Having great acoustic and electric guitar sounds on one instrument is quite an accomplishment. Adding synth capabilities to that combo usually means having myriad boxes and cables that are unruly to navigate and tough to tame. Instant access to all of those sounds used to come with a hefty price: technically, logistically, and financially. The Godin xtSA puts acoustic, electric, and synth in one beautiful, great-feeling, intuitively designed guitar.
In this case, the xtSA – Koa Top, the silverleaf maple center block is flanked by two poplar wings and capped with a gorgeous, highly figured koa top as shown here. The Honduran mahogany neck has an ebony fingerboard, medium jumbo frets, and Godin’s Ergocut technique, which bevels the edges of the fretboard and frets for a smoother feel. The xtSA is also available in Trans Black and Dark Trans Red, both with a flame-maple leaf top.
Godin did an excellent job of integrating all of the vast sonic and electronic options available on the xtSA. The Duncan Designed, hum-single-hum magnetic pickups provide the electric guitar sounds via a 5-way selector switch. Positions two and four split the humbuckers into single coils for balance with the middle pickup. Two knobs, located in very familiar positions, control the electric guitar’s volume and tone.
Six RMC transducers mounted to the tremolo bridge provide acoustic sounds and synth access. For the acoustic side, a preamp featuring volume and 3-band EQ is located in the upper bout of the guitar. The 9-volt battery is neatly tucked away and easily accessible through a panel on the rear of the guitar. The synth-access side has its own volume control, which is configured neatly with the electric guitar controls. One of two mini-toggle switches is a momentary switch. This switch duplicates the S1/S2 button functions of a Roland GK pickup, allowing you to scroll up or down through preset synth patches. The other mini-toggle switch is a 3-way that allows you to choose between acoustic/electric, acoustic/ electric/synth, or synth only for changes on the fly.
With all of this capability, the sound and function of this guitar are what really matters. The humbuckers are fat, the singlecoil is sparkly, the acoustic sounds are warm and round with a nice top-end, and the synth tracking is superb. The connectivity to get those great sounds out is flexible and ingenious: one 1/4″ jack for the acoustic/electric mix, a 13-pin synth connector, and another 1/4″ jack labeled “electric.” When both 1/4″ jacks are utilized, the mix jack becomes the output of the acoustic sounds, enabling independent routing from the electric side.
If you need instant access to acoustic, electric, and synth sounds, the Godin xtSA does all three with awesome tones, convenience, and style.