The neck is topped by Seagull's distinctive and elegant tapered headstock carrying body-matching binding, mini gold tuners and a 25th Anniversary decal –but this neck is an acquired taste. Fashioned from three-piece mahogany with scarfed peghead and separate heel portion, it’s a fairly wide affair with a 45.5mm nut span, which is fine. However, though this fingerstyle arrangement has a comfortably shallow profile for low-position work, it becomes really deep further up, which smaller-handed players are likely to find offputtin gly bulky. The neck's non-grain-filled satin patina also feels a tad agricultural in contrast to the body's high-gloss lustre, and it seems a bit odd that string spacing at the bridge is sub-55mm despite the generous neck spacing. Our sample isn't best served by a high action, but that’s easily rectifiable.
The neck profile may be contentious, but the guitar delivers well on the sound front. It packs the kind of wallop and dynamics you’d expect of a decent dread, while the clear, sustaining tone is supported by robust low-end warmth and good overall definition.