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Electric, acoustic and synth sound all in one.

The Godin xtSA Flame Electric Guitar's sound power begins with three distinct voices: electric guitar, acoustic guitar and synth controller. The xtSA delivers big time electric sounds via the Godin humbucker-single-humbucker pickup configuration. Thanks to a special 5-way switch 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 sounds like an authentic acoustic guitar. The acoustic voice of the xtSA is enhanced by an onboard preamp with a three-way graphic EQ. The two outputs are set up so that the electric and acoustic voices can be blended in the guitar using a single patch cord or at the amp/mixer using both outputs.

The icing on the xtSA cake comes in the form of its synth tracking. As with all Godin synth-ready instruments, a built-in 13-pin connector provides direct access to all Roland GR-Series synths as well as most other 13-pin devices.

All of this sound power would be a lot less interesting if the guitar didn't feel great. Thanks to the same 25" scale mahogany neck used on the Godin flagship LGX-SA guitar, this is a very comfortable guitar to play. The ebony fingerboard is shaped with Godin's ergocut technique and equipped with medium jumbo frets. The body is made from a silverleaf maple center with poplar wings and decorated with a figured maple veneer on top.

Includes a gig bag.

FEATURES
  • Body - Silverleaf maple center with poplar wings
  • Fingerboard ” Ebony neck ” mahogany
  • Scale - 25"
  • Electronics - Godin humbucker, single-coil, humbucker, tremolo bridge with RMC transducers, custom pre-amp with 3-band EQ for acoustic sound
  • Three outputs - electric, acoustic/mix, 13-pin for Roland GR synths & most other 13-pin devices
  • Includes a gig bag
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GodinxtSA Flame Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 39 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

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    (6)

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    (3)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (18)
  • Good tone (18)
  • Fun to play (16)
  • Solid electronics (12)
  • Good pick up (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Recording (19)
  • Practicing (17)
  • Jamming (16)
  • Small venues (11)
  • Rock concerts (9)
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    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (6)

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One guitar, so many sounds!

I don't think I can add anything new to the already posted positive comments; will merely offer my observations so far:

Build quality is top notch for this price range. The...Read complete review

I don't think I can add anything new to the already posted positive comments; will merely offer my observations so far:

Build quality is top notch for this price range. The very subtle headstock binding is completely unnecessary, but is a beautiful, thoughtful touch reflecting the passion of the designers. I purchased the flame body: it has a *lightly* shellacked mahogany neck with ebony fretboard. Not normally a fan of ebony but I was floored by the feel of the combination. Though it is a bolt-on neck, the body's neck heel is rounded to facilitate access to the higher registers.

Despite sharing some loosely broad features, this guitar is nothing like a Les Paul, nor a Strat. It doesn't sound or feel like either of them. It almost seems like its been explicitly designed this way. Neck balance is good, body weight is slightly less than a Strat; scale length and fret thickness are totally Strat - but neck dimensions are an interesting hybrid of Strat and Les Paul: Strat depth and radius with Les Paul width, again feeling like both while feeling like neither. The sensation is difficult to put into words.

The xtSA is HSH configuration, which is not what I normally prefer (either HH, HHH or SSS; honestly, what is the advantage to HS in parallel without coil splitting?). But it has bridge transducers for "acoustic sounds" and to drive the 13-pin Roland-style synths.

To my ear, the electro-mag pickups are "middle of the road", which gives them the clean-ness and versatility for pop / country players; they can work for heavier styles with the appropriate distortion applied; to be clear, I would not use this guitar in a jazz setting with a Hammond B3 because I feel it lacks the smokiness of a "real" jazz guitar, even with the tone rolled down on the neck pickup. This is just an opinion, of course.

The piezo transducer acoustic sound: no one will mistake it for hearing an unmic'd dreadnought in person, but it very much sounds like a mic'd / recorded acoustic. It is bright, shimmery and has a dedicated three-band EQ. My biggest concern is that the piezo volume is where the Les Paul pickup selector would be, while the electro-mag volume is where the Les Paul rhythm volume would be (without a switch), meaning that switch back and forth solely between the piezo and the electro-mags could be a chore. I will look into possibly re-wiring this to a switch.

And of course, it also drives any Roland-type 13-pin GK interface, which means that it's an acoustic, an electric AND a synth controller in one package that feels great. I had no problem accurately tracking 32nd notes to the GR-55; actually, I was pleasantly surprised at how fast and accurately it tracked.

There are, however, two issues I'd like to point out: this guitar, triggering the GR-55's lead sounds produces ghost notes which the rhythm sounds do not - the transducer manufacturer offers an inexpensive hardware attenuator plugin to address this. My GK-2A equipped Strat isn't as noticeable in this regard, which is to be expected since the GK-2A / GK-3 pickups don't make direct contact with the strings; also, seems weird that the switch for advancing GR-55 sounds increments TOWARDS you, rather than away. I will probably flip it around because it feels counter-intuitive to me.

This is a beautifully crafted, incredibly versatile sounding and great feeling guitar. My only real peeve is the apparent inability to instantly switch between the piezo and electro-mag pickups.

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Versatile But Flawed

I bought this primarily to use as an "all around" guitar. Acoustic, synth, electric in one instrument. I find the electronics to be fairly good. However, the guitar weighs...Read complete review

I bought this primarily to use as an "all around" guitar. Acoustic, synth, electric in one instrument. I find the electronics to be fairly good. However, the guitar weighs more than any other I own, including my Strat and Tele. Noise resonates through the tremolo. Plumber's tape on the arm threads did not help. It does not stay in tune. I do like the acoustic pickup. (Just don't forget to unplug the guitar or the acoustic battery will die.) But, the Godin electric pickups are a bit disappointing. I'm sure the original Xt's with Seymour Duncans must have been better. The synth tracking is very good. As you would expect with a built-in system versus an add-on. Overall it's a solid 5 out of 10. The weight is the worst thing about it by far. Pair that with the tuning problem and you'd better have a real need for it's versatility or look to another axe for what you require.

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3.0

Still love this guitar, but mine got issues

By Gigi

from Philippines

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Electronics

Best Uses

    Comments about Godin xtSA Flame Electric Guitar:

    Got mine here 8years ago. Love the ebony fretboard. My only problem is the piezo pickups, from time to time it gets dull. Sometimes dead... the synth electronics also are not working anymore. But still i love this guitar iven if the only usable section is the mag pups.

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    5.0

    You can't just be a great guitarist any longer..............

    By RICHARD

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    Comments about Godin xtSA Flame Electric Guitar:

    This was a shock to me. The only Godin I was familiar with was the Multiac Jazz, so I felt like I was comparing sheep with oranges. The body was different looking from the Gibsons and Fenders, but you could tell it had old world craftsmanship like maybe the PRS' of today. The body was Koa, and finished in Cognac Burst; a beautiful work of art. On the down side, it had so many toggle switches, buttons, and knobs that it made me think it was going to be very difficult to play. So far, it sounds great, but....

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    3.0

    Faulty electronics.

    By Mv

    from Ny

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      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Recording

        Comments about Godin xtSA Flame Electric Guitar:

        The beauty died after 6 months. Godin couldn't get the replacement parts for one year! So the instrument was returned for a full refund. I will not touch a a Godin electric ever again. Seagull is a fine guitar however. I do a lot of Roland 13 pin stuff and the experience was a total bummer. I wound up getting a jtv 59 gold top w p90s. I still use my Roland strat made in 98. Too bad because godin's concept is perfect. Too bad the components do not measure up.

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        4.0

        Love the guitar, but don't expect it to look like the ad.

        By WYSIWYG

        from Gatesville, TX

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Worship Team

          Comments about Godin xtSA Flame Electric Guitar:

          I am enjoying this guitar quite a bit. The one think I want to comment on is that, because it is real wood, these guitars look quite different from one another. The one in the picture is one of the most beautiful guitars I have ever seen, probably what brought me to this model, but mine is a much darker shade, with less distinct grain. I almost returned it to try my luck at a different shade, but after doing an internet search for images of the guitar, I decided that I liked mine better than most that I have seen. I also have an Epiphone Ultra III, which has a similar pickup configuration without the Synth Access. I like the acoustic sound of the Godin better, as well as the feel of the neck.

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          5.0

          Godin guitar are very under rated

          By Dave

          from Ohio

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Godin xtSA Flame Electric Guitar:

            Very versatile with magnetic pickups along with a 13 pin synth pickup and piezo acoustic sound. Electric pickups are surprisingly good, I assumed I would be swapping them out immediately but I may just keep them. Neck feels great, a bit flatter than most (a Good Thing) at 16" radius. Tuners are so-so. It's a bit heavy but not excessively.

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            5.0

            Love it!!

            By cj

            from seneca sc

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Godin xtSA Flame Electric Guitar:

              Very good craftsmanship. Good feel. Easy to play. Great sound. Impressed with the piezo pickups. with all the combinations of pickups you can produce so many tones.

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              2.0

              Versatile But Flawed

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              By SteveGuitarist

              from New York, NY

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Does Not Stay In Tune
              • Noisy Trem System
              • Very heavy

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Godin xtSA Flame Electric Guitar:

              I bought this primarily to use as an "all around" guitar. Acoustic, synth, electric in one instrument. I find the electronics to be fairly good. However, the guitar weighs more than any other I own, including my Strat and Tele. Noise resonates through the tremolo. Plumber's tape on the arm threads did not help. It does not stay in tune. I do like the acoustic pickup. (Just don't forget to unplug the guitar or the acoustic battery will die.) But, the Godin electric pickups are a bit disappointing. I'm sure the original Xt's with Seymour Duncans must have been better. The synth tracking is very good. As you would expect with a built-in system versus an add-on. Overall it's a solid 5 out of 10. The weight is the worst thing about it by far. Pair that with the tuning problem and you'd better have a real need for it's versatility or look to another axe for what you require.

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              5.0

              nice player

              By ir1ru12

              from florida

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Godin xtSA Flame Electric Guitar:

                I actually bought this guitar and the lgxt. I played both for a week. I ended up keeping the lgxt for a few reasons. It had more bottom end and sustain, but also costs 800 more. It also has the seymor duncan pickups in it. Still this is an awesome guitar if you can't afford the lgxt. you won't be disappointed.

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                4.0

                Great guitar!

                By Hooch

                from Sterling Heights, MI

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • 13 Pin Cord Connection
                • Battery Connection

                Best Uses

                • Church
                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Godin xtSA Flame Electric Guitar:

                Excellent guitar with a beautiful sound. I use it in a church environment and it serves very well.
                The only two things I dislike about the product is the cheap battery connector and the 13 pin connector.
                My battery connector is going to have to be replaced due to torn insulation and breaking the terminal mount. Right now, I have to connect my battery and wrap insulating tape around it to hold it together.
                The 13 pin connector needs to be more robust and stabilized to keep pressure off the connector. I wrap my cable around my guitar strap to try to eleviate this problem but for some reason I'm still getting a crackle from the connection.
                Other than these two reasons, this is an excellent guitar for the money. I would definately purchase another one if needed.

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                4.0

                Godin Guitars

                By SRO

                from Atlanta, GA

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • All venues
                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Godin xtSA Flame Electric Guitar:

                  I have owned a Godin Artesian for many years. I also have Ovation, Gretch, Fender and Gibson, I always go back to the Godin for recording and just plain playing fun. The problem is the plastic pick up's keep cracking and I can't get replacements. I guess Godin stops stocking parts after X amount of years, so I'm frequently super gluing the pick up casings. Other that that, I love Godins.

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