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lajib' 10/28/2011

Richmond Empire : lajib''s user review

«  EMPIRE rock chic »

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- Canadian guitar, made by the group Godin.
- Bolt mahogany, satin finish, rosewood fingerboard, 22 frets, medium frets
- Mahogany body two parts, gloss
- A simple micro Godin handle
- A Godin humbucker bridge
- Wraparound tailpiece
- Vintage mechanical
- 1 volume, 1 tone, 3-position toggle a
- Tie-strap, Schaller strap-locks (Part strap not included)
- Supplied in a bag of very good quality


The aesthetics of the guitar is superb, the two pieces of mahogany body is beautiful, with beautiful veining and a connection of two pieces of mahogany very clean, all enhanced by a classy gloss.
The handle is not left with a nice grip, a smooth profile and slipped a perfect through the satin. Access to acute to do without too much trouble, even though only one notch.
Electronic side, it's very simple, two microphones Godin. A single in the neck position with a large coil (larger than a simple but not a P-90) and a humbucker in acute position. Everything is controlled by a volume, one tone and a 3 position toggle. Noise? RAS
The hardware is simple and vintage easel-style wraparound tailpiece and mechanical vintage Fender type.
The grip is good, sitting as standing, the weight is correct, it sounds good to dry, which is a good sign.


Being a lover of vintage gear, this Richmond me away caught the eye, and once connected, it does not at all over me.
they agree perfectly with the style of music played (rock / hard / pop 60/70), riffs, rhythms and solos.
In the light plugged into a twin or deluxe reverb, the sounds are very good, the microphone is very simple to handle round, a little deaf in the lower register. It allows you to play solos quite clear plans with a little reverb, lowering the tone may be obtained jazzy sounds convincing.
The parallel of the two microphones is very interesting game for the arpeggio, more brilliance and attack.
The bridge pickup at a larger output, which can be interesting for its clear style rockab 'or 50's rock, but it sounds more muscular that is devastating.
Used on crunch sounds, distos, fuzz, this guitar is amazing. Still a record vintage, it sounds so warm with good attack and sustain, more than adequate even with the handle screw.
I tested all three positions in the same micro amps mentioned above with different pedals, an Electo-Benrod classic screamer, a DGTM, a JMI Suppafuzz, A Biyang OD 7, a big muff USD.
It sounds rock in all cases of figures, using a pedal isolation or in combination, is organic, responsive, very musical. Mics meets the attacks and the intensity of the game
The acute micro-level signals above the neck pickup which can be convenient to go solo in the context of use to the old English with an amplifier for example.
The Empire is somewhat reminiscent of the SG, for his part very intuitive and bastonneur, making it a riffeuse but not that!
Mix in a guitar / bass / drums, it fits without worries, without taking up too much space. In a configuration with two guitarists, it's perfect, which is not always the case with all guitars of this type, with a high output level.


A guitar is simple, or there have not superfluous, both in form and finish, as the couple electronics / hardware.
There is everything you need or it takes to make a simple guitar, beautiful and reliable.
Oriented vintage rock all the same, it can also be used in lots of other more modern styles, it is best to see it in real and tested, addiction guaranteed!