for a "parlor" guitar or beater. If your budget permits and you are a Taylor fan, try the GS Mini. If you are  Martin fan, try the D Jr.

In my experience, the smaller the guitar the harder it is to eek out something nice.
dj

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(2 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Well an Esteban acoustic guitar would have been anachronistic!

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(18 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

I love the new look.

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(2 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

I viewed the movie "Hateful Eight". I liked it. One of my favorite scenes is when Jennifer Jason Leigh-as-Daisy Domergue picks up what appears to be a more or less period correct guitar and plays a haunting ballad. It turns out she learned the song and how to play guitar for the movie! At the end of the scene the guitar is smashed by Kurt Russell. I wondered about that.

Well, it turns out if WAS more to less a period correct guitar on loan from C.F. Martin! What a shame.

Here's the link to the story.

https://reverb.com/blog/cf-martin-respo … -eight-set

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(281 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

December 26th 2015
Atlanta, GA - 70+F and 96% humidity.
Today was clear but it has been raining for several days.

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(31 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

Zurf wrote:
naolslager wrote:

Looks like your 'bourbon" has been supplanted by water (frozen and liquid)! Too bad.
dj

It's a bourbon ball.  A big honking ice sphere to cool the bourbon with maximal surface area and minimal meltage.  It works pretty well.  Topdown first turned me on to them.  When you decide to get back to practicing and come out here to pick a few tunes, I'll demonstrate their beneficial qualities to you.

Sounds good!

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(31 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

Looks like your 'bourbon" has been supplanted by water (frozen and liquid)! Too bad.
dj

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(23 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Zurf,
Good for you. I am almost inspired enough to try this myself!
dj

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(40 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

There are better choices. I prefer Dunkin Donuts' coffee or even McDonalds' coffee. Both are not only better but cheaper.

Many years a go my mother gave my father a Popeil "Pocket Fisherman", you know "as seen on TV". It was unremarkable in every way.
dj

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(25 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

I love these type of stories. Congratulations on the new guitar.
dj

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(13 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/ … dependence

http://m.sandiegoreader.com/news/2015/j … tes=mobile

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(38 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Not weird. I miss mine when I'm away. I used to carry it with me all over the world.

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(15 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Zurf,
I concur. Go with the 12. I'm hankering for one...again...still, etc.
Dj

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(2 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

134 mile (roundtrip), $20 ($10 ea but I paid), a small tavern in a nice suburb of Columbus, OH, a perfect night with my brother. There were about thirty people in the audience and we got to meet the band and chit-chat with them afterwards. This is my kind of show. No crowds, no mosh pit, no smoking, no buffoonery. Just earnest music, value, and a good show.
dj

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(18 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

Nice. Now if they would only make one for a 12-string slot-head!

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(2 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Spending the week in Dayton, Ohio for business. My brother lives here so, as a bonus, I'm taking him to see Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line Sunday night in Columbus. (http://www.norajanestruthers.com) Tickets in hand and I'm excited.

Two brothers in a rental, this will be fun.
Dj

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(11 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Thanks, and the same to all of Chordie. I drove to Atlanta to spend time with my family. I am THANKFUL for this joyous time with them. Arrived back in VA around midnight last night after dropping my son at the University of Virginia. I declared today a mental health day hence my mid-morning Chordie marginalia!

Bonus: Georgia Tech beat the University of Georgia in football! One of two football games I watch each year and the only one I really care about.