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A subsidiary of Godin, Seagull produces a fine selection of wonderful mid-range models that always feel like special instruments. Perhaps that’s because they are quite special! Made in Canada, made with quality solid woods, and not costing the earth. The brand’s popular Artist Mosaic is prime example of this, coming in at under $1000 but promising a lot more.
The Artist Mosaic sports an inherently simple design, but one that shows glimmers of premium. It features a 25.5” scale length dreadnought style body that is made of beautifully-grained solid woods – there’s solid mahogany on the back and sides, capped with a pressure-tested cedar and all finished in an elegant custom polished semi-gloss. The detailing around the body is exquisite, showing off herringbone binding, while the neck is another big highlight.
This matches the body with a mahogany construction, joined at the 14th fret. This features a dual-action truss rod, a rosewood fretboard with a 1.8” nut width, and offset dot inlays with a distinctive flying seagull inlay at the 12th fret. Another distinctive addition to this model – as is the case with all Seagulls – is the tapered headstock, which looks cool and benefits tuning stability. For a sub-$1000 guitar made in North America, the craftsmanship is expectedly excellent and its setup is solid.
Seagull does not fail to impress in the hardware department either. There are versions of the Artist Mosaic with a pickup system (look for the Artist Mosaic Element), but this original model features no electronics. It does, however, feature a very good set of Seagull-designed tuners with lovely cream buttons, along with a GraphTech Tusq nut and compensated saddle sitting on the rosewood bridge.
Another fine addition is the deluxe TRIC hardshell case, which proves a great companion for storage and transport, as it’s been tested in extreme conditions and temperatures, as well as being highly resistant to impact (because we’ve all had that heart-stopping moment as we drop a guitar case!).
Moving onto sound and this is another area that would sell us the Artist Mosaic. The combination of solid cedar and mahogany naturally makes this model very sweet and warm in tone, while it really sings in terms of volume and resonance. The best news – as the years go by, the all-solid-wood body will open even further, leaving you with an acoustic that grows in warmth and volume. Wonderful.
AWe love the Seagull Artist Mosaic. For under $1,000 this will be a considerable investment for many guitarists, but it’s one worth making – or at least considering. The build quality, elegant style and wonderful tone are well within the territory of Martin and Taylor guitars, but because you aren’t paying for the bigger name, you end up with a model offering superb value.