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What guitar do you play onboard?

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?
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Re: What guitar do you play onboard?

Seagull, what else?
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Re: What guitar do you play onboard?

I play classical guitar (Fernando Sor, Tarrega, Issac Ibeniz, etc) so my guitars have a Spanish flavor... here is my Cordoba C7 Cedar/Indian rosewood guitar.... great sound and the guitar I use on the boat.



This guitar is my Garcia 1972 1A which is the same as a Jose Ramirez 1A guitar... same sound, woods, build construction. I use this one for more concert playing since it projects quite loud...



I have 1/2 a dozen more guitars of various grades I've collected including a Modesto Borreguero guitar and a Concert Vincente Tatay guitar from the 1970's... beautiful guitar!
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Re: What guitar do you play onboard?

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Very cool. I've been tempted to get a nylon string for my next guitar. For certain styles, nothing else emotes quite like them.
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Very cool. I've been tempted to get a nylon string for my next guitar. For certain styles, nothing else emotes quite like them.
I've had several steel string guitars and sold them for the nylon guitars... truly love the mellow Spanish tones when playing Cavatina, or Romanza, or one of Issac Ibeniz Spanish Suites.
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I keep a Martin LXM on-board... Stays in tune, virtually unaffected by high humidity and sounds somewhat decent for a small guitar... Had a Baby Taylor first but it was very thin sounding and it hated the marine environment/high humidity...
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I keep a Martin LXM on-board... Stays in tune, virtually unaffected by high humidity and sounds somewhat decent for a small guitar... Had a Baby Taylor first but it was very thin sounding and it hated the marine environment/high humidity...
What do you play on your Martin...Folk, Blues, Pop, instrumental...? Picture of the guitar would be nice...
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Re: What guitar do you play onboard?

My plain vanilla Fender CD-100 (laminate top) resides onboard all season. I picked thru nearly 20 of them 'till I foundthenright one . THAT exercise was to have a 6 that "rang" like my 12. Result was a guitar thatt has good resonation and plays well. $179 @discounted sale nprice and I don;lt n need to worry about it.
It ain't all that purty; but, neither am I
I tend to '60s folk/pop w/some ventures into later stuff. CSN+/-Y, Lightfoot, etc.. Even penned our own signature boat ditty; "Piracy" that's quite a bit of fun!
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What do you play on your Martin...Folk, Blues, Pop, instrumental...? Picture of the guitar would be nice...


I mostly play folk, bluegrass and anything that suits my mood.. I am just a flat picker..

I used to have a really nice collection of acoustic guitars, Martin (D-18GE & 000), Santa Cruz (Tony Rice Pro and an OM (flamed Koa and German Spruce top), Larivee (OM), Collings (slope shoulder D mahogany & German Spruce), but living on the coast was wreaking havoc on them....

I now play a customized Blueridge D-18 style (Mahogany & Adirondack). And a rosewood/Englemann dreadnaught built by a friend who is a Luthier. I also have my LXM for the boat.

The one I really hated to part with was my Martin D-18GE or (Golden Era) pre-war replica but I was doing my nice guitars no justice by keeping them in such a volatile environment.... The D-18GE sounded simply amazing, like it had just popped out of 1935....! The nice thing about nice guitars is I sold every one of them for more than I paid....
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