Just like there is art in every song ever written, there is art in every instrument ever made. This is exemplified by Seagull, one of the many guitar manufacturers based in Canada. These people hand craft their instruments and produce exceptional quality. The Seagull Artist Mosaic is one of the many of such instruments and is one of the better examples of great craftsmanship. Let us take a closer look at this guitar, so we can find out what makes it exceptional.
When talking about the Artist Mosaic the first thing to mention is it’s modified dreadnought body. The entirety of the body seems to be dreadnought, though some parts seem to be taken out or shrunken away. The guitar, as a result, becomes much less prone to the booming projection of the dreadnought shape. Instead it becomes more subtle in its expression, while retaining the dreadnought’s projection strength. This makes the guitar a pleasure to have at live, mic’d up shows or recording studios, getting rid of the extra noise induced by the powerful bass of the dreadnought.
The top of the guitar is made of solid cedar. This hardwood is a good choice of a tonewood. It has a tendency to be dark and expressive in tone, while being less prone to the booming bass and projection issues of cheaper tonewoods. The back and sides of the guitar are made of mahogany, further enhancing the lower tones of the guitar. The body is thus a dark brown source of dark tones, with the ability to jump into strong high tones.
The integrated neck of the guitar is made of mahogany and is nicely set into the guitar. The integration allows the vibration from the sounds played to travel throughout the guitar uninterrupted, resulting in superior sound resonance in the body. The neck itself is comfortable to hold, with a rosewood fretboard that is always a pleasure to play.
The hardware on this guitar is quite the treat. The rosewood bridge offers an excellent transfer point for the deepest and lowest of the tones, but all of the rest of them as well, to the guitar. This adds further warmth to the sound.
The tusq nut and compensated saddle of the guitar, despite being synthetic, offer a very nice sound which resembles the bone. It is said that the tusq is more friendly to harmonics than bone, which is quite true. The sound is further enhanced by this material, though the synthetic nature might cause eventual wear and a need to replace.
The tuners are die cast and will hold their tuning for months, whether the guitar is being constantly played, left to sit for a while, or is on the road for long periods of time. The probability of being let down is very low.
The sound of the guitar can be described in many ways, but heart warming is probably the most apt one. The sound is very full, with warm overtones across the range of sounds. Expressive and strong, the guitar never feels too loud or too booming, with little to no buzz being present thanks to the great nut and saddle material. Whether you are playing low, mid or high tones, you are bound to be in love with the sound you are producing. The only thing is to not expect that sound to be as vibrant on guitars built specifically for the purpose of sounding vibrant. Still, adding the warm twist of the Seagull Artist Mosaic to your music will always be welcome by your and any other ears in the room.
This guitar was created as a piece of art. Built as lovingly as the Roman mosaics, it is a vehicle for your own musical mosaics. Warm, mellow and yet still full of life, it is one of the better guitars I have gotten to review. Definitely a recommendation for anyone looking to pick up a mid range price guitar with exceptional qualities.