Godin (guitar manufacturer)

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Godin Guitars
IndustryMusical instruments
Founded1972; 46 years ago (1972)
FounderRobert Godin
Montreal, Quebec
Area served
Key people
Robert Godin
ProductsElectric and acoustic guitars, ukuleles, guitar amps
Number of employees
SubsidiariesSeagull Guitars
Simon & Patrick Guitars
Norman Guitars
Art & Lutherie Guitars
La Patrie Guitars
WebsiteGodin Guitars
External video
Oral History, Robert Godin talks about at the age of 15, discovering he could modify guitars for the new style of playing.” Interview date January 14, 2009, NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Oral History Library

Godin Guitars is a Canadian manufacturer that specializes in stringed instruments, including guitars, electric basses, ukuleles, and ouds. The company is owned by founder Robert Godin.

Picture of a Canadian man playing a Godin SD Electric Guitar.


Godin started building Robert Godin's guitars in 1972 in La Patrie, Quebec. The head office is located in Montreal, and they build instruments in six factories in four locations—three in Quebec and one in New Hampshire.

Godin Guitars makes instruments under several different labels. Norman makes entry- to mid-level acoustic guitars. Art & Lutherie makes entry-level budget acoustic guitars. The Simon and Patrick brand make mid- to high-range steel-string acoustics. La Patrie manufactures classical guitars. Seagull makes solid wood entry- to professional-range acoustic guitars. Guitars under the Godin brand are primarily mid-range to top-of the-line electrics that are made of high quality wood from the northeastern part of North America. They have many models that feature synth pickups (MIDI-equipped[1]) and some with piezo pickup-equipped bridges. Godin has synthesizer pickups as a standard feature in their high end models, and many of their electric models use piezo-acoustic pickups integrated with the bridge assembly.

Godin's guitars have won several awards, including Guitar Player magazine's Editors Pick for the LG, Exit 22, and Freeway Classic.

The 2004 model Godin LG Hmb with twin humbuckers

Godin's popular LG Hmb is made of mahogany with a mahogany neck and a rosewood fretboard. The scale length is 24.75", the neck radius is 14" and it has 22 frets. The 2004 model features a five way switch for neck, neck-split to single, neck and humbucker in parallel, bridge-split to single and bridge. The pickups are ceramic.

Godin also makes the acclaimed[2][3][4] Multiac line of hybrid guitars with both steel and nylon strings, some models incorporating both piezo and magnetic pickups, built-in DI circuitry and/or MIDI.

Brands and products[edit]

Brand Products
Godin Guitars Guitars
Seagull Guitars Guitars
Norman Guitars Guitars
Simon & Patrick Guitars Guitars
Art & Lutherie Guitars Guitars
La Patrie Guitars Guitars
Tric Guitar Cases


  1. ^ Camp, Victoria (1997). Making Music on Your PC. Abacus. p. 160. ISBN 9781557553270.
  2. ^ "Acoustic Guitar".
  3. ^ "Guitar Player".
  4. ^ "Acoustic Magazine".

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