Post by swampyankee on Jan 18, 2020 17:08:47 GMT -5
Someone mentioned Simon and Patrick guitars so I did some research and found they, along with 3 or 4 other brands like Norman, Seagull, and Art and Luthierie, are all built in the Godin plant in Quebec. People are raving about the quality of some of the Chinese imports like Eastman, but the Canadian stuff is priced similarly, and the higher end models are made from solid woods. I would think the Canadian stuff would be of interest. Are they not good quality, or just dont have the tone of an Eastman?
Post by oldnjplayer on Jan 18, 2020 17:59:30 GMT -5
I have a Seagull 12 string that I purchased around 1984. Still a great guitar. Plays like butter and has a great sound. Back then the word was that Canada still had some old forests/wood that allowed for wide boards to be used for guitars. They were very moderately priced also. Definitely worth looking at.
Godin builds good guitars, no matter what the name on the headstock. I briefly owned a Seagull S6 with a solid cedar top, cutaway and onboard electronics. Bought and sold for $350 including foam case. Kicking my arse...
Post by swampyankee on Jan 18, 2020 21:12:08 GMT -5
Ok, good quality and all that, but what. Do they sound like? I've been reading GASing over D18s, J45s and the like. Would a Simon and Patrick spruce and mahogany dread sound like a Martin, Gibson, Guils? Even though a Martin or Gibson is the dream, ultimately I'm Just looking for a decent upgrade from my old laminate construction Washburn.
My first nice acoustic I had was actually a 90s Peavey made in Finland by Landola . It had a satin finish , came with a hardshell case and had some nice electronics in it. They only were available for a short time and then Peavey had them made in Asia somewhere . They discontinued them after that. I ended up selling it to buy my first Martin , a 96ish D1 which was a stellar guitar and ended up gifting to my stepson.
Post by twangmeister on Jan 19, 2020 15:10:44 GMT -5
I had a Seagull S6 for awhile. It was well made and played smoothly. I thought it had a nice balanced sound but mine didn't project that well. Every Godin product I've handled has been well made and thoughtfully designed. After that went through an Epiphone Masterbilt, Great Divide and several Ovations.
I finally ended up with a used Lag in 2015. The neck profile is a little smaller than I'd like but it is well made, tonally balanced and loud.
I’ve been a big fan of the Simon and Patrick stuff since a friend at a guitar shop recommended one. I think they’re pretty amazing. All of the Godin stuff is. I’ve also got a Godin electric guitar that is probably the best electric guitar I’ve ever owned.
I have a ‘94 Seagull SM6 that was given to me years ago after what looks like toddlers had their way with it. The guy calls me and says “you play guitar right, would you like a Seagull?” I was like oh yeah! It reminds me of Willie Nelson’s “Trigger”...so I named mine “Willie”. Still sounds great and has a nice chunky neck.
I have an S6 that I bought about 20 years ago. Great guitar. I even drove the 1 1/2 hours to Toronto to pick one out. Riding the subway in Toronto with a guitar case made me feel like I was Paul Simon in NYC in 1967. LOL I also just got a Seagull Merlin dulcimer. Very nice too!