Seagull’s mid-level dreadnought offers excellent value, solid woods, and great tone.
by Teja Gerken
November 19, 2014
Built by Canada’s Godin Guitars, Seagull instruments have long had a deserved reputation for their excellent value; they are among the most affordable steel-string guitars made in North America. And while the company’s legendary S6 is all about function, Seagull’s lineup now includes several models that take the basic design uptown with higher-grade woods and refined appointments.
With a solid spruce top and solid Indian rosewood back and sides, the Maritime SWS Rosewood has a dreadnought body and features a herringbone rosette, two-color binding, and semigloss finish. Our demo guitar included the optional Quantum 1 electronics package (which adds “QI” to the model designation), consisting of an undersaddle pickup and a side-mounted preamp with controls for volume, bass, and treble, as well as an onboard chromatic tuner.
The guitar impressed me with its rich, warm tone and great dynamic range, whether played with a pick or used for fingerstyle explorations. And played through an AER Compact 60 amp, the onboard electronics offered hassle-free amplification.
SPECS: Dreadnought body. Solid spruce top. Solid Indian rosewood back and sides. Bolt-on mahogany neck. Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. 25.5-inch scale. 1.72-inch nut width. Enclosed gold tuning machines. Quantum 1 electronics. Made in Canada. $899 street. seagullguitars.com.
Comments and Discussion
Thanks for your note. Your question isn't easy to answer without hearing the actual guitar you tried. But it's possible that the HG Mini Jumbo has a brighter overall sound, which could lead to the trebles sounding louder than the bass when you're playing it hard, even if they sound balanced with a softer attack. New strings could definitely contribute to that. I'm guessing that the Taylor 110ce would have a somewhat more traditional dreadnought sound than the Seagull HG Mini Jumbo, which would include a more robust bass response.
Good luck finding the right guitar!
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after your review I searched one of these guitars, I found a similar one, the Seagull Maritime HG Mini Jumbo. It has been unboxed in front of me, and I had the opportunity to play it acoustical for some minutes in the shop. I found it very strange, when flatpicking the tone was bright, with the bass covered by the sound of the low strings, when fingerpicking the bass was good. I was not able to understand the reason, maybe the strings (fosfor bronze I believe), or the way I play, or what else?
I compared it with a Taylor 110CE and the bass in flatpicking was defenitely more present in this guitar.
Your advise is welcome.
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