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Re: What guitar do you play onboard?

Chip,
I hear ya and agree. If I were going to leave one on the boat for more than a couple of nights at a time, I'd either want something indestructible like a Formica special or a pawn shop throwaway. But since I have to trailer for now, I can accept something in the middle.

I'll have to find a Little Martin to sit down with. I wasn't aware of them. I like the signature Martin sound for what it is but I'm more partial to Taylors. Actually, at the last Taylor Road Show I attended, I fell in love with a baritone guitar. Too many guitars, too little bank.

I did get the privilege of touring the Nazareth factory, though. Boy, you could really get a sense of history there. And it's a woodworker's dream. I've also toured the Taylor factory and the Gibson factory in Memphis. I'll never forget just after starting the Gibson tour, we passed by a station where a guy with a pallet stacked with unfinished hollow body electrics was SAWING THEM IN HALF through waists! They were the small percentage of rejects that they couldn't repair or recycle and had to destroy. I almost cried.

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Re: What guitar do you play onboard?

Cool. Neither the Little Martins nor the Baby Tayors sound anything like their big brothers to me...there are just too many compromises. But they're a good size for small boats.

The one I'm building now will be Formica back and sides, but with an Alaskan Yellow Cedar top, which should be pretty durable, sound better than my 000 sized Formica one, and take up less space on my boat.

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Cool. Neither the Little Martins nor the Baby Tayors sound anything like their big brothers to me...there are just too many compromises. But they're a good size for small boats.

The one I'm building now will be Formica back and sides, but with an Alaskan Yellow Cedar top, which should be pretty durable, sound better than my 000 sized Formica one, and take up less space on my boat.

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You can build me a Formica 000 any time you want!!! Beautiful guitar, but I have weak knees for the 000 size....!!!!


Yes the LXM Martin is basically Formica. I like that it is not so bright and tinny like other "small" guitars...
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I have a single cutaway, flat top made by PNW luthier, Marc Connoly. He used Port Orford Cedar for the top. He used it because it's a famous boat building wood and he thought I'd like it. It sounds awful, thin and brittle.

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Thanks guys. Glad you like it.
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Re: What guitar do you play onboard?

I play drums man. Would never think about bringing the wifes Taylor on board but she might bring her Ovation on.
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The existing threads here about guitars onboard are getting old and not specific to this question. Sailing and playing guitar go well together. When at anchor, I mean. But hey, if you can play and tack at the same time, let's hear about it.



For an acoustic guitar, I play mostly fingerstyle on a Taylor 812ce. But I'm thinking of getting a Taylor Baby to take on the boat since space is such a premium and I don't want to fret over the guitar getting mistreated or stolen (pun intended).







So this thread is something of a poll:



If you have a guitar onboard, what is it and what style music do you play on the water?

Sweet guitar. I play a taylor 814 ce. Love it and it has held up very well aboard (we live aboard and cruise fulltime). The only negative I have seen is some corrosion on the tuners. It is small and I have not tried to remove it yet.
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Re: What guitar do you play onboard?

Crusingdad,
I liked it a lot when I bought it to play plugged in on stage and it has only exceeded my expectations over the years to where I can't imagine playing a different acoustic now. It really does deliver everything Taylor advertises it as. They call it the secret weapon of their different models. The only thing I changed was replacing the stock traditional piezo pickup with an L.R. Baggs I-Bridge. This was years before the Expression System was available. Much more natural sound plugged in.

The size is very comfortable for an average size guy like me, the sound is awesome and has only gotten better as it has opened up over the years, it stays in tune like crazy, and it's very easy on the eyes, of course.

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Abrahamx,
So, is there a cajon onboard? One's been on my project list for a while now.

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