For the price I could not think of a better guitar. I wish I had bought mine with a pickup, but there are many that offer such luxuries, and it was my fault. Honestly, I've never been happier with any guitar.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $335.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Willie's American Guitars
Made in Quebec, Canada, these guitars are made only of the finest indigenous woods. The top is made of solid Cedar, finished with a semi-gloss lacquer. The back and sides are constructed out of a three layer lamination of wild-cherry wood. The neck is made from Silver Leaf Maple, which on my guitar has a very beautiful grain. The fingerboard is the only imported wood, as Indian Rosewood is not a very popular tree in eastern Quebec. One important trait is the shape of the headstock. They claim that if the string is not angled at the nut, tuning becomes a lot smoother and easier to keep in tune.
As an aggressive player I find a little more fret buzz than is typically preffered, however, for easy strumming it can't be beat. I've taught a number of my friends their first chords on this guitar due to it's amazing ease to play. I cannot talk about playabilty without mentioning the neck. The neck is wider than many other guitars which I find aids in clear fingerpicking.
I was debating buying this guitar with a Martin DX1 but chose my S6+CW becase of its sound. The tone is full and rich without ever sounding muddy. This guitar kicks out the bass, while retaining the upper end. Too often cheaper guitars only have upper end or a some bass but no treble. Seagull has manufactured a handmade guitar that is perfectly in the middle. It always plays in tune and stays in tune for quite some time. Its sound quality is certainly comparable to many expensive guitar but has a unique, rich sound that cannot be found in any other guitar for this price.
Mine is fairly new but already the top is dinged and scratched. granted im not as obsessive about its apperance as many people, but the first day i played it i put an obvious 2 inch scratch in the top from my watch. from then on ive been more careful, besides it gives it more character. other than that ive had no problems to speak of.
If I was spending a lot of money I would buy a Guild or Martin, but for $400-600 you can't beat it. If it was stolen I would buy another one. The only thing I would change on this guitar is the location of the battery. I have big habds and it is very hard to reach in the sound hole to change the battery. Some day when I get motivated I am going to mount the battery on the outside of the body, it won't be pretty, but it will make battery replacement easy.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $0.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Lincoln Music HOuse, Milwaukee, WI
Made in Canada, satin finish. Single cutaway. LR Baggs electronics with eq, presence and tone controls.
I needed an acoustic with a pickup and was very happy with the way this guitar feels. In all fairness I have played acoustics that felt better but they also were in the $1000+ price range.
I play out with it alot and it is one of the better guitars I have owned in regards to tuning. It stays in tune all the time. I play it through a Fender Cyber-Deluxe. I like a little chorus/flange with acoustics and the Seagull sounds great this way.
I thunk this guitar could be beat pretty hard before you would have problems with it. It seems very well built and reliable. I have owned it for 2 years and have only had to change strings.
I've played several guitars. Not alot but enough to have a good idea of what plays and sounds good. If I played this guitar not knowing what it cost I would guess it would be worth twice what I paid. I would replace it immediately if lost or stolen. The sound is what sold me on this guitar, I also like how it looks but I am not one for flashy looking guitars, this thing is plain looking but has very nice looking trim and the simple rosette is classy. It would be better if it were more resistant to dings but then it would not sound as good because it would have some crappy gloss finish and a harder wood top sounding more tiny and high. Another reason I bought this is I saw this great jazz/funk/rock band (the Danny Godinez band) who's guitar player and front man played a Seagull. He also had an S series I believe. THe sound and tone was unbelievable and he plays very aggresivley with alot of percusive style, even drumming on the bout. The guitar held up and sounded so great that I had to check them out. I'm glad I did. I will always play a Seagull now I'm afraid. Super value for the money, I'd pay more if I did not know better.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $379.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music go round
I bought this new from Music go round. Made in Quebec. Solid cedar top, lam cherry back and sides, rosewood fret board, maple neck, 21 standard size frets, no electronics, natural satin finish, cutaway, sealed seagull tuners.
The action is medium. I changed the strings right away and the neck bowed up a bit. I adjusted it back to where it was and it went very willingly and stayed in place without any fuss. The intonation was fine. It plays very well. The neck is very comfortable, the cutaway allows okay acces to high frets. It is a nice guitar to play.
I play blues, folk, and rock. I am starting to get into bluegrass. The sound of this guitar is why I bought it. I traded in an Ibanez AE 18 for it. The Seagull sounds very rich and full. The tone is very warm as compared to bright with others I played. I really can't believe this is only a $400 guitar. It sounds incredible and projects nicely.
The cedar top is soft and prone to dings. Add to that the satin finish and it will certainly show marks in time. Unless you are a neat freak and can't stand scratches and dings this may not be the guitar for you. Be careful with it and no big deal but a couple marks here and there are not important to me. It appears to be made very well. Much better luthiership than Korean or Chinese guitars. I would put it up there with American made guitars as far as attention to detail and overall appearence. It is plain looking with no frills (part of the inexpensive price). I live in a humid enivronment which should be good for it. The tuners are seem fine.