I like the design of the Godin Montreal and the Flat-Five. I've tried them in the stores on a few occasions. They sound good but the neck just doesn't feel right. They play like Fenders and I'm a Gibson man :smile:
I've had the chance to meet Robert Godin a couple of times and attended some of his clinics. Fascinating man with an encyclopedic knowledge of guitar making.
Necks feel great to me. Fit and finish is very good. I think Godins are tremendous value for the money. I have a maple fretboard Exit 22, a crazy yellow Radiator and a beat-up LG HB... all of them are real players. Nor am I likely to stop collecting them... LOL
The thing is, appearance-wise, once upon a time I used to hate the Godin profile... I used to find it terribly ugly,espcially next to the iconic shape of a Strat or a Tele or an SG or a Les Paul... but nowadays I really appreciate them and see them as a class of their own. My Exit 22 is one of my all-time favourite guitars to play.
I can see where some Les Paul players might find the Godin necks a bit uncomfortable.
Personally, I like the Godin profile- I recently tried out a Velocity and found the neck to be ridiculously fast and smooth. It has a slight contour which fits my hand perfectly. Definitely worth checking out if you haven't tried it yet.
I've got two LG's one HMB and one P90, love them both. I don't find a problem going from my LP's to the Godins. I want to add a Radiator and a Solidac into the fold sometime too. A good friend of mine has an Artisan ST and it is one fantastic guitar to play. I forgot to add my Seagull S6+ into here as well.
I see on the Crossroads 2007 DVD that John Mclaughlin was using a Freeway model and getting some real nice tones. Usually he is playing some sort of custom build guitar but this one looked like it was stock.
I had never heard or played a Godin prior to buying one. In fact, I was just about to plunk my money down on a Thinline Tele with HB's, when on that day, a new shipment of Godins were being unpacked at the store. I was looking for an all around guitar for both jazz and blues at the time.
The LG Signature fit me like a glove and was set up beautifully from the factory. I loved everything about it, especially the wide tonal characteristics. Very versatile. There was nothing wrong with the Tele, but you know that feeling when someting is just right for you.
The added bonus is that the gig bag that comes with it is of excellent quality.
I owned an LGXT for a number of years. It was the two-voice with maple body and three SD Duckbuckers. I used that guitar exclusively for about 5 years. It was great to switch between the acoustic and mag pickups. Nice hardware, a very flat radius (16") and the best tremelo bridge I've used (LR Baggs).
I sold it to my other guitar player so I still get to see it every week.
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