After a couple of enjoyable hours playing various low-mid priced acoustics in Glasgow yesterday, this one came home with me.
It’s actually my second S6 original, the first being the pre spec change shorter scale version which I sold a few years back. That one played great but wasn’t quite the sound I was looking for at the time. Several acoustics have come and gone since, I now have a Martin Clapton signature “keeper” and know what I want a bit better.
I was looking for a garden/ travel guitar which also offered something a bit different to the Martin- different woods and larger body ideally.
Suffice to say after playing multiple different makes and types I came back to this one. Subjectively, I think the longer scale makes this updated version a bit brighter and punchier than my previous S6 but I could be misremembering. They no longer come with nice Seagull branded gig bags but still excellent value. The QIT pickup sounded natural through a Fishman amp in the store but I’ll rarely use it- the onboard tuner is very handy though!
I think this is still the best dreadnought style acoustic in the circa £500 price bracket and it beats most competitors (including, for me, Seagulls own all solid mahogany back Artist Mosaic model at twice the price). In my experience you need to spend about £1500 more than these cost to improve on tone and playability. Build quality is fantastic and the matt finish varnish is preferably to the gloss poly you find on other budget brands.https://imgur.com/gallery/jfMUIUg