Seagull S6 Original Cedar Slim 6 String Acoustic Guitar
Seagull S6 Original Cedar Slim
Seagull bills this guitar as "entry level" however it's clear from reviews that it is much more than that.
While Seagull isn’t yet a household name, their guitars are often of a quality that’s almost shockingly good for the price. Just about any Seagull guitar sounds and plays like it should cost twice as much as it actually does, which is why their guitars have a cult following in many circles.
The guitar’s designation of “slim” is a bit misleading, because the Seagull S6 is actually a full-sized dreadnought guitar. The “slim” comes from the guitar having a thinner nut-width than other guitars produced by the company. However, many of Seagull’s guitars already have a thicker than average nut-width. So while Seagull may call this guitar “slim” it actually has standard dimensions.
Since we first put it on our recommended list back in November 2016, it has continued to be one of the highest rated acoustic guitars in its price bracket, and as of now in January 2018 it is the highest rated acoustic guitar between $300 and $500.
- Body Shape: Dreadnought
- Top: Solid Cedar
- Body: Wild Cherry back & sides - 3 layers laminated where the center layer is glued cross grain for added strength.
- Finish: Semi-gloss - Natural
- Bridge: Rosewood
- Neck: Silver Leaf Maple
- Neck Profile: C shape
- Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood
- Fingerboard Radius: 16"
- Number of Frets: 21
- Scale Length: 25.5"
- Nut Width: 1.72"
It is often described in customer reviews as having a "good feel" and a "rich sound". Many people said words to the effect "this is the best guitar in this price range" - something which is supported by its very high ratings. Several people who wrote their reviews after having owned it for more than a year said the sound gets better as it ages.
I didn't find any consistently reported negatives, however out of more than 400 reviews I read 2 that said their guitar had a defect in the finish which the manufacturer would not replace - given that this wasn't reported more frequently it seems like it doesn't happen often or that there was more to the story that those customers hadn't included in their reviews. There were also a small number of people who warned that this guitar needs to be handled carefully otherwise the finish can be damaged more easily than expected.
If you’re really serious about learning the guitar, the Seagull S6 is a great place to start. Unfortunately this model is no longer available, however you might like to look at the Seagull S6 Original which achieved the status of Highest Rated Acoustic Guitar $300 to $500 in September 2019.