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Re: do you carry an acoustic Guitar?

I was very pleased to read about this, I to have wounder about bring my guitar on the water as well. Thank you for the insight.
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Re: do you carry an acoustic Guitar?

I am new here and to sailing. This was a very interesting thread with responses ranging from "do not bring a wood acoustic on board" to someone that brings 800 series Taylors on board. I will be in the second group. It seems like having a humidity guage in the cabin along with dry bags with those gel bags to suck out moisture when needed is the way I'll go.

The last picture I saw of Fatty Goodlander was of him holding a composite body acoustic guitar. That seems like a good idea too. Although, I really like my Taylors.
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Re: do you carry an acoustic Guitar?

BTW: What type of music is being played by sailors. My passion is Leo Kottke, and fingerstyle in general.
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BTW: What type of music is being played by sailors. My passion is Leo Kottke, and fingerstyle in general.
Mostly alternative 90s and 80's classic rock. I have the 814ce, btw. No problems. Taylor cases are incredibly strong and tight. If I only had a gig case, I would be much more concerned.

One thing I do which might help you too is putting a towel or two out in the cockpit when you play. The finish on the Taylors (and other guitars) can chip and fixing that is a real pita. I have found that having a safe place I can sit the guitar when I want to set it down without dropping it in the case is really helpful. FIberglass doesn't give much!

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Thanks for the reply and advice. Much appreciated. It was really encouraging to see how many sailors also have their instruments on board.
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Re: do you carry an acoustic Guitar?

I hate taking my good guitars on the boat, so I made one out of Formica.

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It's not the greatest sounding guitar ever, but it totally works, and I don't worry about it at all. I'm in the process of making a new one at 3/4 scale, which I think will be even easier to take on the boat.

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Re: do you carry an acoustic Guitar?

I always take one of my best axes on board. I figure all of my guitars will outlive me. My current favorite is this Gibson JS200. It's a mite big for a boat guitar. My Martin OM-28 is far more compact and is a great sounding and playing axe.
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Wow, you (gfh) do amazing work. I bought a couple of books on Luthier work. After reading, I figured it would be a real committment to get good at it. So, now I just admire those who can do work like yours.
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Re: do you carry an acoustic Guitar?

I just added a brand new Guild F412 12 string to my collection. ( have wanted a guild 12 for years and this was an opportunity I couldn;t pass up) It is on board right now and it absolutely fills the cabin with sound when I play! As a live aboard with power I am not too concerned about the environment. And I will probably take this guitar with me when I cast off...just have to keep a close eye on her.
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Re: do you carry an acoustic Guitar?

I have a 3/4 ibanez that i play on my livaboard. I try and keep the AC on or hatchez open as mich as allows. I do have to retune it every 1-2 months. I realize the jumidity isnt good for the wood instrument but i have nowhere else to keep it, where it can be played.
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