LGXT review by Godin

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.2 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.6 (25 votes)
Godin: LGXT

Sound — 10
The pickups on this sound fantastic, whether clean or distorted, and there are many sounds available between the pickup settings and the tone knob. This guitar has some great qualities though, the acoustic setting is damn good through a keyboard or acoustic amp. Take the LGXT and it will suit your style from crisp clean to ultrafat lead. The bridge PU has an awesome lead sound. Unplugged, it is fairly mellow and warm, with a rich resonance that you can feel against your body, with masses of sustain. The Piezo output is very versatile with its 3-band EQ. You can go from hollow Ovation type sounds to a pretty good impersonation of a Strat bridge pickup. This guitar tracks quickly and accurately using the GR-33 like no other! Using simultaneously electric and/or acoustic with synth gives really extended possibilities.

Overall Impression — 10
The quality of the workmanship on the guitar is absolutely beautiful. The LGXT is a marvel at tracking, even piano chords sound awesome! This is the finest, versatile instrument. It's a really polyvalent instrument at an interesting price tag. The positives greatly out weigh the negatives. All in all the quality is outstanding. The synth feature is well integrated.

Reliability & Durability — 8
Seems very solid, but with all those electronics, something's bound to go bad sooner or later. Strap buttons are small but they will except Sperzel strap locks. The flaw is the PU-switch became noisy. The hardware is good quality, and the factory fitted strap locks are a nice touch, although I don't understand why they don't supply the strap part. Finish is good and thick on the body, but there sre some fine scratches where it has been played by someone with a watch or bracelet on their right wrist. The magnetic output will always work but had problems gigging because the circuit board inside refused to stay seated for too long.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The guitar was set-up almost perfect for me except for a few things: the bridge pickup had been set on a nasty angle and the neck pickup was a little low. It's a very comfortable guitar and easily playable up to the highest frets. Paintwork is excellent, hardware even better. The finish was beautiful. The tuning is good. All of the workmanship is solid and well-crafted.

Features — 10
- Mahogany neck - Ebony Fingerboard - 16" fingerboard radius - 25 1/2" Scale - 1 11/16" nut width - Silver Leaf Maple body - Figured Maple Top (on Trans. colors) - Seymour Duncan Custom Humbuckers - 5-Way Switch - Guitar volume, Tone, Synth volume - Program up/down - 3-Way selector - Magnetic Output - 13-pin Synth Output - X-Bridge/Mix Output - Custom RMC X-Bridge with Pre-Amp EQ for: Acoustic Volume, Treble, Mid-Range and Bass controls. The unprecedented power of this instrument comes from its combination of electric guitar sounds, acoustic guitar sounds, and fast guitar synth tracking. This combination of fast synth tracking and a tremolo system makes for incredible sonic power.

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    Absolutely LOVE my LGXT!!! I've had mine for roughly six months, and I run it through a GR-55, ABSOLUTELY MIND BLOWING WHAT THIS AXE CAN DO. Recently noticed one of the greatest prog rock guitarists (ever), Daryl Stuermer of Genesis fame, uses this as his main weapon. I knew I made a wise choice with this guitar. Have no need to buy another guitar, this thing can do it all.
    Agreed that this guitar is very well made, sounds great and is very easy to play. I haven't had any of the problems listed in Dyuha's critique, though. The only thing I don't like about this guitar's appurtenances is the locking tuners: try finding the hole in the peg on a semi-dark stage under time pressure! Going to put Sperzels on it, and that'll be that. The price is very reasonable, for a 10-type top with maple binding a la PRS: just over CDN2000. Ebony board is sweet, access to the high end of the board is effortless, pups sound great, piezo (acoustic) sound is awesome and flexible. Haven't synthed up yet, that's coming soon...
    I agree on all positive comments. Just one negative: since when I got it new, the nut slots were very low. Great playability but D string buzzes too much so I fit a little shim between string and nut. I also own a Parker Fly Deluxe: magnetic sounds are better on LGXT, acoustic ones a little bit tbetter on the Parker (my taste).