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I have become interested in Godin guitars since visiting this site and it seems you get a lot of guitar for the money.

I was reading the stuff about the Godin Freeway on the the archived Musician's Friend page and they seemed interesting, but it was an HSS. As fate would have it, I saw one on my local CL, and it is an HH with EMG 81s.

Godin Freeway EMG (price drop)

I would be dead chuffed for some input on these. ;-) Thx.
 
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I’ve never played the Freeway before, but it has a lot of similarities to my Velocity.

It looks like the main difference is my velocity has hss and a trem, and the freeway has EMGs and a hardtail. Other than that, they have the same body cuts, and I’d wager probably the same neck profile.

If that’s the case, it’s a very comfortable modern strat neck with a flat fretboard; I can’t remember if it’s 12 or 16.

I love my Godin. Bought it on a whim last February and after a rocky start, I’m still happily playing it. $450 is a fair price if it’s clean and in good shape.
 

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Good guitars, terrible resale.
the general consensus on here SEEMS to be, a great amount of guitar for the money but small necks.
 

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I had a really nice Godin LG Signature. In an attempt to downsize, I gave it to a friend who expressed interest in buying it from me. I am sure that I could have recouped my investment, but giving it to him had greater personal satisfaction.
 

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Good guitars, not for everybody.
 
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As long as you can get on with the neck profile, used Godins are a great value. I paid $350 for mine, and it’s a lot of guitar for that price.
 

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I find it funny Godin calls that model a Freeway. All of the other Freeway models have an HSH pickup layout, and a trem. What that guitar actually is is a Detour with EMGs.
 

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I find it funny Godin calls that model a Freeway. All of the other Freeway models have an HSH pickup layout, and a trem. What that guitar actually is is a Detour with EMGs.
I always forget there's a Freeway guitar as I always think bass. Witness my Freeway 5, a PJ sort of thing with a flame maple top, and pulled frets, The machine heads, string trees, extra strap button, ebony knobs, aren't original, but the electronics are stock. Still my favourite bass.

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I have become interested in Godin guitars since visiting this site and it seems you get a lot of guitar for the money.

I was reading the stuff about the Godin Freeway on the the archived Musician's Friend page and they seemed interesting, but it was an HSS. As fate would have it, I saw one on my local CL, and it is an HH with EMG 81s.

Godin Freeway EMG (price drop)

I would be dead chuffed for some input on these. ;-) Thx.
My friend had one of these (think it had a trem) and it was the guitar that got me into Godins. It's really nice. I like the neck profile, but that's always personal choice. Fit and finish is excellent, as per usual Godin standards. Usual criticism of their guitars is the pickups are lifeless, but if you're going for EMGs, you know what you're getting there. My friend kept trying to sell it to me, and I kept resisting. I regret that now!
 

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A lot to parse out...many thanks to those who took the time to reply.

@Ronbeast @aC2rs @_Azrael @Mooh @DeeTee Thanks for the endorsements.

@RBlakeney @Ronbeast Thanks for weighing in on the price point for these. I would assume the price is higher than $350.00 with case?

@Tone Chaser: Respect.

@Budda Thanks. I guess you are referring to the necks.

@mud_guy That is nice looking. I have never seen pickups like that before.

@mud_guy @DeeTee Regarding the EMGs. Yeah, I figured the pickups are worth $200.00.

@Merlin Could it be the owner has the model wrong?

Lots to think about. Thanks gang.
 

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@Rozz I paid $350+tax on mine, so it came to around $400 with the Godin gig bag included. The guitar is in basically brand new condition, as well as the case and accessories.
 

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@Merlin Could it be the owner has the model wrong?
Nope, that's correct. Godin probably saw the Freeway series as more popular, and wanted to get rid of some of the Detour bodies. The Redline I was made from the same body, and had one EMG instead of two. Similar re-designation of an existing model.
 

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@Rozz I paid $350+tax on mine, so it came to around $400 with the Godin gig bag included. The guitar is in basically brand new condition, as well as the case and accessories.
Awesome, thanks for the follow-up. That is super cheap.
 
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Nope, that's correct. Godin probably saw the Freeway series as more popular, and wanted to get rid of some of the Detour bodies. The Redline I was made from the same body, and had one EMG instead of two. Similar re-designation of an existing model.
Thanks for the great insight, nice to get that cleared up.
 

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Freeway is a great guitar -- super fast neck, lightweight. I had one but it went in a trade deal -- now regret it...

If you have one, do look under the control 'hood' -- mine had a silver shield paint coat that was almost as good as copper shielding. However, the tone pot was linear taper 500K with a .033 cap that made it essentially useless -- this appeared to be factory OEM given no resoldering evident. It was promptly replaced with an audio taper pot that brought things back to life! Also the HBs were two conductor wiring , so no coil splitting...

I'd buy another if the opportunity came up.
 
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