Godin XTSA Leaftop Lightburst Flame
Godin's XTSA is a performing guitarist's delight: a guitar made in the USA from Canadian parts that combines a great sounding electric with comprehensive pickup options and a tremolo with excellent piezo-acoustic sounds and unparalleled synth access via 13-pin MIDI.
The XTSA has a pickup laid out in the H-S-H combination for a plethora of tones ranging from glassy funk to chunky hard rock. The playing surface itself - the neck - is a fantastically comfortable carve with a flat 16" radius Ebony fingerboard sporting medium jumbo frets. This is a modern feeling neck for a modern player but it has a nice amount of heft to it: shred-skinny this is not!
Acoustic sounds are taken care of by a series of individual under-saddle transducers that link to an on-board preamp. Controls for these can be found in the customary top bout panel of sliders. The XTSA has a built in hexaphonic pickup for using with guitar synthesizers, accessed via the built-in 13-pin output jack. Open up your playing beyond the capabilities of standard guitar.
This one has a great Lightburst finish.
The xtSA delivers big time electric sounds via the Godin humbucker-single-humbucker pickup configuration and thanks to a special 5-way switch setup extra meaty humbucker tones co-exist with glassy split-coil sounds in the second and forth position. Turn down the electric output and raise the volume on the RMC transducer saddles and the xtSA becomes an incredibly authentic-sounding ‘acoustic’ guitar. The acoustic voice of the xtSA is enhanced by an onboard preamp with a three-way graphic EQ. The two outputs are set up so that the electric and acoustic voices can be blended in the guitar using a single patch cord or at the amp/mixer using both outputs. The icing on the xtSA cake comes in the form of its synth tracking, which simply put, is the best in the business. As with all of Godin synth-ready instruments, a built-in 13-pin connector provides direct access to all Roland GR-Series synths as well as most other 13-pin devices.
All of this sound power would be a lot less interesting if the guitar didn’t feel great and great is exactly how the xtSA feels thanks to the same 25½” scale, mahogany neck used on the Godin flagship LGX-SA guitar. The ebony fingerboard is shaped with Godin’s ergocut technique and equipped with medium jumbo frets. The body is made from a silverleaf maple center with poplar wings and decorated with a figured maple veneer on top.