Biggest difference between the Seagull Maritime and Artist Mosaic Acoustics?
Tone profile and pickup system
While they're both excellent guitars with a lot of similarities, I'd prefer the Mosaic because of the LR Baggs TRU-MIC pickup/microphone system, especially if you're playing live. It's warmer and a little punchier. That said, an argument could be made for either guitar, especially considering the Maritime is significantly cheaper than the Mosaic, perhaps making it the higher value play.
|Seagull Maritime SWS
|Seagull Artist Mosaic CH
|Back & Sides Wood
|Gloss, Bourbon Burst
|Number of Frets
|Seagull Closed Gear
|18:1 bass, 26:1 treble
|Fishman Presys II
|LR Baggs Anthem
|14.93" Lower Bout, 11.19" Upper
|Dual-function truss rods
|Compound curved top, Gig Bag
Price Difference Between the Two Acoustics
Prices updated Thu, February 29th, 2024.
5 Biggest Differences Between the Maritime and Mosaic
Design Philosophy and Construction:
- Maritime SWS: Designed for heavy projection with a solid spruce top and mahogany back and sides. It emphasizes a more forceful tone for more intense playing styles.
- Artist Mosaic CH: Focuses on articulate tone, with a pressure-tested solid spruce top which produces a really nice and "chimey" harmonic response. A compound curved waist above the soundhole adds some playing comfort and helps with natural projection.
Electronics and Pickup System:
- Maritime SWS: Equipped with Fishman Presys II electronics, which does a good job of letting the guitar's wood and body do the work while faithfully replicating the sound. It's ideal for live performances.
- Artist Mosaic CH: Contains the LR Baggs Anthem pickup, also popular for its natural acoustic tone, combining a condenser mic with an under-saddle pickup. Both LR Baggs and Fishman are excellent acoustic pickup brands.
Materials and Finish:
- Maritime SWS: Mahogany for the back, sides, and neck, with a semi-gloss natural finish, and a Richlite fingerboard.
- Artist Mosaic CH: Similar mahogany and Richlite construction but with a gloss finish in Bourbon Burst, adding to its visual appeal (there's a natural finish available as well).
Playability and Features:
- Both guitars share many of the same features: Concert Hall body shape, 16" radius Richlite fingerboards, 21 frets, 25.5" scale length, and 1.72" nut width. This suggests a similar level of playability and comfort.
- Maritime SWS: Its neck shape, tapered headstock for better tuning stability, and dual-function truss rods for optimal neck alignment.
- Artist Mosaic CH: Unique tuning machines with different ratios for bass and treble strings, ensuring precise tuning.
Intended Use and Tone:
- Maritime SWS: Suited for players looking for a dynamic, balanced tone with a focus on high-velocity playing.
- Artist Mosaic CH: Ideal for those seeking a warm, natural tone, both unplugged and amplified, with an emphasis on acoustic projection.
Maritime VS Artist Mosaic
The difference here depends mostly on tone preference and certainly on price, because the Maritime is so much cheaper than the Mosaic (check the price guide above for updated numbers). So those on a stricter budget would be better off with the Maritime. But if you can spend more, and you want the warmer tone, the Artist Mosaic CH CW is going to be a better option. Leave your questions, experience, or thoughts in the comments section below.
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