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Seagull Entourage Rustic CW QIT Acoustic-Electric Guitar  

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Overview

  • Top: Select pressure-tested solid cedar
  • Back and Sides: Wild cherry
  • Neck: Silverleaf maple with the Seagull slim 1.72" nut width.
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    $659.00
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This 6-string will be a welcome member for your musical entourage.

The Seagull Entourage guitar offers an exceptional value for players of all levels. This finely crafted Canadian-made acoustic guitar features select pressure-tested solid cedar tops, wild cherry back and sides, cream double binding and a rustic burst custom polished finish. Also, this Seagull guitar features a slim neck with a 1.72" nut width, which is great for players who are more accustomed to a more traditional nut width.

Once again the Seagull Entourage series brings incredible value to players looking for undeniable sound and craftsmanship in an acoustic guitar. The Entourage CW QIT comes with onboard Quantum I electronics with a built-in tuner and the added feature of a cutaway in the body for easy access to the upper frets on the neck. The Seagull acoustic guitar also includes the beautiful rustic burst custom polished finish, cream double binding, and select pressure tested solid cedar top.

Godin QI electronics
The Godin EPM Quantum acoustic guitar system is simple in design and outstanding in performance. This single source system features an exceptionally responsive saddle transducer carefully matched to side mount electronics with rotary volume, bass, and treble controls. The electronics and controls are packaged in a small and easy to use format complemented with a finely crafted pewter cover plate. In combination with the transducer, the EQ control range and frequency content have been specifically contoured to provide a very rich and full sound reproduction resulting in performance seen only in far more complex systems. The Godin QI also includes a built-in high quality digital chromatic tuner with LED display.

Case sold separately.

Features

  • Top: Select pressure-tested solid cedar
  • Back and Sides: Wild cherry
  • Neck: Silverleaf maple with the Seagull slim 1.72" nut width.
  • Fingerboard and bridge : Rosewood
  • Tusq nut and compensated saddle
  • Finish: Rustic burst custom polished finish
  • 6-string
  • 3-layer hard wood laminate body
  • 24.84" scale
  • Integrated set neck joint
  • Silverleaf maple neck
  • Indian rosewood bridge and fretboard
  • Soft C neck shape
  • 21 frets
  • Controls: Volume, Treble, Mid, Bass, Tuner
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Pickup: QI
  • Semi gloss finish
  • Case sold separately

A gorgeous cedar and cherry acoustic axe, beefed up with onboard electronics.

 

Entourage Rustic CW QIT Acoustic-Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Single source: Saddle Transducer
  • Rotary Volume, Bass, and Treble controls
  • Built-in digital chromatic tuner with LED display
  • Simple format: Outstanding performance
  • Finely crafted pewter cover plate
  • Shielded metal enclosure
  • 200 hours typical battery life
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SeagullEntourage Rustic CW QIT Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 29 reviews)

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        4.0

        Great value, minor setup issues

        By Old Dog

        from Surprise, AZ

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        Pros

        • Comfortable neck
        • Even Tonal Response
        • Overall value

        Cons

        • High Action At Nut
        • Strap Posts

        Best Uses

        • Live performance
        • Open Position Chording
        • Songwriting

        Comments about Seagull Entourage Rustic CW QIT Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I tried out several acoustic/electric guitars in the Seagull's price range before deciding on the Entourage. I have two Godin solid-body electrics, so the smaller neck profile immediately felt like home. I'm a bit concerned about the matte finish on the body (already dreading the first ding), but the build quality is good. And the guitar sounds fantastic acoustically.

        The pewter control panel for the tuner/EQ is a nice touch. I haven't plugged into a PA yet, but I like how the Entourage sounds through a Roland Cube amp.

        The not-so-good:

        1. When I received the guitar, the string action at the nut was unusually high, making it hard to play open-position chords. My solution was to remove the GraphTech nut (did I just void the warranty?), sand it down on the bottom side, and glue it back into place. Now open-position chords are much easier to fret, and the intonation has improved significantly, especially when using a capo. That said, I shouldn't have had to do this sort of basic setup/quality control work myself.

        2. Why the single Schaller locking strap post (with no corresponding strap-lock provided)? And why the oversized rear strap post (which also functions as an output jack) that won't accommodate a standard guitar strap without having to modify the strap for a proper fit?

        With a better factory setup, I would have given this guitar 5 stars.

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        4.0

        Great Tone, Quality?

        By the Teleman

        from Colorado Springs, Co

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        Pros

        • Neck
        • Tone

        Cons

        • Construction quality
        • Finish

        Best Uses

        • Chords
        • Flat picking

        Comments about Seagull Entourage Rustic CW QIT Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        First off, I played numerous Seagull guitars at the local guitar shops, Seagull tone is fantastic, I do not think you can get a better sounding guitar for the money. My issues are that Seagull's fit and finish seems to be hit and miss. I currently own an SWS series and like it so much I decided to purchased this item as more of a kick-around buddy, take outdoors and traveling. I also wanted a cedar top for a little different sound than my SWS Mini Jumbo HG, which again, I love. The first Entourage Rustic I received had poor fit and finish. Sounded great, but it looked like a high school shop project. I do not know how it made it out of the factory. I sent it back for exchange. New one came, nice... finish was decent, sides to binding fit o.k., (was one of the many problem on the first one). The exchange item did have a large sliver of brace material floating around inside the body. I performed an inspection and found no broken braces. I will have to loosen the strings to get a better look. If I find anything wrong it is going back, again. The tone on this guitar is real nice, intonation and sustain are good, and action is decent, a bit higher than I like, but good for an acoustic strung with 12s. My overall impression; great tone and smooth neck, very playable guitar. My big fault with Seagull is the quality control, but the tone is sooooo nice. Seeing that sweet tone is the guitarist quest and Seagull seems to have that nailed at a fraction of the cost, (I sold my solid wood Martin with no regrets), I would recommend to buy one of these and swap it out if you are not happy with the construction. MF customer service has been great.

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        5.0

        Exceptional Value Worthy of Performances

        By jimiMF

        from Grand Forks, ND

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        Pros

        • Action
        • Beauty
        • Sound
        • Stays in tune
        • Tone
        • Volume

        Cons

        • Feel Of Back Of Fretboard
        • Strap Button Location

        Best Uses

          Comments about Seagull Entourage Rustic CW QIT Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          If you're looking for a high-quality acoustic-electric cutaway with the possibility to perform, then look no further.

          When I first started learning guitar, I bought a Seagull S6 Entourage Acoustic Guitar Rustic Burst (reviews speak for itself).

          After a few years, I desired a cutaway with electronics. Knowing the quality of Seagull, there was no other choice. A Taylor is too expensive and anything else just isn't worth the risk.

          Literally, THE only qualm about this instrument is the back of the fretboard (comparing it to my older Seagull). On my old Seagull, the back feels like a higher quality wood, whereas this almost feels like a laminate. I only notice the difference when I play the Oldie, then play this one straight after. This is just me being OCD. Actually, I find my thumb slides better on this one.

          I can't say much for performing, but I listened to someone who had the same exact instrument. He had no problems.

          My friends always complement the look and sound.
          I've only heard good things about Seagull guitars.
          *Medium strings.

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          5.0

          Great Sounding and Awesome Looking

          By ryanlehman

          from lancaster, pa

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          Pros

          • Sound Look Finish Feel

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Seagull Entourage Rustic CW QIT Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              I had and epiphone guitar and I wanted to upgrade. It was between this and the Epi Masterbilt. I'm really glad i went with this one. When i received it in the mail the finish was even nicer than expected. I was also kind of worried that i wouldn't even be able to tell a difference between that and my epiphone. But i played them side by side with the Seagull right out of the box and it had a much fuller sound.

              I've had the guitar for two weeks and the only complaint i have is that they used the input jack for the strap holder so its much bigger and makes it hard to get your strap over top of it. And that only bothered me the first time i had to get my strap on. now it doesn't even matter

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              5.0

              Excellent buy

              By Dezzilu

              from Detroit Rock City

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              Comments about Seagull Entourage Rustic CW QIT Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              I am very happy with my recent purchase on a Seagull guitar. The guitar was in excellent shape, practically brand new. A great investment.

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              4.0

              Stacks up well against my old Guild

              Pros

              • Canadian Maple Neck
              • Cedar Top
              • Overall Quality Build
              • Stays in perfect tune
              • Thin Semi Gloss Finish

              Cons

              • Large Volute At 12th Fret
              • Sharp Binding Points
              • Small Headstock

              Best Uses

              • Amplified Acoustic Music
              • Good Travel Guitar
              • Practice And Rehersals
              • Recording

              Comments about Seagull Entourage Rustic CW QIT Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              This Seagull (as they all are) is actually made by the Godin shop in Quebec, and it's basically a Godin with some lesser trim to bring the price down. Good build, great tuners, nice internal bracing. It's made of Canadian Maple, Cherry and Cedar (which have different tonewood sounds than the Asian Mahogany and Western Spruce many guitars in this price range are made of). As a result it's got a full, mid-rangey sound.
              The built-in electronics are a nice touch but are just ok, offering the familiar thinnish, and at-times brittle sound that has become the accepted standard today. Then again, you want great sound, you'll need to drop another several large for something better.

              Anyway, for the dough it's a great guitar made on this continent. But not without a few cons. There's the pickup system (again good but dont expect great in this price range) and, its a cutaway yet it's got a HUGE volute at the neck/body joint, making picking below the 12th fret something you gotta think about. The plastic binding (you were expecting Abalone in this price range?) comes to a point right at the back of the guitar where the cutaway is and Ouch...I gouged the underside of my wrist on it the first time I ran the fretboard). I'm getting out the file for mine. Action is low low low, and needs tweaking on mine to avoid occaisional buzz (again not a big deal). And mine came with slight ravelling of the cherry body wood at the bottom of the bout where the binding was tapped in.

              None of these are fatal flaws, and this is a good value for daily strummers who arent looking to invest a bundle in a big name guitar for hobby, semi-pro, or weekend playing. Talk about having your cake and eating it too.

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              5.0

              Best Guitar this price range or not.

              By JMcBroom

              from Stillwater, MN

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              Pros

              • Everything

              Cons

              • Nothing

              Best Uses

              • Playing Everything

              Comments about Seagull Entourage Rustic CW QIT Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              Listen. I played some seagulls in the store and was really impressed with them. I bought this one without playing it in person and was a bit nervous before it arrived. I played it and it was amazing and everything I hoped for. I've played Martins and Taylors that this puts to shame. My personal taste and opinion say that this is the best guitar on the market. I love it.

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              5.0

              AMAZING & MATCHLESS FOR THE PRICE

              By JonL

              from Mass

              Pros

              • Everything

              Cons

              • Nothing

              Best Uses

                Comments about Seagull Entourage Rustic CW QIT Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                I am amazed at how wonderful this guitar is. Beautiful and resonating sound, well-built, looks great, and it's so affordable. If you are looking for a guitar that lives up to a 1k-2k martin/taylor, this is it, and much cheaper! The Canadians have done it again! Here is a video of me playing "message in a bottle" at a live show. Obviously, when plugging in any acoustic, it does not match the true acoustic sound, but even so, it still comes out clear and is the best sound I have ever gotten through a PA:

                youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=C_BteXEX1VE#!

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                5.0

                REALLY glad I made this choice!

                By beach6m

                from Bronx, New York

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                Pros

                • Great price
                • Looks beautiful
                • Perfectly Set Up
                • Rich sound

                Cons

                • none

                Best Uses

                • Sounds Good Plugged
                • Sounds Good Unplugged

                Comments about Seagull Entourage Rustic CW QIT Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                I am still an intermediate level guitarist, but this is the fourth guitar I've purchased in four years. An Epiphone Les Paul "Nightfall" which required a professional setup (that is action and truss rod adjustment); A Godin "Fifth Avenue" acoustic, with an adjustable bridge that I was able to setup sufficiently myself; A Takamine EG523SC, which I returned after being told by a guitar repairman that the action could not be permanently lowered because the neck had been improperly installed (the action on this brand new guitar was so high, the repairman cocked an eyebrow when he saw it); and the Seagull Entourage Rustic, which I purchased after some internet research. I couldn't find a discouraging word about the Entourage Rustic online, and the guitar stands up to the hype! Perfectly setup right out of the box,the action is excellent with no dead frets or fret buzz anywhere on the fretboard. The satiny finish and white molding is gorgeous. The thick dreadnought body provides a sweet deep rich acoustic sound. The Godin QIT electronics gives a wide variety of tonal options. This is easily the most satisfying guitar purchase I've ever made. And if you think I'm gushing too much, let me end with this; The Seagull Entourage Rustic was the least expensive of the four guitars by far! I really can't believe they make guitars of this quality in this price range.

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                4.0

                awesome

                By guitarman10

                from calgary AB

                Pros

                • Awesome Sound
                • Great feel to it
                • Great finish

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Good for practice
                  • Okay For Live

                  Comments about Seagull Entourage Rustic CW QIT Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  The first thing i noticed about this guitar is the finish which looks amazing. Has an amazing sound and feel to it. Sounds great through an amp. Good for practice, and if its a small gig it's good for live too. I gave it a four mostly just cause of minor things. I had a little fret buzz, and I didn't like the strings but I replaced those easily. But overall, awesome guitar.

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