Seagull S6 Original
My Review Of The Seagull S6 Original
I love writing reviews and helping my students pick the right guitar and not regret their purchase.
So, I was just off to my weekly trip to my local music shop to check out some of the new guitars they got in and wasn’t really expecting to find anything that was that much different than any of the other beginner guitars I reviewed.
Since I always try to review guitars that I’ve heard a lot about…. It was time to finally look at the Seagull S6. I have heard so much about this guitar and a lot of questions about it from my students. So, let’s take a look at the Seagull S6 Original Acoustic Guitar.
“What To Look For When Buying An Acoustic Guitar”
First off, You have to know what to look for in a quality acoustic guitar. All of the following are extremely important when looking at acoustic guitars you want to purchase. It’s important for you to determine what the guitar will mostly be used for? Are you just a beginner? Are you looking to play gigs? Or, do you just like collecting guitars? These are all things to consider.
- The Type Of Tone wood Used?
- What Body Style Fits Me & My Style?
- What Wood Is Used To Construct The Neck?
- What Are The Bridge and Fingerboard Made Of?
- Is The Intonation Set Correctly?
- What Are The Tuning Machines Made of?
- What Type Of Finish Is On The Guitar?
- What Should You Expect To Pay & What’s Included?
- What Others Are Saying….
The Seagull S6 Has A Solid Cedar Top Tone Wood
“If you have a bad wood on top? Well, you will have a bad sounding guitar”
As I’ve mentioned in other reviews…. The top of the guitar where the sound hole is located is where the guitar gets its sound. If you have a bad wood on top? Well, you will have a bad sounding guitar.
The two most popular woods used in making guitar tops are cedar and spruce. Spruce will give you more of a bright or treble sound, while cedar will give you a smooth warm sound that is more directed. These two woods are perfect for the resonance of a guitar and are really only a preference to the guitar player and which sound the player prefers.
The Seagull s6 comes with a solid cedar top. Solid tops are the most desirable since the guitar tends to sound better with age. This is not the case with a laminate (several pieces of this wood layered together to produce guitars more cheaply) top or full laminate guitar. I tend to love the sound of a cedar top.
The Seagull S6 Original Has a Wild Cherry Back, Sides & a Dreadnought Body
“The back and sides are not really going to be giving the guitar its sound”
There are generally three different body styles on an acoustic guitar. Classical, Jumbo & Dreadnought. Classical is a very small narrow body shape used in the first classical nylon string guitars. Jumbo is a very large big sounding bodied guitar and a Dreadnought is what most consider the standard size bodied guitar between a classical and Jumbo. Also, some of these guitars come with what we call a “cutaway”. The cutaway basically let’s you access the frets higher up on the neck of the guitar.
Cherry is a very nice dense wood that really isn’t used as a tone wood (wood that resonates well). However, wild cherry will give a guitar a lot of strength that should keep the guitar very reliable. Since the Seagull S6 has a cedar top… The back and sides are not really going to be giving the guitar its sound.
So, in my opinion the wild cherry has a beautiful grain and since it really doesn’t affect the sound that much… it really makes this guitar stand out amongst its competitors!
The Seagull S6 Is Constructed With A Silver Leaf Maple Neck
Maple necks compliment the top of the guitar very well. It really makes the guitar “pop” so to speak. Plus, maple is a very strong wood that will keep its shape over time.
Maple is a little more of a spendy wood. So, I was a little surprised that the Seagull s6 came with a maple neck at this price. However, the retail price reflects it. But, you can get this guitar at considerable discounts since it’s so popular both amongst beginner guitarists and advanced.
Rosewood Fingerboard & Bridge
“This is something very desirable in both the fingerboard and bridge”
If you don’t know already… rosewood is the most popular wood used in making fingerboards worldwide. The wood is very comfortable, holds up well over time and doesn’t show wear and tear. This is something very desirable in both the fingerboard and bridge since both get a lot of abrasion from years of playing and changing guitar strings. The Seagull S6 of course comes with both of this desired rosewood attributes.
Tusq Nut & Compensated Saddle Set Intonation
“This is one of the most vital parts of the guitar since it’s where the strings touch”
The intonation is basically the tuning of the guitar. You can tune a guitar hitting the open strings. However, the guitar must stay in tune when fingering the frets. If it doesn’t? This could mean that the intonation is off. A well set intonation is imperative! The Seagull S6 comes with a Tusq nut & saddle and is set to perfect intonation… The nut and the saddle are the two points on opposite ends where the strings are placed. This is one of the most vital parts of the guitar since it’s where the strings touch.
Tusq is a very high quality brand that manufactures nuts and saddles for some of the biggest name brands such as Martin & Taylor guitars. It impresses me very much that Seagull has taken in to consideration the quality of their guitars by using such a top name in nuts and saddles. Here are some of the benefits of these nuts and saddles:
- Rich Tone: a crystal clear bell like high end and big open low end.
- Engineered for maximum vibration transfer.
- Consistent quality from piece to piece and within each piece.
- Easy to work with – can be filed and sanded; will not chip or flake
- Laboratory-proven to enhance harmonic content (up to 200%)
- Used by the world’s finest guitar manufacturers.
- No flat or dead spots that can be found in bone or ivory.
What Are The Tuning Machines Made of?
I think one of the coolest things about this guitar is the headstock. In case you didn’t know…. The headstock is where the tuning pegs are located. The sleek design makes this guitar really easy to access the tuners.
The machine heads (The tuners on the headstock of the guitar) on the Seagull S6 are die-cast chrome and totally enclosed and permanently lubricated for zero maintenance. These should never have to be replaced for the lifetime of the guitar.
What Type Of Finish Is On The Seagull S6?
There are typically two types of finishes that are used on acoustic guitars. Satin and Gloss or as they call it high gloss. Satin is just a fine finish that almost looks like bare wood. But, it’s not. High gloss is just that… A very glossy thick finish that really protects the guitar well and doesn’t show scratches that easily. However, high gloss will show quite a bit of finger prints.
The Seagull S6 comes with a Satin finish that really compliments the cherry wood grain on the back and sides. Although I’m not all that fond of satin. It really does look cool on this guitar.
What Should You Expect To Pay & What’s Included?
The Seagull S6 Original Guitar Lists for $497.00. However, most are selling this guitar for under $400. I’ve found that Amazon has the best price and often times ships FREE. So, I would consider this before purchasing the guitar from another dealer or in a Music Shop.
The guitar basically ships separately as is in a box. A CASE IS NOT INCLUDED. So, I would recommend purchasing this guitar in a package. Again Amazon has the best price and quality on a great bundle called the Seagull S6 “The Original” Acoustic Guitar with FREE SKB-8 Dreadnought Hard shell Case and Free On-Stage Guitar Stand which was the best I found.
SKB-8 Guitar Case
The SKB-8 is a shaped case within SKB’s Economy line of cases. With an EPS plush lined interior, it provides an exceptional value for the price. The best deal I could find was just slightly under $100. So, with the Seagull S6 & case you would be looking at $500 or more if you bought them separately.
- Advanced ABS molded plastic outer shell
- Fully plush lined EPS molded interior
- Tongue & groove Aluminum valance to keep dust and moisture out
- Molded-in bumper protects valance
- Reinforced Chrome button feet
- Chrome plated lockable latches
- Oversized accessory compartment
- Any Acoustic Dreadnaught size
- Seagull S6
- Yamaha FG series
- Length: 42.50″
- Body length: 21.25″
- Body depth: 5.5″
- Lower bout: 16″
- Upper bout: 12″
What Others Are Saying….
“I bought a Seagull in 1995, with my first paycheck after graduating from college, at a small guitar store in Petaluma. It might be the best $400 I’ve ever spent. “
“After 42 years of playing unsatisfying guitars, I did some research and spent a lot of time at all the local Guitar Centers, Sam Ash stores and a number of indie stores like McCabes in Santa Monica. I played everything I could get my hands on that had at least a solid top. So when my husband wanted to get me a guitar for my birthday, I chose the Seagull Original S6 because it sounds great, feels good and plays so very well”
“I’m a guitar newbie (been playing 3 months) and before starting I did some on-line research on acoustic guitars to determine what would be the best beginner guitar. Every list I found rated this one in the top five, even though it was more than twice the price of all the rest of them. Convinced, I found a used one on Craigslist for $200.”
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From Guitar Center
“I got my Seagull S6 Original from my parents for Christmas this year and I couldn’t be happier with it. Although relatively inexpensive, this guitar has amazed me with everything from its tonal quality to the simple yet elegant look it possessed. This guitar also projects sound really well”
“From the moment I first strummed it I was blown away. Loud but balanced, amazing acoustic. A few minutes with it in the store, and I was hooked. Bought it, took it home, and have not regretted the purchase for one second”
“First things first. This is a awesome guitar! This guitar sounds beautiful. It is worth every penny. Its a lot nicer than any other guitar I saw”
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From Musicians Friend
“Really an amazing guitar with great sound. Can’t beat the price. I gave it a 9 on features because I wouldn’t have minded if the guitar had been equipped with both bolts to use a strap. Also gave it a 9 on quality because the pegs that secure the strings in place seem pretty cheap. Still, I LOVE this guitar and have been playing every day since I got it – something I have not done in years”
“I went over this guitar with a fine tooth comb and could not find a single flaw. I don’t have a lot of guitar playing experience but I don’t think it takes a lot of experience to hear how this guitar just sings.”
“I play Bluegrass music and all of my guitars are older. I have a 1973 Martin D-18 that I bought awhile back, thinking that I now am complete with the Martin. The Martin sits in the case and I always get out the Seagull and play. By far the best guitar I have ever owned and played It has the best sound, loud and clear.”
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There was a few complaints that I found. It had to do with shipping. They said it was shipped in a flimsy box and they had to get a trust rod adjustment from it. Another said the guitar came broken. Other than that…. No complaints 🙂
“Here’s My Final Thoughts”
I loved the very bright crisp and smooth overtones. This guitar was made for the enthusiastic musician. I would even say it rivals guitars that I’ve played for over $1000.00 to $3000.00 range. As you well know most of the sound and tone from an acoustic guitar is unarguably the top. Well, it’s no wonder this guitar has such great tone since it’s built with a solid cedar top. Seagull did their homework on this one!
I was very impressed with the action (the distance between the strings and the fretboard. Basically how hard you have to press down to sound a note) on this guitar. The action is very light compared to my Guild which was almost twice the cost. I’m really not sure how they do it since this guitar is not hand made. The action is very precise. I also haven’t read one review from anyone who has had this guitar for sometime that isn’t good. This bodes very well for Seagull since it shows that the Seagull S6 withstands the test of time.
Again, I’ve only heard good things about the aging and reliability of this guitar. This guitar would definitely withstand even hard touring and live shows as well as camping around the campfire.