Overall this guitar is one of the best I have played for the money. It has a very crisp and clean sound and records well. The sound is supprisingly lound for its small size. I sit in a classical style and find this instrument very comfortable and light. I would highly recommend this guitar.
Model Year: 2005
Price: $607.00 (new)
Where Obtained: J. Michael Instruments
This is one fantastic guitar for the money. I am using it primarily for recording. The finish is satin with cherry back and sides and a spruce top. The head stock is very small and unique.
The size is very nice also as it is basically a classical guitar with a cutaway. Fret board is rosewood with very nice action, and the neck has a vintage feel to it. I do a lot of finger picking and the strings are just far enough apart to accomodate this style.
The instruments sounds very well ballanced and comes with GODEN pickups, etc. It sounds very good and crisp either amplified or accustic. I have no problems with feedback with the GODEN electronics. It plays as well as any 2000.00 guitar I have tried. Plays a lot like a Taylor or Tachamine.
The tuning machines are small but nice and stay in tune. The guitar comes with a unique case and I almost did not want it when I saw it. It is styrophome (sounds high tech) like in COOLER. BUt, we must go with new technology and after I got it home I wish all my cased were like this one. A really nice bag case is also offered but trust me try the foam one.
I looked at Taylors and Martins. I bought this one because I could afford it. Yes, I would buy it again if it were lost or stolen. It could be better with a spruce top. My favorite aspect is the sound plugged in. It actually sounds acoustic which is just what I wanted. It's priced about the same as some of the high end Takamines and the sound, to me is much better.
Model Year: 2005
Price: $629.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Buddy Roger's Music
Made in LaPatrie, Quebec, Canada. Cedar top, Wild Cherry Back and sides and Silver Leaf Maple neck. 22 frets, 6 strings. Has a great sounding acoustic pickup and a mic in the soundhole which is great for recording purposes as it actually sounds like an acoustic guitar. Bass, treble and volume controls on Godin Quantum II electronics with a knob that controls the mix between pickup and mic, in or out of phase. High gloss finish on cutaway body.
I can achieve my prefferred low action. the neck is a little fatter than I'm used to but I'm very ok with that. It plays easier than my Takamine F-349. In perfect condition.
So far I have only plugged into my soundcard for recording purposes. This guitar is great for the fingerstyle stuff that I love to do but is just as suitable for strumming. Warm sound and kinda boomy. Sounds close to a lot of the $2,000.00 + guitars I've played. Would not consider any mods. The mic will feedback if volume gets too loud. Bought it for studio use but I'm sure it would be just as suitable for stage.
I will comment on this over time.