I looked at Martin, Gibson, Takamine, Yamaha and some other mid range lines as well, the sound, feel and overall value of this guitar made sense to me, I would have to replace this guitar if ever necessary but I look after it and this guitar just keeps sounding better, i couldn't replace it easily.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $1785.00 Can (new)
Where Obtained: The Arts Music store
Handmade in LaPatrie,Quebec,Canada
Playabilty for this guitar at my skill level 2.5 is excellent, more skilled playes love my guitar's action
The iBeam Duet electronics gives this guitar the ultimate in onboard acoustic amplification.
Living in Canada I ensure that my humidifier is in place when needed, and I am very pleased that it just get's better sound with age.
Overall, the guitar is an excellent value for the money. I'm not a professional performer, but this will quite likely be one of the last guitars I buy. But then, you never know.
Visually, it is understated and not gaudy, with just enough of the finishing touches to give it that touch of class.
Included in the purchase, you should receive an EPP guitar case. Be aware though, that when you first get this thing, your first thought may be that you're getting a cheap gig bag for a major purchase. Check out Godin's website for information on this original case.
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Model Year: 2004
Price: $1400.00 (CDN) (new)
Where Obtained: Music Shop
Seagull Artist Studio CW. This guitar is an absolute dream to play. Manufactured in Canada, it is Godin's top of the line guitar. It features a solid spruce top, solid rosewood back, and mahogany/maple/mahogany laminate sides. Neck is contructed of mahogany and the guitar is equipped with LR Baggs I-Beam Duet Electronics.
Overall finish is gloss, and the neck and headstock feature mother of pearl inlay. Tuners are Godin's own.
The detail to finishing is apparent throughout the guitar.
I've own an original Seagull S6 since the mid 80's and have always been a big fan of the somewhat wider neck that allows us larger handed people the ability to nail notes with a bit more confidence. The neck has adjustable truss rod that allows the use to adjust the neck both up and down.
I would have to say that the action on this guitar rivals many of the higher end guitars I've played.
I don't want to be overly gushy about this guitar, but the sound is bright and responsive and projects extremely well. For my style of playing (Blues, Gospel, etc.) is fits the bill very well.
Plugged in, the guitar projects tonal qualities that are rich and full; your audience won't hear any tinny or electronic interference, and results are gratifying.
The electronics on this guitar need some getting used to, since the sound is picked up by two different pickups, and I've had to fiddle around to find the right settings for certain situations.
The Artist appears at this point to be very durable. It may be my imagination, but it seems to be a few pounds heavier than some of Ovations, Taylors, Takamines, etc. I've tried. Everything is as stated on the Godin website; that nothing but the best was used for these guitars.
Again, the only complaint I have about this guitar (and I have about many higher end guatirs as well) is the lack of a strap nut on the heel of the neck. I've had to install a few of them myself, and let me tell you, when your spending big bucks for a guitar, the LAST thing you want to be doing is breaking out the drill. This should not be an option, and if you decide to try and ultimately purchase this model, demand that the outlet's techies do this for you.