Seagull Entourage Rustic CW QIT Acoustic-Electric Guitar (Discontinued)
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The Entourage Rustic CW QIT appeared on our recommended list for Acoustic-Electric Guitars Under $500 from August 2017 until August 2018.
Seagull is considered to be one of the best manufacturers in its price range, consistently producing guitars that are of a significantly better quality than what their price point would suggest. They’re also one of the more innovative lines currently in production. It is a sub-brand of Godin, which is known for modern esoteric acoustic and Electric Guitar designs.
Seagull guitars are distinct from other brands both in design and materials. The guitars are slightly arched on the top, increasing their strength (which helps to prevent the top from bowling in). The trademark Seagull headstock actually serves a functional purpose by putting all of strings in line with the nut (which helps to increase tuning stability). The brand also makes an effort to use Canadian wood, mainly wild cherry and silver leaf maple.
The general consensus on the tone of Seagull guitars is that they’re very warm. They have a tonality that somewhat straddles the line between a classical and steel string guitar, with the warmth of the former but the punch of the latter.
The only part of the guitar that’s underwhelming is the pickup system, which unlike the rest of the guitar is reflective of its price point. It’s not bad by any means, and the inclusion of volume, treble, and bass controls make it just as flexible as any other preamp you’d find on a guitar in this price range. It is also active, which those of you who gig regularly will appreciate.
- Body Shape: Dreadnought
- Top: Solid Cedar
- Body: Wild Cherry Back and Silver Leaf Maple Sides
- Finish: Semi-Gloss
- Bridge: Rosewood
- Neck: Hard Maple
- Neck Profile: Seagull Slim
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Number of Frets: 21
- Scale Length: 24.84"
- Nut Width: 1.72"
- Electronics: Godin QIT