Seagull S6 Review: The Best Acoustic Guitar
 for the Money

Dreaming about buying your first ever acoustic guitar, but held back by your budget? Hunting down that perfect first axe when you have little money to burn can be quite challenging. No, it’s not because affordable yet great acoustic guitars are a rare breed. Actually, there’s an overwhelming amount of options to choose from.

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Many popular brands’ bread and butter models usually sell for $300 to $500. Surprisingly, there’s a ton of options even in that very narrow price range. And so, looking for the top acoustic guitar for your money is like sifting through a haystack to find a needle. Hence, you need to learn the factors to consider to maximize the money that you have.

Below, I discuss why the S6 is the best acoustic guitar for the money (for a second opinion, read this other Seagull S6 Original review / critique). The S6 is only under $500, but I have always felt that it is worth more than that.

The Seagull S6 Original Acoustic Guitar

Seagull is famous for manufacturing top quality acoustic guitars that won’t break the bank. And with the S6 Original model, the Canadian brand have upped the ante really high. The S6 is a favorite by many guitarists around the word, and it’s kind of like a standard to which others are evaluated against.

  • Sound – Seagull is popular for its bright toned axes, and the S6 Original is no different. Its notes are clear, so when strummed in chords, they are very distinguishable from each other. But that’s not to say that anyone wanting a bluesy tone will find the S6 inadequate. Indeed, its bass tone isn’t that rich, but still, it’s actually more than enough for most purposes. Personally, I prefer guitars that are clear and bright, so the S6 is exactly what I wanted.

  • Craftsmanship – When I purchase sneakers, I see to it that each of its parts were meticulously made. It’s what I also do with acoustic guitars, and I advice everyone to follow suit. But with the S6, the craftsmanship is really amazing that I hardly needed to check for poor construction. The quality is ridiculously consistent too — I looked at several units and every single one is spotless. Yes, no excess glue anywhere, not a single dead fret, strings were brand new, and so on and so forth.
  • Feel – Aside from the above, another important feature is how the acoustic guitar feels when you play it. What feels good for someone might not be comfortable at all for you. Just like most other things, there isn’t a guitar that is a good fit for everyone. In my case,the S6 fits me perfectly — as a full sized dreadnought, it’s appropriate for a typical adult like me. The S6 can be had in either hand orientation, so I bought the lefty one since it felt easier to play. The action was also low enough for painless fretting, yet high enough to avoid buzzing.

Making The Final Choice

And that’s it — a review of what I believe is the best acoustic guitar for the money, specifically under $500. I also shared the factors I considered to make such claim. I hope you find this helpful if ever you decide to shop for an acoustic guitar on your own. But for a no fuss option, you really can’t go wrong with a Seagull S6 Original. Besides, it’s what the majority of people get, and most of them are beginners just like you.

Guitar Prodigies

In my previous post, I talked about how hyped I was for the latest Mad Max movie because of its guitar guy. In fact, I was too excited that I forgot to mention the character’s name — he is called the Doof Warrior, but his name is Coma. I also left out his back story — he is a music prodigy who was actually raised in a happy environment by her musician mother. That gave me the idea to feature guitar prodigies for this post.

Make Room Tove Lo, Here Comes Toby Lee

I’m still sad about the death of B.B. King, one the greatest guitarists of all time. But if there’s anything good that I got out of his final days, it’s that I stumbled upon 10 year old Toby Lee.

Toby Lee recorded the “get well” video above for his hero, B.B. King, when the latter was ill with dehydration due to type 2 diabetes. The video has now been viewed by millions of people around the world. The song is The Thrill is Gone, which B.B. King covered for his album Completely Well back in 1969.

Toby Lee lives in Bloxham and is a student at Crackley Hall School in Kenilworth. He is also having lessons at the Witchwood School of Rock in Oxfordshire. He began shredding the guitar when he was six, two years after receiving a ukelele as a gift.

Japan is More Than Just Godzilla

Touted as among the Japanese that will change the world, 15-year-old Yuto Miyazawa is a heck of a rock guitarist. Now, I know that heavy metal is still big with them Japs, so Yuto might not sound that unusual. Also, being good with the guitar at 15 doesn’t have the same novelty appeal as being so at a younger age. But what’s amazing with Yuto is how much he have already accomplished as a guitarist — one of which is playing on Ellen when he was 10.

When he was 8, he was also named as the “youngest professional guitar player” in the Guinness World Records. He has even played with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne and Les Paul — no less than the legends themselves. Furthermore, his YouTube videos have already garnered above 70 million views, and he still continues to draw attention from around the world.

Guitar Shredding + Flame Throwing = Awesome

The first time I ever got to watch a Mad Max movie was when I was still in grade school (seriously). I can no longer remember if it was Road Warrior or Beyond Thunderdome, but I know I didn’t liked it. For me back then, it was just too quiet (little dialogue) and bleak (post-apocalyptic setting) and weird (the characters, obviously). Hey, I was just a kid, and I was more into colorful comic book superheroes.

Fast forward to 2015, and I’m probably one of the most rabid fans of Fury Road. No, it’s not because the Mad Max franchise finally decided to have colorful comic book characters (which are still my thing, by the way). The setting is also still bleak, despite a character exclaiming “what a lovely day!” somewhere in the movie. What got me curious with Fury Road were the cars (a previous post hints about my interest in vehicles).

However, what really sealed the deal for me was the guitar shredding, flame throwing Doof Warrior (at around 2:31 above). I first got wind of the character through my friends on social media. The most fun fact I’ve found about him is that the guitar shredding and the flame throwing were both real. Yup, it’s a bonafide dragon and axe in one made by production designer Colin Gibson. On top of that, the Doof Warrior was played by a real musician aboard a real vehicle overly adorned with amps and speakers. Sounds like director George Miller isn’t fond of any of those CGI nonsense, eh?

doof warrior flame throwing guitar

The musician is Sean Hape, aka iOTA. And no, he isn’t just some random guitarist — he’s been nominated for an ARIA award for Best Independent release back in 2000. He also had a hit concept show in 2010 — the theatrical concert Smoke & Mirrors that premiered at the 2010 Sydney Festival. Now, he has a new show called B-girl, for which he wrote all the music. Rock music of course, which he says was drawn on glam (e.g. David Bowie) and southern (e.g. Lynyrd Skynyrd) rock.

But for Mad Max, he says he pulled out some AC/DC, Soundgarden, and Led Zeppelin. But I think it would have been more awesome if he also did some Slipknot. The character just reminds me so much of the band, because of the mask and the onesie costume. Then there’s the Doof Wagon drummers (Slipknot has several percussionists), and iOTA is like Iowa (the band’s second album). But just the same, Fury Road as it is have made me say, “what a lovely day!” :)

Awe-Inspiring Guitar Art

The guitar is a musical instrument used to make art. But what if an artist makes the guitar the central object of his masterpiece? It’s nothing short of amazing, that’s what.

No, this ain’t about just giving a guitar a fancy paint job (though that is equally amazing too). Rather, the art featured here also involves playing with the guitar’s shape and sound (more on these later).

And so, without further much ado, I am sharing below some works of art featuring the guitar. If there is something that you find awesome, give the artist a pat on the back by sharing it.


No, that ain’t the title for the next Final Fantasy game. IF VI WAS IX is a “sound sculpture” made of more than 500 musical instruments and 30 computers. And it’s not just an eye candy — you can hear it too! The audience can actually put on headphones to listen to the musical instruments (a good number of which are guitars).

if vi was ix

IF VI WAS IX is displayed at the EMP Museum in Seattle. The work of art was made by the artist called Trimpin.

From Tonewood to Driftwood

The guitar sculpture below, called Nirvana, can be found in the garden of the Westport Winery at Aberdeen, WA.

guitar sculpture

The sculpture is a replica of the guitar that Kurt Cobain designed for Fender. It was made by Jeff Uitto, an artist who specializes in making art from driftwood. What’s amazing is that each of the driftwood he used were not shaped — they are still in their original form when they were first found.

Funny Guitar-Shaped Things

Aside from music, guitars inspire the creation of other “interesting” things. Some of these stuffs are mass produced (go get yours!), but a majority are custom made items for the really “passionate” guitarist. Some are just silly, some are weird, but all are nonetheless amusing. See for yourself below.

Rockhouse 88oz Guitar

Love drinking as much as playing the guitar? Then this guitar-shaped beverage container is right up your alley! It’s from The Rockhouse Bar, who says that it’s among the finest drink delivery systems ever invented, partly due to its supreme portability. Now that’s what you call practical and useful!

Rockhouse 88oz Guitar

The guitar slash beverage container even comes with accessories, specifically a shoulder strap and a long straw for “comfortable sipping.” Take notice guitar manufacturers — this might actually be the kind of bundle offer that will increase your sales.

The Future of The Fast and the Furious

Seen The Fast and the Furious and Back to the Future cross-over trailer, but disappointed that it’s just an April Fools prank? Fret not speedster, because better yet, you could actually drive the GIT-TAR CAR! And it’s by Jay Ohrberg, the guy who designed the Delorean in the Back to the Future films.

git-tar car

It actually runs, despite it being 28 feet long and its unlikely shape. And get this — you can steer all of the 6 front wheels (I wonder how it handles a sharp curve though). Some say that you can rent it, but it seems to be for sale at Either way, stop spending on regular axes and save up for this ultimate guitar!

Urine Drops on My Guitar

No, that ain’t a title of a Taylor Swift song parody. That’s just my way of introducing the Guitar Pee. Basically, it’s a urinal that makes guitar sounds when sprayed with urine. When you aim at its different “strings,” you’ll actually play different notes. This proves that you can use just about any appendage to play music.

guitar pee

But what’s a performance if you don’t have an audience? Thankfully, the Guitar Pee also has a mobile app that let’s anyone send previous toilet masterpieces to their phone. Maybe they should also enable sharing on Facebook and other networks, because who knows, “social pissing” might be the next big thing.

Welcome To My Blog!

I am Tomi, and this is my blog. And as you can probably tell with my site’s name, I’m a guitar fanatic. Here, I’ll be blogging about anything awesome about the instrument. And if I’m in the mood, I might also throw in some useful information here and there.

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When I was younger, which is only a few years ago (honest!), my girlfriend bought me my first guitar for my birthday. I knew next to nothing about guitars, but I did wanted to learn to play one, and I’m a die hard music fan anyway. As I made progress, I noticed that the tone and projection of my guitar wasn’t exactly ideal. I’ve heard other guitars with richer sounds, unlike the one coming out of my own. So I saved as much as I can (probably the most challenging thing I’ve done, lol) and upgraded to a Seagull S6 Original.

From then on, it’s as if the flood gates were opened — I didn’t stopped buying guitars (not just acoustic) since then. It didn’t helped that I actually managed to get a decent paying job to support my hobby (how I got hired is beyond my understanding, lol). So I guess I am what you might call a “guitarhead” (just as there are sneakerheads and other heads). Anyway, I look forward to jamming with you on the next posts. See yah!