Godin LG Signature Cognac just £500

The godin LG Signature is a wonderful guitar - a real favourite of mine.   A customer brought one in today for me to sell so though I would let you know about it ASAP.  The guitar will be setup to our normal high standards and I can tell you the guitar is in first class condition.

I will bring you pictures when I can (or on request) but here is a good example of the finish and colour...

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I have copied some reviews from Harmony Centrals website to give you a flavour of previous buyers views.

If you are interested give me a call on 01926 833389 or email me at richard@richardsguitars.co.uk

Godin LG Signature

Summary
Price New Godin LG Signature @ Musician's Friend
Manufacturer URL http://www.godinguitars.com/
Features 9.3 (16 responses)
Sound 9.8 (16 responses)
Action, Fit, & Finish 9.3 (16 responses)
Reliability/Durability 9.5 (14 responses)
Customer Support 8.2 (11 responses)
Overall Rating 9.5 (14 responses)
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Product: Godin LG Signature
Price Paid: USD 939.00
Submitted 02/22/2008 at 01:25pm by Richard

Features : 10

You can find the features yourself. Coil splitting is a nice option.

Sound : 10

The pickups sound great in any position. The wood is very resonant, lots of sustain.

Action, Fit, & Finish : 8

A few slight imperfections at the nut and at the neck pocket. I expected perfection for over $900. I would also expect a hard case at that price but whaddya gonna do.
Difficult to play though. Very stiff. The neck is weird. Kind of like PRS wide-thin, but not so thin. Feels very chunky and the compound radius feels too "restrictive". It felt nice when I tried it before purchase, but apparently I should have tried it more. End result: I sold it. Too difficult to play.

Reliability/Durability : 9

Pretty well built.

Customer Support : No Opinion
Overall Rating : 5

I love reading reviews where everybody compares every guitar under the sun to a Les Paul. "I can't see how Les Pauls go for $2,000 when this $900 beauty is every bit as good" BS! Maybe people are comparing it to a Les Paul because a Les Paul is the standard (no pun intended) by which everything should be compared. Just review a guitar based on what it is, not what it isn't and not what it's better than. This guitar is not a Les Paul, though it has humbuckers and a similar shape. It does not play like a Les Paul. That's not a bad thing. You don't expect it to play like a Les Paul. I don't why anybody would compare it to the sound of a Les Paul without specifically identifying the pickups. There's so many different pickups in different Les Pauls, any general comparison isn't worth anything. A Les Paul is a Les Paul, A Fender Strat is a Fender Strat (unless it's made in Mexico). A PRS is a PRS. A Godin is a Godin. End of story. This Godin was too difficult to play.

Product: Godin LG Signature
Price Paid: N/A
Submitted 05/31/2006 at 10:59am by Anonymous

Features : 9

2006,
Mahogany Neck
Rosewood Fingerboard
Jumbo Frets
Black Machines(Satin finish) 18:1 ratio
Mahogany Body
Schaller Bridge
5-way Switch
Seymour Duncan Humbucker Pickups
Carved AAA flame maple top
Colors: Trans Blue, Cognacburst, Trans Black

Sound : 10

I bought this guitar through Warp Drive Music...excellent customer service. Normally, I wouldn't plug the place I bought it from, but good customer service is hard to come by these days. I want them to survive.

I run this guitar through a Mesa Nomad 45 with a TC Electronics G-Major in the effects loop. I always use a product for 3 months before writing a review. The best way to describe the sound of this guitar is WARM & FAT. It's hard to say because you can get many different sounds out of this thing, but if you can, imagine a mix of 25% PRS, 25% SG, 25% Les Paul, & 25% Godin. It's a very full, rich sound, not bright, but not muddy like an all mahogany guitar. It's a very balanced sound. The low notes are crisp and clear, and they don't get lost in the mix.

Action, Fit, & Finish : 10

The action was very low with no buzz. The intonation is good on every note of every fret. The finish is INCREDIBLE!! Flawless. I can't find anything wrong with the finish or fit. When I pulled it out of the case (the nicest gig bag I've ever seen) I was breathless. Then I turned it around to show my wife and her eyes almost popped out of her head. I took it to band practice and my bandmates' eyes almost popped out of their heads...all agreeing that this is one of the most beautiful guitars they'd ever seen.

I researched the shit out of the this guitar before I bought it. I couldn't find anything negative anywhere online. Now I know why. I've been playing guitar for 19 years, and this easily rivals any PRS or Les Paul.

Reliability/Durability : No Opinion

It seems very durable and very reliable, but I've only had it for 3 months, so I can't say yet.

Customer Support : No Opinion

Warp Drive Music customer support is great. I haven't had to contact Godin though.

Overall Rating : No Opinion

I've owned and played many guitars throught my 19 years of playing. This guitar rivals any guitar I've played. It will be my main guitar from now on. I would HIGHLY recommend buying one. What you get for the money is incomparable.

Product: Godin LG Signature
Price Paid: 1000 (Cdn.)
Submitted 03/28/2006 at 06:07am by Gregory

Features : 9

The features of the Godin Signature are described well elsewhere in these reviews but the most important, I think, are the mohogany body and flame maple top, generously wide but comfortable neck, five-way switch (you can split the Seymour Duncan humbuckers if you like), and understated elegance. The colour of mine is cognac burst with a AA maple top. The gig bag is neat and of fine quality, although a hard-shell case, even as an option, would have been the icing on the cake.

Sound : 10

I'm a relative novice, so perhaps I can't express the nuances of the sound as well as a seasoned player, but here goes. I play through a Traynor Custom Value 40 equipped with a Celestion Vintage 30 speaker and retubed with JJs; I also use a Pierson Tweed Champ reproduction; and, on occasion, a Roland Cube 30. The LG Signature is a treat for blues, classic rock, and jazz. The neck pickup makes a rich bell-like tone for jazz (think West Coast Blues, Black Orpheus) or early Rock N' Roll (Oh, Pretty Woman, That'll Be The Day), and that position or the middle with a bit of grind is super for blues (Ramblin' on My Mind, When You've Got a Good Friend). The bridge position with enough treble takes on Tele or Strat-like characteristics, or, with enough distortion can get pretty brown (approaching Hey, Hey, My, My, Rockin' In The Free World, One of Us) but not as muddy as a Les Paul. Splitting the pickups gives an airier sound, but not quite as strong as single coils. Really, the tones are a pleasure no matter what you play, except perhaps heavy metal.

Action, Fit, & Finish : 10

I test drove Gibsons (Les Paul Standards) and Fenders (various Strat models) along with Godins (the LG Signature, Exit 22, LG SP90) for about a year and a half. I was already familiar with Godins because I own a Godin Montreal (and this may be viewed by some as a bias), but it is semi-hollow with a 24.75-inch scale, I was looking for solid body, and in fact, I was determined to bring home a Gibson or Fender. I can say confidently that the quality and workmanship of Godin's Signature series is higher than that of Gibsons and Fender. First and foremost is the neck: its shape is indescribably comfortable, and the frets are finished perfectly. The factory setup was fine; low action but no buzz. All of the hardware is top notch.

Reliability/Durability : No Opinion

As much as I'd like to someday, I can't imagine myself doing much live playing, so I can't comment on the guitar's durability. I had it for a couple of months, and it's like my Godin Montreal, which I've had for a couple of years: rock solid and absolutely no problems.

Customer Support : 9

I have always received prompt and helpful replies to my e-mailed questions. I've also had leisurely telephone conversations with their product specialists. No problem in the customer support department.

Overall Rating : 10

As I said, I was determined to bring home a Gibson or Fender to complement my Godin Montreal. I did, in fact, buy an American Deluxe Ash Strat but brought it back to Steve's Music the next day and exchanged it for the LG Signature. The LG just felt right, and is built with such care. It's a pleasure to play, and there's no question of me replacing it or buying another. Price wasn't an issue when I was shopping (although I never considered PRS or Gretsch because I can't see what justifies their prices). At $1,000 Cdn., Godins are a steal and a kind of best-kept secret of guitars in North America.

Product: Godin LG Signature
Price Paid: US $675
Submitted 12/04/2005 at 09:45am by Barry Dingle

Features : 10

I just picked up a nice Godin Signature. The features have been covered elsewhere. The key points are nice neck, cool string through, good Duncan pick-ups, easy to use 5 way switch like a Strat. Nice widish flat neck that feels really nice and easy to play. It is a long scale like a Strat, which I really like.By the way, I was told it was a factory second, but I cannot find a defect. This guitar seems like a first class guitar with no flaws and perfect set up

Sound : 10

Plenty of tones in this guitar. Great pickups! Wide range from rock to jazz tones, and some quack from in between settings. THis is really a wonderful sounding guitar

Action, Fit, & Finish : 10

Excellent, and this is stamped as a factory second. This means that they are really picky. I really am impressed with the fit, finish, and set-up

Reliability/Durability : 10

Seems solid and well built. Great neck joint.

Customer Support : 10

Responded to email in a about a day. Just a question about the factory second, which they explained as a very minor cosmetic classification that may not even be noticeable to a player. They are right, mine looks perfect.

Overall Rating : 10

This is a nice instrument. Godin is sort of a "sleeper" company that makes great guitars. Nice to have something different.

Product: Godin LG Signature
Price Paid: US $525 used
Submitted 11/28/2005 at 05:33pm by Bubba Buckley

Features : 10

This is an early '05 guitar (I think). It is an LG SIGNATURE AA maple top with nice flame in Cognac Burst. Exposed maple binding edge (like PRS). Fixed bridge, with nice string through body. The strings ends go through the back of the guitar and sit in a nice solid block of metal that is countersunk in the body. These guitars are well designed and a seem to be a great value too. When you consider that this is a North American built guitar,with really good quality and materials it really is a great value...This thing even has good Seymour Duncan pickups as standard set-up...No need to go to after market pick ups for good tone. The bolt on neck is tight, and this thing rings out loudly even when it is unplugged. Heck, this guitar makes me think that a good bolt on can resonate better than a set neck...My Les Pauls and SGs do not resonate like this Godin!

Wow, this thing covers lots of ground. When overdriven, the bridge p/u can cover most rock and modern rock, but it can also clean up for some biting Tele meets Strat tone, if you set your EQ for that sort of clean tone. The Front pickup is great for blues and jazzier styles. Like the others mention, the mid and in-between split settings can get really close to a Strat sound too. Seriously, this is the best combination of sounds I have found in a single guitar, and they all work well. I have other guitars too, but this one can do it all!

Sound : 10

Really nice and quite versatile.

Action, Fit, & Finish : 10

No flaws. Nice wide flat neck that feels more playable than it should with such a flat radius. Nice frets, and overall playability is excellent

Reliability/Durability : 10

Looks good, Feels solid and well made. Componenets seem first rate.

Customer Support : 10

I have not need any support, but they seem to have a good reputation.

Overall Rating : 10

Great guitar. Love it. I give it high marks in all areas.

Product: Godin LG Signature
Price Paid: US $450 used
Submitted 09/26/2005 at 02:35pm by Axe

Features : 10

This is a 2004 Godin Signature in AA Blue finish. The details about the Canadian/U.S. assembly have been mentioned elsewhere. The pickups are Duncan CustomCustom and Jazz, which is a great combo. They offer nice humbucking, single coil and split tones. Good design with string through body and nice hardware. I bought this minty example as a used instrument for an great price of $450..that makes this a great deal for a great axe.

This guitar is really one of the best multi-tonal solid bodies I have played. I own a bunch of gear, including Strats, PRS, Les Pauls and others. This guitar covers a wider range of ground than any of them. I am not giving up my Strat for Strat tones or my Les Paul for thick humbucking tones, but this Godin covers a wider range of tones than any of them.

The neck is a something that I needed to adjust to at first..It is wide and medium thick, with a really flat radius. The finish is slightly matte lacquer, as opposed to the glossy necks of PRS or most Gibsons. To be honest, at first. I was not bonding with it, but once you become accustomed to the feel it is really playable. The flat radius and shape is really great for barre chords and rhythm, but it is also really fast. It is now one of my favorite necks.

Sound : 10

Great overdriven tones with all of my amps. The bridge is a nice balanced humbucker with enought output from OD and harmonics in the right amplifier. The other positions are very good too. The long 25.5 scale neck with the split and single coil settings gets very close to some Strat tonal territory.

Action, Fit, & Finish : 10

Built well. Nice set up.

Reliability/Durability : 10

Seems good and solid

Customer Support : No Opinion

No experience

Overall Rating : No Opinion


Product: Godin LG Signature
Price Paid: 1000. (Cdn)
Submitted 06/08/2005 at 08:55pm by Jeemy

Features : 9

Canadian made and can i say its a fine example of quality workmanship.Nice neck and weight.Very sensitive pickups.Schaller bridge and fine tuners.My only bitch is I like the middle position on a two pickup guitar and you can't get that with this 5 way switch here.Maybe i can wire it different hmmmmmm?I like the frets too but they could be taller.

Sound : 9

Duncans sound fabulous.This is very versatile.I still have to rewire it with a 3 way.I don't like the in between sounds.

Action, Fit, & Finish : 8

Almost perfect out of the gig bag.Killer looking top and very light.No probs here.I like lighter guitars they ring better.Great neck.I put on 10s.Needed to be higher.Don't like any buzzes.

Reliability/Durability : 9

If anybody else built this they would charge 3 grand.It kills most other brands.They should all learn from Godin and stop ripping us all off.Cant believe the prices now. great gig bag best I ever had.

Customer Support : 10

I called them a few times and they are really helpful.Try this with Fender GRRRRR.

Overall Rating : 10

I've been playing over 30 years fulltime.I own all the classics.I am playing this all the time now.Get one and be satified.

Product: Godin LG Signature
Price Paid: US $800
Submitted 03/05/2005 at 09:26pm by Anonymous

Features : 9

Brand new either made in 2003 or 2004 in Canada assembled in New Hampshire, USA. 22 frets. AA maple top in trans blue on mahogany back. 1 volume 1 tone 5-way selecter. Humbucker sounds with tap coil in 2 and 4 positions. Seymour Duncan Jazz on neck and Custom custom on bridge. Single cutaway bolt-on design very unique and modern looking. tune-o-matic bridge with string-thru body. non-locking tuners. rosewood fretboard on mahogany neck, 25.5 scale. Came with gig-bag. I give it a 9 because it has everything you need in a solid body electric except for locking tuners.

Sound : 10

It has a very unique sound. I like to play blues rock and metal on les pauls but this guitar is different. When played unplugged it has a very crisp articulate resonance from the wood which allows the pickups to provide most of the color on the sound when plugged in. Its a musical resonance that makes you want to play the guitar even if its not plugged in. It makes les paul guitars sound like a mumbling deaf mute. The pickups are very smooth yet responsive to your picking dynamics. When played in the clean channel on various amps I found the neck single coil position to be more beefier than those on most strats. The bridge single coil position is not as bright as a strat but brighter than the humbucking position which makes it very useful on this guitar. When played in the dirty to fully distorted channels I notice that the neck pickup pronounced its notes without getting too muddy when playing chords and has a sweet singing woman tone when playing solos with tone to spare, you can roll off the tone pot and get many useful jazzy or Slash-esque tones. The bridge is crisp in rhythm and cuts thru a mix durring solos just enough to let listeners know that a solo is being played. Gibson lead pickups have a little more juice in it than the SD Custom customs, that acts like compressor boosters that give it the tone to make you feel immortal when playing solos, "THAT" is what makes it a Gibson. The Seymour Duncan Custom custom on this godin needs an eq booster or compressor or a seperate channel on an amp to make it stand out from the rest of the sounds on the other positions. Its not a bad thing, it just shows how balanced the available sounds are on this guitar and that all of them are usable. And besides, In this era of music the new amps are coming with 3-channels anyway, so you can just boost one of the channels for lead solos. What I really like about this guitar is the 3rd position which combines the neck and bridge pickups in a slightly dirty channel. This position gives me a smooth buttery woman tone with just enough bite for chords and solos, kinda like santana-meets-hendrix. I give it a 10 because for the first time I have a guitar that sounds fresh to my ears and got my soul to make my fingers move differently on the fretboard. I still have full respect for Fenders and Gibsons.

Action, Fit, & Finish : 10

The fretboard is rounded on the edges and is really comfortable to play. It exceeds action, fit and finish on guitars over 1 grand. It is more comparable to a 3000 dollar guitar=PRS, custom shop Fenders, and historic colletion series Gibsons. As usual I like to lower the action as low as possible without buzzing and this guitar did very well. I didn't even have to adjust the truss-rod. Which I wouldn't want to anyway because I hate doing that and I think its a double truss-rod. Excellent job luthiers of Godin!!!

Reliability/Durability : 9

This guitar is solid with nothing loose or weak. The hardware is coated with black so I covered my screwdrivers with a t-shirt and took extra care when I adjusted the pickups. As long as the hardware is black it shouldn't rust. I replaced the strap buttons with Schaller locking but noticed that the screws came off really easy. Not sure if this is good or bad but usually they are really hard to come off therefore I have to minus a point. I looked at the wiring in the back and everything was soldered and secured very well.

Customer Support : No Opinion

Never had to deal with any company directly in my life because I buy my guitars in guitar shops that are certified dealers and always settle the repair before I have to deal with the company. My favorite store: Island Guitars, Hawaii.

Overall Rating : 10

I have been playing for over 13 yrs and have a Gibson Les Paul classic, Gibson Les Paul standard, MIM fender strat, Ibanez GAX-70, Parker nitefly and now a Godin LG Signature. Les Pauls and strats are awesome but are so associated with their sweet sound that has been used in countless great songs past, present and future. Which is probably why everytime I pick them up I see myself as some of the legendary les paul/strat users and find myself as an immitator instead of an artist. I cant help it! The Les Paul just has this sound that makes my soul feel what Legends have already felt in the past and I am just experiencing a really awesome ride that unfortunately has been discovered many times before I was even born in 1977. I bought the Parker nitefly looking for unchartered waters in music but it just made my heart feel nothing. Then I bought the Godin LG Signature and this guitar made me feel alive and the tone was new. I have finally found a guitar that I can express my soul and give me a new sound that makes me feel like every note was heard for the first time and I have no guitar legend in my mind when I am playing it. Do yourself a favor and try one out to feel if its the guitar for you before everyone else and their grandma is playing it 50 years from now!!! which isn't a bad thing but it would be nice to have your face associated with this guitar first you know what I mean(Hendrix-Fender strat/Page-Gibson LP)

Product: Godin LG Signature
Price Paid: 990.00 (Canadian)
Submitted 12/05/2004 at 04:45pm by blair
Email: phdservice <at>shaw dot ca

Features : 9

My signature was made in 2003. Parts made in Canada and assembled in the USA. 22 fret, mahogoney neck with rosewood board. Mahogoney body with carved AA flame maple top. Very nice AA flame, closer to a AAA! The headstock is matching to the body. Mine is the Trans Black finish which is quite stunning with the flame top and a tan marble - look binding around the top of the body. Schaller bridge with 5 way switching. Seymour Duncan Jazz 2 and custom Custom fill out the pick ups. Also has a locking tuner system that makes tuning somewhat easier. Fairly wide and chunky neck but yet retains a comfortable feel. Apparantly this is due to some shaping that is done on the neck and edges? The neck is a 4 bolt type with quite a deep pocket. String through type of system that provides better sustain in my opinion. The soft case gig bag is quite heavy duty with enough pockets and storage areas. Padding is excellent!

All and all, a great bang for the buck in terms of features! Considering the price of this guitar the value is easily a 10!

Sound : 10

My current set up is the LG Sig through a Boss GT 6 and then into a Traynor YCV 80 4x10. I also play direct into the Traynor as it has 2 very good channels. The Godin LG Sig. easily covers all styles of music I play. From Memphis Blues to Chicago Blues to some Rockabilly to Classic Rock to Heavy Rock, I can cover all those bases. Of course, good amps and effects, etc make a big difference. Playing direct into the clean channel of the Traynor and using a bit of reverb, I can cover dark jazz to twangy tele/strat tones nicely. The 5 way switching provides great variation in tonal options as well as chunk or drive. In the bridge position I can cover strat and tele sounds beautifully. The next position is a great strat sound. In the middle position, i can create almost anything using just the volume and tone control. The neck positions provide that great les paul soloing sound. Everything from a violin type sustain to dark jazz. Like others have stated, Nu-metal or thrsh or whatever would not work with this guitar unless pickup were changed, perhaps? All pick up combos produced natural, articulate sounds. There is a personality behind each setting that is waiting to be found. Unlike many other guitars in this price range that all have that generic sound, the Godin sound is original, clear, articulate, responsive, balnaced and very easy to listen to!

Action, Fit, & Finish : 9

This guitar was at Long and McQuade for approx. 1 week when I bought it. I had been playing another of the same colour for about 8 months everytime I went into the store. At that time I owned a Godin LG with the P 90's. Great Guitar, too! I had been lusting over the Trans. Black LG Signature for about 1 year. When this beaty arrived I had to have it. As it had only been on the rack for about 3 days it was in mint condition. The beautiful Translucent Black finish over the flame top and the matching headstock is powerful. The flame was nicely matched up and the fisnish was impeccable! There is a beatiful multi tan coloured marble looking binding around the top of the guitar that is about one eighth of an inch wide. Perfectly applied and finsihed, too! The black hardware finishes the look, At the 21st fret there is a oblong fret marker in abalone. The word that comes to mind when looking at the guitar is striped rootbeer. The fit and finish was excellent! The Jumbo frets were finished to a standard usually reserved for guitars twice to three times as much. After a very careful inspection I could find only 1 flaw. That was in the finish by the third string through hole on the front of the guitar. There was a bit of puddling in the finish around the hole of the string through. That is a pretty well put together guitar with fit and finish of the highest quality!

Reliability/Durability : 9

I have owned this guitar for 1.5 years. My playing has been mostly at home and with friends doing small jams. I look after my gear with much attention. Having said that, I know this guitar will wear well! I base this on the last 16 guiatrs I have owned and how they "felt" and how they wore. I would depend on this guitar to get me through anything, but with all things it is good to have a back up!

Customer Support : 9

HAve not had to deal with them about a guitar concern. My guitars have both worked without problems. I have contacted them about questions regarding the setups, or the ideas behind certain designs or to compliment them and I have always had quick responses. I beleive that the customer support would be outstanding if an issue came up wwith the guiatrt

Overall Rating : 9

I have been playing 15 years and have owned many different guitars like many of you. My experience tells me that the Godin LG Signature and the Godin LG p90 are incredible value! I have owned Fenders, Gibsons, Yamahas, PRS, etc. The playability is incredible. It's an easy guitar to set up and once it is, look out. The other thing I love about this guitar is that you can play for hours without going out of tune! The only thing I wish it had was strap locks, but hey, I can buy those myself. Definately buy again if it was stolen. Actually, probably will continue owning Godins in one form or another for a long time. Great guitars!

Product: Godin LG Signature
Price Paid: 1000 (CDN)
Submitted 11/30/2004 at 09:11pm by Anonymous
Email: tonocusgare<at>yahoo dot ca

Features : 9

2004, 22 Frets, Blue Flame Maple AA top. H/H Configuration. It has all of the features I need except for locking tuners so it gets a nine.

Sound : 10

I also own the LG P-90 model and the SDxT model. This guitar has much more note definition than those two, e.i. notes can be heard much clearer. The pickups sound great, they're not as high gain as the P-90s in the other LG but for rock they sound great. I don't use the single coil sound that often, I wouldn't recommend the guitar if that's the sound you're looking for.

Action, Fit, & Finish : 10

The setup was good, I lowered it a little as soon as I got it. This is normal for most guitars, I don't know why everyone complains if their action is a little higher than what they're used to when the first buy a guitar. Higher action means more sustain, guitar manufacturers know it will sound better this way.

Reliability/Durability : 10

I've owned 3 Godin guitars and have yet to have problem with any of them. They're built by a company that takes pride in what they do, unlike some other well-known companies. The strap buttons are solid strap-lock style. I've played this guitar a few times in a live situation and I should be able to depend on it. As far as gigging without a back-up, that's a stupid question, there's no guitar out there that won't break strings. You should always have a back-up when playing live.

Customer Support : 9

I've dealt personally with the company on many occasions. They've been very helpful, although it seems that they have taken off the phoen number on their website.

Overall Rating : 10

I love Godin guitars, I tell everyone I know about them. I would definitely replace this if it were lost/stolen. There are really no other guitars of this quality in the same price range. I wish it had sperzel locking tuners but not many guitars come with this feature. It has it's own look, and if you want to be a trailblazer and not a coattail rider I would recommend getting one.