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The Godin xtSA Flame Electric Guitar's sound power begins with three distinct voices: electric guitar, acoustic guitar and synth controller. The xtSA...Read More

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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
 
4.5

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (14)
  • Good tone (14)
  • Fun to play (12)
  • Solid electronics (10)
  • Good pick up (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Recording (15)
    • Practicing (14)
    • Jamming (13)
    • Small venues (10)
    • Rock concerts (8)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Solid Swiss Army Knife of Guitars

    I have to start out by saying this is a very solid feeling guitar that has great craftsmanship and materials. I have a Gibson, Fender Americans and a Carvin to compare it to and...Read complete review

    I have to start out by saying this is a very solid feeling guitar that has great craftsmanship and materials. I have a Gibson, Fender Americans and a Carvin to compare it to and it is in the same ballpark as far as quality and components.

    The one unique feature that it has is the EQ for the the acoustics and it is very effective especially if you are using a single amp for elec/acous functions. The versatility of single or multiple connections to different components great.

    I don't have a synth yet, so I can't comment on that part of the electronics. The Godin HSH pup's are better than average but not great. The 2 and 4 position doesn't split the humbuckers so if you want Straty sounds the middle pup is all you have. Overall they sound pretty good and you can get a good variety of flavors, just not Fendery. The acoustic sound is really great for what it is, especially if you split the signal to a PA or acoustic amp. The switches and pots feel solid and work effectively.

    The neck is mahogany with an ebony fret board and has a satin finish and for me it feels fantastic. It is not a thin wizardy type of neck. It is chunky on the back and pretty flat on top and for me very playable, 50's Gibsonish. Very well constructed. The locking tuners are very solid and work great. The tremolo has the screw in arm which I am not a huge fan of, it's loose and sloppy. I wish it had the push in, Wilkinson style. It does stay in tune very well and if your not a big trem user it shouldn't be a problem.

    The finish and the overall quality and feel of the guitar is excellent, including the gig bag it comes with. It is comfortable and balanced sitting or standing. The overall look is unique and is better in person than pictures show. For the price and the 3 in one versatility, even if you don't use them all, this is a quality guitar.

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    Would not buy again

    The 1st xtsa arrived with synth electronics that did not work. The local dealer confirmed this and ordered a 2nd one. The 2nd one arrived with a plain non-flamed top that was disappointing. ...Read complete review

    The 1st xtsa arrived with synth electronics that did not work. The local dealer confirmed this and ordered a 2nd one. The 2nd one arrived with a plain non-flamed top that was disappointing. The synth worked but the latency was unacceptable. This guitar will usually not stay in tune more than a few minutes. Not sure if its the trem bridge that throws it off, or what. The pups sound nice when the guitar is in tune. The synth stoppped working a few weeks after I received it. Godin suggested cleaning the synth pups on the brige. This helped. Too many issues with the bells and whistles. I don't play it much because of the issues. The Roland Synth ended up in my equipment grave yard. I only played it about 5 times. What a waste.

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    2.0

    Versatile But Flawed

    By SteveGuitarist

    from New York, NY

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    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

    About Me Professional Musician

    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

      About Me Experienced

      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

      About Me Professional Musician

      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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        5.0

        Great purchase....VERY happy!

        By Ken

        from Atlanta, GA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Worship leading

          Comments about Godin xtSA Flame Electric Guitar:

          It took a few hours to figure it out with the Roland GR-55 but once I watched a few youtube videos, WOW! I love this guitar and set up!! I was doubtful that it would be able to do what they claimed, but it is an awesome purchase. VERY happy.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          One guitar, so many sounds!

          By replicand

          from Hollywood, ca

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone
          • Ridiculously Versatile

          Cons

          • No Piezo Killswitch

          Best Uses

          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Godin xtSA Flame Electric Guitar:

          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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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Versatile Guitar

          By Brisco County Jr

          from Washington

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          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Godin xtSA Flame Electric Guitar:

                Nothing like running your guitar through the GR-55 and having it track well. Kudos!
                Well made and versatile. Not much for the D shape of the neck and the action was a bit high out of the box but all in all this is what the doctor ordered. Buy and enjoy !!

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                5.0

                Very Versatile

                By someguy

                from Cleveland

                About Me Experienced

                Ask me a question

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Great Intonation
                • Looks great
                • Lots Of Features
                • Solid Electronics
                • well built

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Godin xtSA Flame Electric Guitar:

                  Got this a week ago and haven't been able to put it down. The guitar is built very well and the finish looks amazing. Right out of the box, the guitar was setup pretty well. It has a wider and thicker neck than a lot of guitars being built today, which I prefer, and the medium frets work well with this. It definitely doesn't feel like a Strat or even a Les Paul neck-wise. More like an old-school hollow-body. Once again, I prefer this, and that's partly why I bought it. Especially if you want to utilize the acoustic sound, it's nice that the neck is built to not lean solely towards a fast electric feel. There are a ton of tones you can get out of this with the 5-way switch, and I have found it to be great for recording because I can dial in just the right sound I want. Sometimes my Gibson ES 137 or Strat don't allow for a diverse enough sound to hit just what I'm looking for in a song, especially if plugged in direct. The piezo pickup gives this an unbelievably accurate acoustic sound. I am still surprised at how great it sounds. If you were to record the acoustic tone and play it back, I'm sure most wouldn't guess it was an "electric" guitar. I put on some thicker electric strings than it came with which helped with this. Of course, when playing it live, the lack of a sound hole and therefore natural sound projection makes it seem much different than using a normal acoustic, but when used with a good PA or acoustic amp, it really can get the job done. The ability to blend the piezo and your choice of pickup combinations is really nice. Sometimes I've enjoyed adding just a touch of the piezo to the electric tones to give the sound more body and make it brighter if I want. The three band EQ for the piezo is great and very responsive. Once again, you can get a ton of tones from this. With the electric pickups, you'll get some nice humbucker and single coil tones that will come close to sounding like some of the famous guitar models, but it won't be that exact strat, tele, or les paul sound. It has it's own sound that's for sure. Haven't used the midi connection, not my thing, but from what I've read, it gives you a ton of options for that, too. I also have a seagull acoustic (made by Godin) and I've been super impressed with the guitars and quality the company is offering, at a fraction of the price of similar guitars by bigger names. I bought a "Gently Used" one from MF for a great price (seriously can't see at any flaws on it, so recommend looking for those if they have any), but would definitely say this guitar is worth what it normally sells for. One last thing, I've heard some people complain about the quality of the tuners. While I can see that not having metal tuning heads makes them a bit more delicate, I don't have an issue with them. Time will tell if they'll hold up, but overall with the locking tuner mechanisms, this guitar's tuning is excellent, even when using the whammy bar. Way better than my Gibson (which cost....a LOT more than this).

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                  4.0

                  Solid Swiss Army Knife of Guitars

                  By KarlsKustom

                  from Lynnwood, WA

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Eq For Acoustics
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                  • Tremolo Could Be Better

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Godin xtSA Flame Electric Guitar:

                  I have to start out by saying this is a very solid feeling guitar that has great craftsmanship and materials. I have a Gibson, Fender Americans and a Carvin to compare it to and it is in the same ballpark as far as quality and components.

                  The one unique feature that it has is the EQ for the the acoustics and it is very effective especially if you are using a single amp for elec/acous functions. The versatility of single or multiple connections to different components great.

                  I don't have a synth yet, so I can't comment on that part of the electronics. The Godin HSH pup's are better than average but not great. The 2 and 4 position doesn't split the humbuckers so if you want Straty sounds the middle pup is all you have. Overall they sound pretty good and you can get a good variety of flavors, just not Fendery. The acoustic sound is really great for what it is, especially if you split the signal to a PA or acoustic amp. The switches and pots feel solid and work effectively.

                  The neck is mahogany with an ebony fret board and has a satin finish and for me it feels fantastic. It is not a thin wizardy type of neck. It is chunky on the back and pretty flat on top and for me very playable, 50's Gibsonish. Very well constructed. The locking tuners are very solid and work great. The tremolo has the screw in arm which I am not a huge fan of, it's loose and sloppy. I wish it had the push in, Wilkinson style. It does stay in tune very well and if your not a big trem user it shouldn't be a problem.

                  The finish and the overall quality and feel of the guitar is excellent, including the gig bag it comes with. It is comfortable and balanced sitting or standing. The overall look is unique and is better in person than pictures show. For the price and the 3 in one versatility, even if you don't use them all, this is a quality guitar.

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                  5.0

                  xtSA is a beautiful instrument...

                  By WizBob

                  from St. Francisville, Louisiana

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Solid Electronics
                  • Versatile Sound

                  Cons

                  • Solid Body Is Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording

                  Comments about Godin xtSA Flame Electric Guitar:

                  My first Godin XTSA had a tremolo problem which Musicians Friends quickly got me out a replacement.
                  I like this guitar, it's features, it's acoustic pickup sound, the over all amped sounds that can come out of it, and that's before hooking it up to the synth. I purchased it to trigger the Roland GR-55 but like it on several other fronts now that I've discovered the Godin XTSA's possibilities. The setup and action is great and the finish is beautiful. In researching this purchase I found that Robert Godin is a Canadian guitar builder with a factory in the US as well. Not China. In my estimation, with this in mind the quality, beats that competition on many fronts.
                  I don't like this guitar. I love it! It met my expectations and then some...

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