#1
Hey guys ive been looking on my local craigslist for a while now for a new acoustic guitar and today i found someone selling a Seagull artist portrait sw for 495$. I just want to know if this is a good deal or not because i cant really find a used one online. Ive heard good things about the artists series, i just dont really know about this one. Thanks.
#2
Do you have any pics? Cutaway or not? What type top? Etc?

I couldn't find it on Seagull's site. I went to Ebay and plugged in a search and returned the following hits (linked at bottom). Seagull's "artist" line seems to run for high prices, but I'm assuming those are quoted for new guitars. I'm GUESSING that $495 is probably a good price for any of their Artist models (and maybe even a great price), but . Best to get Tony or Cranky to pipe in.


http://www.ebay.com/bhp/seagull-artist-guitar?_trksid=p2045573.m2388
Last edited by TobusRex at Feb 16, 2016,
#3
Well thanks for the vote of confidence Tobus, but I'm a bit lost here myself.

Apparently, it is out of Seagull's line, and as far as I can tell has been for a few years. (at least 2012 ?)

Here's a forum post about the guitar: http://www.acousticguitarcommunity.com/group/SeagullAficionados/forum/topics/considering-an-artist-but-what-is-it

Here's a video of one being played: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjGsdTcasbo
By dead reckoning, any of the "Artist" series prices new, are likely to center at around a grand.

Here's an "Artist Mosaic" @ GC for $800.00 USED http://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Seagull/Artist-Mosaic-Acoustic-Guitar-111529842.gc?country=us&currency=usd&source=4WWRWXGP&gclid=Cj0KEQiArou2BRDcoN_c6NDI3oMBEiQANeix5id5aOQe9FoqSK5mP-ow23zsWC8UWjHtb-__6U4tEtwaAncp8P8HAQ&kwid=productads-plaid^143124562602-sku^111529842@ADL4GC-adType^PLA-device^c-adid^57619015002

And the same guitar new for $1200.00 http://www.guitarcenter.com/Seagull/Artist-Mosaic-Cutaway-Folk-Acoustic-Electric-Guitar-Natural-1437139459377.gc?country=us&currency=usd&source=4WWRWXGP&gclid=Cj0KEQiArou2BRDcoN_c6NDI3oMBEiQANeix5r77rH-kdpyXwlrB4a5-kFPCJYoPn1eOnflN3lhbwxsaAl_F8P8HAQ&kwid=productads-plaid^143124562602-sku^1437139459377@ADL4GC-adType^PLA-device^c-adid^57619015002

And I threw this video in, despite the fact it has nothing to do with the topic whatsoever, but it is cool as hell:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUlc-rQSWKc

PS: there are a lot of videos demoing Seagull Artist guitars, just do a search for them.

It would seem the guitar is at the very least worth a nickel, but that still depends on the condition, most prominently the neck angle, and the amount of saddle left to set the action correctly.


Most importantly, if this is a private sale, do be aware people have been scammed buying used guitars, and take appropriate precautions.
Last edited by Captaincranky at Feb 16, 2016,
#4
I appreciate the promo , but I can't offer much except common knowledge in this case. Seagulls have a very good reputation, and my mate stocked them and other LaSiDo brands, so I got to play quite a few. I would be happy to own and play one, and some of the more expensive models were very good. I also think the $495 is probably a good price.

There is one question that has been niggling me for a while now. The older Seagulls had a bolt-on neck that was very easily reset, but I read somewhere that the newer ones have an epoxy-jointed neck. I have no idea whether this is true or not, but if it is, it means that the neck cannot cost-effectively be reset. - So any guitar of that kind should have a good neck angle to begin with to allow for ongoing deterioration in geometry.