Solid Bodies, Wood, Necks
Solid Body Guitars
a great sounding solid body guitar? First and foremost, a solid body
electric guitar must have a great acoustic sound. Solid body instruments
may not produce much in the way of volume of sound. But make no mistake,
wood weight and density, type (and quality) of the neck/body attachment,
type of bridge and nut material all have an impact on the final sound.
If this intrigues you, then the next time you find yourself in a quiet
room with some electric guitars, try strumming them—unplugged—while
resting your ear against the body of the guitar. This is the sound that
the pickups will ultimately amplify. This isn't to suggest that pickups
don't impact the sound in any way. Different pickups will definitely
color the sound, but there is no question that a set of high quality
pickups will not rescue a poor or unresponsive instrument.
We use rock maple
grown in the northeastern part of Canada. The colder climate in this region
makes for a shorter growing season, which in turn results in a much denser
grade of maple than maple grown in a more temperate climate. Rock maple necks
provide a couple of significant advantages; the first being excellent high
frequency response and sustain. The second advantage comes from the incredible
stability that these necks provide. We use premium grade rock maple in the
Velocity, Redline, Detour, Radiator, SD, Exit 22, Freeway Classic and Freeway 4 & 5 models.
and Maple Fingerboards
The Passion, Velocity, Radiator, SD,
Exit 22 and Freeway models are all available with your choice of maple or
Indian rosewood fingerboard. Equipped with a rosewood fingerboard the guitar
will produce a focused sound emphasizing the midrange. The maple fingerboard
tends to accentuate the top and bottom frequencies with a dip in midrange.
In guitar playing terms, the rosewood guitar tends to be the choice of rock
players. Rhythm and blues players often prefer maple fingerboards.
Attachment & Pitch
in neck angle have a major impact on a guitar's sound. A neck that is
angled too far forward—away from the player—will lose some of its high
frequency response and become muddy sounding. A neck angled too far
back in the other direction will lose its low frequency response and
become tinny sounding. The neck attachment is also crucial in terms
of neck/body resonance and the transfer of energy between the two. We
take this connection very seriously and make sure to spend the time
to insure that every Godin guitar features an ideal neck angle and a
tight fit in a deep pocket free of any glue or paint.
Guitars that include
synth-triggering capabilities have been a Godin specialty for several years
now. From the classical feel of the Multiac Grand Concert to the sonically
powerful LGXT, there is a synth access instrument here for players of all
styles. Throughout our web-site you will find synth-ready instruments identified
by our little synth access guy. Each of these guitars produces a divided output
(called hexaphonic) via a 13-pin connector that plugs directly into RolandTM GR-Series guitar synths.
is the term used to describe the speed at which an instrument can recognize
pitch and trigger the synth. All of the Godin synth access guitars have
been designed with synth triggering in mind—as opposed to retrofitting
old models—and each one offers exceptionally fast and accurate tracking.
Ergocut shaping technique bevels the edges of the fingerboard and frets
back in towards the center of the fingerboard providing an extremely
comfortable feel. All Godin necks include this feature.
Multi-voice guitars have
been a Godin specialty for many years, and the LGX Series guitars represent
the pinnacle of the concept. The smooth sound of a mahogany guitar, spectacular
figured maple tops, and the seamless integration of the best electronics available
make up the basic elements of these guitars. Superbly hand-finished, these
instruments are as comfortable as they are beautiful.
In 2002 we underwent a major transformation. Following countless requests
the new necks boast a little more girth, and a new shape, which includes our
new ergocut shaping technique. The sculpted heel section provides easy access
to the top part of the neck and the recessed hardware in the top creates a
more natural playing position for your picking hand. The necks of the LGX's
are fit into deep neck pockets with industry leading precision. This connection
is of crucial importance to the sound of the guitar both in terms of setting
the neck at its optimal angle—neck pitch—and insuring a smooth transfer of
vibration between neck and body. All this attention to fit and finish results
in a guitar that is acoustically responsive and this provides the foundation
for extraordinary sonic power.
Electric guitar sounds are powered by two Seymour DuncanTM humbucking pickups
- exclusive to the Signature Series guitars. The potential of the humbuckers
are fully exploited by using a 5-way switch to create multiple configurations.
The bridge of each guitar is equipped with six custom saddle transducers along
with an onboard preamp and 3-band graphic equalizer - add incredibly authentic
acoustic guitar sounds.