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Last Updated: Mar-05-2018
The S6 is the flagship model of Seagull – the respected Godin subsidiary – and a guitar pushing for the top spot on our chart of the best acoustics under $500 for a good reason! Showing off qualities you’d usually expect in a much higher price range – including solid wood, advanced tone, and North American craftsmanship – the overall price of this excellent steel-string may surprise you. Let’s take a closer look.
The S6 manages to show off both a unique style, while retaining the traditional look of a classic dreadnought. It’s not loaded with abalone and intricate decoration like some others – that kind of style certainly has its charm, but the simple, understated nature of the S6 is so appealing.
The S6 features a scale length of 24.84”, with the body made of some delightful woods that have all been put together in Canada. This includes pressure-tested solid cedar on the top, with wild cherry on the back and sides, all with a light semi-gloss lacquer finish. Due to the adept craftsmanship, the S6 feels robust and durable, but refined and finished without the little defects you’d associate with a more affordable guitar. Finally, joined at the 14th fret, the S6 features a silver leaf maple neck, which is capped with a rosewood fretboard and 21 frets. This has a light and sleek matte finish, which is very comfortable for hands of all sizes.
An electro-acoustic version of the S6 is available for a slightly higher price, but today we’re looking at the stripped down original, with no electronics.
On the distinctive Seagull headstock, you’ll find a set of specially-aligned tuning machines, which promise to keep the strings straighter and tuning more stable. They felt a little stiff to start, but otherwise are great to use and certainly do keep tuning in check. Elsewhere there’s a rosewood bridge, and a Tusq nut and compensated saddle. A case isn’t included for the price, but with the build and materials, you’re already getting a great deal, so it’s not a big loss.
It’s hard to find an acoustic guitar of a similar price that sounds as good as the S6. It’s just beautiful. This is down to the quality woods used and Seagull’s solid craftsmanship. It offers a rich, warm tone, but one that’s surprisingly bright considering the cedar top. With its dreadnought body it’s very loud and clear, and the sustain lingers on and on. Again, for the price, it’s seriously hard to beat.
If you’ve read our review you’ll know we are huge fans of the Seagull S6 – just like the thousands of happy Seagull customers. With better than average woods, craftsmanship and tone, it’s no wonder the S6 is such a hit with all sorts of guitarist. Yes, it’s great for beginners due to the comfort and price, but experienced guitarists will certainly appreciate the build and tone (…and the price too!).