Photos are of the actual guitar except for the headstock.
The Godin A6 Ultra Baritone is an amazing value and the perfect guitar to add a new sonic dimension to your recordings or set list. From first hand experience, the A6 is the perfect companion for bands that need acoustic guitar accompaniment, but don't want to deal with a true acoustic on a loud stage. While this A6 Baritone brings a whole new voice to the table, it's as simple and effective as any A6.
The Godin A6 Baritone features the following construction and components:
- Solid Cedar top with chambered maple back
- Burnt Umber semi-gloss finish
- Custom Godin GJN1 mini-humbucker neck pickup with passive volume treble and bass mini-knobs
- Custom Godin EPM under saddle bridge transducer with sliders for active treble, mid, and bass, voiced for Baritone
- 27.75" scale maple neck with Richlite fingerboard
- 16" radius
- 1-11/6" nut width
- TUSQ saddle and nut
- Schaller strap lock buttons
- Output jacks for electric and electric/acoustic mix (when using both they act as individual electric and acoustic jacks)
- Deluxe Godin padded gig bag
- Made in Canada
Having little experience with baritone guitars, we'll admit there was some initial uncertainty due to the somewhat novel nature of the instrument. But we quickly found out what a force it could be for solo performers or bands. The baritone voice can transform any style into a fresh sound, whether you're slapping down funk, finger picking ballads or skating through standards. Using the mixed output or running the individual electric/acoustic output jacks, the A6 can span a wide range of tones and excels as a live performance instrument.
Using the split separate outputs, a typical configuration is running the humbucker neck pickup into a conventional guitar amp, and the bridge transducer into an acoustic guitar amp, or through a preamp direct into the PA. The neck mini-humbucker is voiced for fairly mellow tones but the chambered body provides a rich, percussive tonality. Think hollowbody jazz guitar with shot of Red Bull. The bridge piezo is bright and crisp sounding, but largely devoid of piezo crackle and quack. Tested through a Fender Deluxe Reverb Reissue with a touch of reverb, it sounded articulate and clean, and unless you are a hardcore folkie, would easily hold its own in most acoustic situations.
Using the blended output, it's possible to get all Electric, all Acoustic, or a blend of the two. By blending a little neck pickup into a mostly acoustic signal, you get a sparkling acoustic tone with a nice low end. For players doing primarily acoustic work, the blended output is probably all they will ever need.
At home the Godin A6 is great for just sitting around, practicing and composing. While certainly not as full sounding as a true acoustic, it puts out a reasonable amount of volume and the baritone voice only helps it's case. The slim body is easy to hold, and the Godin electric style neck has light action and is easy on the fingertips. Due to the Rosewood restrictions taking guitar manufacturers by storm the A6 Baritone sports nicely polished medium frets set into a Richlite composite fingerboard. The 1-11/16 wide neck is a nice width for both traditional electric playing and "acoustic" work. Richlite is a hard and dense wood fiber composite that is a great substitute for ebony and its smooth playing surface is percussive and fast.
The Godin A6 Baritone is one of those guitars that once you own it, you'll wonder how you got along without it. With this unique twist, the A6 Baritone is a tool that any player or performer will find useful.