The Seagull M6 Acoustic Guitar.

The Seagull M6 Acoustic Guitar

Seagull Acoustic Guitars

There exists a huge number of guitar manufacturers in the United States of America, and abroad, from which to choose an instrument to purchase, own, and play. Figuring out just which is the single best guitar for you as an individual with your personal budget can be a very daunting task. It's my purpose here to present to you an outstanding guitar by the Seagull Guitar Company that is both relatively inexpensive, and by all accounts an outstanding instrument for the price of the guitar.

In my hub, "The Top Five Steel String Guitars For Under Five Hundred Dollars" someone left me a comment about what he thought was a glaring omission on my part - I hadn't listed the Seagull S6 acoustic guitar in that hub, and the man felt that it was clearly superior to two of the guitars that I did list, and he felt that way because he'd played them all.

I can't ever dispute, nor can anyone, that a particular guitar is "better" than another one because it really all comes down to personal opinion, and what an individual likes better or worse for themselves, and the type of music that they play. Also, every single guitar is unique and an individual in it's own right - no two guitars are ever going to play or sound exactly the same - as the nature of woods and their properties are all unique to the specific trees, and the planks of wood used.

Seagull guitars, however, have been around for a while, and have made a very reputable name for themselves in the industry. Though I, personally, do not have a huge deal of experience playing them - anyone in the market for acoustic guitars should definitely, if possible, take the opportunity to check out any Seagull guitar that is a competitor to the type of instrument that they are interested in purchasing.

Andy Hatfield, This Years Walnut Valley Flatpicking Champion Playing His Seagull M6 Acoustic Guitar.

Andy Hatfield - Flatpicking Champion.

The Walnut Valley Festival is held every year in Winfield, Kansas; in the third week of September. I've been to the WVF at Winfield three times, and for anyone interested in acoustic folk music - it's sort of a pilgrimage, and something that I'd encourage everyone who is interested and able to attend at least once. The Walnut Valley Festival is NOT a guitar festival, all manner of acoustic stringed instruments are played on many stages there by many performers from all over the world. There's even an unofficial stage in the campground where anyone attending can get up on either by themselves or with any assemblage of musicians, and perform for all.

From my profile at Flatpicking Guitar Magazine I'd read that Andy Hatfield had won this years flatpicking guitar championship at the Walnut Valley Festival. There are fierce competitions in contests for virtually every stringed instrument at the festival - and it's a VERY prestigious award for any musician to win in the folk music world. The winner of various contests always get their pick of several extremely fine instruments, and this years winner, Andy Hatfield chose a Gallagher Walnut Valley Commemorative Guitar.

People sometimes go from who you are standing next to in the audience at the WNV festival to professional performers for some pretty big name bands in the under valued folk or bluegrass genres. I couldn't recall having ever heard of Andy Hatfield before - but that doesn't mean that I'd not met Andy, or seen him play, or maybe just bumped into him before at such a large festival. So basically, I immediately did a youtube search for Andy Hatfield so that I could hear his playing, and determine for myself just what I thought about the new international flatpicking king. I wasn't disappointed - Andy has a youtube channel; and I'm VERY impressed with this guy's playing. I'd love for someone like him to live next door or something - so I could be inspired, and .....well, talk guitar with someone way superior to me.

The Seagull M6 Acoustic Guitar

The Seagull M6 Acoustic Guitar

The thing about the modern age is that a great musician doesn't have to live next door to you for you to talk to them. I found the video above on youtube, and wanted to hear it because the tune Turkey In The Straw is a public domain melody that is very old, and very "played out." You've probably heard the tune played from the ice cream trucks if and when they roll through your neighborhood or area of employment. I knew that if Andy Hatfield could make Turkey In The Straw sound great, and have some unique interpretations to such a tune - that I'd then have my opinion about his playing - and boy, I sure am impressed with what he can do with a tune like that one!

Acoustic folk musicians aren't ever really superstars - you can talk to these people; and so I left a simple Congratulations in the comments on Andy's video, and he, being a down to Earth, and humble champion of folk guitar - thanked me for it. But I read into the comments on the video up above a little more, and as always, someone asked the question:

What kind of guitar is that you are playing?

The answer to the question is that Mr. Andy Hatfield is playing a Seagull M6 acoustic guitar in that video, and Andy stated that it was simply the best guitar that he could afford at the time, and I think that you will agree that in his very capable hands, the Seagull M6 Acoustic guitar is a wonderful instrument!

The Seagull M6 Acoustic Guitar Specifications

The Seagull M6 Acoustic guitar is a solid top guitar which is what makes a guitar a good one to begin with. From searching a bit on the internet I've found that though the Seagull M6 acoustic guitar most often features a solid spruce top, that it is also available with a soled western red cedar top. Which type of tonewood sound board that best suites you and your personal guitar playing is something that you'd have to work out for yourself. You can't really go wrong with a solid spruce top, but a lot of fingerstyle guitarist prefer the tonal characteristics of solid western red cedar. While I've read that playing loudly with a stiff pick, as we flatpickers do, can sometimes overdrive and distort notes on guitars with solid western red cedar tops - that isn't always the case, but it's definitely something to consider if you happen to be a flatpicking style guitarist.

The back and sides of the Seagull M6 acoustic guitar are mahogany. What I've not found said is that they are laminated mahogany, but I'm positive that they are laminate. I know this because when guitars have solid wood construction on the back and sides - the manufacturer will nearly always say that they are solid wood back and sides - and because this guitar is priced in the five hundred dollar range and does have a solid top - I know that were it of solid mahogany back and sides, then the guitar would be priced much higher than it is. There is no need to fear that a laminate back and sides guitar isn't good enough for you, however, many people who can play very well never own all solid wood guitars until they get to where they are making money playing. It's just a matter of priorities, value, and personal economics. Seagull also makes the Seagull Mosaic acoustic guitar - which is pretty different in that it features a solid cedar top, solid mahogany back, and laminated mahogany sides. Most guitar companies that make a solid top guitar with laminate back and sides go straight from there to all solid wood models. Kudos to the Seagull guitar company for offering a variety of options with their instruments!

The Seagull M6 is basically a traditional dreadnought guitar based on the timeless Martin D18 mahogany dreadnought model - but made more affordable to the consumer by having laminate back and sides, a mahogany fingerboard and bridge rather than either rosewood, more more expensive still, ebony bridge and fingerboards. The Seagull M6 also has a very nice high gloss finish, which truly makes it a visually beautiful guitar as well as a guitar with a very pleasing tonality. If you are in the market for a great steel string acoustic guitar for around five hundred dollars, then by all means have a look at the Seagull M6, and other Seagull guitars. If you liked Andy Hatfield's music as much as I did - then log into your youtube account, and subscribe to his channel, or simply tell him that you enjoyed hearing his playing, and give a big CONGRATULATIONS on his Walnut Valley Festival International Flatpicking Guitar Championship!

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Cousin Fudd 5 years ago from From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina

The music store here carried th Seagull line for a while. As you have stated a great instrument with lot of bang for the buck.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Thank you very much Cousin Fudd!!!! I'm not sure why I don't know much about Seagull. I imagine that whenever I'm in a store with Martin or Taylor, etc - that I just tend to focus on those.

I'm never hardly shopping - I just like to go in those places to play their guitars!

Blueridge is another brand that I hardly ever see. I don't think I've ever saw a Blueridge guitar in a Texas guitar store. . .but they sure seem to make good ones from what I can tell.


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Cousin Fudd 5 years ago from From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina

Oh yes, Blue Ridge guitars are coming on strong here and I'm like you I like the Martin, they just seem to fit my music best.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

I absolutely love Martin guitars. I've owned two of them - and I wish I had my D18 still.

Twas truly a dumb thing that I sold it - my dad even told me it was stupid to do.....but I was sort of depressed and in a tight spot so far as money went.

I have played some individual guitars I did like better though - My Santa Cruz which ain't never going up for sale - and a few others by Santa Cruz....

...and this Dana Bourgeois guy - WOW! I've played one some of his guitars that are so superb that I dunno how to say it!

http://www.pantheonguitars.com/guitars/guitars_PRO...


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Cousin Fudd 5 years ago from From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina

Dana Bourgeois built Doc Watson a one of a kind and I heard him play it at the Songs from the Mountains Festival a couple of years ago. In a word the guitar was awesome. I haven't played but a few Santa Cruz and there are two reasons I don't have one. First my closet is full of Martins, no more space and of course $$$$$. We are like kids in a candy store but I still love kicking tires in those music stores.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

I know that's right! I wish I still lived in Dallas just so I could have a few beers at my favorite bar and walk a few blocks to the North Dallas Guitar Center and do just that - "Kick Tires" - and have some fun!

Only reason I even own the Santa Cruz that I do have is because it's kinda scratched up, has a hairline crack in the top side - which just happens with Brazilian Rosewood....and the guy that sold it to me designed the Collings CW28. Also, it was sold to me just before it became illegal to import that Brazilian Rosewood.


Patricia Shaw 5 years ago

Congratulations on a very nice article! I enjoyed it much.


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justom 5 years ago from 41042

Never heard of them Todd, which means nothing really. I just went to see Adrian Belew power trio with a dude that makes guitars. He went to India for several years to study making stringed instruments and has a local shop. His sell for around $25,000 and he sold one for $75,000. Al DiMeola came to his shop and loves his guitars but wanted one for free. Dave told him to hit the road. Good hub man, I've been working on the web site (it's finally a reality) with my buddy Daren and it's lookin' way cool. Writing all the text is a pain in the ass and taking me too long but that's why I've been scarce lately. I have been trying to look at your FB posts though. Later!! (I haven't forgotten about sending you some things, just haven't had time to go look!)


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

Hey Tom - just let me see the site whenever it's done. If I knew what type of particulars you wanted said I could probably write something for you and save you some trouble.

Al Di Meola - he's a mandiva!

Last I checked the only things really making me any money here at Hubpages are certain guitar articles - and I'd tell you which ones, but not here - as someone might see the comment and try to steal my content ideas.

I think I'm going to just do a lot more guitar articles - and hope for the best. Of course I'll probably get sidetracked into everything else in the world too,as always.


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justom 5 years ago from 41042

Will do man, I appreciate the offer but I need to do this shit myself. What else do I have to do? Don't let anyone steal your ideas man and they will. In the past year I've run into 2 guys that make guitars and go to that yearly show in Nashville. Dave Schnieder and Mike Delaney, ever heard of them? Mike plays in a band with a friend of mine who lives in Atlanta. Gotta' roll, talk to you later!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

WTF? Did you delete a comment, Tom - or did I do that in my sleep and didn't know it?

Baseball's on!


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justom 5 years ago from 41042

I did, the one above went up twice and I didn't wanna' repeat myself :-P I know I'm watching it, Brewers are on soon so I'll be flippin' back and fourth. How about Nelson Cruz? Any idea why HP makes up copy and paste now to see a comment?


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

HP is doing WHAT?

I gotta go back inside - I'm in my trailer when I'm on the web - and the tv is in the folk's house.

I'm.....not seeing any new features or annoyances on Hubpages lately. What's it doing to you?


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justom 5 years ago from 41042

When I get an e-mail saying you commented on your hub I can no longer just click to go to you hub, I have to copy and paste it into the browser, it SUCKS!!


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justom 5 years ago from 41042

Like I said, how about Nelson Cruz? I tried to sell an autographed card of his on ebay for $10 and nobody bid. I should put it back up tomorrow, maybe It would sell now! Justin liked him before I even knew who he was!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

They keep saying that he's the strongest player in either league!

I'm not sure if that's true or not - but he's putting on one hell of a show this month!

You have no idea ....I've been watching the Rangers since I was twelve years old - Now we have a ballclub!


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justom 5 years ago from 41042

I'm not sure about that either but he's a hell of a ballplayer. I hear you, I've been watching the Reds since I was 4 so I've seen them be great and suck but you know what I love baseball. Some folks probably aren't even watching the playoffs because their team isn't in it. The only team I can't stand that's in are the Cardinals, anybody else that wins is good with me. At least it's not the Yankees or Red Sox!! Somebody from HP must read your hubs, I can now click on the link from e-mail, weird!!


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas Author

We got the early game today against the best pitcher in baseball this year. I'm betting we wean the American League today!


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justom 5 years ago from 41042

I know 15 minutes til game time! Go Tigers :-P


Sueswan 5 years ago

Interesting, informative and entertaining.

Voted up and awesome.

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