Fender, Yamaha, and Seagull: comparing the three acoustic guitar brands

Buying an acoustic guitar that best suits you is not that easy whether you’re a beginner or an experienced guitarist. There are plenty of guitar brands right now in the market, all claiming to have the best sound and quality. Some of these brands that are well known for their acoustic guitars are: Fender, Yamaha, and Seagull.

Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, and even has unique attributes. Made and manufactured by different company owners in different countries, each has attributes that reflect its manufacturer’s vision and goals. Some put more attention to quality, research, and design, while others put more attention to price. Let’s get a closer look at these three brands.

FENDER

Fender is one of the most popular brands in the world of guitars but most especially in terms of its electric guitars showcasing the highly acclaimed Fender Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jaguar, Mustang, and many more. On the other hand, they do not pay much attention on the quality and sound when it comes to acoustic guitars unlike with their popular electric guitars.

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Fender Stratocaster Acoustic Guitar

When it comes to quality, sometimes the owners of Fender acoustic guitars spend more money fixing issues on the guitar than the guitar itself. One of the reasons why a lot complain about the quality of the guitars is that the guitars are factory made. They make the guitars on a different country and then they ship it to the US, which may help Fender save more money in producing the guitars but at the same time it is one of the reasons why the quality not as high as the others.

One of the advantages of Fender acoustic guitars is that it is reasonably priced, although it will not do well if you compare it with other guitars on the market at the same price range. For example, Fender’s CD280S Dreadnought has a solid spruce top but the quality of the spruce wood is mediocre if you compare it with other spruce top acoustic guitars. The fine details on the construction are not that detailed like the edging for example. There are guitars on the same price range that will have richer sound and better playability.

YAMAHA

Yamaha is a company that has a wide range of musical instruments that their music division produces, and acoustic guitars is just one of the many. Aside from being the largest manufacturer of musical instruments in Japan, they are also a frontrunner in home appliances, furniture, motorcycles and many more.

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Yamaha pays great attention to an acoustic guitar’s playability. The body’s shape and dimensions are well calculated, wood is carefully picked, and varied bracing patterns are used for each guitar series. Yamaha is very transparent on their efforts to really make use of the best wood, materials, shape, and structure, for their guitars. They invest in research and material optimization to deliver their users’ needs.

Due to careful research, different Yamaha models may specifically cater to a very specific crowd or variety; which may sometimes be a strength or a limitation. It is important for one to carefully examine a Yamaha acoustic guitar before purchasing. At times, it could even be best to try out other Yamaha models if one doesn’t suit your taste.

SEAGULL

Seagull is manufactured under Godin, from Canada. It is easy to recognize with a headstock that places tuners in line with the nut to deliver better stability. Seagull guitars pay a lot of attention to creating guitars that are versatile and comfortable to suit various kinds of styles and users. Recently, they manufactured guitar designs that has a thinner and lightly braced body, as compared to typical flat top guitars that usually encounter problems with sinking sound holes. It is said that they have worked on this new shape for decades. However, like before, the company still keeps its distinctive cherry color, a solid top, and the unique headstock.

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Seagull proudly puts emphasis on stepping the game up in guitar manufacturing as it strives to provide higher quality guitars without the burden of a high price. Most seagull owners are very pleased by how these guitars sound, but a few comments from here and there point out that the guitar’s surface gets easily scratched. To most, however, this is not a drawback.

Read my honest review of Fender CD-60CE Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic Guitar

Fender CD-60CE Dreadnought Cutaway

Review Summary:

Why this review was written?


I’ve been learning guitar playing since high school, but I’m not really on the pro-level yet. I decided to buy my very own guitar 8 months ago, and I’m writing this review just to share my thoughts on how I feel about this guitar, and what other people may like and not like about it.

Like I said, I’m no pro in playing guitars, but that was why I decided to learn more and finally buy my own guitar. My best friend, a lead guitarist/bassist/drummer in a few bands helped me choose. Being the woman that I am who prioritizes looks above all things, it was love at first sight when I saw this all-mahogany guitar, that is: Fender CD-60CE Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Usually, my friend said that mahogany creates a good finish for mellow sounds, and although this guitar only has guitar laminates, I would say that the sound crisp is even all through-out.

Although I think it would be disadvantageous to others that this is made with laminated mahogany and not solid mahogany, I’d really say it’s a good thing for me.

A dreadnought is heavy enough, I’m not sure I could carry it well if it were made of solid wood. It’s almost a year and so far, even with a dog at home and my sometimes careless attitude, no part has chipped off. The free hard shell that comes with it played a great part in helping me keep it safe.

Here’s a summary of my thought about it after using it for almost a year, and some basic information on its structure, body size, and material for your reference.
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Benefits

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It’s ready for being amplified with its Fishman electronics inside.

It’s in dreadnought size, perfect for people who are looking for a guitar and playing in a band at the same time.

The mahogany color is gorgeous, and the bronze strings and black pick guard, and fret neck and body perfectly complement each other design-wise.

It comes with a hard shell that fits me really well and really looks so good!

Actually, the exteriors is what really caught me off guard when I first got this. It’s just really beautiful.


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Features

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Classification of different body guitar shape

This guitar is an electric-acoustic guitar with a dreadnought body shape.

All of the materials used for it, from fret to the body, are made of gorgeous-looking and even better sounding laminated mahogany.

The neck is “C” shape with 20 frets and is 25.3 in long.

The special electronics inside it is Fishman® Isys III System with Active Onboard Preamp and Tuner,with Fender® Dura-Tone® 880L (.012-.052 Gauge) strings

Aside from being made from mahogany, the guitar has 3mm Dot Position inlays, a gold silkscreened Fender logo, with a black neck body and binding, and pickguard.

Overall it does not only sound good, but feels good and looks good for me too.

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​What I like & don't like

 What I like: 

It’s not too pricey and definitely one of the most beautiful guitars I’ve ever seen.

The mahogany laminates really help in creating a strong mellow sounds that could be good just by itself and just as good with accompaniments from a band.

The built in Fishman electronics is easy to use and completely adjustable. This makes using this guitar convenient and helps in making this guitar’s capacity range really wide. Like I said, I use it solo, with the band, and with an amp! Despite its flexibility, the sound is maintained, I really like Fishman.

It’s made of laminated mahogany wood, and the good thing is we could get the fantastic sound from a mahogany finish, without making the guitar too expensive.

This is a really good deal for beginners or people who are looking for a nice-looking guitar and are on a budget.

The guitar’s body being mahogany and the body shape being dreadnought is perfect for me. Mahogany helps give off mellow sounds, but the dreadnought is usually designed for the sound to be loud and strong. I’m really enjoying trying different music styles with this guitar.

 What I don't like: 

This works for me, but it’s only designed for right-hand users. I just wish other left-handers could use it too.

Being a dreadnought, it’s kind of on the heavy side. That’s okay, because it looks really gorgeous, but for me lighter is more portable and better.

Honest review of Fender Squier Acoustic Guitar

Review Summary


Looking for a ridiculously affordable dreadnought by famous guitar makers Fender? I wasn’t, but I’m glad I found one – quality guitars at low prices are incredibly hard to come by, and even less so when they’re put on offer by a big brand.

This Squier is a beginner’s acoustic guitar, however, so a connoisseur might not be impressed with this model – but for what it’s worth, it’s a great example of what to look for when you’re first starting out, and here’s why.

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Features

The Fender Squier Acoustic Guitar pack is meant for a single thing: being a beginner guitarist’s best friend.

It’s got pretty much everything you could want.

The guitar itself has a large dreadnought body, strap, book, bag, pick, a tuner, and a pitch pipe (which is strange, since a tuner is already included).

A dreadnought guitar is built for size and sound, which is why the name sounds so intimidating – it’s a reference to a type of warship, but that doesn’t mean this thing only cranks out violently loud music.

It’s great for folk or soul, and for simple open-position chords, the type you’d usually begin with when first playing the guitar.

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Benefits

Although it doesn’t come with a case, the dreadnought-style body is a common one so you shouldn’t have a problem finding one.

In terms of longevity, my cousin got this guitar back in 2010, and it’s still in good condition – mind you, he does take good care of his instruments.

Other than that, the only note I’d like to make towards this guitar is that, despite it coming with a gig bag, don’t expect to use this as a professional.

Even if you change the strap and the strings, this is still a beginner’s guitar, meant to be comfortable and high-quality, yet not on-par with a career guitar.

It does have a comfortable feel to it, and for a beginner, you’d be hard pressed to find a better deal in terms of value and quality.

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What I like & don't like

What I like:

The guitar is great for beginners, large and loud and available at a great price.

It’s got decent action, a nice tone, and is built with a spruce top and a laminated agathis back. Watch this video below to enjoy beautiful voice by Squier Fender.

It comes with a long list of accessories – specifically a strap, a bag, a lessons book, a tuner, guitar picks and a pitch pipe.

It’s fairly long-lived for its price tag, so it’ll last you throughout your beginning years as a guitar player.​

What I don't like:

Fender is a large company – this means getting replacement parts or otherwise contacting and going through customer service due to missing parts of the set or other issues may leave you with little hope for resolution.

It can be tough to tune, and comes with low-quality factory stock strings.

The lessons included with the set are somewhat lackluster. The bag is also practically useless – you’ll want to buy a separate dreadnought gig case if you plan to go somewhere.

You could find another, perhaps better guitar, from a lesser known brand if you went through the trouble of digging deeper in search. However, if you get this at an even more discounted price, you’ll have gotten yourself an amazing find.

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Conclusion

This guitar is a beginner’s set – it’ll do well for a starter, but it falls very quickly short of anything serious. The extras are mostly negligible, but they’re still a significant factor, in particular the tuner and picks.

The straps and strings are best changed out, and you’ll want a different bag as well.

The guitar’s action – meaning, the distance between the strings and the fingerboard/fretboard – isn’t too high, so you won’t have to worry too much about hurting your fingers while playing.

Squier is Fender’s brand name for beginner’s electric guitars, but this one’s a Fender Squier Acoustic Guitar made of spruce and agathis, and features a hollow body. It’s very affordable as guitars go, and you get what you paid for – and a little more in the form of a warm, bright tune.

If you know someone interested in playing the guitar, but also know that they’ve never done it, then this would be an excellent choice.

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