Seagull S6 Original 046386 6-String Acoustic Guitar
Gearank High Notes
- September 2020: Highest Rated Acoustic Guitar from $300 to $500
Seagull continues to rake in high ratings for their quality acoustics, and the S6 Original is easily one of their best.
While very similar to a dreadnought, the S6 Original's body shape is subtly modified to cut some unwanted boominess.
This guitar features a solid cedar top and comes with a modified dreadnought shape, which cuts some of the boominess while retaining good projection. For the back and sides, this guitar features wild cherry, a staple wood used by Seagull and its parent company, Godin.
Another standout feature of this guitar is the use of pressure testing for their tops, which ensures structural stability and resonance. It also sports a silver leaf maple set-neck, that helps with overall tone and sustain. The guitar's nut and compensated saddle are made of TUSQ, a high-grade composite material that many consider as good for sustain.
Finally, it has a distinctly shaped headstock that allows the strings to lineup better with the tuners for improved tuning stability,
- Body Shape: Modified Dreadnought
- Top: Solid Cedar
- Back and Sides: Wild Cherry
- Finish: Natural Semi-Gloss
- Bridge: Rosewood
- Neck: Silver Leaf Maple
- Neck Profile: Not Specified
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Fingerboard Radius: Not Specified
- Number of Frets: 21
- Frets to Body: 14
- Scale Length: 25 ½”
- Nut Width: 1.8"
Starting with a Seagull S6 Original will definitely make you an envy of experienced players - before the price went up, it was the highest rated of all acoustic guitars between $300 and $500. Owners can't help but describe it positively in almost all reviews, even those who have some minor qualms with it. Most of the commendations point to its build quality, which many describe as being superior over others of the same price range. The use of a solid cedar top gives this guitar a distinct voicing that many appreciate, coming from guitarists of different experience levels, styles and backgrounds.
Not everyone is happy with the distinct shape of the headstock. There are a few guitarists who are unimpressed with the S6 Original's tone, specifically those who are used to traditional solid spruce top equipped dreadnoughts.
If you want to seriously hone your acoustic guitar chops and have the funds to invest, then the Seagull S6 should be high in your list.