Seagull Concert Hall
The Specs

Seagull Concert Hall

Nickname: Ceoláras

Year: 2017
Builder: Seagull Guitars
Model: Coastline Momentum Concert Hall HG
Serial Number: 045372000004
Top: Solid Cedar
Body: Wild Cherry
Body Binding: Cream
Cutaway: none
Finish: High Gloss
Rosette: Herringbone
Bridge: Rosewood
Saddle: Tusq
Fretboard: Rosewood
Fretboard Binding: none
Fretboard Inlay: White Dots
Neck: Silverleaf Maple
Nut: Tusq
Headstock: Seagull Logo
Tuners: Chrome Gotoh
Pickup: Fishman Sonitone
Case: Seagull Gig Bag

Body Size/Shape: Concert Hall (OM)
Frets: 21
Frets to Body: 14
Scale Length: 25.5"
Nut Width: 1.8"
Body Length: 19.375"
Body Depth: 4"
Upper Bout: 11.192"
Waist: 8.921"
Lower Bout: 14.930"

Tuning: CGCGCD

The Story

Shortly after acquiring my first Seagull Concert Hall, I decided I'd like to have a second one. While most guitarists would tend to opt for variety when owning more than one guitar, I've always enjoyed owning two similar—if not identical— guitars, for reasons that seem rather practical to me.

When I gave up my singer-songwriter aspirations to focus on instrumental fingerstyle guitar, I moved away from "standard" tuning and started using two "dropped" tunings almost exclusively (with occasional minor variations) : DADGAD and CGCGCD. I quickly learned that constantly switching back and forth between these two tunings was a bit of a hassle—perhaps even hazardous.

The culprit was the 2nd string (or B string, to most guitarists). Dropping down to an A and then bringing it past the "normal" B pitch to a C not only tended to wear the string out faster (in terms of both tone and longevity), but there was always the very real threat of breaking the strin and having it lash out toward my face. While I might be exaggerating the danger (maybe), it is never convenient to stop practicing, recording—or most important of all, performing—to change strings.

So, my solution was to own two similar guitars, and keep them in dedicated tunings. This prolonged string life and cut way down on the amount of time I needed to spend tuning while on stage or in the studio. It also meant I'd practice certain songs more often, because let's face it: sometimes when you own just one guitar, you don't feel like re-tuning just so yo can play that song. Much easier to to just skip it and move on to another one that's in the guitar's current tuning.

Therefore, for the vast majority of the time I've been playing fingerstyle I've owned two guitars and kept one in DADGAD and one in CGCGCD. And even though I was on a fairly tight budget now that I no longer had any steady income from music, the Seagulls are affordable enough that I managed to order a second one so that I could fall back into the familiar routines.

The second Concert Hall—which would be my CGCGCD guitar—also got an Irish nickname: Ceoláras (pronounced roughly "kyool-AW-rus"), which translates as "concert hall," the body shape/model of this guitar. Not terribly creative, perhaps, but the "C" nickname makes it easy to remember which guitar is in the "C" tuning!