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Don't need to feel important or famous? Tonight you just need this guitar

  • Apr 14, 2010
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I bought this for my son to upgrade from his student-size Oscar Schmidt acoustic that has been his constant companion for a couple years now (he's now finishing his Sophomore year at Liberty University, started playing in 10th grade--after the OS sat in the closet several years as an unused birthday present from his grandparents--so if you're a parent with a similar guitar in the closet, don't give up!).

First, I'm no guitar expert, but it would make sense

1. not to buy a guitar without trying it first; my son had a chance to play a Seagull owned by a guy in his dorm, and he really liked the guitar.
2. to ask advice from knowledgeable people, so I asked my brother who has played guitar for many years, and owns a Martin guitar. He lived in New England for many years, and had a chance to play some Seagulls when they started to come south from Quebec, where they are made. He thought they sounded quite good for their price point, and liked the construction quality and use of different indigenous Canadian woods).

So, based on those recommendations, and Amazon's great price, we bought. It was shipped very quickly (two days after order, even though we didn't pay extra for 2nd-day delivery) in perfect shape--the factory cardboard packaging was enclosed in a large Amazon outer carton, and delivered by a FedEx van, not a full size delivery van, so I wonder if it had special delivery instructions from the Amazon distribution center to result in such a quick and clean delivery.

The guitar features a built-in tuner plus pickup, and sounds good plugged in or purely acoustic. It is a little bigger than the student model, but not as big as some of the large dreadnought guitars I've seen in stores. It fits exactly in an old hardshell case my brother used for his Martin. The finish and workmanship were excellent.

I know Amazon always cuts out URLs from reviews, so I can't provide you a link to my son's recordings he has made with the new guitar, but if you go to purevolume, search for Mark Stockslager, and click on the album cover "Changed my mind", the four original songs you'll find there were all recorded with the Seagull directly into one channel of a TASCAM US-144 Interface. We also saw him play it live through a PA system in a small outdoor courtyard with an audience of about 60 people and it sounded great. The other players at this concert were using Martins and Takaminis that my brother said were much more expensive, and the Seagull sounded as good to my unschooled ears. Don't let the price fool you, this is not a toy or a starter guitar that the big-box music stores sell (for nearly as much); it is a quality instrument that is good enough to be played on stage.

Update to review now that is posted (exclusively!) to Lunch:  I can now hyperlink to my son's music, much of which was recorded with this guitar as noted above.  Here is his cover of Warren Zevon's fantastic "Keep me in your Heart" (recorded live with his cousin and my niece Hannah Livengood)..



So I think if you have had a chance to play one in person, and have heard from people you trust that it is a quality instrument, you will not be disappointed with this instrument. We would definitely buy another one.

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December 01, 2010
Wow! What a talented family you have, they're GREAT! I loved their cover of Keep Me In Your Heart, I might have to add that to my playlist. I'm glad you were able to share that here ;p Great review of the Seagull as well! Thanks so much for sharing.
 
November 30, 2010
Sounds like a fantastic guitar, Todd. Putting my own to shame! :P By the way, if you want, you can actually paste URLs, as well as video and audio clips into your review if you want to edit it. Just let me know if you need a hand :) Thanks for sharing!
November 30, 2010
Thanks for the reminder! I'm still getting used to being free from the shackles of Amazon. I updated the review with a link to a recording my son did with the guitar. He's had it now for close to a year, and it is holding up really well.
December 01, 2010
Nice! Your son is very talented and that's a very cool site to be able to post your own songs on. Looks like a great place to discover music :)
 
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Seagull Coastline S6 Q1 Guitar in Cedar Gloss Top - Eco-Friendly & Fun to PlayThe Coastline S6 Q1 Guitar in Cedar Gloss Top is an ideal choice for players who prefer the traditional sound of a select pressure cedar top, as well as the great feel and superb sound provided by a hand finished neck with a more traditional nut width feel. The cutaway and electronics package also makes this a great choice for the gigging musician.

Coastline Cedar Gloss Top

In addition to the new compound-curve bracing system, the Coastline Cedar Gloss Top features a Custom Polished Finish and it’s about the same thickness as our semi-gloss treatment but buffed to a high luster. This is truly a great breakthrough in that the guitar has the added responsiveness provided by an extra light finish along with the great looks of high–gloss.

Coastline Series

The guitars that make up the Seagull Coastline series represent one of the world's outstanding values in acoustic guitars. The back and sides of the Coastline series models are made from a three-layer lamination of Wild Cherry wood. With a sound that lands somewhere between the mellow tone of a Mahogany guitar and the bright sound of Maple, Wild Cherry has proven itself to be an excellent tone wood. Grown locally, Wild Cherry is also an ecologically friendly choice. Coastline series guitars feature very smooth necks made from Silver Leaf Maple.

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