This Godin A5 bass features endless sonic possibilities brought to you by Custom Godin electronics. The acoustic-electric bass comes equipped with individual saddle transducers at the bridge and a 13-... Read More
This Godin A5 bass features endless sonic possibilities brought to you by Custom Godin electronics. The acoustic-electric bass comes equipped with individual saddle transducers at the bridge and a 13-pin connector for direct control of Roland GR Series and Axon AX100 guitar synths.
The 5-string Godin bass features a solid spruce top, for balanced sound reproduction. The silver leaf maple body adds strength and clarity to the instrument's sound. The rock maple neck adds plenty of sustain and definition from note to note. The soft C neck, cutaway on the upper bout, and 16" radius add comfort for intricate progressions.
Incredible acoustic bass sounds are available through the Godin bass's 1/4" output jack and controlling your tone is made easy with the custom Godin preamp section voiced specifically for the A5 SA bass. The 2-chambered body design found in all of the A-Series instruments is also at work in the Godin A5 acoustic-electric bass. This design resists feedback as well as the negative effects that loud stage levels can have on top vibration. The Lace Sensor low profile bridge pickup and side-mounted tone and volume controls reproduce and amplify your bass sound with natural-sounding clarity and dynamics.
Dressed in a semi gloss finish and featuring black hardware, this 5-string Godin bass has the natural look and feel of an acoustic bass, with a bold amplified sound that will blow you away.
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Being the former owner of the standard Godin A5, I had a "High Expectancy" Head start with my new A5 Ultra - I knew it was going to be a well made, high quality Acoustic/Electric instrument. I knew the feel of the neck would be very comfortable and "Fender-ish" Custom Shop in nature. I knew the woods would be top grade selected pieces. I also knew the tone was going to be well above average. Unknown 1) I did not know Godin did not use the LR Baggs, under saddle, preamp system. The Custom Godin system is not as sweet sounding as the LR Baggs system (still available in the non-Ultra version) and is slightly raspier on the top end. Not bad, in fact, it is a beautiful sounding preamp, it just uses margarine instead of butter! It does have a slight upside, because it has more of a top end availability versus the LR Baggs system. Newer, "Set Piece" saddles replace the Bone/Tusc saddles from the older models. Bone saddles have a certain acoustic resonance, but set piece piezo bridge pieces will surely prove to be more reliable over time. Unknown 2) I had no prior ownership or sound experience with the top mounted, Lace made, USAB, magnetic, Acoustic Bass pickup. The USAB gives off some great tonal additions!! It is very natural sounding.. Not brittle, not muddy, just the right EXTRA thing to have on an acoustic electric bass. It puts a Hollow Body bass vibe at your fingertips! Unknown 3) Seamless blend between the Under saddle and the Lace USAB pickups. WOW!! Talk about, on the fly, tonal control availability! You can now toss in a Slap Funk line in the middle of a song, then go back to your smooth, acoustic groove. The two 1/4 input jacks allow you to choose between, the Under Saddle piezo only, or have the magnetic, USAB top mount pickup available. Using the Magnetic/Mix output, the side mounted volume and tone controls take over and the front Volume slider acts as a blend control for the two sound producers.... AWESOME! Unknown 4) I did not know the Godin padded gig bag was part of the deal! I was expecting to order the bag and Taaa...Daaaa... Godin's russet Tan colored gig bag! It is a nice bag but the padding is a bit anemic for any major travel with an acoustic styled instrument. If you are a regularly gigging musician, for any music style, I strongly suggest investing in the Godin case or some other better padded option. Just remember the lower bout is 15" wide, and it's almost 48" long, so the pickings are slim in the average bass case zone. Other Features: The 13 pin Midi Input, which allows for connection with other Midi based, synth and recording options. The connected, Midi systems can be controlled from the toggle up/toggle down/selection buttons at the top of the slider control layout. I am not sure I will ever use this particular feature, but it's a nice option to have, if such a moment arises. Overall a very well made, Acoustic/Electric, based instrument. The well braced, chambered Maple body and Spruce top, have a nice, natural sound projection, and allow for some nice, at home acoustic moments. Of the many Acoustic Electric instruments I've owned by Ibanez, Carvin, Alvarez, Michael Kelly, and others, including my former Godin A5. THIS one is my favorite. It was about $400 more than I planned to spend for such an instrument, but its versatility makes it well worth it! With the added Lace pickup, it can hang with any electric guitar and loud drum situation without the worry of feedback. It's a nice additional tool for any musician and can easily survive as an only tool. Where many other Acoustic Electric Basses are a One Trick Pony - This Pony has more giddy up and she does a lot more tricks and does them very well!
Perfect construction, nearly to artisan, the preamp installed is perfect, it gives the bass the sound and vibration of the wood, the sound does not `lies`.