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Seagull Performer Cutaway Folk QI Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural

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The Seagull Performer Cutaway Folk QI acoustic-electric guitar features a 3-layer laminated flamed maple body and a solid spruce top for a superb blend of rich tones and lush visuals. The guitar also ... Click To Read More About This Product


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The Seagull Performer Cutaway Folk QI acoustic-electric guitar features a 3-layer laminated flamed maple body and a solid spruce top for a superb blend of rich tones and lush visuals. 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. The Quantum I Saddle Transducer Pickup includes rotary volume, bass, and treble controls, with 200 hours typical battery life.

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 bracing design that allows unprecedented control over the top vibration. The bracing for the Seagull Performer Cutaway QI guitar is quarter-sawn spruce, scalloped and carved to conform exactly to the curvature of the tops.

  • Body Type: 3-Layer Hard Wood Laminated
    Body Wood: Flamed Maple
    Top Wood: Solid Spruce
    Scale Length: 24.84"
    Neck Joint: Integrated Set Neck
    Neck Wood: Silver Leaf Maple
    Fretboard: Indian Rosewood
    Neck Shape: Soft C
    # of Frets: 21
    Nut Width: 1.8"
    Bridge: Indian Rosewood
    Pickup: Quantum I
    Controls: Volume, Treble, Mid, Bass, Tuner
    Hardware Color: Chrome
    Finish: High-Gloss custom polished finish

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SeagullPerformer Cutaway Folk QI Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Great sound...Not so good Technology

By msseb01

from Miami, FL

About Me Experienced


  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound


  • Action
  • Frets
  • Tuner

Best Uses

  • Jamming

Comments about Seagull Performer Cutaway Folk QI Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have always liked the sound of this guitar and have compared to Martins and Gibsons of the same class. I use Martin extra-light strings and the sound is absolutely beautiful; it sings.

However, one of the drawbacks is the electronics, the tuner has never worked well and customer service is not very helpful. First the gold plate started to tarnish after the first month. I sent an email and was told that the Q1 electronics is no longer supported. So I have a tuner on the guitar and a clip on.

Second issue is the action. My guitar shop has adjusted several times to reduce the space between the fret board and the strings but with the high frets it makes the adjustment a nightmare.

Finally. when you have high have lots of buzzing. One of the issues that Zager and Martin's guitars have been working on for years.

It is not s bad go-to guitar but for what issues I have with this guitar, I could not recommend this guitar.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Highly recommend

By Kat

from West Palm Beach


  • Beautiful Instrument And


  • none

Best Uses

  • Singing Along With It

Comments about Seagull Performer Cutaway Folk QI Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

After much research, we settled on this guitar for several reasons. I wanted a guitar around 800 that my daughter, who is turning 14 soon, could take to college and still have a great instrument. I love the fact that it is crafted with care, we even got a paper with parts listed, and the signatures of the people who checked them. My daughter loves it and her teacher is very impressed with it as well. I keep hearing great for the money, which is true, but it is also just a great guitar. The folk size is also perfect for her.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome quality and craftsmanship, all done in North America!

By Rob B

from Orange County, CA

Comments about Seagull Performer Cutaway Folk QI Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I must give high praise to the 51st state, Canada, and Seagull for this beauty! Great quality and craftsmanship, absolutely beautiful piece of craftsmanship! Perfect size, not too small to impact sound quality, just the right size to play comfortably. Did I mention the craftsmanship? Unbelievable to get this quality for this price?!! I put this quality up against any Martin or Taylor for twice the price!

(8 of 12 customers found this review helpful)


Crystal Clear, Great Build Quality

By Sullavin

from Ontario

Comments about Seagull Performer Cutaway Folk QI Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This is my first acoustic guitar, I couldn't have gotten a better one for what it is. The build quality is excellent, the maple feels really nice to the touch and is quite light, but not too light at the same time. My only complaint is possibly the tuner, I don't know if its just me, but it doesn't seem to be working with me, which is fine because I can tune it using another method.

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