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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.