Classical nylon guitar concepts with an electric kick.
The Godin ACS-SA is a nylon-string guitar that blends classical guitar concepts with elements of solid body design. The comfortable neck from the Godin Multiac Nylon Guitar is used here with a maple body and cedar top to achieve an affordable synth access guitar. Although the body is chambered, response from the cedar top is more typical of a solid body designs than that of a traditional acoustic guitar. This design results in a guitar that is virtually free of feedback, making the Godin ACS-SA easy to use even when the band gets loud.
The engine in the ACS-SA guitar includes individual transducer saddles powered by a customized preamp system from the RMC Pickup Company. This system not only produces superb amplified sound, but also produces hexaphonic output through a 13-pin connector enabling direct access to Roland GR-Series guitar synthesizers.
Includes gig bag.
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- Mahogany neck
- Ebony fingerboard
- 16" fingerboard radius
- 25-1/2" scale
- 1-7/8" nut width
- Chambered silver leaf maple body
- Custom RMC electronics with 13-pin connector for direct control of Roland GR series and Axon AX100 guitar synths
- Natural semi-gloss or black high-gloss finish
- Includes gig bag
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Comments about Godin ACS-SA Nylon String Cedar Top Acoustic-Electric Guitar:
I rated the product a 7. I purchased it in 2009, but when I received it the finish was inconsistent on the face of the guitar, and looked a bit splotchy. It's the sort of thing I would expect on a B stock item. Other Godin guitars I have seen did not have this issue. I returned the item due to this cosmetic flaw.
I found the neck shape and feel a little odd, or just not to my liking. That's a pretty subjective thing and I wouldn't rate the product down for that unless it was a true quality defect like a warp, twist, or especially terrible design. This was "ok", I just didn't like it much as necks go.
Overall I wanted to love this product but I just didn't. It didn't sound very good to me when played through a Roland AC-60 acoustic amp by comparison to other nylon string guitars I own including a Cedar top Cordoba (not amped) and a spruce top Taylor NS32 (amped or unamped). I didn't spend that much time tweaking so perhaps with more tweaking of the amp or of another preamp pedal I could have obtained a better sound. I was disappointed enough with the look and feel that when the sound wasn't spot on, I didn't spend a lot of time trying to coax a better tone out.
Generally I think its a decent guitar and probably great for live nylon work in a loud venue. The cosmetic flaw was indicative of a much less expensive instrument, and neck felt awkward and cheapish to me. I have a professional guitarist friend who owns one of these and loves it for live performance in loud venues. At the price point of the ACS-SA, its a relatively affordable option for a solid body nylon string. The synth connection is interesting as a feature and seems mostly unique to Godin. Notably, the other Godins with similar features are quite a bit more.
I didn't hate it, but it fell short of expectations. I'd recommend before buying one of these you lay hands and eyes on one in a store. Then, if you want to take your chances with a mail order item, give it a shot. Maybe I just got a bad one.