This is an amazing story of deja vu!! I just picked up a somewhat well used 1996 Seagull CW Mahogany. I pulled up to the house and I felt like I had been there before!! I walked up the steep stone stairs and it got even more familiar. The guy let me in and I KNEW I had been there!!!
October 2015 I found an ad for a Seagull Artist Cameo for $260 on CraigsList. It wasn't far from work. It was an amazing price for a Seagull Artist!! It was an older model, maybe late 1990's/early 2000's. I tried it and it lacked any warmth that I was used to from a Seagull guitar. Next to it he had a Seagull S6. I tried that one and it felt like home. It totally blew the Cameo away. So I turned it down. A few days later I had didn't-buy-it remorse and thought I'd call him and offer less. It was sold. To this day I STILL kick myself for not getting that guitar!!! His other Seagull just sounded much better and the Cameo tone wasn't what I was looking for at that time.
WELL!!!!! That Seagull S6 IS THIS GUITAR!!!!! The guy I bought it from isn't the owner of the house from when I was there a little over 2 years ago. The original owner died about a year and a half ago. He was riding his bike, ran off the road and hit a rock, and died. He's been selling off stuff that's left over from the original owner.
The oddest thing is I actually knew more about this guitar than he did!! I had played it before!
It has what look to be a couple of repaired cracks in the top and the top has been sanded to a matte finish. Numerous dings & scratches. Some wear to the fretboard. The frets must have been leveled, they are unworn. The strings are years old, probably the same ones from when I played it. And, of course, it needs a neck reset.
I'll get to taking some pics in the next few days. I've got some other stuff to do.
CTGull, That is one weird and bittersweet story. The guitar ends up finding a good new home but at an extreme cost. There's just GOT to be song lying in there somewhere. Probably in the key of Am or Em, maybe even a blues song.
===================================== One Alvarez in the hand is worth two Taylors and a Martin in the guitar store!
CTGull , what a story. Almost sounds like something a movie writer would come up with.... no matter what, you'll have to keep that S6 - if only for the story.
Even if I sell the guitar, I still have the story.
What's even more amazing, after thinking about this overnight, is the wood combination (spruce over mahogany) is the same as the Seagull Artist Portrait I recently got, and also the Seagull Maritime. Actually this guitar is virtually the same as the Maritime introduced 10 years later!! Solid top & back, laminated sides. I have a 2010 Maritime SWS dread that is all solid, which will probably go some time in the future.
I finally took the strings off and took some pictures, inside & out. Noticed the bridge had been glued back on. Found one of the main braces broken and loose, and a small tone bar loose. Not a big deal. None of the glued cracks are cleated! And the biggest shocker!!! Even though it has a truss rod cover on the headstock, the truss rod adjustment is inside!!! This cannot become a neck donor!!!!