The Multiac line is Godin’s one of the most popular ones with stage-ready instruments that have won over a lot of intermediate and professional musicians’ hearts. While electronics is what this line is famous for, it would be impossible to reach the quality by neglecting other aspects of the instrument. The tonewood along with the hardware on Godin Multiac Nylon Encore Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar is high quality and easy to use. Without further generalizations, let’s talk about the details:
This is a Chambered body style guitar with silverleaf maple body wood with poplar wings. Godin chose solid cedar as the material for the top while the mahogany neck width is specifically selected to be a sort of a medium between the two extremes. While classical guitars have wider necks, electric guitars usually have slimmer necks for more comfort. Godin takes the best of the two worlds and makes a “golden medium” neck to fit both styles and be as comfortable and playable as possible. The neck is joined with the body through bolt-on joint. Bolt-on neck guitars are great for bright tones and they also give an option of switching out the neck if you feel the need.
The Indian rosewood bridge along with Tusq nut and saddle are pretty standard and decent quality. The semi-gloss finish on this model is of perfect thickness. It does not hinder the guitar from vibrating while also allowing the wood to age well. Nylon Encore Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar also comes with a Godin gig bag which is a nice touch. Of course, gig bags are not as protective as cases but for a traveling musician who has to carry around an instrument all the time the case might seem a bit heavy. So while a gig bag will provide the rudimentary protection you should still try not to bump your guitar here and there.
If you are more concerned with using a guitar for performances and focus more on the electronics that does not really take away the importance of the tonewood. You can get a guitar with the most innovative and brand new electronics but unless the tonewood is quality, the sound will not be any good. That is a very common conception that pretty much everyone can agree on. That is also why Godin uses high-quality tonewood despite the fact that their electronics are also top notch. The sweet and woody sound that this guitar produces is well worth the money you are investing into it. The tone is very well balanced and needless to mention it is reproduced very well through the electronics.
Speaking of electronics, Multiac guitars are the best of the best in acoustic electric models. EPM electronics used on this model features dual source pre-amp: under saddle transducer and acoustic soundboard transducer (easily blendable together). The feedback, EQ and volume controls allow for a wide range of nylon tones. Electronics, for me at least, is what makes this guitar stand out and become a top competitor in its price range. For anyone looking for a guitar for gigging, recording and just practicing this is a well-equipped instrument for any of those tasks.
When the price of the guitar goes anywhere over $700 my requirements and expectations for it grow exponentially. That is why I would not judge an acoustic-electric guitar in $200 range with the same criteria and strictness as an $800 guitar. Even with that in mind, I have to say that Godin Multiac Nylon Encore Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar is a stunning instrument well worth its cost. Of course, the price will make it not so appealing to a lot of beginners and for a good reason too. This is more of a performance guitar for me and I don’t think a beginner would need such a technically perfected guitar for their performance.
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