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Godin A6 Ultra Hybrid Guitar Review

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Godin A6 Ultra Hybrid Guitar Review

This review was submitted by Guitar Jar contributor: Mark Angel

So, I’m an electric guitar player really, but when I moved to leading the music in my local church, acoustic guitar seemed to be most appropriate.

Over the years I’ve owned several acoustic guitars, and I eventually settled on a nice Ovation bowl back Celebrity Deluxe in cherry red.

I had the guitar professionally setup and it played beautifully. The trouble is, when you hit the prime age of 40 you start to expand in places that were previously not so flabby, and I eventually found that my Ovation’s bowl-back was incompatible with my bowl-front. Hmmm.

I started to look at “hybrid” guitars. These are guitars that usually are shaped like electric guitars but have acoustic (Piezo) pickups and electric pickups in one guitar.

There are many variants around but I finally settled on the Godin. It got great reviews and I liked the look. The idea of having an acoustic pickup that, at the flick of a switch, turned electric was a cool idea too – not that I could ever imagine using it, but it still caught my imagination.

Godin A6 Ultra Hybrid GuitarFeatures:

Now, I could list all the features or you could surf on over to the Godin site and take a look: http://www.godinguitars.com/godina6ultrap.htm. One point to note is that this is an expensive guitar but it does not come with a hard case (a decent gig bag, yes, but I like a hard case for my instruments). The good news it does fit a Tele case – just – as long as the case isn’t too tightly fitted. It does also come with Schaller style strap lock buttons on the guitar. A nice touch for those of us that prefer our guitars to stay on their neck and not land on the floor when getting a bit wild.

Ease of use:

When you strap this guitar on it feels very comfortable. Slightly more bulky that a Tele, but very similar. Slightly lighter than a Tele but still with some weight. None of the controls are labelled; neither are the two output sockets (one for the electric pickup and one for a blend of acoustic and electric), so some care is needed when plugging in and making adjustments, but the manual that came with the guitar is quite clear.

I miss the tuner in my Ovation – but then again every effects pedal, drum machine, recording device has a tuner in it nowadays so no real hassle. And if a tuner isn’t nearby I use my organic God-given tuner – my ears. Don’t forget ‘em guitar players. Mine work better than any electronic tuner any day. No battery light either but you can tell when the battery needs replacing as the guitar starts to distorts and loses “life”. I try to remember to keep a spare battery in my case at all times.

Sound quality:

Unplugged this guitar sounds like a cardboard box with strings on it, but then that’s not really what it’s about. It makes enough noise to make practice without an amp nice and easy but you probably won’t get far without reaching for that jack lead. Plugged in it comes to life. The acoustic pick does still sound like a Piezo but it’s really quite a well rounded sound. I’ve even recorded with it plugged in which is rare for me.

So what about the electric pickup? Well to me it sounds like a muddy, woolly mess, but I guess you could call it “brown sound”. I’ve tried the electric pickup with various amps with the same or similar results. So is the electric pickup a waste of time? No, because what I do find is that blending in some electric pickup with the acoustic pickup adds some sparkle and warmth – and that is now my standard setting. I’ve tried electric strings (horrible) and various gauges of acoustic strings and eventually settled at some D’addario EXP with a 10 on the top.

Reliability:

This guitar feels like a workhorse. I don’t think it will ever go wrong!

Overall rating:

I bought this guitar without playing it – they are rare in this country so I had to buy it from an Importer (www.importedinstruments.com). It’s the first time I’ve ever done that with a “decent” guitar but I was not disappointed. This is my goto guitar when playing out live if an acoustic guitar is needed and I can see it remaining so for some time. It probably does need a decent setup on it at some point but it‘s perfectly playable as is.

And I think it’s rather cool playing in a church with a “God in” guitar.

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About the author:

New Zealand based Mark Angel is an experienced British guitar and bass player with over 30 years experience of playing electric and acoustic guitars as well as bass in a variety of scenarios and styles. Mark teaches at, and co-manages, a Guitar Studio with 18 teachers and around 180 students. He's recorded on many studio projects and now runs his own studio from his home.

6 Comments

  • Thanks for your thoughts on the guitar. I’m just about to buy a Godin A6 having done some research into “hybrids”.

    It looks like this one mught be the best of the few that are currently out there but I think that the biggest challenge is to find the best way to amplify the guitar in order to use both types of pickups. Electric amp or acoustic amp? Or pa and foot pedal to acompany electric sounds? I guess I’ll have to buy the guitar first then try all the options until I find what works best for me.

  • Hi,

    I am using A6 over the month now and it is just great!

    I’ve been looking for the amp for a while and then I found about GENZ BENZ Pro LT, 200W acoustic amp and these two together are like fairytale, awesome!

    This amp is awesome. Warmth,depth,,superb. Just curious about the strings.I am using the acoustic strings now but got an e mail from Godin factory,they told me that humbucker is not recognizing acoustic strings.This guitar comes originally with electric strings, 0.11 or 0.12 daddario.

    I tried electric strings and for me it sounded really good. Anyway,this is my short review on Godin A6…it’s worth every penny.

  • If it helps anybody, I own two Godin guitars. An A6 and a Seagull Entourage S01012 acoustic guitar.

    I have taken the seagull on every gig for the last seven years and the A6 generally comes along for the ride too, They have endured the heat of the Western Australian Desert, the humidity of the East Coast of Australia and the freezing conditions of the Snowy Mountains in Australia.

    In all these conditions they have performed flawlessly. They have a few knocks on them but they are my two most reliable guitars. Others have come and gone but the Godin guitars areas tough as they are great sounding.

    I would recommend a Godin to anyone from beginner to professional.

  • Nice post which These are guitars that usually are shaped like electric guitars but have acoustic pickups and electric pickups in one guitar. There are many variants around but It finally settled on the Go din. It got great reviews and I liked the look. Thanks a lot for posting.

  • Got a question for you guys who have been playing Godin, especially the A6 Ultra…

    Just bought a used one (ebay) and it doesn’t seem to operate the way it’s described. Tell me if I’m wrong…

    When using the mix output jack, I understand I should be able to get either pure acoustic, pure electric or a blend of the two… right? I find that I need the acoustic volume on in order to get ANY sound at all. ie: it acts as a master volume. In addition, the output from this jack sounds exactly the same whether or not the other jack (electric only) is being used. This means I can’t split the acoustic/electric sounds as described in the literature.

    Does this sound normal? Am I missing something? Thanks for any feedback.

  • I just one of these a week ago and it doesn’t do that. You have a problem. It did make some strange noises when I first pluged it in but I unpluged and pluged it back in and problem gone.

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