I spent quite a lot of time in the store with Marc Ward, salesman. He pointed out all of the pluses and minuses of Horners, Gibsons Takamine, Fender, Seagull, Ibanez, Martin. For the money, craftsmanship, sound quality and playability, I really like the Seagull S6+Spruce.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $329.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musician's Superstore, Westminster, Colorado
This is my second Seagull S6. The first one was a S6+Cedar. Beautiful entry-level guitar. Warm, rich tones and very easy to play. Nice action. Rosewood frets. Natural finishI gave the guitar to my Dad (80+ yo) who wanted to learn to play the guitar. My current Seagall is an S6+Spruce. The top is solid spruce and the back and sides are laminated wild cherry. The neck is Silver Leaf Maple. The fingerboard and bridge are Indian Rosewood. The top is a gloss finish comprised of 9-layers of semi-gloss laquer. The S6+Spruce has a very crisp sound and it 'booms' pretty well when picked. I highly recommend the entire line of Seagull Guitars and expecially the S6 line for a good beginner guitar.
All of the Seagull guitars have a comfortable medium action. I can find no flaws with the S6s'.
The S6+Spruce is very clear and projects well.
Since I haven't owned either Seagull very long, I have to ellude to other Seagull owners. But in my opinion, I'll be playing this guitar for a long time.
After buying an Epiphone AJ18, I became unhappy with the sound of it after about a year. I did a lot of research and started playing others at stores. Seagulls have quite a fan club, and I actually bought mine through an ebay auction...bid $275 for the instrument with a hardshell case. Never thougth I would win...but I did.
Overall opinion....Seagull guitars are great. Someday, I hope to get a cutaway model with Baggs electronics!
Price: $275.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Marty's Music, Lebanon PA via EBay
The Seagull S6 line is Seagull's entry level guitar. Whereas the S6 comes with a cedar top, the S6+Spruce has a solid spruce top. The sides are laminated wild cherry and if you really want a breakdown of all the specs..go to the Seagull website (www.seagullguitars.com). Made in Quebec, Canada, Seagull guitars have a very simple look with little ornamentation....but they are finised beautifully and have a satin finish. The satin finish really helps the spruce top resonate and allow for the instrument to improve with age. I prefer the spruce top as it is less prone to dings than the cedar top. Seagull states that the spruce top provides a brighter sound. Seagulls have a unique headstock shape...I've gotten use to it, but some people don't care for it. It is designed to improve tuning.
The guitar arrived with the action set rather high. I made some adjustment by sanding the saddle, but I will have the guitar professionally set-up very shortly. I feel that every guitar needs setting up by a pro. The neck feels comfortable and easy to play.
This guitar has a very warm sound with fairly good volume. The response is pretty well balanced from bass to treble. I like the slight brightness that the spruce top provides. Since resuming my interest in the guitar for about a year, I have been trying a lot of instruments, and this instrument has a really nice sound...as good as instruments selling for $600 and more from makers such as Martin, Epiphone, Yamaha, etc.
I've only had this instrument for six weeks, so I can't say to much about it's durability. But, the instrument is very well constructed and seems as strong as the Epiphone acoustic I also own. The semi-gloss finish is more prone to dings...but I haven't had that problem, yet...I keep my instruments in their case when not in use, and I don't gig, so the guitar has only been in the house.