Seagull

Godin Seagull Acoustic Guitars

"Made in Canada"

About Seagull Guitars

History (source from seagullguitars.com)
In 1982 Robert Godin and a few friends produced the first Seagull guitars in the Village of La Patrie, Quebec. The concept for the Seagull guitar was to take the essential components of the best hand-crafted guitars (such as solid tops and beautiful finishes) and build these features into guitars that could be priced within the reach of working musicians.

A few years ago, the Godin Guitar Company opened the Godin Acoustic Studio—a workshop dedicated to the development of new acoustic guitar designs and construction techniques. Since the inception of the “Studio” Robert Godin has been working with several of the company’s top luthiers on a series of projects that have culminated in complete re-design of the company’s Seagull acoustic guitars.

Robert explains: “Our motivation for this project was to create a new acoustic design that would simultaneously improve sound and structural integrity. As a general rule better sound comes with more delicate construction. Conversely, stronger construction, such as thicker tops and heavier bracing, stifles the sound.”

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The Compound Curve Top
The guitar top is the part of the instrument that most affects the sound. It is also the most delicate part of any high quality acoustic guitar. The grade and thickness of the wood used (solid cedar or spruce), as well as the bracing structure, have a huge impact on the instrument’s sound. The idea of applying an arch or a curve to the top is appealing because the added strength of an arched top should allow for the use of a thinner and more lightly braced top. While this is true, there remains a trade-off in applying a curve to the entire top. The most active part of the top is the area centered on the bridge. Applying a curve to this part of the top restricts movement resulting in a loss of dynamic range. On the other hand, the area of the top above the sound hole moves minimally but is problematic because it tends to sink if the guitar dries out even slightly. This tendency is also encouraged by downward pressure from the fingerboard resting on top of it. The solution is a top that has a compound curve.

In this design the top is arched slightly in the area above the sound hole and levels out in the area around the bridge. The compound curve top produces excellent stability in the upper part of the guitar top and the power and projection made possible by leaving the top flat below the sound hole flat. With the weak area above the sound hole stabilized, it is possible to make the rest of the top even more active with a new bracing design that allows unprecedented control over the top vibration. The bracing for the new Seagull guitars is quarter-sawn spruce, scalloped and carved to conform exactly to the curvature of the tops.

 

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(Note: the compound curve illustrated above is exaggerated - the actual 30' radius applied is more subtle than this illustration would indicate).

The perfect neck angle
Neck angle has a tremendous effect on guitar tone. The Seagull re-design served as the impetus for several refinements to Godin’s neck matching technology. Bodies and necks are now matched with incredible precision and the new compound curve in the top provides the additional stability necessary to achieve and maintain optimum neck pitch.

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Seagull Acoustic Models:

Entourage, Original, Coastline, Maritime, Performer & Artist Series

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The Seagull Entourage guitars offer an exceptional value for players of all levels. These finely crafted Canadian made instruments feature select pressure tested solid cedar tops, wild cherry back & sides, cream double binding and the new Rustic Burst Custom Polished finish. Also, similar to the S6 Slim, the Entourage models feature the Seagull Slim neck with a 1.72” nut width, which is great for players who are more accustomed to a more traditional nut width.

Entourage Rustic S6

In the tradition of the award winning S6 Original, the Entourage Rustic S6 brings incredible value to players looking for undeniable sound and craftsmanship in an acoustic guitar. Features include the beautiful Rustic Burst Custom Polished finish, Seagull Slim neck with slimmer nut width, cream double binding and select pressure tested solid cedar top.

Specs:

Top : Select Pressure Tested Solid Cedar
Back & Sides : Wild Cherry
Neck : Silver Leaf Maple with the Seagull Slim 1.72" nut width.
Fingerboard & Bridge : Rosewood
Tusq® nut and compensated saddle
Finish : Rustic Burst Custom Polished Finish

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Entourage Rustic Mini Jumbo

The Entourage Rustic Mini-Jumbo offers a full sound with a warm mid-range tone and of course the award winning craftsmanship and value Seagull is known for. Features include the beautiful Rustic Burst Custom Polished finish, Seagull Slim neck with slimmer nut width, cream double binding and select pressure tested solid cedar top.


Specs:

Top : Select Pressure Tested Solid Cedar
Back & Sides : Wild Cherry
Neck : Silver Leaf Maple with the Seagull Slim 1.72" nut width.
Fingerboard & Bridge : Rosewood
Tusq® nut and compensated saddle
Finish : Rustic Burst Custom Polished Finish

Entourage Rustic Mini Jumbo

 

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Seagull Original Series

The guitars that make up the Seagull Original series represent one of the world's outstanding values in acoustic guitars. The back and sides of the Original series models are made from a three-layer lamination of Wild Cherry wood. With a sound that lands somewhere between the mellow tone of a Mahogany guitar and the bright sound of Maple, Wild Cherry has proven itself to be an excellent tone wood. Grown locally, Wild Cherry is also an ecologically friendly choice. Original series guitars feature very smooth necks made from Silver Leaf Maple.

S6 Original Cedar

Winner of several awards, the S6 is perhaps the instrument that best represents the Seagull philosophy. The S6 offers entry level players the opportunity to experience the great feel and superb sound provided by a hand finished neck, select solid Cedar top and a Custom Polished Finish.


Specs

Top : Select Pressure Tested Solid Cedar
Back & Sides : Wild Cherry
Neck : Silver Leaf Maple
Fingerboard & Bridge : Rosewood
Tusq® nut and compensated saddle
Finish : Semi-Gloss Custom Polished Finish

S6 Origial Cedar

 

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S6 Cedar Slim

Winner of several awards, the S6 is perhaps the instrument that best represents the Seagull philosophy. The S6 Slim offers entry level players the opportunity to experience the great feel and superb sound provided by a hand finished neck with a more traditional nut width feel, as well as a select solid Cedar top and a Custom Polished finish.


Specs

Top : Select Pressure Tested Solid Cedar
Back & Sides : Wild Cherry
Neck : Silver Leaf Maple with the Seagull Slim 1.72" nut width.
Fingerboard & Bridge : Rosewood
Tusq® nut and compensated saddle
Finish : Semi-Gloss Custom Polished Finish

S6 Cedar Slim

 

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Coast Line Series
The guitars that make up the Seagull Coastline series represent one of the world's outstanding values in acoustic guitars. The back and sides of the Coastline series models are made from a three-layer lamination of Wild Cherry wood. With a sound that lands somewhere between the mellow tone of a Mahogany guitar and the bright sound of Maple, Wild Cherry has proven itself to be an excellent tone wood. Grown locally, Wild Cherry is also an ecologically friendly choice. Coastline series guitars feature very smooth necks made from Silver Leaf Maple.

Coastline Cedar Gloss Top

In addition to the new compound-curve bracing system, the Coastline Cedar Gloss Top features a Custom Polished Finish and it’s about the same thickness as our semi-gloss treatment but buffed to a high luster. This is truly a great breakthrough in that the guitar has the added responsiveness provided by an extra light finish along with the great looks of high–gloss.

Specs:

Top : Select Pressure Tested Solid Cedar with High-Gloss finish
Back & Sides : Wild Cherry
Neck : Silver Leaf Maple
Fingerboard & Bridge : Rosewood
Tusq® nut and compensated saddle
Finish : Semi-Gloss Custom Polished Finish with High-Gloss top

Coastline Cedar Gloss Top

 

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Coastline Cedar Burst Gloss Top

There is something classic about a sunburst finish on an acoustic guitar and it has always been a popular choice around here. The burst finish exudes some of the flash of the various brightly colored acoustics that are available these days but does so using earthy colors that retain the natural look of wood. An early version of this guitar looked great with a semi-gloss finish, but the GT version is stunning. The GT is also noteworthy because it delivers its high gloss luster in a Custom Polished finish that is as light as our semi-gloss treatment. This super thin finish allows maximum response in the guitar top which means that it sounds as good as it looks.

Specs:

Top : Select Pressure Tested Solid Cedar with High-Gloss finish
Back & Sides : Wild Cherry
Neck : Silver Leaf Maple
Fingerboard & Bridge : Rosewood
Tusq® nut and compensated saddle
Finish : Semi-Gloss Custom Polished Finish with High-Gloss top

 

Coastline Cedar Burst Gloss Top

 

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Coastline Spruce

The Coastline Spruce is an ideal choice for players who prefer the brighter (more high frequencies) sound of a Select Solid Spruce top.

Top : Select Pressure Tested Solid Spruce
Back & Sides : Wild Cherry
Neck : Silver Leaf Maple
Fingerboard & Bridge : Rosewood
Tusq® nut and compensated saddle
Finish : Semi-Gloss Custom Polished Finish

Coastline Spruce

 

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Coastline S6 Slim CW Spruce QI

The Coastline S6 Slim CW Spruce QI is an ideal choice for players who prefer the brighter (more high frequencies) sound of a Select Solid Spruce top, as well as the great feel and superb sound provided by a hand finished neck with a more traditional nut width feel. The cutaway and Quantum I electronics also make this a great choice for the gigging musician.

Specs:

Top : Select Pressure Tested Solid Spruce
Back & Sides : Wild Cherry
Neck : Silver Leaf Maple with the Seagull Slim 1.72" nut width.
Fingerboard & Bridge : Rosewood
Tusq® nut and compensated saddle
Finish : Semi-Gloss Custom Polished Finish
Electronics : Godin Quantum I included

Coastline Spruce S6 CW QI

 

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Coastline Cedar 12 String

Twelve string guitars must endure a great deal of added stress on the neck. The Seagull neck design offers superior stability, even on the twelve string models tuned to concert pitch. The straight string pull of the tapered Seagull headstock is an especially big advantage when it comes to tuning a twelve string guitar and keeping it in tune.

Specs:

Top : Select Pressure Tested Solid Cedar
Back & Sides : Wild Cherry
Neck : Silver Leaf Maple
Fingerboard & Bridge : Rosewood
Tusq® nut and compensated saddle
Finish : Semi-Gloss Custom Polished Finish

Coastline Cedar 12 Strings

 

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Coastline Cedar Folk

This concert size model is based on the dimensions of a classical guitar. The smaller body size enhances the instrument's sound in the mid-range. The Folk is an excellent choice for fingerstyle playing.

Specs:

Top : Select Pressure Tested Solid Cedar
Back & Sides : Wild Cherry
Neck : Silver Leaf Maple
Fingerboard & Bridge : Rosewood
Tusq® nut and compensated saddle
Finish : Semi-Gloss Custom Polished Finish

Coastline Cedar Folk

 

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Coastline Cedar Grand

This compact guitar is great fun to play and produces a surprisingly big sound. Using computer modeling to optimize the internal bracing and soundhole design, the Grand represents an intriguing mix of old and new. The Grand is beautifully complemented with the addition of the optional Quantum I EQ system

Specs:
Top : Select Pressure Tested Solid Cedar
Back & Sides : Wild Cherry
Neck : Silver Leaf Maple
Fingerboard & Bridge : Rosewood
Tusq® nut and compensated saddle
Finish : Semi-Gloss Custom Polished Finish

Coastline Cedar Grand