#1
I played a five string a bit today, I think the first time I've ever tried one. I defintely like it. I think my next one will be a five. I tried out a Godin Freeway 5. Looked great, just a natural wood finish, and it sounded awesome. I tried a Fender which was heavier and had a thicker neck, the Godin was faster. I didn't a have enough time to really decide yet. Does any one on the forum own one of these? If so, what do you think of it?
#2
don't know much about Godin, but if you're looking for a natural finish five string make sure to check out the Schecter Stilleto custom 5, it's a great bass

hope someone can help you about the Godin though
#3
I've only played one, and it sounded and felt alright, but nothing exceptional. I thought it was damn ugly though.


I don't own it, so I can't talk about the quality in the long run.
#4
I've played a fretless hollow-body Godin and it was nice, played well and sounded good plugged in, seemed like good quality.
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#5
well im not too familular with their basses, but they do make some damn good guitars

and heaviness in a bass usually contributes to the tone due to the fact that it probably means it has a denser wood..
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#6
The one I tried was the active version with two soap bar pick ups, screwed directly into the body. The body is solid mahogany. It has a bolt on neck, and it's string through. I noticed how clean and awesome the open B string sounded. Apparently that's why. The neck is not as thick as the others I tried. It has a flatter back, and feels a lot faster for my not really big hands. New price is $850 Canadian. That's about $775 US. So, a fair bit less than a made in America Fender. Slightly less than a Korean one. The only thing I didn't like was the pots were poorly fitted. they were just tensioned on with set screws though, and likely just need to be adjusted after people fooling with them. I was favourably impressed. I'll have to check prices around though before deciding. Thanks for the replies.
#7
I own a Godin A4 fretless bass and it's great. It has a great feel, and a great sound, both plugged in and acoustic because its semi-hollow body. The only thing i don't like about it is the look, it just looks kinda dumb to me, it looks like a fat les paul special without a finish. But close your eyes and it is REALLY good. there aren't too many good fretless basses, but this is definitely one of them. you can get a bunch of different tones out of it too, i play Jaco Pastorius stuff at home jamming with my self, and i play in a jazz group and i can get a beefier tone more like an upright bass. i do play upright as well, but i prefer electric, becuase i started on it. anyway, if you want a great fretless bass that has a variety of GREAT tones, then get it.
#8
I've played a fretless 'acoustic' Godin unplugged and, while it was very very loud, it sounded like it was a cardboard box. This comes from the whole lack of wood sides and back and depth, but it's volume was impressive.
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