Seagull guitars review – 8 Options to Choose From

Compared to some other guitar manufacturers, Seagull is relatively new on the scene. As a branch of the well-known Godin guitar company, this brand offers high-quality, playable guitars for a fraction of the price charged by most manufacturers. Seagull provides quite a range of guitars, and our guitar guide can hopefully help you choose which is right for you.

Our Picks for Top 8 Seagull Guitars

Make

Model

Rating

Price

Full Review

Seagull

Performer CW Flame Maple QI

Cell

Seagull

S6 Original

Seagull

Maritime SWS SG

Cell

Seagull

S6 Slim CW QIT

Cell

Seagull

Entourage Autumn Burst

Cell

Seagull

Artist Mosaic Anthem EQ

Cell

Seagull

S6 Concert Hall QIT

Cell

Seagull

Coastline S12 Cedar

Cell

Review of our Top Picks

Performer CW Flame Maple QI -- Best For Live Performance

Important Features

  • Solid spruce top offers more brightness than most Seagull models
  • Quality QIT electronics give you stage-ready sound 
  • Maple back and sides provide crisp, articulate projection 
  • Tusq nut and saddle offer superior intonation

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Spruce top and maple sides and back are great for players who want a bright sound that projects well
  • Dreadnought body with cutaway is highly playable
  • Slim, comfortable neck is comfortable for almost all players
  • Quality electronics make it a stage-ready choice

Cons

  • Laminated sides and back don't offer the same full sound as an all-solid guitar
  • It's more expensive than most Seagull guitars, putting it out of reach for many players

Brief Review & Star Rating

Review

Many acoustic guitars are made with cedar tops, but this one has a bright, crisp sound that may be preferable for some players. The performer CW has a pressure-tested solid spruce top and stunning flame maple laminate sides and back. A high-gloss finish brings out the distinctive grain of flame maple.

The Seagull is a guitar that favours brightness and clarity over warmth--maple projects well and promotes faster note decay, so there's almost no risk of excessive overtones or feedback. As one of the many acoustic-electric guitars Seagull makes, it comes equipped with Godin QIT electronics. The onboard preamp is more inconspicuous than most, and the transducer-style pickup comes with a three-band EQ and a built-in tuner.

Our Star Rating

This guitar's excellent electronics and comfortable playability make it the best for live performance. We give it five out of five stars.

S6 Original -- Best For New Players

Important Features

  • Solid cedar soundboard gives you darker, warmer sound than spruce
  • Wild cherry back and sides give you a sound that's similar to maple
  • Tusq nut and saddle improve tone and aren't often found on guitars in this price range
  • It's surprisingly affordable given the quality

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Solid top gives you a beautifully responsive tone
  • Quality appointments like Tusq nut and saddle make it sound like a much more expensive guitar
  • Its affordability makes it a great option if you're on a budget

Cons

  • It doesn't come with electronics, which may make it not ideal for those who play live
  • The laminated body doesn't have the same tone as an all-solid guitar

Brief Review & Star Rating

Review

The Seagull S6 Original is, in many ways, Seagull's flagship model. This quality guitar has an incredible sound that's surprising for its relatively low price point. Though it isn't equipped with electronics, this acoustic guitar is an excellent addition to any player's stable.

It has a solid cedar top and Seagull's signature laminated wild cherry back and sides. The S6 Original has an updated custom stain on the wild cherry, and the tapered Silverleaf maple neck has a comfortable rosewood fingerboard.

Our Star Rating

Thanks to its affordable price and very high-quality build, we think the S6 Original is the best choice for players just starting. We give it four and a half out of five stars.

Maritime SWS SG -- Best Value

Important Features

  • All-solid spruce and mahogany build creates the classic acoustic tone
  • Dreadnought body is versatile and offers complex overtones
  • Godin QIT electronics make it easy to plug in and play
  • Mahogany neck creates a warmer sound than the Silverleaf maple used on many guitars

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Solid wood construction makes for great sound
  • Distinctive yet understated Maritime SWS design makes it a standout in terms of looks
  • Its low price given the build quality makes it a great value

Cons

  • Some players may prefer a cutaway for easier fret access
  • The Maritime SWS has a Richlite fretboard, and some players may prefer rosewood or ebony

Brief Review & Star Rating

Review

While the S6 Original is an excellent choice for players who don't need electronics, the Maritime SWS is a step up for players who want an all-solid guitar for a deceptively low price. The Maritime SWS has the classic tonewood configuration of a spruce top and mahogany body and neck.

It also comes with Godin QIT electronics with both a built-in tuner and a three-band EQ. Just like most Seagull guitar, this one also has a Tusq nut and saddle.

Our Star Rating

Because it has a very low price for an all-solid acoustic guitar with electronics, we think the Maritime SWS is the best value on the list. We give it five out of five stars.

S6 Slim CW QIT -- Best Playability

Important Features

  • The slimmer neck is fast and easy to play, and the cutaway gives you easier fret access.
  • Godin QIT electronics produce stage-ready sound

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • The compound curve on the top ensures lasting great sound
  • Quality electronics faithfully reproduce Seagull acoustic tone in live settings
  • Remarkably affordable price is suitable for many players

Cons

  • Some players may prefer the sound of an all-solid Seagull guitar
  • If you have huge hands, the slim neck may not be ideal

Brief Review & Star Rating

Review

If you've read descriptions of the S6 and wish you could find a version with electronics and a cutaway, you're in luck--the S6 Slim CW QIT offers some of the most impressive playability features in the Seagull Guitars lineup. This guitar has a solid pressure-tested spruce top with a compound curve. This curve is a slight arch that resists warping, which can happen when the soundboard dries out even slightly. It also promotes freer vibration, resulting in great natural sound.

Like the original S6, this guitar also has a three-layer wild cherry body. Its silver leaf maple neck is slimmer than most, resulting in impressive playability, even for players with very small hands—a Venetian cutaway and the Godin QIT electronics that come on most Seagull acoustic-electrics round out the package.

Our Star Rating

Thanks to its slender neck, cutaway, and compound curve top, we think this guitar has the best playability on the list. We give it four out of five stars.

Entourage Autumn Burst -- Best Vintage Look

Important Features

  • Spruce soundboard offers plenty of volume
  • Modified dreadnought body is more comfortable to handle than standard dreadnoughts, and it also cuts down on the boominess you sometimes get with these guitars
  • Cherry body helps this guitar project effortlessly
  • Vintage-style sunburst with contrast binding is a great look

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Tusq nut and saddle help create great tone
  • The solid top isn't something you always find in this price range
  • The vintage look will appeal to players who like vintage-style acoustic guitars

Cons

  • It does not come with electronics, which may be an issue for those who play live
  • Some players may not like the slim profile neck

Brief Review & Star Rating

Review

Many Seagull guitars have a distinctly modern design, but the redesigned Entourage has a vintage-inspired look that many players will love. This no-cutaway dreadnought has a solid spruce top with the Seagull signature wild cherry back and sides. While it doesn't come with electronics, this guitar is designed to project. Its understated rosette and white contrasting binding make it a departure from most Seagull guitar builds.

Our Star Rating

Thanks to its redesigned finish, we think this guitar has the best vintage look. We give it four out of five stars.

Artist Mosaic Anthem EQ -- Best High-End Model

Important Features

  • Professional-grade L.R. Baggs Anthem pickup system gives you quality studio tone when playing live
  • This guitar has solid mahogany and spruce construction for warm, balanced acoustic tone
  • Minimalist dot and seagull inlays as well a distinctive patterned binding make it a standout in terms of looks
  • Comes with a thermally-regulated TRIC case for maximum protection

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • All-solid build and world-class electronics make it a standout among Seagull guitars
  • Classic tonewood configuration works well with most musical genres
  • Given the electronics and build quality, it's a great value

Cons

  • Some players may prefer a guitar with a cutaway for easier fret access
  • The somewhat high price may put it out of reach of some players

Brief Review & Star Rating

Review

Seagull is a brand known for affordable yet quality acoustic guitars, but that doesn't mean you don't have higher-end instruments to choose from. The Seagull Artist Mosaic Anthem is a step up in terms of electronics and build quality.

It comes with the L.R. Baggs Anthem pickup system, which combines a pickup and a condenser microphone to give you the sound of a mic'd guitar even when plugged in. The dreadnought body is made of all-solid spruce and mahogany for classic acoustic tone.

Our Star Rating

Thanks to this guitar's quality build and very high-end electronics, we think it's the best high-end guitar on the list. We give it five out of five stars.

S6 Concert Hall QIT -- Best Non-Dreadnought

Important Features

  • This affordable acoustic guitar is an alternative to the original dreadnought S6
  • Spruce/cherry build gives you well-balanced tone
  • Beautiful burst finish with contrasting patterned binding is a distinctive look
  • Included electronics make it easy to plug in and play

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • This affordable acoustic has many features of more expensive Seagull models
  • Tusq nut and saddle improve your tone
  • Concert-style body is an alternative to dreadnought Seagull guitar models

Cons

  • Fishman Sonitone electronics aren't as high-end as the electronics on some guitars on the list
  • Some players may prefer an all-solid model

Brief Review & Star Rating

Review

Thus far, all of the Seagull guitars we've discussed have been dreadnoughts. The dreadnought is a typical and versatile body style, but it may not be right for everyone. This acoustic guitar is a variant of the original S6. Its smaller concert-style body is often easier to handle, and it offers reliable projection without excessive boominess.

This model features the solid-top spruce/cherry build that is often found on Seagull's entry-level and mid-range acoustic guitars. It has a stunning gloss top with a semi-gloss body, and the traditional-width neck has a much more solid feel than the slimmer Seagull acoustic necks found on most models. This affordable model comes equipped with Fishman Sonitone electronics.

Our Star Rating

We think this affordable acoustic guitar is the best non-dreadnought model on the list. We give it three out of five stars.

Coastline S12 Cedar -- Best 12-String Guitar

Important Features

  • Durable maple neck resists bowing even with the pressure of 12 strings
  • Balanced, midrange-focused sound is suitable for most genres
  • Solid cedar top produces an impressive tone with enough nuance
  • As with all Seagull guitars, the tapered headstock supports tuning stability and is excellent for open tunings

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • The coastline is an exceptionally affordable 12-string model
  • Cedar/cherry build balances warmth and detail
  • Strong neck and compound curve top resists warping
  • Tusq nut and saddle increase harmonic content

Cons

  • Many players don't choose a 12-string as a primary guitar
  • This guitar doesn't come with electronics

Brief Review & Star Rating

Review

There's something extraordinary about the chorus-like sound of a 12-string guitar, and this affordable model with a cedar top is an affordable way to have one of your own. Like many Seagull models, this one has a solid top with a durable compound curve.

Laminated cherry back and sides keep the price down while offering a tone that's between mahogany's warmth and maple's clarity. The cedar top adds plenty of nuance to your playing, letting all 12 strings be heard. This guitar's rosewood fretboard imparts just enough warmth to its midrange-focused sound.

Our Star Rating

With its brilliantly detailed tone and affordable price, we think this is the best 12-string acoustic guitar on the list. We give it three out of five stars.

Things To Think About When Choosing A Seagull Guitar

When it comes to finding a guitar that is an excellent value, Seagull is one of the best manufacturers to look at. And as you've seen, just about any review of a Seagull guitar is bound to be mostly positive. In this section, we'll talk about some of the essential features in these guitars

Who Owns Seagull Guitars?

If you've just begun to consider purchasing a Seagull guitar, you may be wondering about the history of the brand. Godin makes these guitars. Godin also owns a few other brands you might be familiar with--Norman, Art & Lutherie, Simon & Patrick, and La Patrie are all under the Godin umbrella. Seagull and Godin original guitars are somewhat unique in that they are truly North American--they are made with locally-sourced woods and assembled in North America.

Many inexpensive guitars are assembled in China, but many of these instruments have quality control issues. Asian-made devices tend to be more affordable, but Asian factories often need to cut corners in the building process to keep costs down.

Guitars made by Seagull effectively give you the best of both worlds--you get instruments that are remarkably affordable. Still, each is made with more attention to detail and quality than most guitars made in Asian factories.

Are Seagull Guitars Solid Wood?

Any guitarist knows that a solid top is one of the most important factors when it comes to choosing a guitar with great sound. Seagull instruments are all made of at least partially solid wood, and all have solid tops. More affordable models like the S6 Original have solid tops--Seagull uses cedar or spruce as soundboard materials--and higher-end models are made with all solid woods.

If you would like an all-solid guitar but are on a budget, don't be discouraged--a solid soundboard is the most important when it comes to the right tone. The laminate used in Seagull guitars is a three-ply build, which makes it sound more natural than the typical laminate, which is made part of what is effectively plywood. This video shows the excellent sound of the S6, a guitar with laminate back and sides.

What Features Make Them Stand Out?

The tonewood construction of a guitar is essential, but other appointments and build details also help shape the sound. Seagull's instruments have several excellent features (even on their affordable models) that make them punch far above their weight when it comes to tone.

Tusq Nuts And Saddles

Tusq, a composite made by GraphTech, is one of the best materials you can get for nuts and saddles. This material increases harmonic content and gives you incredible sustain. Most budget to midrange guitars, even those from reputable manufacturers, come with plastic nuts and saddles that do little to improve the sound. Many higher-end guitars are made with bone nuts and saddles--bone generally improves tone, but its natural grain may dampen sound in places. Similarly, micarta and Corian, two other materials used for nuts and saddles, do not increase sustain and detail to the extent that Tusq does.

Integrated Set Necks

The neck design is one of the critical factors when it comes to both longevity and tonal quality. Seagull instruments are made with a unique integrated set neck design. This design is essentially a modified bolt-on design. There is no glue involved--the integrated set neck closely aligns the wood of the neck with the wood of the body, which results in unparalleled tone.

The design is also highly resistant to warping and twisting due to changes in climate. Seagull guitars also come equipped with dual-action truss rods, which let you adjust the neck in either direction if needed.

Electronics

One of the main features that performing guitarists look for is a guitar made with excellent electronics. Many of these guitars are equipped with electronics at various levels. Here are some of the electronics used:

  • L.R. Baggs Anthem -- This top-quality pickup incorporates a condenser microphone for professional-grade live sound.
  • Godin QIT -- This quality pickup is found on many mid range guitars.
  • Fishman Sonitone -- This affordable Fishman pickup delivers decent

Making The Decision

All of the guitars chosen for our Seagull guitars buying guide are excellent choices, but our top pick is the Maritime SWS. This all-solid guitar comes with electronics and is a good option for the performer. If you have a bit more to spend, we also recommend the Seagull Artist Mosaic Anthem EQ.

This model is also all-solid, and it is made with professional-grade electronics. When choosing the best guitar for you, make sure you carefully evaluate specs and listen to sound demos. Seagull is a unique manufacturer because even entry-level Seagull electronics come with high-end appointments and impressive playability features to keep you inspired long after you make your purchase.

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