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Traditional tone woods and modern design.
The 2-chamber body is routed from a solid block of mahogany and capped with a solid spruce top. The top is voiced with a unique combination of X and fan bracing that produces exceptional sound and projection even when played acoustically. Plugged in, the A8 truly excels with individual RMC saddle transducers running through an RMC preamp voiced specifically for the A8.
A mandolin that way exceeds its price in quality.
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After twenty years of playing amplified acoustic music at least a couple of times a week and using every preamp, pickup, blender, dual-source, amp, loudbox, expression system, etc., from Takamine to Taylor, Trace Elliott to Genz Benz, I can state unequivocally that Godin offers one of the simplest solutions for achieving a good, useable live, acoustic sound. Just plug it in and go. If you have a good pre or tube DI, even better. With that said, I would place the Godin mandolin at the top of the heap when it comes to the "Godin sound". While there guitars are good, the mando's even better. This little guy sounds good, comes through loud and clear, has a very tweakable eq and imparts the right amount of air and percussion to make it sound exciting like a mando should - and not a guitar being played in the upper ocatves. I have had mine for 7 or 8 years now and have never had a problem. This mandolin is not loud enough for straight acoustic use. It's definitely okay for practice but you won't cut it next to an acoustic guitar unless you plug it in. So plug it in!
I purchased this mandolin after a long wait. Because the mandolins available in this price range are so ordinary in comparison to Godin. Once used to the heavenly sound of a Gibson A type mandolin, the only other mandolin I wanted to buy would have been an F-type Gibson ranging between 6-7 K minimum. Then I came across this mandolin priced at about 700's. It has amazing versatility, sounds good even without the amp and once attached to the amp, it has this fascinating bold sound, with even base frequencies. The eq allows wide range of adjustments and top of all, the ease of playing is great! I comfortably recommend this mandolin to both new players and professionals alike. After searching for 25 years, I have something other than Gibson that can be recommended!
The Godin A8 mandolin is a quality instrument, great for practicing when unplugged or jamming with a soft group of players. It rocks when plugged into a amp. The neck is thinner than a Gibson A, the body is comfortable, and string spacing and neck width are great. The equalizer sliders don't have much effect but are useful for slight trimming. I have the hard shell case which is excellent and protects the instrument, I don't like gig bags. I've had several electric mandolins, including a Gibson Florintine and the A8 is right there with it note for note. The A8 is real bargin in sound and price and is very well built.
The reason for this low rating has only to do with the unadjustable bridge. The action is too high on the upper registers and can not be lowered except maybe by shimming the neck. If godin would put an adjustable bridge on it I'd buy one in a heartbeat, the sound amp'd can not be beat
The finish is great on this mando and plays wonderfully right out of the box (replace factory strings right away, though). Acoustically it is OK (6 or 7 out of 10) but plugged in is where it rocks. I own numerous mandos and have owned numerous others but nothing comes close to the sound this when plugged in. Clean, no feedback, crystal-clear. If you only occasionally play plugged in, get an F-Style with a piezo (like the Fender 62E or GoldTone GM110). However, if you play amplified (as I do every week) and are looking for an acoustic-electric sound, this is the one. If only Godin made an Octave Mandolin!
Kudos to Godin! This is the best acoustic/electric mandolin I have ever played. When I took it out of the shipping box and unzipped the gig bag (by the way, the gig bag is even awesome), first of all the beauty of it was breathtaking but then I started to play it and even after being shipped it was in tune still! I don't know how they did it but even without a soundhole it can still be played acoustically. So after a while of playing it acoustically, I decided to plug it in. This pre-amp does not color or change the sound of this instrument. It truly reflects the exact sound that the instrument produces. I did not detect any noise or feedback problems at all, even at higher volumes. This is great for live applications plugged in or just sitting around playing on the front porch acoustically. The action was great for me however, I don't see how you would lower it if you wanted to do so. The company claims it is an adjustable brige but there are no thumb screws or any other obvious ways to lower the bridge that I can see. Also, it did not come with a manual or any other information. I plan to contact 'GODIN' for instruction on this point. The individual saddles/pick-ups give it a very balanced overall volume. I chose the natural satin finish for mine and it is just beautiful. The construction is soild. I really couldn't be more happy, this truly is one fine instrument!!! Thanks Godin!
I have played a several electric mandolins, but none compare to the quality of sound that comes from this instrument. It has the best features that any musican could ask. If you are looking at buying an electric mandolin this is the one to buy!