Merlin_Spruce_MahoAcoustic instruments don’t get much more interesting looking than Seagull’s new Merlin Natural SG, which Godin Guitars officially debuts this week at the 2014 Winter NAMM convention in Anaheim, California.

The question is: What, exactly, is the Merlin? Is it a dulcimer? A uke? A mini guitar? It’s none of the above, according to the Seagull website, although dulcimer is close:

…inspired by the dulcimer, the Seagull Merlin is a very portable & compact 4-string diatonic acoustic instrument that is simply fun to play and very hard to put down!

We certainly look forward to checking one out. You can check out the full press release here:

NEW SEAGULL MERLIN: Small in Stature. Big in Fun!

Made in Canada by Godin Guitars, the dulcimer inspired Seagull Merlin is making its debut at the 2014 Winter NAMM Show.

Montreal, Canada- January 9th, 2014 – Montreal based Godin Guitars is very pleased to introduce a new addition to its Seagull line-up of acoustic instruments, the Seagull Merlin Natural SG. The Merlin will be making its official trade show debut at the upcoming Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA from January 23-26th, 2014.

Crafted in LaPatrie Quebec, Canada and inspired by the dulcimer, the Seagull Merlin is a very portable & compact 4-string diatonic acoustic instrument that is simply fun to play and very hard to put down. This instrument was designed to introduce & stimulate people of all ages (some of whom may not necessarily be players) to the joy of creating & playing music. This is further accentuated by the Merlin’s diatonic scale, in which the player will find it nearly impossible to hit an “off note” on the fingerboard.

The Seagull Merlin Natural SG is available with the option of a solid spruce top or solid mahogany top, both with satin oil finishes. It features a ‘mustache’ style Tusq bridge & compensated saddle by Graphtech, a 3-piece rock maple body with drive-through neck design and vintage style open-geared tuners.

Whether they are just starting out on a stringed instrument or are a professional musician, players from all levels will find the Merlin to be an attractive addition to their musical palette. This is especially true with a look at its incredibly affordable North American price tag of $129.00 street!!

See the Seagull Merlin at WINTER NAMM in the Godin showroom #211A

Further model info at:

About Godin Guitars:

With its early beginnings in 1972, the Godin Guitar family includes 7 lines of guitars. These include the renowned Godin electric line, as well as the finely crafted acoustic lines such as Seagull, Simon & Patrick, Norman, Art & Lutherie and LaPatrie nylon stringed classical guitars. Godin Guitars is also the manufacturer of the revolutionary TRIC acoustic guitar case and the North American Distributor of Sarga percussion instruments. Based in Montreal Quebec, this Canadian company has 6 factories, 5 of which are located in the Eastern Townships of Quebec and 1 located in Berlin New Hampshire.

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