Seagull Guitars Merlin Mountain Dulcimer - Natural

4-string Diatonic Instrument with Solid Spruce Top, Rock Maple Body, Rock Maple Drive-through Neck, and Satin Finish - Natural
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Expand Your Sonic Palette with Merlin!

Looking for a new and unique instrument that's easy and fun to play? Seagull's dulcimer-inspired Merlin Natural Spruce SG definitely fits the bill. This ultra-compact, 4-string instrument has a diatonic fretboard making it quick and easy to start playing. The Rock maple body and neck offer superior tuning stability and base tone. Merlin's solid spruce top offers full-range tone and projection. A mustache-style Tusq bridge and saddle offer enhanced intonation for in-tune playing. Add a new twist to your musical instrument selection with the Seagull Merlin Natural Spruce SG!

A fun and easy-to-play instrument for all ages

Seagull's Merlin Natural Spruce SG design was inspired by the diatonic mountain dulcimer. And like dulcimers, the Merlin is fun to play and easy to get started on. The diatonic fretboard is easy to learn for all levels of players. And the compact size of the Merlin makes it great for all ages. Whether you're adding a new instrument to your vocabulary, running a music therapy program, a school music teacher, os just wanting something to go camping with, the Seagull Merlin Natural Spruce SG is the perfect companion.

Seagull Merlin Natural Spruce SG Features:
  • A fun-to-play, small-sized dulcimer-inspired instrument
  • Rock maple neck and body offer stability and impressive tonality
  • Solid spruce top delivers full-range sound and projection
  • Diatonic fretboard is easy to learn for all levels of players
  • Tusq nut and bridge offer enhanced intonation and vibration transfer
  • Made in Canada

Explore new musical possibilities with the Seagull Merlin Natural Spruce SG!RC320M

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Tech Specs

Number of Strings 4
Color Natural
Finish Satin
Fingerboard Material Maple
Nut Width 1.280"
Scale Length 20.75"
Manufacturer Part Number 039227

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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5/5

Fun little instrument!!!

This is a well built little instrument and so much fun to sit around and play. I already had the Mahogany Merlin and wanted the Natural Spruce to compare them. I have guitars and mandolins, but since getting the Merlin, I just want to play them. They're VERY addictive. Don't get one unless you can handle sitting around picking it for a couple of hours at a time, without getting tired. Strings are easy to fret and last forever. I added a strap and pick guard. Sweetwater was so helpful in the purchase. I had ordered two from a competitor and both were returned because of rattle. At that time, I didn't know Sweeter stocked the Merlin in the natural spruce, since it did not show online. Upon calling them, I found that they did stock the spruce. The salesperson was so helpful, you would have thought I was purchasing a $10,000 instrument. Tuning is D-A-DD and it puts you in mind of the sound that John Hartford had when he played banjo. If, or shall I say when you order one, be sure to get the Seagull Merlin gig bag. It's about $20 and is great for storing the instrument. Be sure to order from Sweetwater, they're second to none and go the extra mile to see that you get what you're looking for.
5/5

Affordable Quality

I love to shock my friends with the stuff I try to play. Still trying to learn anything else but my first love (Bass) This quality instrument seems to be working! People are amazed at it's workmanship and the fact it isn't made in China. (Don't get me wrong some of my favorite bases were made in China.) Sweet deal from Sweetwater.
Music background: Playing bass for 50 years.
5/5

Affordable Quality

I love to shock my friends with the stuff I try to play. Still trying to learn anything else but my first love (Bass) This quality instrument seems to be working! People are amazed at it's workmanship and the fact it isn't made in China. (Don't get me wrong some of my favorite bases were made in China.) Sweet deal from Sweetwater.
Music background: Playing bass for 50 years.
5/5

Seagull Merlin

an amazing instrument! So much sound from such a thin bodied acoustic.And, a whole new way to play dulcimer. Looks like an exotic guitar style instrument, sounds like a dulcimer, tunes like a dulcimer. I picked the spruce option, and the sound is amazingly resonant and pure. Another home run from the Seagull family of instruments, and incredibly easy to play. For an extra treat, play it with a slide.
Music background: longtime guitarist
4.5/5

Addictive little instrument

I can't put this thing down! It is limited to the key of D (if you use standard mountain dulcimer tuning), but that just tests your ability to improvise. I have the spruce top model, and it is amazingly loud for it's diminutive size; the tone reminds me of an open-back banjo a little, but it has it's own voice. I took off a half-star just because of a slight blemish on the upper bout, but it doesn't affect the tone or playability at all. If you're considering getting one, just do it. Only $, you can't lose. Sweetwater service is 5 stars, as usual.
Music background: Acoustic string band and rock cover band

Sweetwater Advice

Steve Ploense

I recently picked up my Seagull Merlin Mountain Dulcimer as a fun little side instrument. I'm a guitarist originally and I love camping. The Merlin is the perfect instrument to play around the campfire. It's loud, compact, easy to play, and overall a whole lot of fun. I'm also looking forward to teaching my daughter how to play music and this is a great way to start. You literally can not play a wrong note! As a matter of fact, the Merlin is just as easy to play for musicians and non-musicians alike!
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