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"Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)


"Seagull" Spoken Here ... (also fluent in "Godin" Gab)

By far the most active brand-dedicated group in the AGM online community!!  For those who own, play and love their Seagull Guitars ... (or any other Godin acoustic) wonderful, top-quality instruments made in Canada, Seagulls (as well as Godin, Simon & Patrick, Norman, Art & Lutherie, La Patrie, and Richmond) are ideal choices for anyone who wants a first-rate guitar for a reasonable investment.



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Location: Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill area of North Carolina
Members: 417
Latest Activity: 16 minutes ago

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Discussion Forum

New Seagull 12-String in the House 11 Replies

Just bought a used 2002 Seagull 12+ which arrived yesterday.  I really like it. It has a few cosmetic flaws, but sounds great and plays like butter.The seller said the top was Western Spruce, but it…Continue

Started by Jack Slotterback. Last reply by Jack Slotterback 16 minutes ago.

Decisions, decisions. 6 Replies

Hi everyone.One of my favorite guitars is the, Simon and Patrick, Woodland Pro folk guitar, sunburst finish, with slotted headstock.So I have just ordered one from my local guitar shop, should get it…Continue

Started by Derick Chatfield. Last reply by Martin van Dooremalen 2 hours ago.

Point of Attack Effect on String Brands/Types 12 Replies

One more mental "epiphany" has come to me - hopefully not the last...... with regard to guitar string preference. I have been trying Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze strings on my Maritime the last several…Continue

Started by Greg Ballantyne. Last reply by Elton Bloye 10 hours ago.

Another rescue - a Seagull S12+ 18 Replies

Yesterday for $25 (thank your CraigsList!) I bought the worst example of an under humidified guitar I've ever seen.  A 2000 S12+.  I've always wanted a Seagull 12 string.  Yea, they action is a…Continue

Started by Dave Fengler. Last reply by Dave Fengler 19 hours ago.

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Comment by Reg Hayes on March 27, 2012 at 10:38am


I must agree with Ian's comment that pretty well all of your questions are answered on the Seagull Web Site.  A little research and you'l have accurate information rather than speculation.  Although it is nice to have others' opinions and get them to suss out the research for you.  I'd think with your 30 years of playing experience that you'd already have some strong opinions about what works for your sound and is comfortable to play.  I know I do.  You also own other guitars and that should help you know what some wood combos sound like.

Even the neck width differences we're talking about a quite minimal.  The difference between the 1.7" and 1.8" widths is 3.2/32 nds of an inch.  Not enough to play an amazing roll for most players.  The big thing, and all the Seagulls are the same, is the neck profile.  Some find it a bit thick and it takes getting used to before it is comfortable.  You can read about that in almost any review.

The only way to decide on the type and thickness of finish is by your taste and by hearing the instrument.  again, where you own other guitars, they should be a guide to your choice rather than what I might like.

The S6 has always been my recommendation for a first guitar. It has a solid top, plays well and will get better with age.  A great value with good action than won't discourage a new player.  They also grow with you and make a fine keeper with a good voice.  The other levels are all options or improvements in woods, looks and , too some extent, sound and cost more as a result.  Cedar or spruce or mahogany top guitars, no matter who makes them all sound different as tone woods.  Your opinion and choice, no one else can decide that for you.  They are all great but different.  Laminated back, sides; again, who knows.  The job of the back and sides is different than the top they add structure and reflect and focus the sound produced by the top.  Some of the best Jazz guitars have laminated backs and sides and cost thousands.  I have all solid wood guitars and some with laminated backs and sides.  They all sound grand.  Each one subtly different but all work well and please me.

If I buy a 12 string, I may try to find one with a cedar top.  I find the spruce tops  I've played a bit too "jangley" for me so I think the warmer cedar might work well.  I would also avoid rosewood or maple for the back and sides because they contribute a bit to the strong highs.  Probably I'd avoid ebony for the fret board for the same reason.  But, really, if I play one I like, then that's what I would buy despite all the research I have done. 

Comment by FloridaGull on March 27, 2012 at 8:58am

IMHO, the SG finish is more conducive to tone being generated from less energy input - so, if you are primarily a fingerstylist, you may want to lean toward the SG - if a strummer/flatpicker, IMHO this difference that I perceive playing fingerstyle vanishes, because you are putting in more energy with the pick - YMMV...

The laminate wild cherry, supposedly, gives a tone that is somewhere between mahogany and rosewood - the mahogany will give you a somewhat "warmer" tone.

If budget is truly not an issue, then, unless you want the tone of cedar, an all-solid-wood guitar may be a better investment, especially if you see yourself possibly selling this instrument in the future.

Comment by Ian Miller on March 27, 2012 at 8:40am

Hey John,

All is revealed on the Seagull website, and you can find lots of reviews and demos on YouTube.

Comment by Lennie Schoonover on March 27, 2012 at 8:35am

"lam wild cherry vs. solid mahogany back and sides."

John, remember the sound comes from the top wood and bracing and the sides and back contribute mostly to the looks.

the HG finish is 8 coats, hand sanded nitrocellulos lacquer and polished by a machine.

the SG is thin.  this from the Godin video

Comment by Gary Ellis on March 27, 2012 at 6:26am

I would add, spruce is a little more durable. It's been my experience that the slightest contact will mark a cedar sg top. I am going to the Maritime SWS high gloss for 2 reasons 1. I want a solid wood guitar (I don't know why, I just do) 2. I prefer the high gloss for appearance and durability. 

Comment by FloridaGull on March 27, 2012 at 5:29am
Construction and overall playability, IMHO, will be equivalent. Materials are different - solid cedar top vs. solid spruce top - and lam wild cherry vs. solid mahogany back and sides.
As they will both have the QI, plugged in sound (when adjusted through a good acoustic amp) will be equivalent as well - so the unplugged sound should be your determining factor - and your budget as well. Play both to see which YOU like better - cedar tends to be a bit "warmer", spruce a bit "brighter" - which do YOU prefer?
Comment by FloridaGull on March 26, 2012 at 4:32pm
If you go to my page, and view my photos, you'll see 2 very effective uses for a First Act child guitar - lamp decoration, and wall hanging. See - they're not totally useless...
Comment by Jud Hair on March 26, 2012 at 12:29pm

Just for fun, let me introduce all you Canadians, Midwesterners, Yankees, Floridians, Left-Coasters and various & sundry other Non-Southerners to the one and only Michael Reno Harrell ... one heck of a songwriter and terrifically engaging performer (and ya gotta love the hair!).  This is just a funny little ditty he wrote that encompasses practically every aspect of my own personal up-bringing.  ENJOY!!

Comment by Jud Hair on March 25, 2012 at 7:58pm

Lennie ... I agree.  Sadly, my Artist turned out to be past the age of childbearing and nothing happened while the young S-6 was in the nest.

Comment by Lennie Schoonover on March 25, 2012 at 6:31pm

Jud, that's a better picture !

but seagulls should be in pairs so they don't get lonely...


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