SEAGULL PERFORMER CUTAWAY ACOUSTIC ELECTRIC GUITAR
Robert Godin, owner of Seagull Guitars, has never been satisfied with good enough. His tireless search for the better guitar has created quite a few innovations that go into every guitar model that Seagull makes. Every Performer Cutaway Flame Maple QI’s top is pressure tested for rigidity and stiffness to ensure maximum harmonic vibration. The unique compound-curved top adds structural integrity to the guitar and allows for thinner bracing.
Innovative neck construction and mounting delivers killer playability and tone
The attention and care given to each Seagull shows in their looks, playability, and tone. Seagull has also taken extra care to ensure that the Performer Cutaway Flame Maple QI’s neck helps create an amazing guitar experience. An acoustic guitar’s neck is more than just a fretboard used for playing, it also creates the guitar’s tone. Seagull’s Integrated Set Neck gives your guitar the sound you want and the stability you need in a performing guitar. This system provides stable and consistent action that also reduces warping and twisting. Thanks to this integrated system, the Performer Cutaway Flame Maple QI’s neck pitch is perfectly set. If it’s too far forward the instrument will sound muddy, or if it’s too far back the guitar will sound tinny. Seagull’s design assures optimized sound and playability with these and other innovations found in the entire Seagull line.
Compound Curve Top Design
The guitar top is the part of the instrument that most affects the sound. It is also the most delicate part of any high quality acoustic guitar. The grade and thickness of the wood used (solid spruce), as well as the bracing structure, have a huge impact on the instrument’s sound. The idea of applying an arch or a curve to the top is appealing because the added strength of an arched top should allow for the use of a thinner and more lightly braced top. While this is true, there remains a trade-off in applying a curve to the entire top. The most active part of the top is the area centered on the bridge. Applying a curve to this part of the top restricts movement resulting in a loss of dynamic range. On the other hand, the area of the top above the sound hole moves minimally but is problematic because it tends to sink if the guitar dries out even slightly. This tendency is also encouraged by downward pressure from the fingerboard resting on top of it. The solution is a top that has a compound curve.
In the Seagull Performer’s design the top is arched slightly in the area above the sound hole and levels out in the area around the bridge. The compound curve top produces excellent stability in the upper part of the guitar top and the power and projection made possible by leaving the top flat below the sound hole flat. With the weak area above the sound hole stabilized, it is possible to make the rest of the top even more active with a new bracing design that allows unprecedented control over the top vibration. The bracing for the Seagull Performer Cutaway Flame Maple High-Gloss QI Guitar is quarter-sawn spruce, scalloped and carved to conform exactly to the curvature of the tops.
Handcrafted in Canada for more than a quarter of a century
For over 25 years, Seagull guitars have been handcrafted in the small village of La Patrie in eastern Quebec. About half of the population works creating these exquisite guitars. All of the guitars in the Seagull line are made in Canada from the S6 Original models to the Maritime models to the top-of-the-line Artist series guitar. Most of the tonewoods are also harvested from Canadian forests. You’ll love the attention to detail, the quality tonewoods, and Seagull’s commitment to make the best guitar possible. Grab a Seagull Performer Cutaway Flame Maple QI and experience the difference.
Seagull Performer Cutaway Flame Maple QI Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
- Pressure tested solid spruce top offers superior tone, projection, and response
- Laminated flame maple back and sides deliver a detailed tone between warm mahogany and bright maple
- Modified dreadnought body shape cuts unwanted boominess making it great for recording and live shows
- Quantum I electronics deliver great plugged-in tone via an undersaddle pickup
- Integrated set neck offers tuning and playing stability and eliminates twisting and warping
- Tapered headstock gives you a straighter pull, better tuning, and less stress, especially when using altered tunings
- Tusq nut and compensated saddle offer a sound similar to bone but with more harmonics
- Thin, custom polished finish lets the guitar vibrate more freely
- Dual-function truss rods assure the perfect neck alignment and relief
- Handcrafted in Canada