Published On: Mon, Jun 8th, 2009

Seagull Entourage Rustic Dreadnought acoustic guitar review

Acoustic Guitar Review- the Entourage Rustic Dreadnought by Seagull.An easy playable guitar

ENTOURAGE RUSTIC DREADNOUGHT

The term ‘Rustic‘ is an apt and candid description of this guitar’s demeanour. The body – which employs Seagull‘s favoured combination of a solid cedar top together with laminated wild cherry back and sides – carries a hand-polished satin finish, sunbursted on the front and stained to a mid brown, without any grain filler, on the back and sides. Allied to commendable detailing like contrasting cream binding and a raised plastic, faux-herringbone rosette, it’s all very smartly done in its own way. However, the sunbursting’s non-glossy, orangey hue plus some dark linear grain streaking on our sample serve to make the overall appearance, well, rather cheap – and that’s despite Seagull’s classy and distinctive tapered peghead and the guitar’s commendably clean internals.
Most Seagull necks are fingerstyle-orientated, with nut widths of nearly 46mm. This dreadnought, though, taking its cue from the S6 Slim, narrows this down by a couple of millimetres, providing a more compact playing experience yet one that’s still airy enough for easy picking. String spacing at the bridge is nigh-on the regulation 55mm. A great asset to the neck’s feeling of easy playability is a shallow, soft-D profile which feels really comfortable, aided by bevelled radiusing along the edges of the unbound rosewood fingerboard. Unlike the guitar’s un-grain filled back and sides, the neck’s three-piece maple construction is entirely smooth to the touch, and there’s an incidental visual perk on our sample with some flaming across the main section.

SOUNDS
Volume-wise, this Rustic is comfortably up to dreadnought par, with a taut, ringing response and plenty of sustain. Tonally, though, it’s more of an acquired taste. The sound is bright with a hint of wiriness in the top end, and after a while one does hanker for more warmth to round out the texture – not just in the bass, but the mids too. It’s not a thin sound, but the slightly abrasive timbre does lack some finesse.

 

ENTOURAGE RUSTIC DREADNOUGHT
Description: Dreadnought acoustic. Made in Canada
Price: £465 inc. gig bag
Build: Solid cedar top, laminated wild cherry back and sides. Maple neck with 21-fret unbound rosewood fingerboard. Rosewood bridge, Tusq nut and saddle, chrome diecast tuners, bottom strap button
Options: See Mini-Jumbo
Left-handers: No
Finish: Satin Rustic Burst
Scale length: 632mm/24.9"
Neck width:
Nut 43.5mm
12th fret 54mm
Depth of neck:
First fret 20mm
9th fret 22.5mm
String spacing:
Nut 36mm
Bridge 54.5mm
Action as supplied:
12th fret treble 1.6mm
12th fret bass 2.1mm
Max rim depth: 125mm
Max body width: 404mm
Fingerboard radius: 15"
Weight: 2.16kg/4.75lb
 

Verdict

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