Seagull Performer Series Acoustic Guitars Overview

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Seagull Performer Series

This is going to be a brief overview of the Seagull Performer series of acoustic guitars.

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The Performer Series are designed, as their name suggests for gigging guitarists and naturally all come with in-built electronics as standard.

The Performer series is a small series and features the following 4 guitars.

  • Seagull Performer CW Flame Maple QIT
  • Seagull Performer Cutaway Mini-Jumbo Flame Maple QIT
  • Seagull Performer CW Concert Hall Burnt Umber QIT
  • Segaull Performer CW Folk Flame Maple QIT High Gloss

Some of the longer names in acoustic-guitardom, for sure!

All guitars in the series feature a Solid Spruce top and Laminate Flame Maple back and sides. They also all have in built electronics and tuner and all have cutaways.

Their names pretty much give away their differences, with all that detail. But let’s take a look at each guitar in more detail individually.

All prices are roughly converted into US Dollars from Canadian Dollar MSRP.

Seagull Performer CW Flame Maple QIT – $600

The first in the Performer series is the Dreadnought model. Each model is in a different shape/size.

  • Body Shape/Size: Dreadnought
  • Solid Spruce Top
  • Laminate Flame Maple Back and Sides
  • Adirondack Spruce, Scalloped X, Quarter-sawn Bracing
  • Silver Leaf Maple Neck
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • 25.5″ (648mm) scale length
  • 1.8″ (45.7mm) nut width
  • Tusq Nut
  • Rosewood Bridge with Compensated Tusq Saddle
  • Cutaway: Yes
  • Electronics: Quantum IT electronics with built in tuner

Like all Seagull guitars the Performer series guitars also feature their unique tapered headstock.

Also, as is common on Seagull guitars (though certainly not on all), is the wider nut width. The 1.8″ (45.7mm) nut width is wider than standard and helps for playing finger style, particularly. And some people just prefer a wider neck.

Seagull Performer Cutaway Mini-Jumbo Flame Maple QIT – $600

This is largely the same as the previous model, but with one major difference. it’s in Seagull’s Mini-Jumbo shape.

This shape is slightly smaller overall than the Dreadnought and features a narrower waist and a larger lower bout. It has a shallower depth than the dreadnought.

All of this will produce a tone that is stronger in the mid-range than the Dreadnought version and a less “boomy” sound overall. A more balanced tone across the spectrum.

You can see the dimensions for all of Seagulls different guitar shapes in the table below.

Dreadnought Concert HallFolk Grand MiniJumbo
Lower Bout Width15.87” (403mm)14.92” (379mm)14.76” (375mm)13.0” (330mm)16.0″ (406mm)
Upper Bout Width11.38” (289mm)11.18” (284mm)11.14” (283mm)9.28” (236mm)11.6″ (294mm)
Waist 10.54” (268mm)8.88” (226mm)9.46” (240mm)7.35” (187mm)9.5″ (242mm)
Body Length 19.8” (503mm)19.37” (492mm)19.6” (498mm)18.3” (465mm)20″ (508mm)
Body depth4.9” (124mm) 4.13” (105mm)4.5” (114mm)4.2” (107mm)4.5″ (114mm)

Seagull Performer CW Concert Hall Burnt Umber QIT – $625

The Concert Hall Performer model is similar in that it shares a lot of the same characteristics as the other two in the series – i.e. the same tonewoods, electronics, scale length, nut width etc. with the most notable difference being the shape again.

The Concert Hall model, features a much smaller shape than the other two – the lower bout, upper bout, waist, body length and body depth are all smaller.

This will produce a sound that is more responsive to a softer touch, but will have a lower volume ceiling. In other words, you’ll get more out of it with a softer touch but if you drive it too hard, the sound will start to distort more easily. This model is great for anyone who plays a lot of finger-style.

There are also a couple of other small differences with this model – the most obvious one being the finish. It is in Seagull’s “Burnt Umber” finish.

The other difference is that this model doesn’t have a pick guard.

But neither of these things affect the sound.

Segaull Performer CW Folk Flame Maple QIT High Gloss – $800

Finally, we have the Folk model.

Again, most things are the same as with the other models, apart from that one major difference, being the shape/size of it. But there is also another difference here. The Folk model features a shorter scale length – 24.84″ (631mm) giving this version a more slinky playability. And a bit easier on the fingers and easier to produce bends/virbrato.

Due it also being a smaller size, the Folk model will have a lot of the characteristics of the Concert Hall – but still subtly different. But it’s another good option for fingerstyle players, especially those looking for a shorter scale length.

It has a narrower upper and lower bout width than the Concert Hall but it has a wider waist and also a slightly longer body length and a deeper body depth.

Final Thoughts

That was just a brief overview of Seagull’s Performer series guitars, but I hope it’s given you a perspective on these guitars and whether one of these models might be suitable for you.

Check out some of the other Seagull series here: Acoustic Guitar Overviews by Series.

FAQs

Do Seagull guitars sound better with age?

Seagull guitars, like many acoustic instruments, can experience changes in their tone and sound as they age and are played more. However, whether a Seagull guitar specifically sounds “better” with age is a subjective matter

By Nate Pallesen

Nate is just your average (above average) guitar player. He's no Joe Satriani, Jimi Hendrix or Jimmy Page - wait this site is about acoustic guitars (sorry) He's no Django Reinhardt, Chet Atkins, or Michael Hedges, wait? who!? He's no Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton or Ben Harper - more familiar? Anyway you get the point :-)

2 comments

  1. I found a 2016 performer folk that has never been played, not a scratch or any sings of fret wear. It look to me the original strings and factory setup with a hard case. It has all the tags and papers. It’s 2022 of this writing
    I love my Seagulls

    1. Hey Phillip.

      Nice to see so much love for Seagull guitars! Those who own them are often inclined never to buy another brand. Sounds like you’ve got a pretty sweet deal with yours and I hope you are still playing it and showing it all the love that it so clear to see in this comment of yours!

      Take care out there, Phillip!!

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