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Godin A6 Ultra Semi-gloss Semi-Acoustic-Electric Guitar  Natural Cedar 

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The Godin A6 Ultra Semi-Acousti-Electric guitar offers the innovative concepts found in all Godin A-series guitars. You get plugged-in acoustic sound...Read More

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Acoustic sound, humbucker sound, electric comfort!

The Godin A6 Ultra Semi-Acousti-Electric guitar offers the innovative concepts found in all Godin A-series guitars. You get plugged-in acoustic sound with the feel of an electric guitar neck, along with a chambered body that virtually eliminates feedback in live and loud settings.

The Godin A6 Ultra guitar adds "oomph" and full tone with a Godin humbucker pickup in the neck position. Other enhancements include an under-saddle transducer, dual outputs (acoustic and electric) that combine for huge stereo sound and a Custom Godin preamp voiced specifically for the A6 Ultra. The preamp gives guitarists control of their tone via sliders for acoustic volume, treble, mid, bass and independent controls for the electric humbucker volume, treble and bass.

Whether plugging into the single acoustic mix or in stereo (via both outputs), controlling your tone is at the tip of your fingers. And the Godin A6 Ultra guitar delivers in all styles of music from jazz to rock to country as well as being a great blues slide guitar.

Other appointments on the Godin A6 Ultra guitar include a solid cedar top, a 2-chambered silver leaf maple body, semi-gloss mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, and the comfortable feel of an ergocut back.

Includes a gig bag.

FEATURES
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood
  • Radius: 16" (40.6cm)
  • Scale: 25-1/2" (64,75cm)
  • Nut Width: 1-11/16" (4.3cm)
  • Top: Solid Cedar
  • Body: Two-chambered silver leaf maple
  • Finish: Semi-gloss
  • Controls: Custom Godin Pre-amp, 1x electric ouput, 1x acoustic output
  • Pick-ups: Godin Humbucker & EPM under saddle transducer
  • Includes a gig bag

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GodinA6 Ultra Semi-gloss Semi-Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 21 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good feel (11)
  • Good tone (9)
  • Good pick up (8)
  • Solid electronics (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (10)
  • Jamming (9)
  • Small venues (9)
  • Recording (8)
  • Rock concerts (4)
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We all know the saying . . .

We have all heard the saying that "it is a poor musician who blames his instrument," but with the Godin A6 Ultra - you are going to be saying the exact...Read complete review

We have all heard the saying that "it is a poor musician who blames his instrument," but with the Godin A6 Ultra - you are going to be saying the exact opposite. You are going to be praising this instrument, and telling everyone you know how it is making you a better musician. First off, this is not "an acoustic guitar" in any traditional sense of the word. It is, at best, a Thinline. The best way to describe the acoustic difference in the sound is that it lacks the natural percussion that you get from an acoustic guitar. But here are the benefits: It is the size of an electric guitar, but lighter than any solid body electric you will ever play. It has a very sweet finish - I am kicking myself a little for not springing for the vintage sunburst. It is nice and slim and it is SUPER EASY to play. I have never played as smooth with any guitar as I do with this one. It might be that it is just the perfect fit for me. The neck radius has the right amount of width for my hands - not too big and not too slim. It showed up perfectly set up. I didn't need to do a thing to it. The only odd thing was I didn't think it came with a gig bag, it did not say that it did in the description, so I ordered one, and low and behold, it showed up in a gig bag and then I had an extra one.

But otherwise, plug this guitar in, and enjoy the sweet tone it delivers. I keep the acoustic channel essentially clean - though I do enjoy mixing in just a smidge of that humbucker on occassion. But what I mostly do is run the acoustic side through a Zoom A2 Acoustic pedal. The flexibility and ability to dial in tone is amazing with those two paired - they are the pefect pair. And then I go ahead and run the electric side through my pedal board (EHX Knockout, Big Muff, Chorus Clone, and Small Stone) and into my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe and POW - I have a full electric rig and I don't swap guitars! And it is every bit as sweet as the Godin Kingpin P90 that I traded for this - minus all the annoying Feedback I would get. I'm Electric. I'm Acoustic. I'm Both. The options are incredible. And that is what is great about this guitar. You are so flexible that this guitar could almost never be the wrong choice of Axe (At least for what I play).

Finally, be prepared if you buy this guitar! You are going to be fielding lots of questions. No one has any idea what you are doing, or how, and no one has ever seen this guitar before. It seems there is no end to the fascination at the look and the flexibility of this guitar. Musicians and laypeople a like. I only wish I had found this guitar 20 years ago. I would be a Rock God today if I had. I play better then I ever have, and am constantly hearing the possibilities of things I can do with this guitar in my head.

Well, I'm going to head back to the studio and see if I cannot get one radio hit before I die. And if I do, it will be because of this guitar.
See my comments below. How could it be anything other than Fantastic? It is both an acoustic guitar and an electric guitar. What more do you need?
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major design flaw cheap hardware

this guitar plays great sounds incredible plugged in. loved the guitar until ibroke a string. when the string breaks at the saddle if the ball end of the string falls down into the guitar...Read complete review

this guitar plays great sounds incredible plugged in. loved the guitar until ibroke a string. when the string breaks at the saddle if the ball end of the string falls down into the guitar it makes its way down the wiring hole and into the input jack area, it will short the jack connections and cause major distortion. the input jack has to be removed to remove the string end. a real pain in a live situation. Also, the tuning machine heads are very cheap i have had to replace two of them in the middle of a gig because they both split down the middle. if not for these two issues i would have given this guitar a much higher rating

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5.0

Professional player 25+ years

By Bigstrick

from Alabama

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Godin A6 Ultra Semi-gloss Semi-Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I play 4 to 8 gigs a week.
    Acoustic tone is great for the size of the body. Comparing it to my standard size acoustic it is not as deep and round but it's still very good. It cuts through nicely in the mix.
    The humbucker is great! Very strong output and thick. You can roll back some of the lows and give it a single coil like tone. Running this stereo is the only way to go! Very good tuners as well!
    This guitar plays great. Good feel. Very responsive. I played 4x4hr gigs in two days when I first got it. It didn't miss a beat. I play a lot of solos and loops and this was easier on me than playing my large standard acoustic. I wanted a T5 but couldn't afford it. This is a great guitar and performs well even at the highest standards.

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    5.0

    Professional player approved!

    By Bigstrick

    from Alabama

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Godin A6 Ultra Semi-gloss Semi-Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I am a professional player. I play many styles. The tone of the acoustic is good and the electric tone is excellent. I run this stereo into two amps. I use a loop and loop the acoustic and then solo over it through my electric amp. Excellent!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Highly recommended

        By James

        from undisclosed

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        Comments about Godin A6 Ultra Semi-gloss Semi-Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I bought this guitar sight-unseen based on reviews and price. I wanted a thinline acoustic partly for comfort in playing and partly for feedback control. I've had this guitar for 10 days now and have done 3 gigs with it. I love everything about it; it's the best guitar for the money I've ever bought, and does everything I wanted it to do. The controls and routing are great, the humbucker is a great idea, though I normally want the straight acoustic sound. The amplified acoustic sound is light-years ahead of anything I've gotten from any other guitar. Feedback issues reduced a couple hundred percent. Great action with the strings put on at the factory. Unplugged sound isn't bad either, though of course you probably wouldn't use it for recording (but that's not what it's designed for).

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Extremely playable and versatile guitar

        By Chridman

        from Gothenburg

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Godin A6 Ultra Semi-gloss Semi-Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I am very satisfied with this guitar. The neck feels lovely in my hand and it's great for practising as it does not make a great deal of noise when not plugged in. It's the kind of guitar that makes you just want to keep picking it up and playing. I got the 'cognac burst' which is I guess Godin's name for vintage burst or violin burst. It's very stylish IMO.

          I have only had one gig since buying this guitar but it had a nice sound through the P.A. I intend to use it as my main gigging guitar in the future (I play mainly on my own, pub covers or my own songs) but if in the future a band type setting arises or a jam, I could plug this into an amp.
          This guitar has every situation covered it seems, which is why I bought it.

          I would like to inform readers about my experience with strings as I noticed that it can be a bit confusing because Godin recommend one gauge in the guitar's user manual and quite another gauge in the product presentation on their website!

          After a while I changed the original factory strings to Ernie Ball Regular Slinkies (10-46, plain G) and had them on the guitar for some time. Although easy to play these strings affected the intonation and the guitar did not tune well.

          Researching online I discovered that there were only really two sets of strings for acoustic/electric use. GHS White Bronze and DR Zebras. Having read a couple of not so hot reviews of the Zebras I decided to order a set of the White Bronze online as no shop in my town stocked them. I got the XL gauge, which is 11-48 (all the gauges have a wound G) which is the lightest gauge that they make.

          I put them on and was surprised what a difference they made! The guitar immediately 'settled' and the tuning became good. I had read somewhere on the net that a wound G was needed for this guitar and this is totally true. Don't put a plain G on this guitar!

          I don't want to diss the Zebras as I have not tried them but I can definitely recommend the White Bronze strings in XL gauge for the Godin Ultra A6! That said, I haven't tried them amplified yet, but I imagine that they do the job. Will report on that further on down the line..

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          5.0

          worth it.

          By maxwell223

          from Colorado Springs, Co

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Godin A6 Ultra Semi-gloss Semi-Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            Nice, you won't be disappointed.

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great worship tool

            By PAPAGEE777

            from Kodak, tn

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics
            • You Only Need One Axe

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Godin A6 Ultra Semi-gloss Semi-Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            Has unlimited use and tone possibilities

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            (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good Guitar!

            By sungjin kim

            from Korea

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Godin A6 Ultra Semi-gloss Semi-Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              This is good guitar!

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              (8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              I wanted to love it, but...

              By Andrew

              from undisclosed

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel

              Cons

              • No Soul

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Godin A6 Ultra Semi-gloss Semi-Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              I really wanted to Love this guitar! I read so many positive reviews... And it really does live up to them, technically.

              But a guitar is where technical perfection does not predict artistic perfection or grace.

              It looks beautiful, good quality fit and finish.
              Out of the box,the set up was great, right from the factory. No adjustments needed..

              It plays amaizingly: No fret buzz. Nice, low action. Smooth, fast neck. Very light weight. I can play this for long stretches without getting tired.
              All the components appear to be good quality.

              So, why am I Not excited?
              It's the Sound. There's just no Character to it. The acoustic signal is OK, but it sounds more like an acoustic guitar "model" rather than the real thing. The humbucker sound is on the muddy side, with no "grind" or "edge" to it. This is probably because the humbucker is in the neck position, so it's bound to be mellower than a bridge position pickup, of course. But it just doesn't have the kind of "singing" quality you expect from a hollow body. It's just plain, "vanilla" sound.

              Perhaps I just haven't found the right combination of amp or pedals to make this thing "sing." But I did try many. It's not for lack of testing with multiple setups.

              Perhaps for mellow jazz, this is a good choice. But if you want to rock, you need something else.

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              (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Perfect Acoustic/Electric

              By Roosterboy McCoy

              from Buffalo, NY

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Godin A6 Ultra Semi-gloss Semi-Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                I own both this guitar and Godin's A12 and consider both to be the ideal compromise between live acoustic (plugged in) sound and easy playability.

                They both play like an electrics, but sound like far more expensive acoustic guitars. I play solo acoustic gigs or open mics weekly and used to bring my higher end Martin 6 or my Breedlove 12 string. The A6 sounds amazing and is a joy to play. Godin's site claims the A12 is the easiest playing 12 string in the world and I believe they're right. The same is true of the A6. The necks on these guitars are thin and fast. Out of the box, you will be able to nail acoustic riffs that would be far more challenging to play cleanly on traditional acoustic guitars.

                I've owned (and still own) many great acoustic guitars, but the A6 and A12 are my "go to" guitars for live performance. The sound is weak unplugged, as to be expected, but plug these things in - and the sound is amazing. The videos on Youtube and Godin's site don't do them justice. I get more compliments on my guitar sound with the A6 then I ever did with guitars that cost literally 3x as much - and the Godin is a breeze to play!

                My advice: Go for it. You will not regret buying this guitar.

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Pretty Darn Cool

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                By Ailen Rocker

                from Roswell, NM.

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                • Fret Buzz

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Godin A6 Ultra Semi-gloss Semi-Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                I am new to Godin instruments but I think I am going to like them quite well. I have not had this A6 for long but what I can say is that for what it is I'm very impressed. I would call it more of a "hybrid" than acoustic eletric but thats just me. As far as the sound goes, I compaird the acoustic side to a Gibson and Taylor AE the other day and was quite impressed. The sound and the EQ was very full and when adding the humbucker in a bit... "OH MY" it was delicious. On the electric side, dont expect this guitar to be a strat or LP you will be disappointed but it's not bad. I wish the frets were a little taller to help with chording buzz but I guess I'm gonna just have to get my fingers stronger. When strapped on, it hangs like a tele and is about the same thickness. Personally I prefer the way a strat hangs but thats just me. For the price you can not go wrong.

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