Price paid: $ 484.95
Purchased from: Wisbech Music Shop
Sound — 9
This guitar has a rich, full sound. As previously stated, I love folky music such as Nick Drake and Crosby Stills & Nash. I also love alternative rock like A Perfect Circle, Jeff Buckley and the acoustic interludes of Opeth. The Seagull Entourage Rustic guitar is perfect for that sound. Chords and finger picking both sound lovely, but of course the lack of a cutaway affects variety as little.
Overall Impression — 10
I play folk, blues, rock and everything in between, and this Seagull is perfectly capable of the task. I've been playing for nearly two years, and I feel this guitar will help me become a better player. The best feature of this instrument is the price, which is around 300rrp. This has little impact on the quality, as much attention to detail has been lavished on it.
Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar WILL stand Live playing, as I intend to gig with it in the near future. The strap button is nice and tight, I can't see it ever falling off. This is one robust guitar. The only fault I have with regards to durability is that soft wood used for the top, which has been previously commented on.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The action was lovely and low from the factory, which was nice. The bridge seems well-thought out, and it sounded awesome in the shop. That tobacco sunburst finish is gorgeous, and the very dark scratch guard is pretty. The only flaw with it that I can think is the strings that Godin use on all their guitars. They're okay, but the plastic coating they have dulls the sound a little. I'll be replacing them with Martin Cryogenic .10 strings as soon as possible.
Features — 9
This is a 2007 pure acoustic, hand-made in the heart of Canada. It's a solid top made from pressure tested Cedar, a silver leaf maple neck and rosewood fretboard. The neck is beautiful. Smooth, fast and surprisingly thin. Not like the S6 model, which is renowned for its Spanish-style wide neck. The finish is a dark, nutty tobacco sunburst, which is very attractive and awesome. The top is incredibly prone to denting, as I discovered when my skateboard collided with it. The body does not have a cutaway, which I rather like. Obviously this impedes access to the higher frets, but I was looking for a folk-style guitar anyway, so it's ideal. The tuners are gorgeous, own-brand Seagull ones, and keep their tune perfectly. The headstock looks awesome, as it tapers off at the end. Very stylish. The guitar also came with a highly attractive, rather eccentric gig bag. It has loads of pockets, a fur block for the neck to rest on and a velcro strap to secure the neck to the block.