Godin guitars are a Canadian guitar manufacturer who are famed for their use of synthesizer pickups as a standard feature in their high-end models. They are a company who always try and differentiate themselves from the rest of the herd through their innovative designs and features.
Godin introduced a couple of new left handed options at Winter NAMM this year, namely the A6 Ultra and 5th Avenue Kingpin. The entire left handed range from last year appears to have been kept alive, so some good news there as well!
Godin Left Handed Guitars 2013
From left to right : Nylon SA, Encore Nylon, A6 Ultra, 5th Avenue Kingpin, Session Lightburst, Session Black
The original Multiac Nylon combines cutting edge acoustic guitar design with state-of-the-art on-board electronics and synth access. The 25½” scale, the 1 7/8″ nut width, and the fingerboard radius—a slight 16″—all contribute to an easy feel for steel string players to adapt to. This has become the instrument of choice for guitarists of all genres looking to incorporate nylon string guitar sounds in their music.
The Multiac Encore is equipped with custom electronics by EPM. This easy to use Blendable Dual Source System features an undersaddle transducer as well as an acoustic soundboard transducer, with the ability to blend one into the other. Ideal guitar for players looking for a an incredible, amplified nylon string sound and feel in a live and loud band setting with virtually no feedback.
The Multiac Encore nylon string, also features a 25 ½” scale and a comfortable nut width, making it easy for electric steel string players to transition to nylon strings. This model features a chambered silver leaf maple body with a solid cedar top, as well as a dual source preamp with volume, treble, mid, bass and blend control sliders.
The A6 Ultra continues with the innovative concepts found in all Godin A-series guitars, such as combining amazing plugged-in acoustic sound with the feel of an electric neck, along with a chambered body design that virtually eliminates feedback in live & loud settings. These features stand true and better than ever in the A6 Ultra with the added “Oomph!” and full tone of a Godin humbucker in the neck position, along with an under-saddle transducer, dual outputs (acoustic and electric) that combine for a huge sound and a Custom Godin preamp section voiced specifically for the A6 Ultra. This preamp section gives a player the chance to control their tone via sliders for acoustic volume, treble, mid, bass and independent controls for the electric humbucker volume, treble and bass. Whether plugging into the single acoustic mix or via both outputs, controlling your tone is at the tip of your fingers. And the A6 Ultra delivers in all styles of music from jazz to rock to country and not to mention a great blues slide guitar.
5th Avenue Kingpin
The Godin 5th Avenue brings you back to a time when the archtop acoustic guitar reigned supreme. With the soul of a 1950’s archtop, the 5th Avenue is a true vintage spirit of yesterday with today’s level of modern playability. With more projection & volume in the low/mids than traditional archtop acoustic guitars, the dynamically rich tone of the 5th Avenue makes this sophisticated instrument a dream to play, but not a nightmare to pay for. The Godin 5th Avenue now makes the affordable North American archtop guitar a reality! From Alt-Country, Delta Blues, Slide, Jazz to Rock, the 5th Avenue can really deliver both acoustically and electrically. The new Godin Kingpin P90 single-coil pickup delivers all that classic, vintage tone with presence, clarity and a little attitude thrown in for good measure!
Made from Canadian Wild Cherry, the body of the 5th Avenue features a molded arched top and back, as well as an adjustable bridge, classic f-holes, contoured high-gloss headstock, floating pickguard and cream binding. Also, the rustic beauty of its Custom Polished Finish creates a gorgeous satin sheen reminiscent of the French polish of the 19th century.
From rock to blues to country, the Session is a guitar with tonal versatility, style and value, all in one instrument that won’t break the bank.
The Session features a rock maple neck with rosewood or maple fingerboard, Canadian Laurentian Basswood body, 2x Godin GS-1 single-coils housed in a vintage white pickguard and a Godin humbucker in the bridge, along with a 5-way switch, 1x volume and 1x push/pull tone knob that splits the humbucker.
For more information:
Godin Guitars Website