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Photos are of the actual guitar - This is a mint condition guitar pressed into service for a couple of recording sessions. It's in perfect condition and ready to play.
The LaPatrie Arena Maple CW guitar features:
There is a lot of depth and history to the Godin family of brands. Named after the village in Quebec where Godin has been crafting guitars for over 30 years, LaPatrie has mastered the art of making classical instruments for the modern player. Each guitar features a pressure tested cedar or spruce top from fallen trees averaging 800 years of age and are finished with a 19th century inspired polish that lets the guitar breath and naturally age into a richer sounding instrument. Their necks are solid mahogany and feature dual function truss rods for adjustment capabilities that today's players are accustomed to.
Positioned towards the top of the Arena line, the flame maple top and sides are not only visually striking but give the plenty of projection and volume. While the shallow body depth limits acoustic bass response, the Arena Maple has lots of attack, overtones and a pleasing acoustic richness. It also strikes us as having more natural volume that the lower priced mahogany and cherry bodied models. We sometimes worry about maple bodied guitars sounding dry and lacking dimension, but we were impressed with the complexity of tone, and find this guitar to be one of the more compelling models in the Arena lineup.
The Crescent II electronics is a dual source unit using both an under saddle and soundboard transducer. It's straightforward affair with a phase switch, volume control, source blend control, and two tiny trim controls for adjusting the transducer gains. Plugged into our Hughes & Kettner ERA-1 acoustic amplifier, the Arena Maple sounded extremely natural, deep, and complex. The blend control essentially acts as a tone control, shifting between the warmer soundboard source and the brighter bridge saddle transducer. The bridge transducer is quite bright, and we found biasing towards the soundboard source yielded the fullest tones. Overall it has a greater dynamic range and presence than the Q1T system used on the lower priced models, with the trade off being a little more string and fingering noise. But this could likely be worked out with a little more EQ time.
Godin has had a big presence in the electro-acoustic nylon market for quite some time, and the La Patrie Arena series opens a whole new avenue. These guitars play like true classical instruments while offering players modern versatility and stage performance. Staying true to the Godin brand value, the LaPatrie Arena Maple is a high quality instrument for enthusiasts and performers.
We are an authorized Godin dealer and this is a new guitar with all tags, tools, paperwork and certificates. We have over 35 Godin-family guitars in stock at all times, and please feel free to browse our other listings,or contact us for delivery time and availability on other Godin models.