Godin has been making great guitars in Canada since 1972. Based in Montreal, Quebec, the company uses its six factories to produce a wide range of instruments, from handmade acoustics to jazzy archtops to straight-up rock and roll machines. Those inspired by the latter category should check out the new Godin Redline 1. The Redline is a no-frills shred apparatus, and is clearly aimed at the plug in, turn up, and get busy-type of guitar player. It is built on a double cutaway maple and poplar body and a rock maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard and jumbo frets. The Redline’s electronics add up to a total of one EMG 81 active humbucker in the bridge position and a single volume knob. There are no extra pickups, knobs, switches, or circuitry to confuse, complicate, or otherwise hinder your rock. Many players like this simpler approach and this sort of old school design philosophy echoes decades of California-designed performance machines from the 50’s to the 80’s.
Cosmetically, the Redline is all business, wrapped up in a black graphite SG finish. Once again, nothing fancy, just straight to the point. It also features a different headstock shape for Godin which will, hopefully, appeal to a large number of rock and metal players out there in guitar-land. Godin is not the first company many of us think of when shopping for a guitar like this, ,but the company seems committed to making a great rock guitar that will attract the hard, heavy, and aggressive element of the guitar community and make them consider a look north of the border when picking out a new axe.