Godin Empire P90 HG - Mahogany with P90s

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Single-coil Pickups - Natural Mahogany
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Big on Value, with Big Tone Too!

The Godin Empire P90 HG solidbody electric guitar sports a straightforward design with a surprisingly tenacious attitude. If we had to pick one word to describe this guitar, it'd be "punchy". Built in Richmond, Quebec, the Empire P90 HG sports a mahogany body and a smooth-playing mahogany neck. For tonal tenacity, you get a pair of Kingpin P90 single-coil pickups. From chimey to twangy straight through to growling, you get a lot of tone at a great price with the Godin Empire P90 HG solidbody electric guitar.

Godin Empire P90 HG Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • This guitar has a lot of bark and bite
  • Mahogany body for rich, lively tones
  • Ergocut shaping technique for amazingly smooth performance
This guitar has a lot of bark and bite

With a pair of classic-sounding Kingpin P90 single-coil pickups, you'll appreciate the wide range of tones on tap in the Godin Empire P90 HG. It's great for crunchy classic rock, but you can really dig into these pickups for some seriously aggressive sounds. But it seems that no matter how you dial in the Empire P90 HG, the sound is punchy and vibrant.

Mahogany body for rich, lively tones

Hey, if mahogany guitars didn't sound good, it wouldn't be one of the most-used tonewoods in the history of electric guitar. Expect powerful lows, rich mids, and a smooth top end from the Godin Empire P90 HG HG.

Ergocut shaping technique for amazingly smooth performance

Run your hand along the Empire P90 HG's neck, and you'll be amazed at how smooth and fast it feels. That's because Godin's Ergocut shaping technique bevels the fret edges towards the center of the fretboard. Whether you're playing complex chord changes, or blazing your way across multiple octaves, the Ergocut process enhances the playability of the Empire P90 HG far beyond what you'd expect at this price.

Godin Empire P90 HG Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Highly playable electric guitar with a bright, punchy voice
  • Mahogany body is a recipe for rich, wide-ranging tones
  • Mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard sport Godin's Ergocut design for smooth playability
  • Dual Kingpin P90 single-coil pickups pack warmth, clarity, and punchy tone
  • Deluxe gig bag included
You won't be disappointed with the huge value in the Godin Empire P90 HG!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Empire
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Mahogany
Color Natural mahogany
Neck Material Mahogany, bolt-on
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 12" radius
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 24.75"
Nut Width 1.6875"
Nut Material Tusq
Bridge/Tailpiece Chrome wraparound bridge, stop tailpiece
Tuners Chrome tuners
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Kingpin P90 single-coil
Bridge Pickup Kingpin P90 single-coil
Controls 1 x volume, 1 x tone, 3-way pickup selector
Strings Godin E-10, (.010-.046)
Case Included Gig bag
Manufacturer Part Number 037919

Customer Reviews

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Very nice!

Chose this at first based on searching for the wider and flatter radius neck. Was able to try the older (non P-90) version at a used guitar store and verify that indeed this is a great playing, comfortable guitar. While I was there, I tried a used LP Tribute -- 300 to 400 bucks more, but man, what a difference in quality this guitar has over it (you'll know it the minute you pick it up). Ordered and arrived with no problem. Action is fine out of the box. I play for enjoyment at home with headphones, no pick, no overdrive, and usually hang out on the neck pickups on guitars. The P-90s work fine for that. This is the second P-90 guitar I've had and there is something about them that you don't get with other pickups -- kind of a chimey natural sustain thing. Very nice padded gig bag. Beautiful guitar Godin, great service Sweetwater.
Music background: player for 40 years

Bargain beauty

At a price point well below what it might be this retro guitar has it all. If you are looking for a vintage SG with some Lessential Paul Jr. Vibes with quality Canadian wood and craftsmanship for half the price this is worth trying.

First Experience with Godin - Not Disappointed

In the past, I've not strayed far from the big names for guitars: Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, Epiphone. When I decided to go the P90 route, I happened upon this guitar and thought, "who in the world is Godin?" After reading the scarce reviews online, I took the plunge. I'm very glad I did. The build quality is superb, the fit and finish on par with any other maker I've owned, and the attention to detail is excellent. This particular guitar is one of the most comfortable, well-balanced, easy playing instruments I've ever owned. The neck is smooth and fast, though the shape is somewhat different than what I'm accustomed to; flatter across the radius, but still easy to play. The body weight is solid but not too heavy. Knobs, switches, tuners and hardware are all very reliable and feel solidly built. The reason I did not give it a full 5 stars is due to the stock pickups. They're wound at 9.5k in the neck, 10k in the bridge, which in my opinion is FAR too hot for P90's. They sounded blurry and blown out under most circumstances and didn't have the bark/bite I was hoping for. Luckily, there are a number of great winders doing excellent work with P90's in the current market, so pick your favorite and go. I went with a Bryan Gunsher vintage hand wound set and could not be happier. This guitar is not going anywhere for a long while.
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