3722 posts since 19 Jan, 2008
This is driving me nuts. I've got an okay sanyo video camera with 5mp still and I can't take a sharp pic to save my life. I focus on the headstoc and it wants to focus on the balcony's rail.
Anyway. Here's my Godin Freeway SA
SA denotes "synth access" eg 13 pin roland. I'm fairly certain that the 13pin is ghost rider, not RMC or Fishman (it's older) It's not a "3 way) like other Godin solid bodies (does not have piezo out)
The neck is a joy to play however it is not without faults.
I've got the factory setup for the Godin brand magnetic pickups. Positions 2,3 and 4 have exactly the same output while positions 1 and 5 have a lower output. It has a rather pronounced "snappy" out of phase sound on positions 2 and 5. I've mentioned this before. it's darker sounding and the dunlop "wylde" strings didn't help if anything it made the sound less desirable to be but,,, I'm too cheap to buy something brighter like GHS and stick them on it for now. The neck is magical to me. A shallow "C" with a slight radius. The harmonics are almost non existant for some reason. My hero Walter Becker (Steely Dan) has one of these and he'll occasionally pull it out for a few songs when playing live with Steely Dan or apart on his solo stuff.. It's punchy sounding without being woofy. Which occasionally comes in handy.
The SA on the freeway is almost the exact opposite as the SA and the ACS Multilac. The neck still has an inconsistent output however on the freeway it likes to play louder with more sustain as you move up the neck (as opposed to the multilac which tends to die off as you move up the neck) The output is... repressed. While I'll never get a mystery ghost note from nowwhere it doesn't have either the dynamic range of a fishman triple play or a GK. I've never tried on a GR55 so I don't know if the new GR settings can accomodate for this type of setup to give a full and balanced out.
The sound is very compressed and boxy/punchy. No Butler Tube driver needed to pull the meat out. I use it when I want something slightly darker but not warm. I've thought long and hard about replacing the pickups but in my estimation if I can't get a decent harmonic out of it acoustically then I'm not going to get it by jacking in a brighter sounding pickup.
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