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eighteen
07-13-2017, 10:01 PM
Seagull makes some great guitars, wonder what you experienced uke-ers think of this:
https://youtu.be/5k_first-year (https://youtu.be/5k_cyDt-gRQ)

DownUpDave
07-14-2017, 12:48 AM
Seagull is part of the Godin family. They make the Multiuke which is an excellent instrument. Although nylon string it is a tenor scale semi hollow body electric. No doubt this will be just as good......it sounds awesome.

PhilUSAFRet
07-14-2017, 12:51 AM
Cool, their instruments are an extremely good value. I couldn't see it very well though...thanks for sharing. I have the Merlin.

Doc_J
07-14-2017, 02:07 AM
Good to see Dominator as the artist in their teaser video for Summer NAMM. I think the instrument will be well received. Interesting how Seagull went right to electric. Couldn't see much about it. Cool it has a built in preamp. Sounded great.

I've heard recently that acoustic guitar sales are soundly outpacing electric guitar sales. I guess that Seagull is trying to distinguish itself from just being another acoustic Ukulele builder by being steel stringed electric. steel stringed electric has been a very small part of the Ukulele market. Maybe they'll have some other uke offerings too.

Croaky Keith
07-14-2017, 03:30 AM
Maybe a competitor for RISA, we'll see. :)

gilles T
07-14-2017, 03:34 AM
Pardon my naive question, but if you want a uke with steel strings, why not go for a cavaquinho?
I've seen the price tag of the Seagull; you can have a very fine handcrafted cavaquinho for half the cost...

Croaky Keith
07-14-2017, 04:59 AM
Availability is half the problem, if it isn't stocked, it's not really readily available. :)

jer
07-14-2017, 05:03 AM
I'm a big fan of the Godin company's instruments. That is awesome! Thanks for sharing.

kohanmike
07-14-2017, 07:48 AM
I can't see what it looks like, too dark. Tried a web search but no images.

M3Ukulele
07-14-2017, 08:53 AM
Thanks for posting. Sounds good. Godin are terrific company. I'v have a LG electric that is awesome. Will be looking for more info on this. Is Summer Namm not that well attended by Uke community? I always follow the video's in January that Aldrine, HMS and other do but don't recall seeming many from Summer Namm. Its in Nashville if I'm not mistaken.

greenie44
07-14-2017, 09:01 AM
I'm a big fan of the Godin company's instruments. That is awesome! Thanks for sharing.

Me too! :p

jer
07-14-2017, 10:30 AM
Me too! :p
Ha. Glad to hear it! First one, then another...then another....

greenie44
07-14-2017, 10:48 AM
Ha. Glad to hear it! First one, then another...then another....

I never told you I already had a MultiUke, but this is it - really!

UkerDanno
07-14-2017, 12:34 PM
I can't see what it looks like, too dark. Tried a web search but no images.

:agree: can't see what the heck they're trying to demonstrate...

Nickie
07-14-2017, 12:42 PM
It sounds steel-stringy to me. I wouldn't play it, don't have hard enough callouses, but I like it. I got my wife a Seagull Merlin dulcimer for her birthday last year, she just can't put it down some days. Two of our friends have them too, what a nicely built instrument, and lots of punch for its size!

kypfer
07-14-2017, 12:55 PM
I've got a Seagull Merlin as well ... nicely built good value-for-money instrument.

Not sure I'd want a steel-strung ukulele though, no real reason, just don't fancy it, each to their own :music:

jer
07-14-2017, 01:16 PM
I never told you I already had a MultiUke, but this is it - really!

Nice! I guess this new one is its steel string cousin.

M3Ukulele
07-14-2017, 05:22 PM
I'm hoping some pictures will turn up. Couldn't see much of the shape but really like the pegheds.

Chopped Liver
07-15-2017, 03:59 AM
It sounds steel-stringy to me. I wouldn't play it, don't have hard enough callouses, but I like it. I got my wife a Seagull Merlin dulcimer for her birthday last year, she just can't put it down some days. Two of our friends have them too, what a nicely built instrument, and lots of punch for its size!

I think this ukulele actually sounds like a dulcimer.

jer
11-09-2017, 01:56 PM
I finally saw a picture of the instrument where it can really be seen:
http://www.musicinstrumentnews.co.uk/2017/10/04/seagull-launches-full-metal-uke/

http://www.musicinstrumentnews.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/seagull.jpg

They claim in that article there will be a nylon version too. I've yet to see one actually in-stock and for sale anywhere...so no idea of a release date.

M3Ukulele
11-09-2017, 03:13 PM
Seagull rep answered my email and they said should see steel string in stores by Xmas. I’m betting March 2018 as I’ve seen Nothing on line. Seagull/ Godin Rep said no nylon version which contradicts UK Distributors claim. Personally I’d like to see and play both versions. Axe Music list it on line, no picture but price and they didn’t even know they had it listed on line or that it existed. Hope to see both versions in new year. Think maybe they nixed the Nylon version because of Multi Uke . Hope more info becomes available soon.

DownUpDave
11-09-2017, 11:09 PM
If you really want this type of instrument, just look for a cavaquinho and indulge some QAS before Christmas, why bother waiting when you can get one now for a lower price? It is nice to be loyal and patriotic to a company in your country, but it has been 6 months since the instrument was "released" and you still can't buy one. Unless you are getting an amazing price reduction, why should you reward the company by waiting?

"Why should you reward a company by waiting".........fans of Apple products do it all the time. Heck they sleep outside waiting in line for the stores to open just so they can buy a new product. If you like the company and the products they make I guess the wait is worth it.

When the Farallon was released I waited over a year until they introduced a radiused fretboard and sound port.........then I bought one. I am very happy I waited. But if someone wants a cavaquinho they should buy one instead, they are intriguing instruments

FiL
11-10-2017, 02:46 AM
If you really want this type of instrument, just look for a cavaquinho

The problem with going the cavaquinho route it that it is tuned much higher than a standard uke--more or less an octave above baritone uke tuning--so anyone used to C tuning will have to relearn their chord names.

Personally, I find the cavaquinho pitched too high for pleasing melodies--I usually hear it as almost a rhythm instrument in Brazilian music.

- FiL

jer
11-10-2017, 04:08 AM
Seagull rep answered my email and they said should see steel string in stores by Xmas. I’m betting March 2018 as I’ve seen Nothing on line. Seagull/ Godin Rep said no nylon version which contradicts UK Distributors claim. Personally I’d like to see and play both versions. Axe Music list it on line, no picture but price and they didn’t even know they had it listed on line or that it existed. Hope to see both versions in new year. Think maybe they nixed the Nylon version because of Multi Uke . Hope more info becomes available soon.
Cool. I don't have plans on buying one, but I won't rule it out either at some point in time. It'd be fun to at least try it. I just think it's a neat instrument.
If they did do a nylon version it should be less expensive than the multi-uke since they're using the same build style as the M4 (formerly Merlin) and their S8 mandolins. The lowest price S8 comes in at around $350 street seems like.
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This instrument was announced at NAMM. It's very normal for companies to show off products there that aren't going to be released for a while. It's just a preview sometimes.

As for cavaquinho: I owned one for a brief period of time years ago. It didn't stick with me. I remember not liking the string tension...I was thinking maybe I wasn't into the sound, but I can't remember for sure. It was a long time ago. Of course I didn't think to experiment with tunings and strings back then either...maybe something could've been done there.

jer
11-25-2017, 05:21 AM
Update:
I've seen one store (Zzounds) that expects to have these in about the middle of December.
https://www.zzounds.com/item--SEAUKEST?siid=233393
There's also a pictrue of the back there as well as the specs.

- Top: Solid Spruce
- Body: 3-Piece Solid Silver Leaf Maple
- Back & Sides: 3-Piece Solid Silver Leaf Maple
- Finish: Burnt Umber Satin
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Scale Length: 13 3/8"
- Electronics: Seagull Proprietary Preamp
- Nut Width: 1 3/16"
- Machine Heads: Open Gear
- Nut and Saddle: Graphtech Tusq
- Bridge: Rosewood

It's interesting they chose the soprano scale. I'd really like to play one. I'd be more interested in the acoustic sound than the plugged in though. I wish they'd offer an acoustic only version. The body is similar to the M4 (formerly Merlin) and it has plenty of volume and sounds good. The tuning machines look the same as on the M4 too, and those are good machines.

DaveY
11-25-2017, 06:27 AM
Update:
I've seen one store (Zzounds) that expects to have these in about the middle of December.
https://www.zzounds.com/item--SEAUKEST?siid=233393

- Nut Width: 1 3/16"

Has anyone heard of other ukes that are 1 3/16" at the nut? Or could this be a misprint from Zzounds or Seagull/Godin?

jer
11-25-2017, 08:05 AM
Has anyone heard of other ukes that are 1 3/16" at the nut? Or could this be a misprint from Zzounds or Seagull/Godin?
It could be a misprint. They also had "lead" instead of "leaf" up there. I corrected that myself. I saw the same thing on another site too, so I assume it's from Godin/Seagull. Then again, these are steel strings so not nearly as wide as nylon strings. Maybe it's just a more narrow nut. There are some mandolins with those specs for nut width. Since this is sort of based off what they already had as a mandolin design, maybe it's right.

Booli
11-25-2017, 07:32 PM
Update:
I've seen one store (Zzounds) that expects to have these in about the middle of December.
https://www.zzounds.com/item--SEAUKEST?siid=233393
There's also a pictrue of the back there as well as the specs....

Thanks for posting this info and link.

Doing a search for all Seagull items on that site and sorting by price via:

https://www.zzounds.com/prodsearch?key=cat2&cat2%5B%5D=3904&pa=34&ob=p19

I saw that there is also a nylon-string 'version' for the same price, see

https://www.zzounds.com/item--SEAUKENYL

I wonder if it is in fact the same instrument, as in same bracing etc, but just strung up with nylon instead of steel strings.

Steel strings require the instrument to be built to handle about 4x the tension of nylon strings, and conversely a body built for steel usually does not resonate well enough with nylon strings on it because they do not provide enough torque to the bridge in order to drive the top, and this usually results in a much quieter instrument if nylon strings are installed. (with a pickup this might not matter so much if playing mostly amplified)

While you can play with string gauges to try and mitigate this, in my own hands-on attempts, you run up against the threshold of the nylon strings limits for string tension when using a much heavier gauge in order to approximate the tension of steel strings, and if not ending up with strings that snap even before you tune up to concert pitch, sustain is lacking greatly due to the excessive tension required of the nylon/fluoro strings.

In the end, I concluded that it was not worth it, and of course I had already spent about $50 on various (ukulele and classical guitar) strings to prove that it does not work well to put nylon/fluoro strings on an instrument made for steel strings if you want a useful tone and a normal amount of sustain.

However, YMMV as some folks WANT the choppy sound without any sustain at all. :)

jer
11-26-2017, 10:07 AM
Booli,
You beat me to it! I just saw the nylon one online too and was coming here to update the thread. haha.
Yeah, I agree...If they use the same bracing as the steel, the acoustic sound isn't going to be much.
The Godin company does make some really nice thin-body acoustic-electric hybrid type nylon instruments. So maybe they'll modify it.

M3Ukulele
11-26-2017, 12:27 PM
I’m glad the nylon version has been confirmed. My last email with Seagull and their rep didn’t think they would do the nylon version. I’d like to try both but must confess I do like nylon I’ve played steel string guitars all my life and stayed away from classical guitar because of wide neck and stretching of nylon strings. Since taking up ukulele I really like nylon, flurocarbon, Aquila products etc. So, bracing will be interesting and I would expect nylon version to be braced different. Seagull/ Godin aren’t rookies at this. But for me gotta play and hear more comments. It is painful how long it takes new stuff shown at Namm to come out! They have met interest on both models. They make good stuff and are value for the money.

igorthebarbarian
03-16-2018, 09:13 PM
Bumping to see if anyone here ever got to physically play one of these

bsfloyd
03-17-2018, 12:15 AM
Bumping to see if anyone here ever got to physically play one of these

If I'm not mistaken, I believe Baz reviewed one not too long ago. Yup, here:
http://www.gotaukulele.com/2018/02/seagull-uke-steel-sg-burst-eq-electro.html

Rakelele
03-17-2018, 03:29 AM
Here is a pretty instructive comparison video by World of Ukes:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljbS547iL18
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljbS547iL18

Rakelele
03-17-2018, 03:37 AM
And this is The Ukulele Site's podcast from NAMM 2018 with an interview and quick demo from the Seagull booth (starting at 14:11):


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNaAipKHQHM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNaAipKHQHM