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Re: do you carry an acoustic Guitar?

I've considered taking my baby Mexican Martin to the boat... but I'd hesitate to leave it there...
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It gets REALLY hot on the boat when I am not there. But of course this guitar is a composite, with a weird laminated neck. It's got a great sound (definitely Martin), but is a small (NON-D size) and the sound is reflective of that. I've wondered if this particular guitar is a little more tolerant, of higher humidity (my guess is ONLY to a point).

I can't afford to waste $800 of the guitar to find out.

I have an old washburn D10, that's fallen flat on its neck on hardwood floor (don't ask it was moving out day from the ex)... I managed to glue it back (looks like hell), but I'd mind less if THAT one got all boogered on the boat. Sad though it's a birch Washburn, and a full D10, with decent sound... but I think it's living on borrowed time anyway.

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Re: do you carry an acoustic Guitar?

I think its just a bad idea as humidity would not only affect the neck/body but the electric components as well. They are just not built to withstand that environment. The general cruiser rule of "everything must have a dual purpose" may dictate leaving the electric ashore anyway. Even if they built an electric ax able to withstand the elements, most couldn't afford giving up the storage. If you must, I think your best bet is to fit a pickup in your existing acoustic and find a small portable PA with mic and instrument inputs. Both Peavey and Fender make models which are somewhat smaller and I am sure there are other brands even more portable (Roland, Samson, etc).

If I was actively gigging as my primary source of income, I would consider a larger (but still portable) PA...but the crowd I usually play to are sitting in my cockpit or around the fire.

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Re: do you carry an acoustic Guitar?

I used to leave a travel electronic with two humbuckers onboard. I have a 10-year old (can't remember the name brand right now) portable battery-powered belt-mounted amp, with six effects. I can port in the iPhone and output to an external speaker, so I can listen to my favorite music and just play along the best I can. Sweet setup.

Guitar stood up for a year before the rear bridge pulled out on it's starboard side. It's since been fixed - think I'll just take it home each time.

Much easier than lugging the acoustic down, which entirely takes up too much room on a 23-footer.

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Re: do you carry an acoustic Guitar?

Maybe coat it with bottom paint?
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Re: do you carry an acoustic Guitar?

I'm thinking of taking a mohogony standard ukulele and leaving it in the cabin. It gets unbearably hot there but what the hell it's only $35.

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Re: do you carry an acoustic Guitar?

I have a Cargo Carbon Fiber guitar on the boat. It was given to me by a friend that owned the company before it went belly up. It is great, and can be stored in the bilge if needed.
I have no idea what they cost since it was a gift. It is prone to summer vs. winter changes in tune, but not to the humidity.
I imagine you could get one on ebay.

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Re: do you carry an acoustic Guitar?

Humidity is not the enemy of guitars, lack of humidity is. That said, wild swings in temps can't be good. But I always sail with one of my best axes. I'm 67 years old. I'm pretty sure my guitars will outlive me. And I'm way too old to put up with a crummy sounding guitar.

I live right at the water's edge and I have had no problems with humbuckers or any other elecrical components. I'm also an audiophile(audiofool) so I am very close to my hi-fi systems and they seem to do fine in this salt water environment.
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Re: do you carry an acoustic Guitar?

I'm afraid my acoustic is too large for my 30 footer because my skills are so small. However, when this thing debuts...

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I do it the old fashioned way.

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Re: do you carry an acoustic Guitar?

So, does anyone keep a fiddle aboard? Aubrey did.

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