NAMM 2013: Godin Unveil Guitars For 40th Anniversary VIDEO

Published 10 years ago on February 8, 2013

By Guitar Interactive Magazine


Along with the many new Godin models that made their debut atWinter NAMM, the company also unveiled two Anniversary models tocommemorate a 40-year milestone in the industry. We caught up withRichard Bunze at the NAMM show to find out more about the newadditions. Watch the video below:



PRESS RELEASE: Montreal based Godin Guitars hascome a long way since the early days of President & FounderRobert Godin traveling the eastern U.S. and Canada, selling guitarsto dealers out of his Econoline van.  Its early beginnings in1972, as a small company in Lapatrie Quebec, also included buildingreplacement necks for some of the industry's top brands of thattime. The Godin Guitar Company of today, is one of the largestguitar manufacturers in the business, and now includes 6 factoriesand seven guitar brands sold all over the world. The Godin brand initself also features the widest range of guitars & stringedinstruments in the industry today. This opens the door to a fullspectrum of players & playing styles from folk, to jazz, toworld, to rock, heavy-metal and more. Models span the gamut ofstraight-up 6-string electrics, to steel & nylon stringelectro-acoustic hybrids, to revolutionary 3-voice guitar wonders,to acclaimed innovations such as the 11-string MultiOud fretless& Inuk fretted series instruments, Godin Guitars continues tohelp players push the envelope in every genre of music outthere.

This January 24th to 27th at Winter NAMMin Anaheim CA, Godin Guitars will mark its 40th year as a companyby unveiling two Anniversary models: The 40thAnniversary Norman B20 acoustic, with a new tobacco bursthigh-gloss finish, and theLimited Edition Anniversary GodinAcousticaster, with its stunning Koa or Rosewood top options. Thenew Acousticaster has been updated to include GodinGJN1mini-humbucker, revamped top mounted preamp, and two ¼" outputsfor Electric and Acoustic/Mix. The Norman B20 was the first guitarreleased by the company in 1972 and the Godin Acousticaster was theoriginal electro-acoustic hybrid guitar released under the Godinbrand and essentially the guitar that put Godin on the map.


Other fine additions to the Godin family of guitars atWinter NAMM include:


Godin Montreal Premiere:

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This thinline, semi-hollow body electric features a Canadianwild cherry top, back and sides, with an innovative spruce"breathe-through" carved core. This unique feature promotes freeairflow through the interior center block, in turn, making theMontreal Premiere a supremely resonant and vibrant guitar. Otherfeatures include a 3-way toggle switch along with 1x volume &1x tone knob, a 24 ¾" scale, mahogany set-neck with rosewoodfingerboard, double-bound binding, high-gloss custom polishedfinish, contoured high-gloss headstock with high-ratio vintagestyle tuners, and ResoMax bridge system by Graphtech with stoptailpiece. A Bigsby equipped option is also available. Availablefinishes: Natural HG, Trans Red HG, Trans Black HG and SunburstHG.


Godin MultiUke:

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Make way for the new Godin MultiUke! This Canadian made, tenorsize, electro-acoustic Ukulele finds its home within the renownedGodin Multiac Series of guitars, known for exceptional amplifiedacoustic sound without feedback. The MultiUke follows suit, in itsown "little" way, featuring a chambered mahogany body design, solidspruce top, rosewood fingerboard & bridge, custom voicedelectronics and onboard preamp with 3-band EQ. Available finishes:Natural HG or Sunburst HG.


Godin 5th Avenue Composer GT:

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The 5th Avenue Composer GT features a Canadian wild cherry bodywith arched top and arched back, silver leaf maple neck withrosewood fingerboard, a Custom Godin Humbucker pickup in the neckposition, controlled via 1x volume & 1x tone knob, giving theplayer a full, warm expression of the guitars tonalcharacteristics.  Other features include cream binding,classic f-holes, contoured high-gloss headstock with high-ratiotuners and an adjustable Tusq bridge by Graphtech. The Gloss Top(GT) is paired with semi-gloss back & sides for an aestheticthat is second to none! Available in Natural GT or Sunburst GTfinish options.


Godin Inuk Encore & Inuk Ambiance Steelfretted:

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The Godin Inuk Encore Steel & Inuk Ambiance Steel areelectro-acoustic, 11-string, fretted instruments featuring steelstrings, which are tuned in unison. Inspired by the Godin MultiOud,the new Inuk makes for an effortless transition for guitaristslooking for a unique amplified acoustic sound to add to theircollection. The Inuk Encore Steel with Antique Burst semi-glossfinish features a chambered Canadian Laurentian basswood body,solid cedar top, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard &bridge, along with custom voiced Godin EPM Quantum IT electronicswith under saddle transducer in the bridge & an onboard preampwith built-in tuner. The Inuk Ambiance Steel with Sunbursthigh-gloss finish features a chambered mahogany body, solid sprucetop, mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard & bridge, along withcustom voiced electronics & an onboard preamp with built-intuner, and option to choose between 4 blendable sound imaging micsusing a 4-way selector switch.


Acoustic News - Seagull and Simon &Patrick   

Crafted in Canada, the Seagull and Simon & Patrick lineseach have a new ALL mahogany acoustic offering this year; TheSeagull Maritime SWS Mahogany HG dreadnaught, and the Simon &Patrick Pro Folk Mahogany HG with slotted headstock. Models includesolid mahogany back & sides and select pressure tested solidmahogany tops. Other acoustic offerings include the new SeagullEntourage Natural Spruce CW QI and Seagull Entourage Black CW GTQI, both further adding incredible value to the popular SeagullEntourage Rustic series. 



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