Shifter Electric Bass Guitar Transparent Cream Rosewood Fretboard

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The Godin Shifter electric bass features three large soapbar, passive single coil alnico pickups with low-pull, X-large magnets. The various tones are selected via a custom 5-way switch that when comb... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Godin Shifter electric bass features three large soapbar, passive single coil alnico pickups with low-pull, X-large magnets. The various tones are selected via a custom 5-way switch that when combined with the push/pull tone knob gives the player an amazing six tones to choose from.

The Godin bass also features a Canadian Laurentian basswood body, rock maple neck with rosewood or maple fingerboard, double function bridge, large clover-style machine heads and is available in solid cream high-gloss and vintage burst high-gloss finishes.

Includes gig bag.

  • Rock maple neck
  • Rosewood or maple fingerboard
  • 16" fingerboard radius
  • 34" scale
  • 1-1/2" nut width
  • Canadian Laurentian Basswood body
  • Three passive single-coil alnico pickups with low-pull x-tra large magnets
  • Custom 5-way switch
  • 1x volume, 1x tone (6th Tonal push/pull tone knob)
  • Double function bridge (back load or front load)
  • Includes gig bag
Godin Original Purchaser's Limited Warranty

The Godin Guitar Co. warrants this instrument with regards to materials and workmanship for a period of ONE year from the date of original purchase to the original purchaser. The instrument shall be purchased only from an Authorized Godin dealer. Should the product require service, The Godin Guitar Co. will repair or replace the product free of charge during the warranty period. This warranty shall include all parts and labour. If service is required, contact your Authorized Godin dealer at which point it will be determined whether the guitar can be serviced locally, or should be returned to the factory. All return freight and insurance charges will be paid by the customer.

The following are not covered by the Godin warranty:
- Any instrument upon which the Serial number has been altered in any way. Any instrument that has been damaged due to misuse, neglect, or accident.
- Normal wear and tear including machine heads, worn frets, saddles and nuts.
Strings and batteries.
- Any instrument that has been subjected to extreme changes in temperature or humidity.
- Cracking or discoloration to the finish.

The Godin Guitar Co. assumes no liability for any loss of income, dissatisfaction, or damages arising from the loss of use of this product due to defects or availability of the product during service.

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GodinShifter Electric Bass Guitar

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(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)


Good Bass

By mooseboy22

from Sunland, CA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer


  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics


    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Godin Shifter Electric Bass Guitar:

    Not a fender or a gibson, its a godin. It has an awesome range of tones i am able to get out of it. comes with a nice gig bag made by godin. The fret board isnt to narrow or fat around the back, so it is easy to move around with out feeling awkward. The mix of the maple neck and three single coils really makes for a twangy sound but if you role back on the tone and push the selector back it sounds fat as a p bass. the mid selector is great for slap and the neck pick ups sound so cutting. its passive pure tone and i wouldnt trade or sell mine. I would say you get more than you pay for, if fender or gibson put a bass out this nice they would charge over a grand. its a good versatile bass, and anyone who cares, like other bassist are going to want to know what your playing because most people wont recognize it. love it.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


    Nice Bass

    By Timbo

    from Here

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer


    • Fits Fender Case
    • Good Tone
    • Great looks
    • No Hum From Pickups
    • Schaller Straplock
    • Solid Electronics


    • Fret Buzz
    • No Electronics Shielding

    Best Uses

    • Anything

    Comments about Godin Shifter Electric Bass Guitar:

    I bought this bass as an alternative to my Fenders. I have the blonde body and maple fretboard. I love it's retro/quirky look, slick pickups, simple control layout and string through body option. Workmanship is flawless; the neck/body fit is very tight, all hardware is good if not premium. It is also a nice weight, not too heavy. The neck seems the same as many jazz bass necks for feel and has a nice vintage tint.It does have a bit of neck dive but I'm used to that. Also it is basically a slab body; it's not going to tuck up into you like a Jazz or P bass will. I wear mine lower to help compensate but potential buyers should be aware. The only flaw is that the frets need going over, it has buzzes on the E and A stings on the 3rd 5th and 7th frets-kind of hard to ignore, even with flatwound strings. To be fair it does not detract from the sound in a band situation but it's bad enough that it bugs me just noodling around with a small amp or no amp. I am well versed at guitar repair and it's clear this thing needs a fret job. I have seen other owners mention the same thing and it's a fairly common need on new instruments but I am disappointed at the extreme of the buzzing; it should not have left the factory that way. I would have given it 5 stars otherwise.
    Given the price you can get these for during the many sales online stores have, and the otherwise excellent workmanship and parts, needing the frets gone over isn't a big deal. It's a great looking and versatile bass that's fun to play and will get noticed but in the right way. Another bonus is that they are made in Canada and built in the US. Not a deal breaker for me, but I feel better these aren't stamped out overseas.

    I hope this helps someone...

    (19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)


    Most versital Bass out there.

    By belgiangiant-UGRxk

    from San Diego

    Comments about Godin Shifter Electric Bass Guitar:

    I just bought the cream Shifter with maple fingerboard. I think it's a good buy.The middle pick-up gives me a good growl with a little more focused tone than my '83 P-bass. The bridge pick-up ALONE is for the birds, but switch it to bridge/middle pick-up combo and you can get some nice j-bass tones. I think the neck/middle pickup combo sounds like an active p-bass (warmer). And the neck pick-up ALONE can achieve some nice Hofner Beatlebass and Gibson EB tones.If you play a lot of different styles of music, this might be the one bass you'll ever need. I found that I had to raise the pick-ups on the E string side of the bass so the E and A strings matched the volume of the G and D stings. I have a bit of a nasty fret buzz on the E string fretted below the 7th or 8th frets, but I have yet to take the instrument for a real set-up.I LOVE the neck- I'm a long time Fender bass guy, and the construction and feel are, dare I say, better than Fender's necks. The Tele style headstock with the large tuners totally sold me on the instrument.I'm happy with the overall looks of the bass, I'm even happier that 4 out of the 6 pick-up configurations are usable. Plus, in a day and age where so many instruments come out of Asia, and Fender has the balls to slap high price tags on axes coming from Mexico, I feel good about a Canadian built instrument. Construction and quality are every bit as good as what's coming out of the Corona, CA Fender factory. Thumbs up all-around in my book.

    (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)


    Killer Bass

    By Unnamed User-YJzds

    from New Orleans

    Comments about Godin Shifter Electric Bass Guitar:

    I love this bass... I have never been good at dialing in this many tones by blending the volume between the neck and bridge pickups. This thing makes it easy. There is a five way switch and a push pull tone knob. Every selection has a great tone and all you do is adjust the bass and treble via the tone control. Kinda like a my line 6 axsys 2 amp, just press a button and you have a great sound. By the way, this bass does the slap thing very well. A top notch bass that doesn't weight a ton with three pickups and designed by people who knew what they were doing in Canada. I have the maple neck model and do like the feel.

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