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barh2_0 02/12/2014

Richmond Empire : barh2_0's user review

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Value For Money : Excellent
Single cut guitar type manufactured in Canada (Godin)
- Maple Body and Poplar
- Mahogany neck screwed
- Rosewood fingerboard, 22 frets
- A low noise single coil and humbucker
- A 3-position toggle, one volume, one tone
- Wraparound Bridge, Kluson-type mechanical
Simple, classic and effective

UTILIZATION

As to the cause of Canadian guitars for a long time my opinion is worth it in terms of objectivity ...
What attracted me to this guitar in addition to his look (the head is amazing!) Is its weight and ergonomics.
I was looking for a guitar for concerts, lighter than my Godin LG SP90 darkgold, which is great but heavy.
Mission accomplished with the Empire, it is very light. Associated with neck and fingerboard Godin key, the ergonomics of the guitar is very good. No imbalance, comfortable, easy to play, a joy, you can play for hours without fatigue!
Despite the single cut forms was closer to sensations of more than one SG LP.
Question sleeve, it is rather round with a flattening in the center. I find it a bit thin for my taste but overall comfort catching this detail slightly.

SOUNDS

I mainly blues and rock with 70's, plugged into a Peavey Classic 30 with plexdrive Weehbo or Digitech Bad Monkey between.
My first idea was to waltz the single coil, which on paper does not inspire me too, in favor of a humbucker. Presentation at NAMM show 2014 an Empire with two double leaves me thinking that I'm not the only one who had this idea.
In the first test, the single is indeed a bit dark. After adjustment by the excellent Mike Von Brown Kustom Guitar (http://vonbrownguitare.wix.com/vonbrownguitar), this microphone becomes the true good surprise guitar. The sound has a very good definition, precise and yet thick and deep with lots of bass. Perfect as in clean crunch and as the name suggests (low noise), not a sound! It is a single coil type Hi-Lo Tron. The trick consists in setting the skew 2-3mm above to treble strings.
Double does the job but nothing more, it is a copy of classic 57 like so many others.
The guitar is as often with Godin, versatile enough in clean, crunch and overdrive, with a focus still very rock. I have not pushed the curiosity to connect a Metal Zone to see ...
Question sustain, tweak the blow to belief: the sleeves screwed no less sustain the sleeves stuck. on the other hand guitars made by people whose job it is and not in a factory that makes guitars on Monday, sun on Tuesday and Wednesday crates have better sustain.
The guitar has a widespread conception in Godin: central corp is maple, harder, for better conduction of vibrations from one end to the other strings, and wings softer (poplar) for low . If we add the varnish and wraparound end ...
Many guitars set neck dream of having the sustain of the Empire.

OVERALL OPINION

Richmond Empire is a very good guitar, with as usual with Godin, excellent value for money.
A good example of an input range does not always mean cheap. The Empire has a level of finish and requirements that ridicule the term "custom" attached to many Sino-Korean philippo series painted in cou with a sticker photo-flamed maple for a table.
Here, we like each Godin: a hand finished with fine painted and pre-worn handle, a folding key with impeccable frets, electronic cavities shielded graphite paint, components and wood quality.
After everyone buys what he wants :-)