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OVERVIEW

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

Order this amazing do-all guitar today.

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GodinxtSA Flame Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 29 reviews)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (11)
  • Good tone (11)
  • Fun to play (8)
  • Solid electronics (8)
  • Good pick up (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Recording (11)
    • Practicing (10)
    • Jamming (9)
    • Rock concerts (7)
    • Small venues (7)
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      • Experienced (12)

    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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    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

      About Me Experienced

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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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      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

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            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 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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.

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The Geezer Speaks

              By Younger

              from California

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              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Gorgeous finish
              • Solid Electronics
              • VERY WELL BUILT

              Cons

              • I Only Own One

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Godin xtSA Flame Electric Guitar:

              I already own and love a Line 6 Variax model 69 modeling guitar. I also have a Squier Strat set up to interface with my Roland GR-55 guitar synth. I'm 63 years old..played professionally for almost 40 years and now I write and record my own demos.
              THIS guitar by Godin is the best designed, most gorgeously built instrument I've ever owned. Fit and finish are exquisite...controls and pickups are astonishing..interface with the Roland is seamless and intuitive...this neck is easy on my arthritic hands...I can't keep my hands off this axe.
              I'm so impressed by the quality of craftsmanship and the amazing attention to the tiniest detail (the bridge and nut construction for example) that I'm sure this is not going to be my only Godin.
              If you get this axe for less than a grand (like I did) you stole it! I have played guitars worth 5-25 grand (not owned...played...) and I'd rank this one with those ones.

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              5.0

              Very nice -- meets my expectations.

              By Farshark5

              from Greenfield, Massachusetts

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone
              • Quality Control A
              • Quality Control A-plus
              • well built

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Godin xtSA Flame Electric Guitar:

                I was intrigued by the possibilities of the acoustic guitar emulation, and the synth capability. While I haven't tried the latter yet, the guitar has quickly become a strong member of my axe team. It complements my Frankenstrat, providing me with tones I was needing. I'm thrilled with the ebony fingerboard, which my strat has also. Quality for the price is excellent. I could not spot a flaw on the finish or elsewhere. This tells me the company has not sacrificed producing a good instrument at the 1K price point.

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                5.0

                Godin XTsa

                By WizBob

                from St. Francisville, Louisiana

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Godin xtSA Flame Electric Guitar:

                      Great guitar. I did a lot of research on the Internet prior to the purchase. I re-tune to open D, drop D, ect. and the interaction between the tuning and tremolo spring loading (somewhat expected)takes a little longer vs. a fixed bridge guitar. I emailed with Godin and they were conversant (before and after the sale)about ideas to shim the tremolo (lock down - since I don't normally use it). Most folks stay in one key so the issue is not there once tuned. The tremolo saddles (6 individual) are part of the synth pickup mechanism. So far I am happy with that and the Godin seems to not mis trigger as much as my other guitar with the GK-3 which I attribute to neck width, optimized set up and ease to cord.
                      The finish and sound quality are top notch. The sound is bright. I use Elixr custom light strings on on my other guitars. The Godin E10(s) are slightly lighter, bend really well and I am happy with the tone.
                      The soft case is well padded and should protect the finish to my liking. It has several outer pockets which will carry all the strings, picks, tuner, sheet music, etc. you probably need.
                      I also purchased it because the necks and bodies are made in Canada and some of the Godin guitars are assembled in the U.S.
                      Like they said to Mikey in the cereal commercial, "try it you'll like it"!
                      Nice instrument, and I've played a lot of different guitars in my time. This one is nice...

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                      5.0

                      A Guitar From Heaven

                      By Dave

                      from WI

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      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:

                        A friend of mine plays an LGXSA and loves it. I was so impressed with the acoustic sound that I bought an A6 Ultra, which sounded just as good, but the action seemed to keep changing and I was always adjusting the truss rod. I just upgraded to the XTSA and I absolutely love it. One of the best guitars I have ever played, and that includes Les Pauls (which I also love). Guitar is beautiful, both acoustic and electric sounds fantastic, and it feels great and is a joy to play. Now I know how my friend feels about his LGXSA. If you're looking for a comfortable, easy to play, flexible acoustic/electric, this is the one to have.

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