Godin LGX-SA
Godin LGX-SA

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Average Score:4.9( 4.9/5 based on 13 reviews )
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bgallaghermusic's review"Beautiful and Versatile "

Godin LGX-SA
This is a great, Canadian-made guitar. I've been using it for a little over 5 years now and haven't so far felt the need to purchase a new electric because this guitar is so multi-faceted.

It has all the normal specs of a great electric. 22 frets with a really nice ebony fingerboard and mahogany neck that isn't too thick or too thin. It's really playable and feels great from the first note. It would already have been a great buy just as an electric, but it's also equipped with an acoustic transducer output and a 13-pin MIDI out for the best synth guitar experience I've ever had.


Sounds great and plays great. It's a bit heavy but for that it has beautiful sustain and the over-tones are to die for.

The fretboard is easy to jump around. I don't usually go too crazy on the upper frets in my playing but I never noticed it being uncomfortable. Really nice feel to this guitar.

After 5 years I haven't had a single technical problem and the only work I've had done on it is your standard tuning/setup. I even fell pretty hard onto it during a bike accident and it was essentially unscathed.


I use this guitar for just about everything from country to reggae. I played it most often with my Vox AC15 (a great combination) and the tone was majestic. The acoustic transducer works great for when you don't feel like/don't have time for picking up an acoustic mid-show. The ability to mix the acoustic and electric sounds gives you a nice warm tone with that nice shiny acoustic high-end.

For the synth function I haven't found anything better. I took a Synth-Guitar course when I studied at Berklee and the guitars they had for the students were Godin. They just know what they'Re doing when it comes to synth guitar. Everything about this guitar was designed not only to sound and play great, but also to improve the synth capabilities of the instrument and it shows. As a composer who isn't terribly proficient at piano, this instrument has also really sped up my ability to work with midi.


Like I said, this is a great instrument and I expect to have it my entire life. It's simply a high-quality, well-made guitar. I actually lucked out and had a friend buy it for me with his Guitar Center Pro discount so I only paid about 750 for this, but I would gladly pay double with what I know about it now. If you're looking for one dependable and versatile axe, you may have just found it.

phraseland's review

Godin LGX-SA
The guitar I will be describing differs a bit from the picture above. It is the model with the tremolo bridge and has a hi-gloss black finish and the pickups don't have any covers. Since I don't know what is built into the guitar in the picture I assume that the Seymour Duncans mine was sold with differ from that as well.
The guitar was built in Canada and has 2 Seymour Duncan Humbuckers and 1 Piezo Pickup (for acoustic sounds and as a pickup for the integrated MIDI Interface). Everything is built very solid - almost like a tank. The frets are jumbo frets and the neck is very slim and easily playable. The body and neck are made of magagony and the fretboard is made of ebony. Godin used locking tuners for this guitar - probably to complement the tremolo system.
The Piezo Sound can be adjusted with a built in EQ and the Humbuckers as well as the volume of the MIDI pickups can be regulated with the three knobs under the bridge.


The guitar is formed very well and can be easily played everywhere. Reaching the 22nd fret is no chore and the sound is very punchy and deep. If you are looking for vintage tones don't pick up this guitar though. It is definately made for more modern sounds and sounds best over a Mesa Boogie or similar amp.
Next to all these plus points there are a few annoying setbacks. Due to all these electronics and the solidbody construction this guitar is one heavy mother! It was in the end the reason why I chose to sell it. I loved how well it integrated the MIDI pickup and the response was always very fast and precise (best on the market). The Piezo Pickups I never really cared for as they sound quite shallow. At best they complemented an overdriven sound. I think the idea is to use a stereo cable at the output and then split the signal into two different amps. But along with MIDI applikations amongst other things this started to be quite a lot of setup just to play guitar. Who knows - maybe I am getting old :-)


As I already said - the guitar sounds very nice. Eventually I realized that I need more of a Stratocaster and after I bought my Fender Twin Amp it was clear that this guitar was not 'my baby' anymore. For a while I tried myself in ProgRock and for that it was truly amazing (probably also due to the Seymour Duncan Pickups).


I really think Godin is making very good guitars for the money. I have become much more of a 'Strat'-guy the last couple of years and my style of playing just doesn't suit this type of guitar anymore. It is built rock sold and stays in tune very well. But it is also very, very heavy and I started to have back pains just from playing this guitar! This is something I cannot deal with and I really think they could have thought about this before they put a bunch of electronics in an already heavy guitar.

RickD's review

Godin LGX-SA
- In What Country was it made? (USA, Japan, Mexico, France...)
I believe this is Canadian and possibly part made in the USA but i'm not sure.
Godin is Canadian, though.

- How many frets, Pickup Type and Configuration?
From memory i'd say it's a 22 with jumbo's.

- What type of Bridge(Floyd, Wilkinson...)?
Not sure but there is no tremolo and the strings go vertically through the body for added sustain. This bridge has an integral piezo pickup for the electro-acoustic sound (dedicated output) and a MIDI sensor inside too! Simply amazing!

- What are the setting controls (volume, tone, pickup selector position)?
An amazing array of controls on this magic piece of 'wood'...it's just full of electronics!
Listen up:
= volume & tone for the electric mics, with push-pull on the tone that carves out the mids for a gentler sound, very useful on rhythm. Electric output.
= electro-acoustic preamp with 3 band EQ and volume. This uses a 9V battery, fairly easy to replace but you need a screwdriver. Dedicated output.
= Midi volume and dedicated output. You'd plug this into a MIDI guitar expander, such as the Roland GR series, for instance.

En extra switch lets you toggle what is sent to one of the outputs, so you can mix the sounds inside the guitar!
Another switch let's you change MIDI presets!


- Does the neck have a nice feel?
The neck is fine! Just the right width for me...easy to play.

- Easy access to the top notes (last frets)?

- Is it's design ergonomic(in terms of the shape, weight...)?
It's a bit heavy after a while, and real heavy to carry around, but...well...what did you expect? ;-) Probably no worse than a Les Paul...

- Can one easily get a nice sound?...
Hell yeah!


You can do pretty much anything you like with this guitar, although i would suppose a metal-head would prefer a Jackson or an Ibanez...

You can get jazzy sounds on the right amp, that electro-acoustic feel, or various electric sounds. Put it through a TC G-Force and you'll have an even wider palette to play with...it's a very versatile guitar.

I love that jazzy warm sound you get on a tube amp with the neck mic on and the tone half way.
But this is great too on a british 70's tube amp with distortion on 5 or 7...


I've had it for about 8 years.
The wood used is probably not the best, apparently Godin guitars 'move' a bit with age...so you might want to get the harmonics reset every year or so.

Overall, a fantastically versatile guitar with almost endless possibilities. Probably not the best electric in the world, but pretty damn good i say!
The guitar itself feels precious. You can just FEEL it's a good guitar! :-)

Watch out not to leave the case or guitar in a damp environment. Some of the metal parts on the case have gone rusty...and even some of the less used frets are showing signs of rust. This, of course, won't happen in a normal environment.
MGR/Dan "Sir Nothing"12/20/2001

MGR/Dan "Sir Nothing"'s review"Godin LGX-SA"

Godin LGX-SA
$1300 + 13 s/h

I like EVERYTHING about this guitar. Play, feel, sound, and incredible versitility.

Seymor Duncan pickups (Jazz II on neck, and custom made on bridge). PLUS peizo pickups on bridge with 13-pin connector for midi synth. So total of 3 !!!! output connections (1. standard electric pickups that go from Jazz to hard and heavy; 2. piezo pickup on bridge that does a pretty good acoustic sound; and 3. 13-pin midi that tracks sooo much better than standard GK-2A -- uses different technique). You can fade from piezo to regular pickups or totally fade either out, then with a GR synth (i have a GR-33) you have total control among ALL three sound sources. Actually very easy to use if you're familiar with synth guitars. Plays great, tremelo bar. Wide neck. AND absolutely beautiful. I own a lot of guitars (all the standards -- strat, gibson, rick, etc.) This one is in a class of it's own. I don't know when i'll have enough time to explore all of it's capabilities. Seymore designed the bridge pickup especially for this guitar. They're Canadian made (make Seagull acoustics too -- also incredible instruments). Sweetwater.com (Sean Parr) did me good on this. I'm ellated.

I'm afraid to play it, touch it, and scatch it, and i don't have time to explore it to it's fullest. :-) I'll get there.

I just can't nit-pick with this guitar -- it is just a premium boutique guitar that does it all.

Can it be TOO versitile?? Maybe some might get frustrated -- NOT old school basic and simple (but i do appreciated old school blues -- and many diverse old styles). This guitar still speaks to me like no other. Expensive, but for what you get (about 5 different guitars in one), it's more than worth it -- just as an art piece, it's worth it. Way to go Godin. Go USA !!! but my hats off to these Canadian luthiers.

Obviously TOP quality, solid and very well balanced. Beautiful top. Excellent feeling electronics (knobs, switches). Very cool tuning peg mechanism (no need to wind strings -- slip in and screw tight, then tune.) Thru body strings -- sustain like you dream of (go 'ave a bite, and you'll still be 'earing that one...).

This one goes to 11.

If you want a boutique synth guitar, you should check out the Godins. Even if you want a versitle electric you should check em out. Even if you dream, you check em out.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com

MGR/Lee's review"Godin LGX-SA"

Godin LGX-SA
I purchased this guitar at Mars for $1400.
I mainly got this guitar because it had electric and accoustic sounds. Later I bought a VG-8 and a GR-30 to make use of
the thirteen pin output for Roland midi

Looks:With it's amber flame finish sitting
next to my PRS with a black flame finish,
Fantastic. (Hard to believe but I won't be
looking for another guitar while I have these two.)It has a maple capped mahogeny
body with a four bolt mahogeny neck with a
maple capped headstock.
Playability: Great! It has an ebony fret board and I seem to be able to play it
better than any other guitar except the PRS

I've had this guitar for around three years
and the only thing I could find fault with
is restringing the lighter strings. It
restrings from the back like the telecaster and needs a ferrule to run from the back side to the front side. Maybe it could use a
larger hole on the front side.

Neck: mahogeny with a maple capped headstock
Body: mahogeny with a maple capped top
Pick-ups: two Seymour Duncans
Controls: five way switch for the magnetic
pickups. Selects humbucking or single coil.
Volume and tone for magnetics.
Volume, bass, mid and treble for accoustic
pickup (LR Baggs)
Volume and two selector switches for the
Roland products.
Outputs: one quarter inch for magnetic pickups, one quarter inch for combination
magnetic and accoustic pickup
one thirteen pin for all three sources

This is one guitar I couldn't do without.
I would buy another if something would happen to it.
When I had a problem with the thirteen cable
making noise at the output, I emailed Godin
and they sent me another pc board with the
output on it for free and with no hassles.
It was nice dealing with them.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com

Jaeckel's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"perfection at your fingertips ..."

Godin LGX-SA
This guitar is made in Canada, and mahogany body, flamed maple beautiful table (with blue paint, and more), ebony fingerboard.
Bolt-on neck and tail section for better access to acute.
Bone nut.

As previously stated, the neck is thin and relatively flat, relatively wider than a stratovolcano, but narrower than my Ibanez Musician. In short, very easy and comfortable to play, unless you want "blueser" as with a Tele or a stratovolcano, and again.
According to the site Godin, the handle was changed after 2002 (mine is older)

Magnetic pickups:
- 2 Seymour Duncan humbuckers specially designated for MC Godin brand and have a fine grain and accurate while being able to send the wood he needed with good saturation.
- A 5-way switch for 2 microphones, so splits with micro and sensations near the stratosphere (but not completely either).
- One volume knob, one tone knob
- A dedicated output jack (when a jack is plugged in, the signal of magnetic pickups is removed from the "MIX" output).

Micro Piezo:
- A sensor piezo rope for his "piezo" and "synth access" (SA).
- A volume
- 3-band EQ
- An output jack "MIX" semi-dedicated. Which also leaves the sound of magnetic pickups (cut with the volume knob magnetic pickups or when a jack is plugged into the other outlet dedicated "magnetic micro").
Sound piezo sounds a bit like a electro acoustic (but not completely either)

Synth access:
- A dedicated volume knob.
- The (Roland compatible Axon, Yamaha, etc.) 13-pin output.
- 1 mini-switch 3 positions:
Position 1: Acoustic / Electric
Position 2: Acoustic / Electric / synth sounds
Position 3: Synth only
To control what comes out on the 13-pin.
- 1 temporary mini push-pull switch that has the S1/S2 functions microphones Roland GK. I can not describe because I'm not using.

I want to remove a point for the lack of tremolo. But this model is expected to not having (Tremolo on LGXT Godin).
I take anyway for mechanical point which had to be changed due to lack of strength. Otherwise, it is perfect.


The handle is a highway, very nice.

The ergonomics are top, the guitar is well balanced when I sit (home studio) or standing (repététions). Ultimately, I would say it tends a little with the back (with the handle going back a bit), but it may not be an impression compared to nosedive guitars (Ibanez Musician).

Easy access to acute (tail section).

The sound is good, too good ...


The sound is good, too good ... It is almost the only criticism I could make this guitar, failure to its qualities: the sound is "perfect" in all circumstances; clean, warm, slamming bright. In short, never disappointing.
Why blame him then?
I want to say that the lack of "personality". Godin LGXSA is the most versatile and I know it lacks that 'whatever' that makes you want into him, to go to push it to its limits.
The sound is far from being cold, but perhaps too clean.

Maybe I should dig it by mixing more or better piezo pickups with magnetic pickups.

I would say that each connection, the sound is perfect. Can I play, I cheat, I add effects, I removed. Then I put the synté I take my foot. I leave in delusions that leave me unsatisfied when I come back in his "base". Besides, what his base? There are so many possibilities that I come to think that I would have 3 guitars like it, and 3 pairs of arms and be both guitarist, programmer, sound engineer ... At the same time!

So this is a guitar that offers with a dizzying array of possibilities, but that needs to be tamed. Never disappointing, but who must leave his mark.


The perfect guitar, with the lack of its qualities so versatile it loses in personality. So much the better for me to assert myself!

So I'm doing with my electro Godin. I could make the variet ', but not rock-pop-punk. I like to connect synths on the SA, tons of effects on microphones, a few funk échapées and ornamental arpeggios with piezo and magnetic pickups, but rock and sweat point (at least for the moment).

I can not put myself in agreement with myself on the fact resell and make do with what I have (already several models including a Strat with GK2 sensor), or keep the body working to exploit its enormous potential ...

Therefore difficult to say whether I would do this choice. This guitar is so perfect that any self-respecting guitarist should have one! Blowin but the price, too!

mikyreale's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Chuis LOVERS"

Godin LGX-SA
The LGX-SA is a AAA 3 voice instrument that produces sounds of electric and acoustic guitars, in addition to offering unlimited possibilities with synth access system. The output from the bridge transducer system in the LGX-SA produces six separate signals-one for each string. This divided signal is called Divided, is used to control guitar synths.


How to say chuis love ... So you say love is blind, how to be impartial in my opinion?? The fact is is that the is excellent on many points that were essential to me. We have everything at hand and easily passes from one type to another with his direct mixes easily

The only downside for me who played little on power, the weight of this type of solid body guitar


The acoustic sound is simply stunning if you bother to plug it into a DI box or an acoustic amp.
The two Seymour Duncan humbuckers (splitable "Single Coil via the switch 5 positions) are great for their incredible range of sounds.
Finally, the hexa is accurate (ebony) and obviously depending on what you put behind. I myself have a GR 33 I am trying to change to a GR55.


I for three months and I very much useful on stage. I put one-year loan to choose. And I do not regret my choice.
In addition to a sound "magic" it is beautiful. Very nice ...
What else if not a wonderful gift for my 50th birthday

guilhem09's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Godin LGX-SA
See manufacturer specs, it's not difficult ...


The handle is perfect. A thin, close to a LP, but the action is very low. Super easy to play guitar. I play with Elixir and it does. Grave ...

The MIDI side is always more difficult, you have to play very clean, this is not new, but it is a good exercise ...


Side magnetic pickups, it's great. Great sound, jazz fusion (lowering the tone) and others. It's hot, there is grain. Really happy. Seymour the Jazz are very well job!!

Piezo side, always the same: average. This is not an acoustic guitar with a condenser microphone jack, but this is normal, do not dream no more!

MIDI side, I had some worries. A piezo sensor loose, quickly replaced by RMC, but I had to install and reseal myself, and it's hard. But I could go to a luthier. On a good Roland (GR 55), the tracking is good, but you have to play clean. This is not a bad year


The gameplay is terrible. The sound of microphones is great. She really has a soul. MIDI works well subject to play clean. Troubleshoots the piezo or magnetic pickups can add for a little more definition sound.
Following is a mahogany body and neck, so it sounds, but it weighs four completions dead donkeys! Type LP, and worse. Wide strap VERY essential!

The violin is top, the neck is perfect for my taste, very precise mechanical.
GLOBAL ASSESSMENT: fine, except the weight (very) and therefore expensive MIDI sensors RMC priori better in Graphtec. But I recommend ... One alternative: Godin Passion RG-2: MIDI Graphtec, humbuckers, so chambered perhaps less heavy body, but found so far in Europe ...

guilhem09's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Amendment of the last review posted"

Godin LGX-SA
See the specs on the site Godin ...


Super stick by my point of view. String action adjustable to the millimeter, which makes it a very playable guitar. Lutherie satisfactory. Heavy guitar because of mahogany, but we can not have everything ...


Super sound of jazz neck pickup typed versatile. I use my guitar in jazz and fusion and its versatility makes it perfect is
I fixed my crappy piezo alone as a great as the brave folks at Godin and the French importer not have been of no help. I ordered the bridges at RMC Pickups, which are very serious THEM, welded while avoiding having shaky, and it works! I rediscovered my guitar! The slap, super. Like what you're never better served than by yourself, it's sad but true.


Guitar used a year ago.
SAV catastrophic, no returns efficient, Godin mocks the world and its French importer worse.

I think I've had no luck at first. Now that everything works out, I'm really happy with my instrument. With the feedback, I think if I would do it over again this election, hoping that this time there is no problem.

Alyvest's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Godin LGX-SA
Made in Canada 22 boxes - Seymour Duncan Seymour Duncan selected by him even: A Jazz humbucker in the neck position and a Custom Custom in bridge (modified to better fit the instrument).  5 position selector: Humbucker bridge Micro simple easel The two humbuckers Micro single in the neck position Humbucker in the neck position Otherwise, it has 6 piezo sensors integated into the bridge which supply signal for the separate 13 pin synth and acoustic outputsIt has a volume and a tone for the electric pickups, separate controls for the piezo pre-amp (volume, bass, mid, treble) and a synth volume. a 3 way switch for determining the synth / electric / mix and 2 way switch for selecting synth voice (patch). The neck is a screw type.


The handle is wide enough. It looks like the handle of a Folk.
But who loves me for the sleeves, I find myself even when, as it is not fed.
It is surprising to beginners, but it is enjoyable to play trs.

Access in acute trs is good. the pan shot is student.

The guitar is very well balance. It is moderately heavy wood of the guitar.

All configurations possible in microphones, and good quality wood trs trs quickly make you get a good sound trs.


Dj excellent stringed instrument of the fact that empty (without amp) this guitar sounds good dj. After a few hours of testing, I realize this impressive panel of this guitar. With the humbucker bridge position (the custom custom modified), we obtain good saturation of trs: bass, an impressive substain all without losing precision. Also you can switch to single coil and it is close to the distortions of stratocaster. In clean, it's the slap. Indeed, we can play on the micro diffrent config to get a warm sound, mieleux, or keep a crystal clear sound. But the big advantage is the piezo sensor, just give a touch to his sound. It's really standard! I tried it on my ADA MP1 with rglages Varis from its normal clean, lightweight and super compress the crunch, until a saturation dmoniaque, and in all cases, the LGX's does not flinch: it restores no problem!


I use it for a week now.
Tt is still, but I realize that the violin is excellent.

Compare my Les Paul or my tlcaster, where we have a PERIOD to adapt to the apprhender bte, l After a few hours of play is the guitar that fits our DSIR.

The problem as to find it, because it is no longer in new left-handed, and even on occasion, it is difficult to find.
It also has I jump at the chance to be Submitted me.

I do not regret my choice, on the contrary. This is an exceptional instrument!
And in 1200 on the market opportunity, given the quality of the guitar is really good.