Sailors with guitars


Sailors with guitars

Ever notice how many sailors carry guitars on board? If you are one of those, join this group, tell us what you play and don't forget to invite other SeaKnot friends to your next cockpit performance!

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What's on Your Set List?

Started by Pete. Last reply by Pete Dec 15, 2011. 5 Replies

Storing your axe on board

Started by Pete. Last reply by mike bowman Jun 9, 2009. 5 Replies

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Comment by nauticalrich on November 11, 2008 at 12:00pm
Little introduction of myself. First thanks to Peter D. for telling me about seaknots. Looks like a great place.
I play acoustic electric, Ibanez guitar, have my own one man band.
Love to play and sing 50, 60, Margaritaville stuff and country. I am all over the place with my music except for current stuff.

My claim to fame is with the Oday all acoustic band.
Pete forgot what we call ourselves.

Anyway, it's great to be here.
Comment by Pete on October 30, 2008 at 2:54pm
Boy, oh boy! I can see it's been a while since I checked in with this SeaKnots group! I've missed a whole lot of message traffic in the meantime. It's great to see so many pickers out there in the sailing community -- and a decent handful of Ovation players to boot! Whenever and wherever our paths may cross, rest assured that at least one of my guitars will be on board (the Ovation or the Yamaha). If it's the Ovation (a 1983 limited edition shallow bowl with cutaway), then the Fender 25-watt practice amp will be on board as well. One other thought: let me add my own endorsement to Elixir strings. My local music store recently turned me on to them, and what a difference! Anyway, play on, sailors!
Comment by Jacob Wilson on October 27, 2008 at 3:10pm
My wife also plays and we have 2 guitars we take sailing.
She has a Fender electric/acoustic...this one typically stays on the boat.
I have a cheap off-brand acoustic/electric that goes ashore when we camp on the beach...this guitar we are not as concerned with getting wet or sandy.

Also the entertainment

In my spare time, I pass the hours by pretending to be a guitar player!
Comment by JJ Stark on October 25, 2008 at 9:55pm
I carry an acoustic electric Ovation. what's your weapon?
Comment by PCarrico on October 25, 2008 at 8:33pm
Hey JJ,
The Ovation Applause we have is the AA13 model, which is a 3/4 sized thin profile guitar. It's a beginner's guitar but sounds great and would be a nice choice for cruising in a small boat. Not for big hands, so I don't play it as often as the Baja Strat.
Comment by Jim Jackson on October 25, 2008 at 1:58pm
I had my Ovation Concert Classic on board last year but left it home because I was concerned about exposure to humidity and damage. Also, it is huge in the hard shell case and Marlene complained about the room it took up. Now I have a new Fender acoustic made of laminates with a built in tuner and electric pickup. It sounds good and is much smaller than the Ovation. I have a Peavey Messenger amp and a pandora for playing with drums and bass. Most of the time I just play the acoustic but it is nice to have an amp and the pandora adds a whole new dimension to my sound. I play mostly folk, blues and rock. Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and old classics from the late 50's and early 60's. I started playing 30 years ago but didn't play for an audience until about six years ago. Playing is great therapy and good for the soul. I recommend it for everyone, especially cruisers. It's a great way to spend a quiet watch especially at night as long as you don't play too loud. We are soon headed for the Abacos and hope to see some of you there. Let's jam if we cross paths. Come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together try to love one another right now. (the Youngbloods)
Jim aka Basement Boy Jimmy
Comment by PCarrico on October 24, 2008 at 8:13pm
Darn, I forgot the Ovation Applause acoustic.
I'm just a perpetual beginner guitar fooler-arounder.
My sons though have more dedication to play, especially my youngest who plays at least an hour a day. They have lots of buddies who play, so our house is often jammin with high schoolers making a racket.
We got tickets to see the WHO this November 3rd, so my youngest son has been devoting all his effort to play WHO licks. He can talk your ear off about the WHO, Led Zepplin & Eric Clapton. Not bad for 14. The older son is into the Bass.
Comment by PCarrico on October 24, 2008 at 12:58pm
Harmony sunburst circa 1964
Memphis Bass ~1970
Mystery bass- 1980
Epi SG Special 2007
Baja strat 2005
3 amps, 15-50 watts
Yamaha electric piano
Comment by Mark (Voodoo Acrobat) on September 22, 2008 at 10:16pm
I can't think of a better way to meet new people in a strange marina than to break out my Yamaha (Yup, with Elixer strings). Not to mention having fun in my own marina! Gets me invited to loads of fish fries too.

I don't keep my guitar onboard unless I'm aboard for weekends or short trips. I keep meaning to find a "beater" to have on hand at all times because I worry about the extended exposure to moisture, accidents, and getting it banged around in rough water.
Comment by Christine Kling on August 23, 2008 at 8:41am
I hadn't played mine in years, but I brought it aboard this summer and coaxed my fingers back onto the strings. It's weird how your brain doesn't remember how to play but your fingers do. I have an old Ariana (Japanese made) that I bought in New Zealand in 1975 for $25.00. She's got a lot miles on her but her sound is still mellow and sweet.

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