I play keyboards as well as guitar so it was only a matter of time before I got into guitar synths. I played the Fender/Roland Strat and thought it felt really cheesy. I've also always wanted a high end Gibson or a PRS, but wasn't ready to shell out $2500+. This Godin guitar gives me the best of both, with the L.R. Baggs acoustic sound to boot, for a fraction of the cost. If I were a gigging musician, I'd have to have a backup. This is a great guitar.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $1400.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Texas Music Emporium, Houston, TX
Made in Canada w/ final assemble in New Hampshire;
Body: solid mahagony with a highly figured maple top, single-cut-away w/ string through body design, available in translucent finishes w/ matching headstock finish;
Neck: bolt on mahagony with ebony fretboard, 22 frets, off-center dot inlays line up between the 5th & 6th strings;
Electric pickups: (Optional) Seymour Duncan humbuckers w/ coil spliting (SH-2 neck & Customcustom bridge)single volume and tone controls but a 5 way switch (HB, SB, HB&N, SN, & HB);
L.R. Baggs system: bridge saddle transducers for each string, includes acoustic preamp mounted on upper bout with acoustic volume and 3 band EQ, uses a 9 volt battery;
Synth Access: 13-pin output for Roland series guitar synths, includes synth volume knob and toggle switch for synth patch change up and down;
Three seperate outputs: electric pickups only, acoustic output (will also mix acoustic & electric), and Roland guitar synth output (which carries both electric and acoustic signals to the guitar synth);
Three way switch: selects electric + acoustic, all three, and synth only outputs;
Included a nice Tolex covered Godin case.
This guitar's style is similar to that of a Les Paul, but there are some differences. The Godin is much lighter in weight (YEAH!). It is easier, at least to me, to reach the upper end of the neck. I don't know all the technical dimensions of the neck but it feels similar to most Les Pauls except that it might be just a hair thinner. It isn't flat and wide, nor is it a log like some Fenders I've seen.
The controls are all in easy reach. The electric volume is close to the bridge pickup with the synth volume just behind it. The 5 way switch is below the volume knobs. The acoustic preamp is on the front of the upper bout, close to where it would be on an acoust-electric.
Godin strung it with their own brand of 9s so bending is a breeze. Intonation and string heigth were good right off the shelf.
This guitar makes me want to play.
This is the first $1000+ guitar that I've owned, but the sound pays for itself. I hear more clarity and detail on this guitar than I do on my other, less expensive guitars. I am continuing to find new tones that make me want to play.
The ebony neck adds a little more punch than rosewood, and with the pickups set to split, I can get some spank and twang. These Duncans don't scream, but they go from warm, soft, and full to very agressive but still well defined.
Being able to blend in as little or as much acoustic sound as you want is really cool. A lot of rock bands double their rhythm parts with an acoustic, and this is an easy way to do it live or in the studio. This is an obvious choice for power ballads or prog rock.
The synth action tracks better (faster) than the Roland ready Strat.
I've only had one issue with this guitar: the tone pot was dirty thus creating static when it was turned. It was easy to fix.