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The Godin xtSA Electric Guitar with Synth Access delivers big-time electric sounds via the Godin humbucker-single-humbucker pickup configuration and 5-way switching setup. Extra meaty humbucker tones co-exist with glassy split-coil sounds in the second and fourth positions. Turn down the electric output and raise the volume on the RMC transducer saddles and the xtSA becomes an incredibly authentic-sounding "acoustic" guitar, enhanced by an onboard preamp with 3-band EQ. The electric and acoustic voices can be blended using a single patch cord or at the mixer/amp using both outputs. A built-in 13-pin connector provides direct access to all Roland GR-Series synths as well as most other 13-pin devices.
The Godin xtSA guitar incorporates the same 25-1/2" scale and mahogany neck used on the LGX-SA guitar (Product #511919). The ebony fingerboard is shaped with Godin's ergocut technique and equipped with medium jumbo frets. The body has a silverleaf maple center with poplar wings and is decorated with a figured maple veneer on top.
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Reviewed by 12 customers
I've been a guitarist for over thirty years and I have owned Gibson, Fender, Washburn, Ibanez, Peavey and PRS guitars and simply put, Godin guitars are the best guitars you can buy at these prices.This is my second Godin guitar as I also purchased an A6 Ultra about a year ago and I love them both.Just find one that fits your style and your good to go. You will not be disappointed and that's real talk...
I've owned my first xtSA for over a year now... It has since changed my take on guitars. I've owned Gibson, Ibanez, Fender, Schecter and the Godin xtSA is the best instrument I've ever played. I recently bought my 2nd (gotta have a backup on tour), and it sonds just as amazing as the first. The tone is so thick, just from the stock pickups!!! And when you mix that with the synth by running 13-pin, you can create a massive wall of thick, lush sound. I will never play another guitar ever again... why would I want to trade down? BUY A GODIN xtSA!!!!!
I bought the xtSA on the reviews that I read above. I recieved the guitar in good working order and although it was a little heavy I really wanted to like this guitar. Really, I purchased this for use with the Roland VG-99 guitar processor. The distortion that some users have reported was responsible for me returning the guitar. I have a GK-3 pickup on my US Telecaster and it works great as long as you compensate for the extreme neck radius. Based on the reviews I figured the Godin would sound more even and, well it did. The piezo pickup pissed me off. It sounded awesome by itself through the amp but as soon as I used it as a midi transducer I had audible distortion on my acoustic guitar patches that was too overwhelming to ignore, I spent hours trying to compensate for volume and intensity etc to no avail. When I switched back to the Tele, all of the patches came to life but were slightly uneven until I realized how to compensate for that (instead of turning e & b up, turn everything else down). As a guitar it sounds very good, as a VG-99 controller it doesn't come anywhere near the sound my Tele produces. I may get a Roland Ready Strat too bad they don't sell one any more.A further note is, I love the neck but the nut was way too high for this guitar. That's easy to fix if I were back home but I have limited resources here in the desert.
This guitar is awesome. The specs on the fretboard are enough to drive anyone who plays it virtually buzzy with enthudiasm to whip out your card and swipe!!! Three sounds you can blend together - separate acoustic voicing sounds really good. I have two Gibson J185s and in the studio yoiu can tell the difference micing up of course but with the eq and processing this guitar is arguably convincing. And I am picky about that sort of thing making records. Electric configuration is smokin hot but I would like the ability to switch the doublecoils to single strat config all the way through but that smy personal taste. Using the tone you cna trim it up pretty good to a buttery sound such as Hendrix on little wing. Swing down to treble and you can get double hummer. I use this with an Fender, Marshal, and Vox amp set up so I can switch and I can get tele, strat, and les paul Tones I am totally blown away!!! All with one guitar. Throw in the synth over that capability I can do it all with one instrument. The crafstmanship is superb. It is sculpted at the back of the neck-body joint to allow unfettered access to frets 12 and above. This guitar is soo Good I am truly amazed. Truly a one stop shop. Maybe thats why the touring guitar player for Genesis endorses it?? (I didn't know that until after I scopped her up) BUY YOURS TODAY!!!!
Had mine for 3 years now. Originally got the Roland gk pickups, and added it to one of my strats playing out of a Roland GR30, then went to the Roland Ready Strat. Heard the buzz about the Godin's with the RMA system. Lucked out and found it local brand new xtsa for CHEAP. These are very hard to find in stores usually. The second I picked it up and played it, I reached into my pocket and pulled out my wad of $ right there. it is solid, well crafted, action FAST, tracking WOW! If your playing synth and its not an RMA or Ghost bridge system, you do not know what your missing. Back to the XTSA, very clear tones piezo acoustic with the eq can make it sound like a Martin to darn near anything else. plain pickups HSH Les Paul to a thick strat. Synth.. you name it. compared to Brian Moore synth guitars.. Godins are 2x's more sturdy and better crafted. Yes I own 3 BM's so I can say I can tell the difference. In fact I like the Godins so much I own 5 different models now. These are my fav's over my Les Paul,Strats,Kramer,and BM's.
I have owned this guitar for almost a year now and am still blown away by it's versatilty. The 3 pick-up combination, (humbucker-single coil-humbucker) suits any style or genre. I recently produced the music score for a production of Footloose using the xtSA and it was fantastic on parts ranging from overdriven rock to tender orchestral acoustic passages. I also used the synth capabilities by utililizing a Roland GI-20 Midi Interface to play string horn and keyboard parts. The tracking was superb. You do have to tweak the acoustic voice to get the sound you want and make sure your battery is not dying out because it can go abruptly without real warning. I have played for over 35 years and have owned Gibsons, Fenders,etc. This is a great value and just an awesome guitar. They are hard to find at stores in this area, (I've never seen one in this state), Check it out if you can, or buy one online.
This guitar is a real sleeper. You would think it would be great for midi and just ok sonically, BUT SURPRISE..this is the cleanest richest sounding guitar I own. I have an American Deluxe Strat and an 2006 Les Paul Standard 60's neck..and this Godin is so beautiful tone wise it's scary. I would have never thought Rob Godin would make a bolt on neck guitar with such sustain and tone. It is built like a tank and weighs in at 8.5 pounds ..serious tone. Extreme quality and fretwork. Try this guitar you won't be able to put it down!!
Love the 3 voice system. I use the synth a LOT (with a GR-20) and it turns heads. I have another axe with Roland's GK-3 pickup installed but it doesn't track as well as the xtSA. 2 problems I've had: the piezo isn't super clean, this is even after replacing the battery; it's not terrible, but I'm really looking for *CLEAN*. Also, I'm using the Schaller strap locks and the screw for the neck side strap pin pulled out. This may have been due to how I had it loaded into the hard case with strap attached but just be warned to treat is a little more gingerly and you should be okay. On the plus side again, love the locking tuners, placement of fret markers, overall craftsmanship and attention to details. It has gotten many really positive reviews from people who've heard me use it live, and it also sounds good on recordings. I'm pleased with the product.
The tonal quality on this guitar is simply AMAZING. The acoustic pick up is almost better that my seagull peppino d'augustino plugged in, and the string lockers do a great job of keeping the strings from slipping. I love the humbucker single humbucker combo, it gives an awsome tonal versitility. Not the mention the 5 way pick up switch and the 2 tone knobs. The neck is a good comfortable shape, plus it's a little wider than most guitars incase you have fat fingers. The sustain is great, which means killer harmonics. Also the wammy bar is fun to use, it stays in tune pretty well, but for dive bombs and stuff, I'm lookin at and Ibanez with a locking tremelo that I will use only for metal.This guitar is great for all genres. I use mine for blues, classic rock (Hail Led Zeppelin!!), hard rock, and metal, but can be used for so much more. The only thing is that it's kinda heavy, but hey, that's the SOLID MAPLE for ya. Those canadians really know how to make a guitar! Oh, and if you like those killer solos way up on the high notes there like I do, you might have a hard time finding a good place for your thumb, since it's not double cut away.This guitar is like a les paul combined with a strat plus a little godin magic! (I.E. the synth access, which i haven't used yet cause I don't have a synth amp, and also the acoutic pick up). Anyway, this is a great all around guitar and I highly recommend it.
I have have owned this guitar for about two months and I love it. I'm still finding out what it can do. The position 1 humbucker is great for jazz tone and clean rhythm. The single-coil has a Strat-like tone, but fuller. The second humbucker has a hard edge for blues or rock. The 5-position toggle allows you to blend these sounds. The acoustic is simply awesome. I have a couple of nice acoustic/electrics and this sounds more real than they do. The built-in eq has range and is well made. The wood is beautifully done.(I have the tranparent black) The maple leaf veneer is expertly finished. I am the only one I know with this guitar. I feel like I have a secret, but I guess not anymore. Check it out if you can. I'm sure other players will enjoy it too. I haven't even tried the synth capabilities but I'm going to get the Roland G1-20 soon. Once again wow!