our guitars MIDI capable?
No, at least not on their own. Several guitars in the Godin lineup provide
hexaphonic output, in other words, a separate signal for each string. The
LGX-SA, LGXT, xtSA, Multiac (steel, nylon, Jazz) and the ACS all include this
feature. This divided output signal is a key element in the interface between
guitars and synths. The synth output on our guitars comes from a 13-pin connector
(MIDI is 5-pin) and is matched for the Roland GR-Series guitar synths. We
matched our guitars with the Roland synths because they are affordable, easy
to use, sound great, and are supported by Roland's long-term commitment to
guitar synths. Of course once you are connected to the guitar synth you can
use the MIDI output from there to connect to other synths, sound modules,
sequencers etc. Also note that Roland's GI20 interface provides a USB connection
to your computer which eliminates the need for a MIDI interface.
refers to the speed at which the synth is able to recognize the pitches
being played and convert them into voltages. The pickup type and related
electronics play a big role in this however, wood selection, scale,
and setup all have a significant impact on tracking as well.
how good is the tracking?
Most players rate our guitars tracking as the fastest available
-see users list.
I have to adjust my technique?
a big part of the appeal of this system is that players at any level
can plug it in and have fun with it immediately. However, minor adjustments
in technique are inevitable. The biggest adjustments are required when
playing synth sounds in context. For example when you are triggering
a violin sound it becomes necessary to phrase like a violin player,
and your violin phrasing may not work well with a percussive instrument
such as a marimba. Many players find themselves focusing most of their
effort on a handful of sounds because these are the sounds that they
really learn to play.
about other modules and computers?
Sure, just take the MIDI out from the Roland GR synth into whatever
MIDI device you are triggering or into a PC for sequencing. Note: you
may find that more dramatic adjustments to technique and possibly data
filtering become necessary when using a guitar trigger for sequencing
I have the choice between a Flame or Quilted Maple top on my LGX / LGX-SA?
No. Right now we have an excellent supply of flame only.
kind of strings do we use?
We use our own Godin strings on all of our guitars. For models/gauges
see the Godin string chart.
are the Seymour Duncan pickups that are being used in the LGX, LGX-SA
Seymour himself selected these pickups for us and chose a Jazz II
for the neck position and put a new magnet in the Custom Custom for
the bridge position. This pickup is unique to Godin and is arguably
a Custom Custom Custom.
I buy your guitars directly from you?
No our guitars are only available from authorized dealers. Please see
the web site for a list of dealers nearest you.
is Phantom Power and what does it do for my Multiac Duet?
Phantom power is most commonly used to provide the current used in condenser
microphones. The power typically comes from a phantom power capable mixer
and arrives at the mic via one of the three pins - called XLR connectors -in
a standard mic cable. The under-saddle transducer and the I-Beam transducer
in the Multiac Duet require active electronics, which means that they require
power to operate. This is true of most pickup-equipped acoustic guitars and
the power typically comes from a 9volt battery. The Multiac Duets offer you
the choice of powering the guitar via the standard 9volt battery along with
a standard guitar cord and from there into the amp of your choice, or you
can use a standard mic cord to plug the guitar directly into a mixer and draw
power back into the guitar and bypass the need for a battery. The advantages
of this approach are that the mic cable is shielded against outside interference
- such as radio frequencies - and the XLR connection locks the cable in place
avoiding any accidental disconnections. Note: Not all mixers produce phantom
power check your mixer owner's manual if you are unsure about this.
is a truss rod?
truss rod is an adjustable metal rod that sits inside of the neck, underneath
should the truss rod be adjusted?
The short answer is that your truss rod should be adjusted when your neck
develops a bit of a bow in it. The reason for the bow is a combination of
the string tension that is constantly applied to the neck along with changes
in relative humidity. Humidity is the most important part of this equation.
Wood reacts to changes in relative humidity when it absorbs or loses moisture.
Absorbing moisture causes the neck to expand which results in a back-bow in
this case loosening the truss rod slightly will allow the neck to return to
its original form. When a neck dries out it will under bow, which can be treated
by slightly tightening the truss rod. The neck on all Godin Guitars
is reinforced by a double-action truss rod system. Click
here for adjustment details. WARNING: Over adjusting your
truss rod can cause irreparable damage to your guitar and therefore should
only be handled by a qualified guitar technician.
fret edges are sticking out of the side of the neck. Why? And what should
This is not nearly as big a problem as some people make it out to be. Once
again the culprit here is humidity. In the case of the protruding fret edges
this is because the fingerboard has dried out slightly and shrunk. The frets
are metal (nickel/silver) and do not shrink from a change in humidity. The
problem is easily fixed by a good guitar tech with a file.