Godin Guitars: Multiac, LGX-SA, and the Redline Series

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Sitting well with his French-Canadian accent in what was once an old shoe factory in Richmond Quebec, Robert Godin can look at his surroundings with a smile and see what he has given to back to his community. A thriving town, a better environment, and well-made instruments, are just three things that Robert Godin has given Richmond. TheToneKing.com wanted to make note that while many manufacturers are concerned with the bottom line, Robert Godin has made a company that makes it a goal to leave the world a better place.

Godin guitars have been around for almost 40 years, and for that time, they’ve been known as innovators. Probably one of the biggest innovations is that many of their guitars are made with fallen trees that would otherwise had been left and wasted. This is one company that you can feel good about supporting.

17079_Multiac_Grand_Concert_7_HG_13342209_1 Crafted with the classical player in mind, the Multiac guitar is one of their best sellers and more eccentric six strings. Mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard, 25 1/2″ Scale, Chambered Mahogany body and Solid Spruce Top.

Where is the modern twist?

A Custom RMC electronics with 13-pin connector.

Yes, these guitars have MIDI capability and not exclusive to just this guitar nor do they even shy away from a USB connection. The switchboard located where a Les Paul toggle switch would normally reside, is Trade Marked for Godin and no one has tried to imitate it. The five slides, in descending order are volume, treble, Mids, Bass and Synth. Next to those are channel up or down for your synth program.

Godin is not a one trick pony.

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In the Signature series, you will find the LGX-SA, electric guitar. I prefer the Trans Blue myself but others may drift to the Cognac Burst. Armed with Seymour Duncan Custom Humbuckers, it also has a secret weapon in plain view. A smaller version of the Multiac switchboard for what I assume is made for the synth.

In the same series the Montreal Premiere has an elegant look to it. It has Godin stock pickups and I just simply love the Trans Black HG finish.  The Core series is basically one guitar made for three different roads. It is available with Godin Nitro Humbuckers, EMG 81/85s or Godin Core P90 if not Seymour Duncan P90s.

 

 

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The Redline series is made for the metalheads. The Redline HB has Godin humbuckers while the Redline II possess your favorite EMGs. But, if you are feeling really frisky, the Redline III has a Floyd Rose bridge.

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The Nemesis is Godins answer to the people who like their guitars to look like vicious weapons. It also plays very well. If I had my choice of the wholewarehouse, I would grab the Summit CT with a Trans Black Flame finish If they were out of the above mentioned Montreal Premiere. I am more of an electric guitar guy, if you love acoustics, you’ll want to check out there site.

 

There are other companies that share the roof with Godin and I urge you to at least take a look around at brands like Simon & Patrick acoustics, Seagull Acoustics, Sarga percussion, Norman, Art & Lutherie, Lapatrie, and SR Amps.

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About the Author: Started playing bass at 15. It was Danko Jones who inspired me to play at all, and in a small town I couldn't be picky on what I can get my hands on, so I bought a squire with pride. Obtained a B.C. Rich guitar months later. Moved to the city at 17. At 19 joined my first metal band as a bassist which ended at 20. Joined a bass heavy rock band, which I loved being in whole heartily. I now wait to venture into a new project. For the time being though, I am exploring my abilities as a writer.

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  1. Mike says:

    I won a Redline 3 (which is identical to the Redline 2, sans EMGs) from a web contest 4 years ago, and I loved it… I eventually swapped out the pickups to EMG 81/85 combo, and loved it even more, until one of my students knocked it of my guitar stand and it never played right again. I traded it for a Dean Dimebonics, which is also sweet, with the added benefit of an Original Floyd Rose. Maybe someday I’ll get a little jingle and be able to buy another Redline.

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