Seagull Entourage Rustic Acoustic Guitar Review

By Danny Trent | Acoustic Guitars

The Seagull Entourage Rustic Acoustic guitar has been a very popular guitar since its introduction to the world, which was more than fifteen years ago. While Seagull is a new company, especially when compared to the bigger names on the market, it doesn’t mean that they don’t produce great guitars!

A Little About the Seagull Entourage Rustic Acoustic Guitar

The dreadnought shape of the body of the Seagull Entourage Rustic feels very solid and that’s probably because of how selective Seagull was when choosing the woods that they were going to use to create this guitar.

Seagull Entourage Rustic acoustic has a solid cedar top that’s been pressure tested that has a semi-gloss custom polish finish. Both the sides and the back are made from Canadian wild cherry. As for the neck, it’s made from Silver Leaf Maple and is integrated set into the body.

Just a couple of other specifications of the Seagull Entourage Rustic include a double action truss rod that can be reached through the sound hole, a compensated Tusq Graph Tech nut, a nut with of 1.72 inches, cream colored binding around the body, a scale length of 24.84 inches, and a Tusq Graph Tech saddle.

The Specifications

When creating the Entourage Rustic acoustic, Seagull decided to use a high caliber wild cherry wood; by choosing to use a high caliber wild cherry wood, Seagull was able to avoid the cheap, plastic feel that comes with cheap wild cherry wood.

When I tested out this guitar, I did feel like there was a slight fragility to the wood. I also didn’t like the semi-gloss that Seagull use, as it felt too thick which made the wood on the guitar feel fake. On the bright side, the gloss on the guitar doesn’t change the tone of the instrument.

The neck of the guitar is thin, which makes it great for small and medium sized hands to play on. Setting the neck allows players to have amazing reach on the fret, even all of the way up to the 16th fret, which is pretty amazing, especially on an acoustic guitar.

As for the sound of the Entourage Rustic, you should be expecting a beautiful, bright, and warm sound. If you are someone who prefers the sound of brighter tones, I firmly suggest that you check this beauty out.

However, if you’re looking for a guitar that has an even balance between bass and treble, I suggest you look elsewhere.

This guitar highlights treble more than it does bass; this means that chords have more of a vibrant, cheerful sound to them. If you’re more into fingerpicking, you’ll receive a mellow tone to your sound. As with most dreadnoughts, this guitar has an incredible dynamic contrast without having any muddiness when switching registers.

Criteria for Review

It is definitely to become overwhelmed by the massive guitar market that’s available; there are a countless number of guitars available in every single style in the world. In order to know how to evaluate a guitar’s quality to make sure that the guitar you’re looking at is the proper one for your needs, you need to understand what criteria is used to evaluate a guitar’s quality.

This review of the Seagull Entourage Rustic Acoustic Guitar will look at the following criteria:

  • The playability to the Seagull Entourage
  • The materials that this guitar is made from
  • Who the Entourage is best guitar is best suited for
  • The tone of the acoustic guitar
  • The value of the Seagull Entourage for your money
  • The neck is slim, which makes it comfortable and easy to play quickly on
  • Tone from the guitar is very warm while still being articulate
  • Completely made in Canada from Canadian supplies
  • There is no case included with the purchase of the guitar
  • Works best with steel strings. If you hate using steel strings, you’re probably not going to jam with this guitar.

Who is the Seagull Entourage Rustic Acoustic Guitar suited for?

This guitar is best suited for people who enjoy playing bright, warm sounding instruments. I wouldn’t say that this guitar is directly targeted to beginning players, intermediate players, or advanced players; I believe that this guitar is best fitted for players of all skill levels and experience.

Since this isn’t an acoustic electric guitar, I would not suggest this instrument to people who plan on performing on large stages, in front of large audiences. However, if you just enjoy playing in coffee shops or in front of small audiences, you should look at this guitar.

Does the Seagull Entourage work as advertised?

Yes, it does! Seagull Entourage Rustic is advertised to be a quality guitar that’s easy to play on, great for smaller hands, and affordable. It delivers on everything that they promise! This is an affordable guitar, produces an amazing sound, and because of the neck size, it’s a fast neck to play on.

Pros:

  • The neck is slim, which makes it comfortable and easy to play quickly on
  • Tone from the guitar is very warm while still being articulate
  • Completely made in Canada from Canadian suppliers

Cons:

  • There is no case included with the purchase of the guitar
  • Works best with steel strings. If you hate using steel strings, you’re probably not going to jam with this guitar.

Alternative Guitars to Consider

Seagull 036400 Entourage Natural Spruce Acoustic

Maybe you’re not looking for the rustic design of the Seagull Entourage acoustic, but still want the same sound production in a guitar that looks different.

The Seagull 036400 Entourage is a guitar that has a natural design furnished with a spruce top. This guitar is in the same price range of the Entourage Rustic and shares many similarities; the main difference in these guitars is just the cosmetic difference!

Yamaha FGX30SC Solid Top Acoustic Electric Guitar

This guitar is about $100-150 cheaper than the Seagull Entourage Rustic that sports a solid Sitka spruce top with Rosewood sides and backs.

This guitar is great to use if you’re looking for an affordable acoustic guitar, with warm tones, that allows you to either perform in a large setting by using the amplification system or just practicing by unplugging and using the guitar just an acoustic.

Final Take

Seagull’s Entourage Rusticis a beautiful guitar that would make an amazing addition to any person’s collection. Even if this is your first guitar, it’s a guitar that plays well and sounds spectacular.

This guitar produces a sound and plays like an expensive guitar, but doesn’t have a price tag attached to it that will make your pockets cringe. For less than $1,000 you can purchase yourself a high-quality guitar without putting a huge dent in your budget. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article!

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