Honestly, I wouldn't change anything with my Artist Studio with the QII system (Spruce over Rosewood). I think it sounds quite fine, both unplugged and through the electronics. So I guess I already own one version of a dream gull -- but there are so many tonewoods, body shapes, etc. out there that finding a single dream guitar is, I suspect, a hopeless quest.
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I have an Artist Portrait, which is spruce over mahogany. It has the I-Beam pickup. I wanted an Artist, so I sold a few guitars and bought the first one I found locally. They're a pretty rare bird. It took a string change from regular light Elixir Nanoweb to HD lights, which have the B & E from the medium set, and a slightly heavier G. The extra tension made those strings slightly louder, making them more balanced with the rest of the guitar. It sounds pretty good but not 3 times better than my favorite Coastline Folk Cedar. It's about as good as my favorite Yamaha FG-110.
Wow - I would be hard-pressed to decide between my Grand Entourage (perfect size, nice sound) and my Coastline 12-string (a bit to big but very full rich sound.) I suppose a parlor-size 12-string would give me the best of both worlds! Does such a thing exist?
All I really want is less...frets, that is. Why, oh why, hasn't Seagull given us a 12-fret model? In short scale, please, to mollify those of us who came to the brand for that in the first place. Approximately every avid seabird-watcher would jump on that one. Make mine an Artist Mosaic, with QII.
Twelve-fret seems like a growing niche that Seagull could make without much competition. There's a thousand-dollar gap between the $400 Recording Kings and the low-end Taylor and Martin options around $1500. Does it really cost that much to yank a pair of frets off a guitar?
I would have been quite happy with a Seagull Grand Artist I was going to buy just before they stopped making them. It did not have solid sides yet it was a real nice guitar.
I imagine Seagull doesn't make a 12 fret model because Godin offers the AMI Parlor which is a very nice guitar. Now I think all their models have the electronic's which is something I'd never use yet I think they offer one that just has the sound hole controls and an end pin jack. I'm not certain about the jack because they have not one photo of that , I just see the two options the ugly knobs on the top and I think all the jacks are on the lower bout with a plastic deal for the battery and jack. I don't like square holes on guitars you can always plug an end pin jack and remove the rest.