Flat Five X Review

manufacturer: Godin date: 01/21/2005 category: Electric Guitars
Godin: Flat Five X
The "X" version of the Flat Five adds an acoustic voice to the already sonically powerful standard Flat Five. The acoustic sound is produced with the help of the six LR Baggs transducers that replace the saddles in the standard bridge.
 Sound: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
 Reliability & Durability: 10
 Action, Fit & Finish: 10
 Features: 10
 Overall rating:
 9.7 
 Reviewer rating:
 10 
 Users rating:
 9.4 
 Votes:
 33 
review (1) user comments vote for this gear:
overall: 10
Flat Five X Reviewed by: UG Team, on january 21, 2005
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Price paid: $ 2268

Purchased from: National Music Store

Features: This line of hollow body guitars was introduced by Godin in 2002. - Mahogany neck - Rosewood fingerboard - 24" scale - 1 11/16" nut width - 24 Jumbo frets - 16" fingerboard radius - Silverleaf maple center body with poplar wings - Solid 'AAA' grade flame maple top - Schaller bridge - Godin Flat Five humbuckers. The body consists of two chambers on each side of a multi-channel center block. All of the body components are made from solid wood, and the guitar features a triple 'A' solid flame maple top. The mahogany neck is generous in girth but retains the comfort of a smaller neck thanks to Godin's ergocut shaping technique. The 24.75" scale allows for a light touch and adds warmth to the sound. The Godin humbuckers offer dynamics and 5-way switching that taps every bit of their potential. Blues, Jazz and rock players will feel right at home with the Flat Five. The 'X' version of the Flat Five adds an acoustic voice to the already sonically powerful standard Flat Five. The acoustic sound is produced with the help of the six LR Baggs transducers that replace the saddles in the standard bridge. The signal from the saddle transducers runs through an internal preamp with graphic EQ. // 10

Sound: It's not an Archtop jazz guitar and it doesn't sound like that. With its LR Baggs transducers in the bridge and a integral preamp with EQ along with the humbuckers this guitar provides 3 outputs for either electric guitar output, acoustic guitar output or both blended. You can adjust the amount of blending. The blended sounds are very interesting and offer a wide range of possibilities. The humbuckers are nice, although not the best out there, but they are still great. It sounds great playing solo when mixing in chords with lead riff's. // 10

Action, Fit & Finish: The quality and workmanship of the Godin is unquestionably as good if not better. The jumbo frets are filed perfectly, great attention to detail such as the string adjustment. The neck attachment is perfect. Tuners, bone nut and one piece mahogany neck and head stock all fit perfectly. The hollow body is finished off with a triple A flamed top and mahogany binding. The top was absolutely beautiful -- not a flaw anywhere. Everything was tight, from top to bottom. Finish is gorgeous; gets raves from everyone. This is one beautiful guitar. // 10

Reliability & Durability: It looks very solid. The finish is very durable. It's nice and hard and will withstand many hours of playing. This guitar is still a very solid instrument, and as long as you don't plan on dropping it down a flight of stairs, it'll last you a lifetime. All mechanical parts and all strap buttons etc are well fitted to the body. // 10

Overall Impression: is one of the greatest instruments to play live or in studio and absolutely exceptional for solo jazz playing. The sounds are amazing, the feel is incredible, and the look is immaculate. The unique tone of the Godin with the blending of two disparate sounds blows all the others away. If you are want to create your own "signature sound," it might be for you. You'll never regret it 'cause it worths more than the cost price. // 10

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