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Great-looking award winner with solid cedar top and genuine lacquer finish!

Gorgeous domestic wild cherry back and sides provide a unique tone blending the warmth of mahogany with the crisp definition of maple. Silverleaf maple neck on a shorter 24.84" scale with a rosewood fretboard is easy on the fingers while specially aligned machine heads make for quick, stable tuning.

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  • Solid cedar top
  • Wild cherry back and sides
  • Rosewood fingerboard and bridge
  • Tusq nut and compensated saddle
  • Semi-gloss lacquer finish
  • Case not included
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SeagullThe Original S6 Acoustic Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 166 reviews)

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    (155)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (32)
  • Good feel (30)
  • Fun to play (28)
  • Stays in tune (28)
  • Consistent (27)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (29)
  • Jamming (23)
  • Small venues (14)
  • Recording (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Novice (16)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Quality - Great Sound

I've been learning to play guitar on an electric for a few months. I was eventually bitten by the acoustic bug and really wanted one to learn to play songs via fingerpicking. There are...Read complete review

I've been learning to play guitar on an electric for a few months. I was eventually bitten by the acoustic bug and really wanted one to learn to play songs via fingerpicking. There are lots of options in this price range, but I couldn't find anything that matched the quality of construction or sound of the Seagull S6(I'm new so take my opinion of sound with a grain of salt).

I went to a few stores and tried Yamaha, Takamine, and even one of the Martin 000 models in this price range. The Martin looked and sounded very good, but the neck was made from some laminate called Stratabond and I wanted more solid woods in my guitar. The Seagull still sounded better and definitely had more volume when I compared them back to back. The dreadnought size really contributes to the volume as expected, but you can fingerpick without nails or picks and get a nice loud sound, but if you strum this thing really makes some noise.

The other reviews are accurate. The quality of craftsmanship is top notch. My S6 arrived quickly with no defects or blemishes. Once tuned it sounded great. The only problem I had was it felt like I needed to press down REALLY hard to make the notes ring clear. After a month of struggle I had a professional look at it. He adjusted the truss rod and now it plays so much better. Other people may not need any fine tuning but this was all it took to make my playing much more comfortable. I was prepared to pay for a full setup anyway, but the minor adjustment was a nice surprise.

As for finding the right case you may have to look around as this dreadnought size is a little deeper than others. I initially tried the Gator Delux ABS Dreadought case but it wouldn't shut completely without putting too much pressure on the bridge/saddle. Oddly enough the cheaper Gator GL-Dread Lightweight Dreadnought case is a snug but safe fit. I've also been using The Art of Contemporary Travis Picking by Mark Hanson to learn. It has been very helpful and after only a month I've learned quite a bit.

Side note: some pictures online show the Seagull S6 as having a black pickguard. As of Sept. 2012 the one I received had a tortoise shell pickguard. I included a picture to show the difference. Looks sharp.

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It is an okay Guitar

Tis is an okay guitar. Very average with a nice solid top. The sound is mellow with a weakness in thi eventually sold it and bought used martin d-15 for the same price...Read complete review

Tis is an okay guitar. Very average with a nice solid top. The sound is mellow with a weakness in thi eventually sold it and bought used martin d-15 for the same price and I am really much more satisfied I just was not happy with an average guitar

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(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Quality - Great Sound

By Kayfabe

from Atlanta

About Me Novice

See all my reviews

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Great For Fingerpicking
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Seagull The Original S6 Acoustic Guitar:

    I've been learning to play guitar on an electric for a few months. I was eventually bitten by the acoustic bug and really wanted one to learn to play songs via fingerpicking. There are lots of options in this price range, but I couldn't find anything that matched the quality of construction or sound of the Seagull S6(I'm new so take my opinion of sound with a grain of salt).

    I went to a few stores and tried Yamaha, Takamine, and even one of the Martin 000 models in this price range. The Martin looked and sounded very good, but the neck was made from some laminate called Stratabond and I wanted more solid woods in my guitar. The Seagull still sounded better and definitely had more volume when I compared them back to back. The dreadnought size really contributes to the volume as expected, but you can fingerpick without nails or picks and get a nice loud sound, but if you strum this thing really makes some noise.

    The other reviews are accurate. The quality of craftsmanship is top notch. My S6 arrived quickly with no defects or blemishes. Once tuned it sounded great. The only problem I had was it felt like I needed to press down REALLY hard to make the notes ring clear. After a month of struggle I had a professional look at it. He adjusted the truss rod and now it plays so much better. Other people may not need any fine tuning but this was all it took to make my playing much more comfortable. I was prepared to pay for a full setup anyway, but the minor adjustment was a nice surprise.

    As for finding the right case you may have to look around as this dreadnought size is a little deeper than others. I initially tried the Gator Delux ABS Dreadought case but it wouldn't shut completely without putting too much pressure on the bridge/saddle. Oddly enough the cheaper Gator GL-Dread Lightweight Dreadnought case is a snug but safe fit. I've also been using The Art of Contemporary Travis Picking by Mark Hanson to learn. It has been very helpful and after only a month I've learned quite a bit.

    Side note: some pictures online show the Seagull S6 as having a black pickguard. As of Sept. 2012 the one I received had a tortoise shell pickguard. I included a picture to show the difference. Looks sharp.

    (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    For Beginners, Fantastic Guitar

    By Josh Rarick

    from Orlando, FL

    Comments about Seagull The Original S6 Acoustic Guitar:

    For those who have just decided to begin playing guitar, this is an excellent choice. I searched for a few weeks online and I kept coming back to the Seagull. All the reviews I read for it were great and I was convinced that there was no better guitar for the price. Although it may be a bit for expensive than most guitars recommended for beginners, it truly is worth it. The sound this guitar creates is so crisp and warm that no other "Beginner" guitar will compare. It has a simple yet elegant look and feels great to play. Having a solid guitar like this allows for an easier learning curve. I've only had this guitar for about 2 months but I'm already able to play quite well. Also, having a guitar that is top of the line makes you care and appreciate it more so that it will last longer. If this is the first acoustic guitar you buy, it may very well be your last. Really cool guitar, I highly recommend it.
    I

    (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Greatness from small beginnings...

    By Leonid Vyugin

    from Upstate NY

    Comments about Seagull The Original S6 Acoustic Guitar:

    This is a great guitar for beginners and pro. Combination of solid cedar and laminated wild cherry produce rich and loud sound even for slight finger picking. The nut and frets feel comfortable, a little wider than a standard nut but I did not notice big difference (it's perfect for picker picking and oversized fingers). What I really liked is frets, my fingers are resting on this guitar compare to some other brands. Overall great looking and sounding instrument well worth the price. Shipment was very fast and well packaged. When guitar arrived I installed brass bridge pins and Dean Markley Cryogenic strings, this guitar is screaming now like you won't believe. I love it! Great job Seagull.
    Good quality except few flaws on finishing part. First, small area on the back didn't get enough sanding (not smooth to the touch compare to the rest). Second, disturbed finish on the side of fret board, looks like someone tried to pick it up before paint dried off...So -1 to quality control. Other than that everything else is flawlessly done.

    (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar!!!!

    By Paul Niolet

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Seagull The Original S6 Acoustic Guitar:

    I love this guitar. I wanted to get an acoustic in this price range. I didn't have a chance to play a Seagull, but based on the reviews and the return policy, I pulled the trigger. I had a chance to play a Taylor 110 and a Taylor baby at a local music shop, which I had also considered, but wasn't impressed with either for the price. I have a Martin Custom D, and I love the volume and bass it produces. The S6 matches the volume and has great bass tones (not as nice as the Martin, but I didn't expect that). For the money, I'm not sure I could have done better. I am so pleased with the sound and playability of this guitar. I don't usually write reviews, but I read many before purchasing any musical equipment. I am so impressed with the value that I felt compelled to write one.
    The wild cherry back and sides look fantastic.

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best value in an acoustic- outstanding for the price

    By J. Haney

    from WV

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    Comments about Seagull The Original S6 Acoustic Guitar:

    I hadn't looked at acoustics in years until I found I was spending more time working on my old Japanese Epiphone than I was playing it. I looked around for a year or so at various models in this range and was mostly unimpressed until I happened across an S6 original. To me, there is just a huge difference in quality and sound in comparing the S6 to similarly priced Asian-made instruments. I've had the S6 for a couple months now & I'm addicted to it. Appearance wise, the top and neck are beautiful. The cherry sides and back are a little "plasticky" for my tastes, but I suppose that's the nature of laminates. The wide & thick neck has both advantages (more room for your fingers) & disadvantages ( not the fastest). The satin finish on the cedar top is delicate; the slightest bump against furniture will leave a scratch, so this might not be the best choice for, say, a 12 year old. Plenty of volume and wonderful tone with very few compromises for the price.

    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    You wont be disappointed!

    By Ryan

    from Ca

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Seagull The Original S6 Acoustic Guitar:

      These guitars are fantastic! I have an S6 with a spruce top. A while back I got a Martin (DCME) and at three times the price, I was expecting it to be leaps and bounds better than my Seagull, I realized after I got the Martin just how great a guitar the seagull is. I live in the desert and keep it out of the case, it has held up just fine so far. Compared to the Martin, it has a slightly different sound, I can't say I prefer the way one sounds over the other but they both sound great to me, all in all, to my ear, the S6's sound is on par with my Martin. Although the S6 plays nicely and stays in tune well for the most part, these are two area's that the Martin excels. In no way would I say the Seagull plays badly or doesn't stay in tune, the Martin just feels better and almost never needs tuning, even when travelling. Over all the Seagull is fantastic, I love mine and from my experience it is a better value than the Martin I own. It will be hard to find a better guitar for the price, you will not be disappointed.

      (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Wonderful Instrument

      By David Nielsen

      from Colorado

      Comments about Seagull The Original S6 Acoustic Guitar:

      Nearly two years ago I decided to get serious about learning guitar, so picked up the Johnson JG-610-B that I had gotten cheap at a garage sale several years before and started playing. It was hard to play because the action was so high, but it helped me to see if I was really serious about learning. After 10 months I knew it was time to invest in something better. The Seagull S-6 came up in internet searches as being the best guitar for the price. So I purchased one from Musician's Friend, and have been playing it for the past 13 months. It is everything others have said about it. Set up nicely right out of the box and easy to play. Beautiful sound that seems richer as time goes by. Holds tuning very well. I love playing it more now than ever before, and play it daily. My supervisor has been playing guitar for 30+ years and was very skeptical when I told him that I was getting a Seagull (he loves Martins). He had never heard of the Seagull brand. But when he played it he conceded that it was a very fine guitar, more than worth the price I paid. I loved the guitar so much that I bought a 1996 S-6 off of eBay to share with my son and to take it on camping trips and not worry about scuffing up my newer one. The truth is that the 1996 model plays the same as the newer one, and probably sounds even better.
      A very plain guitar
      Beautiful workmanship

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Truly Amazing!!!

      By Debra Stovall

      from Kansas

      Comments about Seagull The Original S6 Acoustic Guitar:

      I have been playing guitar for over 40 years. When my former acoustic guitar finally gave out on me I began the search for the "right one". That was 3 years ago. I have sampled high end guitars, low end guitars & everything in between, just couldn't find the guitar I wanted with the tone I was looking for. When I picked up this guitar (The Original S6 Seagull) I knew it was the "right one" when I played the first chord. Bought it on the spot. Light action.....great for fingerpicking. It just sings.......I look forward to many happy years with this little jewel!!!

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Beautiful!- Seagull S6 Solid Cedar Top

      By JMBW Vintage

      from MN

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      Comments about Seagull The Original S6 Acoustic Guitar:

      This is an amazing guitar! Warm,full rich tone.Great volume and projection.I love the wide neck and fretboard-excellent for fingerpicking.I had the opportunity to play one before buying it-the rave reviews are accurate- it's a great guitar. For all levels of play.I love my Seagull Solid Cedar Top! I can see why it's an award winner. Thanks Seagull.
      It's simple,but beautiful cedar top.
      Excellent craftsmanship..
      Excellent value.Sounds like twice the price.

      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      High Dollar Sound Without High Dollar Price Tag

      By EarForMusic

      from New Whiteland, IN

      Comments about Seagull The Original S6 Acoustic Guitar:

      I read one negative review on this guitar and I've got to wonder if they had mistaken the S6 for something else. I purchased a S6 about a month ago and realize that it's probably the best deal I've ever made. The sound that comes out of this guitar is amazing. It has decent base with a crisp clean sound. My older brother has been playing for 40 plus years and he agrees that for the cost, this is the best bargain out there.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Anyone want a great guitar there it is .

      By Thomas

      from undisclosed

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Seagull The Original S6 Acoustic Guitar:

      Best sounding ,and built to perfection if you have never played one of these , you are missing out on probably the best guitar on the market for your money .wider nut than last guitar I owned , but the sound is amazing for the price , in my opinion this is without a doubt best quality guitar for the money . Watch out Martin , and Taylor there's a new player and there Canadian .

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The number one acoustic guitar to play.

      By Manny

      from Fillmore,California

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune
      • The guitar transpoes lyrics and melodies to me'

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues
        • Trying open tunings and drop tunings.

        Comments about Seagull The Original S6 Acoustic Guitar:

        Six yrs. ago I tried comparing Seagull`s Oringal S6 acoustic guitar ( cedar/ Sitka Spruce soundboard tops ), and chose the combination Wild Cherry back/ sides/ Sitka Spruce instead.The reason is for my strumming and rhythm playing. I play a lot of Country Bluegrass/ Blues. The combination of woods and other elements that are contributing to the production of your guitar in terms of specific frequencies and the HARMONIC TONES is what determines the voice of your guitar. Only your ears can convince your brain which guitar you`'re please with. My guitar sounds louder than a solid Cedar top design for fingerstylist. The 2 MODELS are excellent for playing any style of music. The Canadians are in a good position for this opportunity market.A musician would be very happy to own one of these guitars. Elixir light gauge/ Dunlop Acoustic light GAUGES work real nice embellishments in the chord melodies department. One exception with my guitar, there is no preamp, just old fashion expendable energy and my fingers.

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My favorite Christmas present

        By mbastkv

        from Mississippi

        About Me Novice

        See all my reviews

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Learning
          • Practicing

          Comments about Seagull The Original S6 Acoustic Guitar:

          I've always wanted to learn to play guitar, so a few years ago I bought the cheapest one I could find just to get a feel for it. Needless to say it was very difficult to play - definitely not something I enjoyed. But I'm no quitter! I kept reading reviews online that instrument quality really has an effect on beginner success, so I decided I wanted a better guitar for Christmas this past year.

          The Seagull not only looks good, but it is also very lightweight and just feels good (and smells good, but now we're getting a little weird). I like that it is different from everything else out there, as far as styling.

          As a beginner, I'm not much into the finer points in terms of how it sounds... it is loud enough and sounds like a guitar, so...?

          I've had it for a few months now, and I've learned so much more on it in that short time than in the years I had the cheap one. I wish I'd started with the S6!

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Guitar!

          By Drum Bum

          from Johnson City, TN

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Seagull The Original S6 Acoustic Guitar:

            I purchased this guitar a couple months ago after researching different acoustics. It's a real steal for the price too! I highly recommend this guitar to anyone. It hasn't gone out of tune and the strings it comes with sound great.

            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good for beginners and pros

            By ps249

            from Saginaw, MI

            About Me Novice

            See all my reviews

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Made In Canada
            • Stays In Tune
            • Wide Neck

            Cons

            • Not Flashy

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Seagull The Original S6 Acoustic Guitar:

            Excellent guitar for all musician levels. Made in Canada. Beginners make sure to pick up a clip on tuner so you can tune the guitar to any song. Also get a hardshell case to protect the soft cherry top. Not as flashy as other high end guitars. The S6 has a traditional Martin style dreadnought body style.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Sturdy !

            By Steve Waye

            from Ontario

            Comments about Seagull The Original S6 Acoustic Guitar:

            Sturdy construction.
            I own a very early version of this guitar. Its well worn and sounds great. After I bought it I replaced the pegs & nut with brass for a bit more brightness. I also installed a Shatten utility pickup near the bridge inside. This guitar has always sounded great even for recording. I have never had to adjust the neck and its been through a lot. I would certainly buy another one of these in a flash.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A truly great guitar

            By TwoMartinMan

            from Columbia, Maryland USA

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            Comments about Seagull The Original S6 Acoustic Guitar:

            The specs of this guitar make it rather unique: wide 1.8" fretboard, short scale, cedar top (solid), wild cherry back & sides. No other guitar is quite like it. The cedar top gives it the warmth and depth of tone that you get from a good classical guitar (which I also play). And it is LOUD. The short scale makes it so playable and the wide fretboard makes it feel more like a classical and makes fingerpicking a dream. I can't decide what is better about it: how it sounds, or how it plays. The Godin folks got this one right. I never much thought about a Seagull until I owned one. Now, I can't put it down or say enough good things about it. The longer I play guitar the more that tone and playability are important to me. The Seagull S6 scores big on both counts.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fly free on the ocean breeze

            By Daniel Sanacore

            from Atlanta, GA

            Comments about Seagull The Original S6 Acoustic Guitar:

            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. Very easy on the fingers/hand to play. It's my first guitar since I got my very first guitar 11 years ago!

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great value for the price!

            By MacMan

            from San Luis Obispo, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Bright Not Tinny
            • Consistent
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Projection
            • Rich Sound
            • Stays In Tune
            • Well Balanced

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Seagull The Original S6 Acoustic Guitar:

              This is currently my sixth acoustic guitar in the collection. I had it professionally set up for light strings and it plays beautifully. You just can't beat the tone for this price. Well balanced, nice bottom and mid-range with sparkling highs that project a quality sound I just didn't expect at this level. Super guitar for a beginner or any level player. Very simple aesthetics, but great quality construction and tone woods. 3-layer laminate cherry back and sides with a cedar top turned out to be a real winner. Some might prefer the spruce top option, but I wouldn't vary from this formula. Been playing acoustics for over 50 years and this is definitely a keeper.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              This was a great find of a great guitar.

              By Kenneth

              from undisclosed

              About Me Novice

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Seagull The Original S6 Acoustic Guitar:

                I have a 45 year old Gibson Hummingbird but that was my only guitar. When I was younger I played a lot but I was completely self-taught. I put the guitar away for a number of years and just recently decided I was going to 'learn' how to play the guitar the way I should have in the beginning so I posted myself as a novice.I went looking for another guitar for everyday use and stumbled on the reviews for the Seagull S6. I watched a lot of videos and read lots of reviews but the price was a bit daunting financially. A friend alerted me to an offer on Musician's Friend for a 'restock' (a guitar that does not for some reason pass factory inspection and is reworked and then passes) for less money. I jumped on the deal and am so glad I did. So happy am I with the guitar that I ended up buying a Yamaha FG 700 as well to use as my knock around guitar because the S6 is just too precious of an instrument to put through any abuse. Since then I have been a loyal customer of Musician's Friend. The prices are usually the lowest, the selection high, and the service outstanding.

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