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Godin Inuk Ambiance Steel Reviews

5.0 stars based on 2 customer reviews
  • from Miami, FL, USA February 28, 2014Music Background:
    CLASSICAL MUSIC

    GODIN INUK

    THIS IS AN EXCELLENT ETHNIC INSTRUMENT WITH A LOT OF POSSIBILTIES AND SWEET SOUND, AWESOME CRAFTMANSHIP AND FINISH. THIS IS FOR PROS SO IF YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF ONE THEN PUT YOUR HANDS ON THIS BEAUTY!

  • from Detroit, MI June 25, 2013Music Background:
    Hobbyist

    The Most Unique And Most Beauitful Instrument In My Arsenal

    For those not familiar with the oud, it is a descendant of the European lute consisting of 11 strings: 5 courses of 2 and a single low drone string. Its range is somewhere between a bass and a guitar with all of the soul of a great classical guitar.

    I was interested in adding some Middle Eastern sounds to my band as well as playing the oud for personal enjoyment. After a lot of research, I settled on the Godin because it: 1) has frets making learning the instrument and transcription easier as well as allowing for chords which are harder to do on a fretless instrument, 2) does not have a bowl back making it easier to play and hold, 3) has modern machine heads for tuning as opposed to pegs, and 4) has a great electronics package.

    This is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful sounding instruments I've ever owned or heard. Keep in mind, it is not a sound most people have heard before. It is a deep plucky throaty tone which compells you to enter lively trills and haunting progressions. At first, the tuning is unusual, but the sheer soul that comes out of this thing and the speed at which it can be played will keep you inspired and send you in new songwriting directions.

    Some oud players look down on this unit for all its modern features, but I think it makes the oud much more accessible to people coming from guitar. Though you will lose microtones with the fretted variety, all the belly dancing drone strining soul is there at your command.

    I can't be happier with my purchase.

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