Batman Perry, It's been years but I remember when trying out guitars a Larivee (made in Canada IIRC) and a Santa Cruz were among the finalists. The owner put me in the special room and brought in all his finest guitars for me to try. I was surprised to be treated so well. Maybe he smelled woodsmoke and knew I wouldn't go back to the hills without a new guitar -special and rare trip to the city.
I finally settled on a vintage series Martin, model ???? or something like that.
Had the wide neck, 12 frets, and the strange classical guitar headstock, with the closed tuning pegs and the winding knobs on the rear. A learning experience for me. A keeper.
Smurph, very cool that you built a guitar from a tree that you cut yourself!!
I admire stuff like that. Not surprised that a sailor would use lead to ballast his guitar.