This post was not supposed to happen, but after I broke my Seagull S6 guitar tonight on the way home from an open mic in Kuala Lumpur, I had to say a formal goodbye to it. This guitar has been with me around the world twice. It went to 17 countries and nearly 30 cities and all continents except Africa and Antarctica in 2009, and last year it visited just about the same number of places and some other places, like South Korea.
Tonight after I did a cool open mic in the suburbs of Kuala Lumpur, it slipped from my hand as I entered a car. It hit the pavement with a massive explosion. When I got back to the hotel, I saw that the soundboard, or top, of the guitar was splintered and wood stuck out in odd crappy directions.
This guitar has been complimented by people around the world for its beautiful sound. It was a relatively cheap Seagull S6, but I got lucky with it. Somehow it just sounded better than most of the other S6s I’ve ever heard. And it has a history. It has been played by Johnny Borrell of Razorlight, by Dan Haggis of The Wombats, by one of The Cribs, Viking Moses and Stephen “Danger” Prescott, by just about every new young band guitarist and other in Paris – Brooklyn, Neimo, The Parisians, Miggles, Burnin’ Jacks – by unknown but great musicians in England, China, all over the world.
And tonight it burst, split a gut. The only good part to this story is that I could push the bits of splintered wood back in place and the guitar will be usable for the rest of my gigs in Kuala Lumpur and China next week. No doubt with the electric pick-up the sound will not have suffered that much. But it is dead, officially. Dead. Just one drop on the pavement – and thanks to a crap case, full of video and recording equipment.
Now what do I buy next, another Seagull S6? I’m not sure I will be so lucky. I can only think of the time I saw Harry Chapin drop his Ovation in the dressing room in a TV station in Ottawa just moments before going on TV, and laughing about it. Guitars we build.
Tomorrow I will give a complete report of the open mic in the Kuala Lumpur suburb. I had a great time, and there were some interesting musicians – from New Zealand and Kuala Lumpur….
April 6, 2011 at 6:00 pm
Sorry for your loss. We have spoke before, I am a player in Denver remember? I would suggest looking at the “Godin Multiac ACS slim.” Godin is the parent company for Seagulll in Canada. I have used Godins for 3 years, and they are the best for the money. I played some shows in Central America last year and my Godin was a great traveler. This not a pure acoustic guitar, but rather a semi hollow body that sounds good plugged or unplugged.
Check me out on Youtube under “Jim Mercado” and you will hear the sound.
Good luck, Jim
April 7, 2011 at 2:55 am
Hi Jim, thanks for that. I remember you, and I’ve checked out the youtube and seen your Godin 12-string. Looks cool – and the YouTube stuff sounds great too, by the way. I’m not sure what I’m going to do – go for something that I will consider just a travel guitar, or do as I did last time, which was travel with my one and only, main guitar. The problem with that, though, is obviously, if I invest more money into a guitar, then travelling with it becomes a different – more stressful – experience. Maybe. Who knows. I’ll see when I get back to Paris after this trip. Thanks again.
April 7, 2011 at 4:02 am
Fix it, Brad! Fix it! Let the Seagull fly again.
April 7, 2011 at 7:13 am
Thanks Jon! I think I may well do that, in fact. When I awoke this morning I looked at it again, played it, and there was no rattle, no weird sound. I pressed the broken parts of the wood back in place and they hold. So I’m thinking that maybe I can get a luthier to do something to it to bandage it up. It sounds so good, and when you think about it, any guitar I take around the world risks being destroyed…. so maybe a battle-scarred guitar is better than a new one….