Godin Guitars intros Session HT model, US-built hard-tail guitars you can afford
Godin Guitars has announced a new guitar in its Session range, the HT. The HT stands for hard-tail, as this model does without the trem system of the older LTD models. And it’s going for a lot less money than you might expect.
Godin Guitars Session HT
Godin Guitars’ latest Session HT model comes in three colours Matte Black, Trans Cream and Bourbon Burst. The body is made from Silver Leaf maple with a maple neck and they have an Indian laurel fingerboard loaded with 22 frets. You also get a nice Graphtech nut to aid tuning stability.
This model has a 25.5-inch scale length and features an HSS pickup configuration with coil splitting on the bridge humbucker. The middle and neck position single-coil pickups are both Godin’s own GS-1 model. These are then paired with a Godin Custom Humbucker. You access that coil split via a push/pull control on the guitar’s tone knob.
Budget price, premium instrument?
All in all, those specs point to a wide palette of tones and a pretty versatile instrument. Especially when you look at the price point these guitars are being sold at. The parts are made in Canada and then assembled in the USA, so you are getting a quality guitar but on a far lower budget than normal.
You can hear the new Godin Guitars Session HT model in action in the official video below. If you are in the market for a quality hard tail guitar that won’t break the bank, then these are certainly worth a look.
RRP – USD 599
- Godin Guitars Session HT Trans Cream: Godin Guitars S
- Godin Guitars Session HT Matte Black: Godin Guitars S
Something is fishy here. As the name “Indian laurel” for the fretboard wood implies, at least that wood is sourced from Asia. So why ship it to Canada for assembly?
Reminds me a bit of “Prestige Guitars” who build “in Canada”, where it turned out that, actually, the majority of the building is done in South Korea and then shipped to Canada for “final assembly”, which I guess really means screwing in the strap retainer.
Many people don’t know this, but across all western countries there are laws in place that state how much of the overall process must be done in the country before you can slap a “Made in [here” label on it, and usually it’s around 10%, which also includes the packaging process.
The neck and body are made in Canada on their own factory machinery . The fact that the fret board material may be imported is far from what you describe. I am familiar with Prestige and yes, that is a whole different story though the LP style guitar I tried was excellent. Godin has multiple factories and if you do your research (before guessing) you will see pics of the guitars being made.
it’s time to get serious.