This week’s featured gear line is Godin Guitars! A Canadian company heaquartered in Montreal, the company was founded in 1972 and is still owned by founder Robert Godin. They build instruments in six factories in four locations – three in Quebec and one in New Hampshire.
There are six brands under the Godin family: Seagull, Simon & Patrick, Norman, LaPatrie and Art & Lutherie, and Godin. Seagull makes solid wood entry – to professional-range acoustic guitars. The Simon and Patrick brand make mid- to high-range steel-string acoustics. Norman makes entry – to pro-level acoustic guitars. La Patrie manufactures classical guitars. Art & Lutherie makes entry-level budget acoustic guitars.
Guitars under the Godin brand are primarily mid-range to top-of the-line electrics that are made of high quality wood from the northeastern part of North America. They have many models that feature synth hex pickups (MIDI-equipped) and some with piezo pickup-equipped bridges. Godin ‘SA’ guitars have piezo bridge pickups which provide six separate outputs via a Roland GK cable socket, making them compatible with Roland and other guitar-synthesizer units and the VG series of guitar modelling units.
Godin’s guitars have won several awards, including Guitar Player magazine’s Editors Pick for the LG, Exit 22, and Freeway Classic.
Check below for a video of a factory tour of the Godin Guitars Acoustic Factory in Princeville Quebec, conducted by founder Robert Godin!
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