While Godin has manufactured acoustic guitars for years -- and still does -- under various brand names, the famous Godin name has now been applied to a new line of premium acoustic guitars. Featuring a solid Cedar top, Mahogany back and sides, and LR Baggs electronics, the Godin Metropolis LTD Havana Burst is an attractive acoustic, with a warm, dimensional tone that excels at bringing out the details of chords and picking nuances.
The made in Canada, the Godin Metropolis features
Premium pressure tested solid Cedar top
Thin gloss Havana Burst finish
Solid Mahogany, back & sides
Neck - Mahogany, 25.5" scale, 21 frets
1.72" nut width, 16" radius
Bound Richlite® fretboard w/ custom inlays
LR Baggs Anthem pick up with volume, blend and phase switch
Open gear tuners
Graphtec nut, saddle and pins
Includes deluxe TRIC hard case
In 2019 Godin decided to take the plunge and introduce a new line of premium acoustic guitars under the the Godin name. Up until then it had relied on specific acoustic-only brand names such as Seagull, Art & Lutherie, and LaPatrie. The new Godin line of acoustics is aimed at a higher level of performance, with nearly all models featuring all solid wood construction. The Concert and Dreadnought series guitars feature what Godin calls their "Optimal X" bracing, kerfed neck construction, LR Baggs Anthem electronics, and Richlite fret boards. Richlite is a wood fiber composite material that has a look and feel similar to ebony, but none of the sourcing or sustainability issues of harvesting real ebony. It's hardly new to the Godin family of guitars, and has been used for many years.
The attractive Havana Burst version of the Dreadnought Metropolis line utilizes a solid Cedar top with solid Mahogany back and sides. The bound neck is a nice touch, and split block inlays carried over from their Montreal line makes the guitar stand out in a crowd. Godin stuck with the same headstock style that they use on their higher end electrics, and to us it fits right in stylistically on their acoustic line. And we've always liked the look of the tortoiseshell headstock veneer. The controls for the electronics are sound-hole mounted, and the LR Baggs Anthem systems utilizes their Element bridge pickup and TRU-MIC condensor microphone. The controls are volume, mic/bridge balance, and phase.
The Metropolis Dreadnought has a strong bass response -- as you expect from this type of guitar -- but it's not overly midrange heavy and boomy as some Dreads can be. The Cedar top lends a nice warmth, but there is plenty of top end response and note separation. It's rich and detailed, and like a lot of Cedar guitars tends to sound less tight and stiff than a brand new Spruce top. We really liked it, and when strummed with vigor it did not heavily compress or greatly lose focus. Acoustic volume is decent -- we've played louder Dreadnoughts -- and it's more of a nuance and detail guitar than a thrasher. And if it's not loud enough, of course there are the Anthem electronics.
We tested the Metropolis with a Traynor AM Studio, which is a compact acoustic amp with 8" woofer and 1" tweeter. The LR Baggs system uses their element bridge pickup and a body mic, and overall the results are excellent. The bridge pickup provides a good dose of presence, but has none of the brittle metallic tone that many piezo systems have. According to LR Baggs, their ultra thin bridge sensor tracks the motion of the top, rather than direct string pressure, resulting in less "quack." The body mic adds warmth and resonance, and for our taste we biased the balance control towards the bridge to pick up the highs, and dialed in enough body mic to add some depth and resonance. Overall, it's one of the better sounding systems we've played, and simple to use.
The Godin Metropolis LTD Havana burst is an attractive acoustic, with a warm, dimensional tone that excels at bringing out the details of chords and picking nuances. Its Cedar top unlocks a range of overtones, and while it may not pack the midrange grunt to back a bluegrass band, it makes up for it in sophistication. For Godin fans looking for solid wood dreadnought acoustic that actually says Godin on the headstock, your day has arrived.
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