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Seagull Merlin Spruce SG Dulcimer Guitar Natural

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Inspired by the dulcimer, the Seagull Merlin is a portable 4-string diatonic acoustic instrument that's just simply fun to play and hard to put down....Click To Read More About This Product

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A solid top made in North America.

Inspired by the dulcimer, the Seagull Merlin is a portable 4-string diatonic acoustic instrument that's just simply fun to play and hard to put down. The Seagull Merlin Natural Spruce SG features a solid spruce top with a 'mustache' style Tusq bridge, compensated saddle, 3-piece rock maple body with drive-through neck design and tune-up with vintage style open-geared tuners.

FEATURES
  • Solid spruce top
  • Rock maple, string-through body
  • Rock maple neck, drive-through neck design
  • Nut Width : 1.280"
  • Tusq nut by Graph Tech
  • Compensated bridge Tusq by Graph Tech
  • Satin oil finish
  • Case separately

Explore new sounds in your music with this fine work of art. Order today.

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SeagullMerlin Spruce SG Dulcimer Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 8 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (5)
  • Well built / quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Cannot play a C chord

By Reneesarah

from South San Francisco, California

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Seagull Merlin Spruce SG Dulcimer Guitar:

    I like the tone on The Merlin, and it is fun to play. If you are looking for well organized song books with contemporary songs to support your playing a Merlin you may be disappointed. The best I have found are some videos on YouTube and an interest group on Google Plus. Not being able to play a C chord means there are a fair amount of songs that cannot be played on the Merlin. There are work arounds for some songs but not as yet for others. It is fun to spontaneously play with and some people have posted videos playing the Merlin that sound quite beautiful. The sound quality of the Merlin is superior, I believe, to The Strumstick, which I also own.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fantastic little dulcimer

    By Joe R

    from South Burlington, Vermont

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    Pros

    • Beautifully Made
    • Good Tone
    • Strong
    • Surprising Volume

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Composing Melodies
      • Practicing
      • Strumming And Meditating

      Comments about Seagull Merlin Spruce SG Dulcimer Guitar:

      This is a birthday present from my wife Rita. Seagull literature says you won't want to put the Merlin down. They are right. Sound quality is wonderful. It has more volume than my much larger sound-area mountain dulcimer. Intonation is perfect on the frets. Easy to check with harmonic on high D. I love to sit in my favorite chair, put this featherweight Merlin on my lap, and play things I never would play on my electric or acoustic guitars, or my mandolins for that matter. For the price, this dulcimer can't be beat. Viva Quebec. Making good stuff in Canada.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This thing is GLORIOUS!

      By Jdwoods93

      from Tyler, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Simple And Awesome
      • Sounds great
      • Super Easy To Play

      Cons

      • Can't Really Play Minor

      Best Uses

      • Accompany
      • Folk

      Comments about Seagull Merlin Spruce SG Dulcimer Guitar:

      I love this thing! I played one in a music shop, they are pretty awesome! I strummed out the tune "Arkansas Traveler" on it and it sounded simply amazing! Great folk sound, super easy to play. Pretty much anything you play on it sounds good.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My Wife loves her Merlin Spruce Dulcimer

      By Scott

      from Louisville KY

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      Pros

      • Easy to play
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • enjoy playing music

        Comments about Seagull Merlin Spruce SG Dulcimer Guitar:

        My wife had made several comments over the years that she wished she could play an instrument. I finally did something about it. I bought her a Dulcimer and she loves it. She told me she was at work thinking about when she gets home she can play her Dulcimer. That's it she is hooked.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Simple and fun to play

        By Neal

        from Maryville, Tennessee

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        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Noodling

            Comments about Seagull Merlin Spruce SG Dulcimer Guitar:

            I play a lot of instruments, but none of them particularly well lol. I just like making the nice sounds. The Merlin (I got the spruce) plays like a short scale Dulcimer, but it frets easily and everything from the key of D is available to play. Definitely sounds Dulcimer-ish, but does project pretty well. I tried to tune it down to CGC but that didn't sound great to me. You certainly hear the Appalachian /Irish /Scottish tones. I wouldn't use this as my only instrument, but it is a lot of fun and very reasonably priced. Certainly something an experienced guitarist can pick up the first day and play.

             
            5.0

            Additional thoughts/further impressions.

            By Still Learning.

            from Iowa.

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Amazing sustain.
            • Seems to hold tune pretty well.

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Seagull Merlin Spruce SG Dulcimer Guitar:

                I wrote a review very recently with my first impressions of the Merlin guitar style dulcimer and wanted to add something I thought might be helpful. While it is relatively easy to tune these up to DAD and sound a bit musical with just some experimentation, depending on your degree of skill with other stringed instruments, you may want more guidance than seems to be obviously available getting started. One other review mentions a song book source from some one in Canada which sounds worth looking into. The mountain dulcimer has been with us for quite some time and has more available in the way of lesson books in various tunings including DAD. The mountain dulcimer has a much longer fretboard and more notes and chords available, but at least some of the DAD parts of these books seem to be adaptable for the Merlin player. The diatomic dulcimer can be a bit of a puzzle to some of us. I still like my Merlin and hope to work out this puzzle. I have already found nine usable chords in a book for the beginning mountain dulcimer player. Mel Bay's "First Lessons Dulcimer DAD Tuning" by Joyce Oches. I hope this is helpful to someone new to these very interesting and fun little instruments. I would say that in case Seagull is paying any attention to our reviews, it might be nice if they would include a few basic DAD chords in the little booklet they put in the box with the instrument. Of course there's always you-tube but I doubt that every interested person in this world has free access to a computer.

                 
                5.0

                Wish I'd bought one sooner.

                By Still Learning.

                from Iowa.

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Fun & Easy.
                • Good Tone
                • Long Life
                • Made by great people in Canada.
                • Nice folky sound.
                • Strong

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Hand made music, alone or with others.
                  • Hang on the wall, take with you anywhere.
                  • Jamming.
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Seagull Merlin Spruce SG Dulcimer Guitar:

                  Fun Fun Fun! This is to play in mostly casual settings just to enjoy doing it. Right out of the box you may fall in love with this! I did. I've only had mine a very few hours, but I'm absolutely convinced they are keepers, well worth the their modest price. Like the deceptively simple and small looking harmonica, they are small and easily passed over by the casual viewer. I was in that boat for a long time, but these now seem to me well worth a second look and an honest try. Check them out on you tube and in a store if you can find them there. To my tin ear there's relatively little difference, in tone, between the mahogany and the spruce top models, you may like the appearance of one over the other, and you may have a more sensitive ear than I do. I recommend you make up your own mind and try one! Maybe you'll get one of each! If you like these, you'll most likely like them for a long time. A strap will be helpful in playing these, and some sort of gig bag will be useful for travel. You'll probably want some medium picks and a spare set of strings before you get too far, as with most all stringed instruments. Most of us find an instruction/lesson book helpful unless we we are very experienced. An electronic tuning device (not expensive) is a near necessity with stringed instruments today, and a chromatic one will enable you to tune about anything easily. Of course there are some helpful videos on you tube for beginners, and there's the little mini booklet that comes with your Merlin. Thanks to Seagull, and to Musicians Friend!

                   
                  5.0

                  There are songbooks

                  By Louisa

                  from Olympic Peninsula, WA

                  About Me Novice

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone
                  • Long Life
                  • Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Seagull Merlin Spruce SG Dulcimer Guitar:

                    I have owned a Seagull Merlin for over a year. There are song books. A gentleman who uses " Lewdite" has a couple of song books out. He will ship to the US from Canada and the songbooks have a lot of songs in them. This is a light portable instrument and the case is pretty decent except the flat front pocket is too flat for much more than spare strings. I play dulcimer music on my Merlin - it's the reverse of the string set up. If I had a left handed Merlin- it would be a perfect match and there are several hundred free songs on various dulcimer sites

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