Seagull S6 Acoustic Guitar - Review
Review, specifications and similar instruments available for this beginner level, solid wood, acoustic guitar.
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Body Size: D-14 Fret
Top: Solid Cedar
Back Material: Laminated Cherry
Back Purfling: Plastic
Side Material: Laminated Cherry
Endpiece Inlay: none
Binding: Black Plastic
Neck Material: Solid Silver Maple
Neck Shape: Low Profile
Nut Material: Tusq
Headstock: Solid/ Tapered
Headplate: East Indian Rosewood
Fingerboard Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Bridge Material: Solid East Indian Rosewood
Body Finish: Semi-Gloss Polished
Neck Finish: Satin
Scale Length: 24.84"
# of Frets Clear: 14
# of Frets Total: 21
Left Handed Option at No Cost
Seagull S6 List Price: $497.00 (incl. Case)
Gorgeous domestic wild cherry back and sides provide a unique tone blending the warmth of mahogany with the crisp definition of maple.
Silverleaf maple neck on a shorter 24.84" scale with a rosewood fretboard is easy on the fingers while specially aligned machine heads make for quick, stable tuning.
Solid Cedar top
Laminated cherry back and sides
Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
24.84" scale length
Tusq nut and compensated saddle
- Semi-gloss lacquer finish
With a street price of around $360.00, it's hard to beat the features and sound of the Seagull S6 acoustic guitar.
The Seagull S6 boasts such features as a solid Canadian Cedar top and Laminated Black Cherry back and sides, which is almost unheard of in this price range. With most guitar manufacturers you don't get out of the plywood top, until you approach the $600.00 to $1,000.00 mark.
What I really like about the solid wood used on the top of this guitar is that this guitar will improve with age, unlike similar models made from plywood. This alone brings a smile to my face as you know that this guitar will just keep on improving in sound as it gets older and dries out a bit.
Another thing I love about Seagulls and the Seagull S6 is the care and quality they put into the top bracing's. Again, very important for not only initial should but the bracing helps improve the quality of sound as the guitar ages.
The Seagull S6 basically have the dreadnought form with the exception of the slightly rounder shoulders. It is kind of like a Martin D18 crossed with a Gibson J45 body shapes.
Iv' e got to admit it. This guitar has a sound approaching a guitar that is at least 2 times it's street value - easy.
The people at Seagull, which is a French Canadian company by the way, really put together a fine produce here and to classify this a beginner guitar is almost a slap in the face.
The price certainly says beginner, but the tone and quality if far superior to that.
The Seagull S6 as delivered had string action that was a bit high for me. Most manufacturers do this because it is a whole lot easier to lower the strings at the nut and or saddle than raise them.
The nut and saddle are make from Tusq, which is a hybrid plastic or super plastic, which many guitar makers are now turning too.
I would feel that this guitar justifies changing the Tusq out for a quality bone nut and saddle, to try to squeeze out even more and better tones from this quality instrument.
The Seagull S6 is a very well-made instrument for the price and it has solid cedar top and laminated cherry back and sides. The laminated Cherry back and sides is a very stable wood and has little cracking tendency. That being said, plywood guitars are much more damage resistant than their better made cousins - the solid wood instrument.
Please be careful with a sold wood guitar as a relatively minor bump or a sharp rap to the guitar top can cause a minor split to start, whereas a plywood instrument usually will not split from the same abuse.
The Seagull S6 guitar was put together in a humidity controlled atmosphere and you should keep it in that same type of atmosphere to minimize cracking or wood movement. A good humidifier for your room or home and guitar case is essential to minimize repair bills.
Be sure to visit our page on Guitar Humidity Control for detail information of keeping your guitar in tip-top shape during the dry winter months.
Be sure to register your guitar. If you treat your guitar right you will be able to keep it in great playing condition for a long time. The biggest enemy of a hollow body acoustical guitar is the lack or the excess of humidity in the air.
The Seagull S6 acoustic guitar is a incredible starter guitar for a reasonable price. It will service your needs well into intermediate guitarist territory and the sound of the guitar will improve as you improve.
I really like that this instrument is made in North America and uses wood that is indigenous to Canada. That just sound right, is consistent with green principles and sustainability practices.
With the big body sound of the dreadnought shaped design, this will make both a great flatpicking guitar and fingerstyle guitar.
I love the appearance of American Cherry for the back and sides and the cedar for the top is one of my favorite tonewoods, which really opens up the tone of an instrument rather quickly.
If you are a beginner to intermediate student looking for a great guitar as your first or subsequent guitar, don't pass over the Seagull S6 without giving it serious consideration.