Seagull S6 Versus the Martin DRS1
The Seagull S6 Acoustic Guitar is comparable to the sound and quality of entry level Martins, Taylors and Takamine Guitars. The sound of the Seagull S6 is actually quiet impressive. When you first take the Seagull S6 in your hands you can tell right away that this is a quality made instrument reminiscent of hand crafted guitars. It makes no difference if you are a beginning guitarist or an experienced, seasoned professional you will be awed by the superior workmanship in this instrument.
The Seagull Acoustic Guitars are hand crafted Guitars made by Godin in La Patrie, Quebec Canada. They are specifically made to fit into the budget of the working musician.
Most every Guitar has some type of neck reinforcement. This neck reinforcement is to keep the Guitar neck straight due to the string tension. The Martin DRS1 Acoustic Electric Guitar has a non-adjustable square rod to keep the neck stable whereas the Seagull S6 Acoustic Guitar uses an adjustable double action truss system to regulate under-bowed as well as over-bowed correction.
The Top of the Seagull S6 is solid cedar and the sides and back are wild cherry with a semi-gloss lacquer finish. The saddle and bridge are made of rosewood. This produces a sound between the mellow mahogany tone and the bright tenor of maple. Given the mix or cherry wood and cedar wood, the sound production is warm, dark and full.
In comparison, the Martin DRS1 has a Solid Sapele Top, side and back. While Sapele wood is similar to Mahogany, some do consider it a downgraded cheaper wood. The tone that it will produce is very rich with depth and good quality.
As far as playability, this of course is going to vary from Guitar to Guitar even from the same maker. Every Seagull S6 Acoustic Guitar is not going to play exactly alike neither is every Martin DRS1. For that matter, all Martin D18s, D28s, D35s and D45s are going to play different in some degree.
Overall, the Seagull S6 is going to play just as well and in some cases even better than the Martin DRS1. With the DRS1 comes the prestige of owning a Martin Guitar; the prestige of the name. There are some Bluegrass enthusiasts that will insist that nothing is in the class of the Martin D45. This for the most part is true, but in that case you are really comparing apples with oranges. You are looking at a price of tag of over $2,000.00 versus a price tag under $400.00.
If money is no object and you can afford the price tag of a Martin D45 then by all means, without hesitation, go with the Martin D45. If, however, money is an issue as it is in today’s economy, you will be just as happy, maybe even more, with the Seagull S6 Acoustic Guitar over the Martin DRS1.
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