Post by birdquac on Dec 20, 2018 10:31:25 GMT -5
Hello. I am new to this forum. What a great little corner of the WWW especially for Seagull lovers. In the past I have been frustrated with the small amount of info on Seagulls found in other forums.
I thought I might show you my old Gull. I have a four digit, 1985 Model SM. I purchased this guitar in 1985 at L&M in Toronto. My roomate played and I wanted to learn. I don't recall details of the purchase beyond being somewhat put off by the name "Seagull" (I am a sailor and we call them shithawks) and the funny looking headstock. Nonetheless, I did purchase it, so there must have been an attraction.
I never got beyond a few chords, and career and life got in the way and the old girl was shelved. Fast forward 30+ years, at the encouragement of my Uke teacher, I dug the guitar out. Hmmm, the bridge had separated and cracked the top. Many self proclaimed experts told me she was toast. Having just retired, I finally had the time to learn and play.
Luckly we have a fantastic local luthier. I was hesitant to take my lowly Gull to him thinking he would only work on the big name guitars. Not so. He informed me he has many local Seagull owners who use his services. He looked it over and said he didn't think he would any problems fixing her up. A week later, he reset bridge, informed me the crack was in finish only, installed natural bone saddle and nut, did a complete going over of frets etc., and gave her a complete setup.
Upon arriving at his door to pick up my new old guitar, he had a quirky grin on his face. He informed me he had been playing the SM for about 40 minutes. He really like it. He asked me lots of questions about the history of the guitar. He said it was the earliest Seagull he had seen and said was very well made and due to bolt on neck, easy to work on. Now, I'm really starting to get excited. It seems I had something special, and I didn't even know.
Back home I sat down with it for the first time in over thirty years and wholly crap does it sound nice. Like really nice and now due to the setup was so easy to play. That was a few months ago and I am totally smitten. I migrated from uke lessons to the guitar which given my terrific instructor, was really not a big drama. I stink, but hey I am having fun and progressing.
I like to think as a "six generation Canadian" boy that it is fitting I have a nice, understated Canadian guitar.
Well, back to practice!
Thanks for any additional info or questions you might have.