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NAMM 2013: Godin Unveil Guitars For 40th Anniversary VIDEO


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



PRESS RELEASE: Montreal based Godin Guitars has come a long way since the early days of President & Founder Robert Godin traveling the eastern U.S. and Canada, selling guitars to dealers out of his Econoline van.  Its early beginnings in 1972, as a small company in Lapatrie Quebec, also included building replacement necks for some of the industry's top brands of that time. The Godin Guitar Company of today, is one of the largest guitar manufacturers in the business, and now includes 6 factories and seven guitar brands sold all over the world. The Godin brand in itself also features the widest range of guitars & stringed instruments in the industry today. This opens the door to a full spectrum of players & playing styles from folk, to jazz, to world, to rock, heavy-metal and more. Models span the gamut of straight-up 6-string electrics, to steel & nylon string electro-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 to help players push the envelope in every genre of music out there.

This January 24th to 27th at Winter NAMM in Anaheim CA, Godin Guitars will mark its 40th year as a company by unveiling two Anniversary models: The 40th Anniversary Norman B20 acoustic, with a new tobacco burst high-gloss finish, and theLimited Edition Anniversary Godin Acousticaster, with its stunning Koa or Rosewood top options. The new Acousticaster has been updated to include Godin GJN1mini-humbucker, revamped top mounted preamp, and two ¼" outputs for Electric and Acoustic/Mix. The Norman B20 was the first guitar released by the company in 1972 and the Godin Acousticaster was the original electro-acoustic hybrid guitar released under the Godin brand and essentially the guitar that put Godin on the map.


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


Godin Montreal Premiere:

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This thinline, semi-hollow body electric features a Canadian wild cherry top, back and sides, with an innovative spruce "breathe-through" carved core. This unique feature promotes free airflow through the interior center block, in turn, making the Montreal Premiere a supremely resonant and vibrant guitar. Other features include a 3-way toggle switch along with 1x volume & 1x tone knob, a 24 ¾" scale, mahogany set-neck with rosewood fingerboard, double-bound binding, high-gloss custom polished finish, contoured high-gloss headstock with high-ratio vintage style tuners, and ResoMax bridge system by Graphtech with stop tailpiece. A Bigsby equipped option is also available. Available finishes: Natural HG, Trans Red HG, Trans Black HG and Sunburst HG.


Godin MultiUke:

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Make way for the new Godin MultiUke! This Canadian made, tenor size, electro-acoustic Ukulele finds its home within the renowned Godin Multiac Series of guitars, known for exceptional amplified acoustic sound without feedback. The MultiUke follows suit, in its own "little" way, featuring a chambered mahogany body design, solid spruce top, rosewood fingerboard & bridge, custom voiced electronics 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 body with arched top and arched back, silver leaf maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, a Custom Godin Humbucker pickup in the neck position, controlled via 1x volume & 1x tone knob, giving the player a full, warm expression of the guitars tonal characteristics.  Other features include cream binding, classic f-holes, contoured high-gloss headstock with high-ratio tuners and an adjustable Tusq bridge by Graphtech. The Gloss Top (GT) is paired with semi-gloss back & sides for an aesthetic that is second to none! Available in Natural GT or Sunburst GT finish options.


Godin Inuk Encore & Inuk Ambiance Steel fretted:

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The Godin Inuk Encore Steel & Inuk Ambiance Steel are electro-acoustic, 11-string, fretted instruments featuring steel strings, which are tuned in unison. Inspired by the Godin MultiOud, the new Inuk makes for an effortless transition for guitarists looking for a unique amplified acoustic sound to add to their collection. The Inuk Encore Steel with Antique Burst semi-gloss finish features a chambered Canadian Laurentian basswood body, solid cedar top, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard & bridge, along with custom voiced Godin EPM Quantum IT electronics with under saddle transducer in the bridge & an onboard preamp with built-in tuner. The Inuk Ambiance Steel with Sunburst high-gloss finish features a chambered mahogany body, solid spruce top, mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard & bridge, along with custom voiced electronics & an onboard preamp with built-in tuner, and option to choose between 4 blendable sound imaging mics using a 4-way selector switch.


Acoustic News - Seagull and Simon & Patrick   

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



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