The Seagull Performer QI acoustic-electric guitar features a 3-layer hardwood laminated body and a solid spruce top for a superb blend of rich tones. The guitar also has an integrated set neck joint a... Read More
The Seagull Performer QI acoustic-electric guitar features a 3-layer hardwood laminated body and a solid spruce top for a superb blend of rich tones. The guitar also has an integrated set neck joint and, Indian rosewood fretboard and bridge, and a Quantum I pickup for a great plugged-in experience.
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.
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My performer is four years old and it sounds and plays better the older it gets,it's not your 1500.00 guitar but the sound and quality of this guitar at the price it is offered is why I bought this guitar it plays great! I also have a taylor that I like very well.
I was used to Gibson acoustic, but did not want to buy another expensive guitar. I needed one that was less expensive, but still sound like a quality guitar. I tried this Seagull, and it was for me, perfect! Sounds very good. Easy to play on, and affordable. Very good buy, and much value for money!
I have a Seagull S6 and a Norman B20, both of which I am very happy with. So, when I started looking for a jumbo style guitar I went with Seagull. I had a Takamine Jumbo, but the neck was too narrow at the nut for my hands. With the Performer's 1.8" nut width, I thought I had had found the perfect fit. I played the Performer for two weeks and took it back. Compared the my other acousitics, the sound was somewhat thin and harsh. Maybe the smaller, shallower body contributes to it. I was also disappointed in the electronics compared to my Norman. The Performer has no notch or phase control and it seemed to be more prone to feedback. I tried hard to like it, especially for how beautiful it was, but it didn't satisfy.
Wonderful guitar, get compliments from everyone who sees or hears it, definitely worth every penny!