Instruments & Gear: New Gear

Seagull Artist Studio Concert Hall Element

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Mid-priced OM-style guitar includes L.R. Baggs Element electronics.

by Teja Gerken
October 27, 2015

Seagull guitars have a deserved reputation for offering excellent value. Made in Canada, the instruments are built with quality materials and great craftsmanship, and have consistently good playability. In recent years, the company has expanded several of its lines with models that are more closely inspired by vintage flattops than previous Seagulls, creating excellent mid-priced instruments that include several upscale features.

The Seagull Artist Studio Concert Hall Element we checked out for this demo is fundamentally an OM-style guitar. It has a 000-size body shaped much like Martin’s OM design, a long 25.5-inch scale, 1¾-inch wide neck, herringbone purfling, and a vintage-style sunburst finish. The guitar has solid Indian rosewood back and sides and a pressure-tested solid Sitka spruce top. Like all Seagulls, it has a bolt-on neck and the company’s distinctive pointed headstock design, which allows the strings to follow a straight path from the nut to the tuning machines.

The Seagull Artist Studio Concert Hall Element includes L.R. Baggs electronics, which consist of an Element undersaddle pickup, endpin-mounted preamp, and simple volume and tone controls mounted inside the guitar at the edge of the soundhole. The system is powered by a nine-volt battery mounted inside the body (accessible through the soundhole).

We were impressed with the guitar’s complex and dynamic acoustic tone, which sounded warm, yet had enough bite to distinguish itself when played forcefully with a pick. And the L.R. Baggs electronics proved to be an extremely user-friendly and great-sounding solution for amplifying the instrument.

SPECS: 14-fret 000 body. Solid spruce top. Solid Indian rosewood back and sides. Bolt-on mahogany neck. Ebony fingerboard and bridge. 25.5-inch scale. 1¾-inch nut width. Enclosed gold tuning machines. L.R. Baggs Element electronics. Made in Canada. $1,850 list/$1,495 street. Seagullguitars.com.



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Comments and Discussion

Posted by Steve Butler on
Big fan of all Godin guitars as I live in Quebec and buy & sell as a hobby. This Artist model by Seagull is similar to my Simon & Patrick Woodland Pro Folk with A3. Great value for money and you can't go wrong with Canadian made products. Have to try this one out.
Posted by Stephen Kunz on
My first new guitar was the S6. I put a lot of miles on that guitar before moving up to Gibson, Martin and beyond. I did a lot of finger picking on the guitar as the neck was nice and wide which also made single notes easier to play. I believe the guitar was made from cherry with a cedar top.
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