Seagull is an acoustic guitar line from popular Canadian guitar manufacturer Godin. While Godin is known for modern and unconventional designs, the Seagull line does not stray too far from traditional acoustic builds, utilizing familiar body shapes. Each Seagull guitar carries a distinct headstock taper and a slightly curved top, that sets it apart from other acoustic guitar makers.
As expected, Godin has expanded the Seagull line to include compact parlor style guitars, and the Coastline Grand is one of them, an instrument that combines elements of vintage parlor guitar design with the company’s innovative approach to guitar building.
The top is crafted from solid cedar that were pressure tested for rigidity and stiffness, where it had to meet the company’s requirements. The parlor guitar’s top is then compound-curved to improve improved structural, allowing for thinner bracing than conventional flat top acoustics. This uniquely Seagull design is made possible thanks to computer modeling and testing, which the company says result in optimized internal bracing and better soundhole design.
The back and sides of the Coastline Grand is built using laminated wild cherry, a favorite tonewood of choice by Godin. This wood is known for delivering a tone that sits between warm mahogany and bright maple. The body is shaped into what a compact version of what the company calls as Grand body shape, which essentially makes this their modern take on the parlor guitar design.
The guitar’s set neck also carries over the company’s modern neck and body joint technology, featuring dual-function truss rods that help resist twisting and warping, and simplifies adjustments. The neck is crafted from silver leaf maple and topped by a rosewood fretboard. The modern design of the neck is contrasted by its slimmer, more traditional nut width of 1.72″. Graphtech Tusq were used for both the nut and the compensated saddle on the rosewood bridge.
Another uniquely Seagull feature that this parlor guitar inherits is the uniquely tapered headstock which puts the tuners in a straighter angle with the nut. This results in a straighter pull that reduces stress on the strings and helps improve tuning stability. If you’ve been wondering what the deal with the Seagull headstock shape is, now you know the answer.
Finally, this affordable parlor guitar is handcrafted in Quebec, Canada, much in the same manner as other Seagull guitars. It is built to the quality standards that the company has been improving for over 25 years now. The Seagull Coastline Grand is currently retailing online for just around $410. You can visit Seagull Guitars for further information.