One of these days…

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…I want to get this guitar:

Godin SolidacIt’s a Godin Solidac. Godin is the parent company of several big names in guitars, including Seagull acoustics. The Solidac rocks for a number of reasons, but the most important one as far as I’m concerned is that it is a two-voice guitar. It has electric pickups (two humbuckers and a single coil), but it also boasts an LR Baggs X-bridge pickup that provides about the closest thing to acoustic sound that I’ve ever heard from a solid-body guitar. What makes this so great is that it would enable me to switch seamlessly between acoustic and electric on any song — or play both simultaneously. I could play the intro and verses of a song with an acoustic sound, and then switch to electric for the chorus.
After the guitar will come the effects unit, which will hopefully be either a POD XT Live or the Boss GT-8:

Boss GT8

If you’re a decent guitarist and patient enough to spend time tweaking this thing, you can achieve almost any sound you want with one of these. Multieffects processors used to sound pretty ugly (remember that ancient DOD we used ten years ago, Aaron?), but they’ve been steadily getting better and better. Two things I would find quite useful about the GT-8 are its superb amp modeling and the customizability of its effects.

When you’re playing in a worship area that holds about 500 people and reverberates like crazy, you simply can’t crank up your amp to achieve the sound you want. In fact, when you have a stage the size of ours, you might have trouble finding a place to put your amp. So it’s nice to be able to run direct (plug right into the sound system without an amp), especially considering that I use in-ear monitors anyway and would only be able to hear an amp through my phones to begin with.

The ability to customize effects is useful because if I hear a sound on a recording that I really like, and I want to try to duplicate it, I can tweak this thing until I get close enough that I’m satisfied. For example: With a normal amp, I get a gain knob and several tone control knobs (generally low, mid, and high) that I can use to craft my distortion sound. With this, I get 30 different overdrive/distortion models and 46 amp models, each with other settings to tweak.  Oh, and by the way, those 30 distortion models are one category of the 44 types of effects on the processor, any 13 of which can be employed simultaneously.  And everything is programmable, so if in between songs I want to change the types of effects I’m using, the order in which they are applied, the individual settings on each effect, the amp, and the volume, I press one button. Yeah, it’s cool.

So I’m saving. I’m over half way to the guitar! 🙂

Edits (August 2010):

-I did finally get the Godin Solidac, and it has served me well ever since, especially when I’ve needed to switch from electric to acoustic quickly.  Its acoustic sound is not bad; it sounds a bit piezo and gets a little bright/harsh when strummed hard, but it’s still *way* better than using an acoustic simulator pedal.  It is a good, solid mid-level electric guitar made by a great company.  If you get one, you’ll probably want to switch out the pickups eventually, but the guitar itself is well-built and a good value.

-Even though I’m a tube amp freak now, I still think the GT-8 has some great amp sims on it.  It has since been eclipsed by the GT-10 and the POD XT Live, which I’ve heard are both excellent.

-Our church solved the amp loudness problem I mentioned above by creating a makeshift amp isolation area backstage in a wheelchair elevator. So now I use a Stulce SA-10H tube amp head with a custom cab I built.

6 thoughts on “One of these days…

  1. Yeah, the Solidac is an amazing guitar. It’s got clean lines…definitely clean lines (the obligatory comment since I’ve no idea what I’m talking about). But if I were you, I’d just get the air guitar shirt.

  2. Yeah, the air guitar shirt is the wave of the future for sure. Next they’ll be combined with “lip-synching shirts” that sing and play for you when you go live on SNL and… wait… this is all sounding vaguely familiar.

  3. Yeah, the lightburst quilted top is really similar. That must be my subconscious reason for being drawn to this guitar…

    Did you sell her? ‘Cause I expect you to play for the upcoming Unveiled reunion tour, “Rockin’ the Y: Remixed”. All the concerts will occur in local YMCAs at 2am.

    And for old times’ sake we have to use an amp that administers an electric shock through your guitar strings whenever you touch a grounded surface.

  4. that was NOT cool. heh, “umh, Tristan, my arm is going numb.” actually I still have her and the amp, so I’m totally ready to rock the Y.

  5. I think the real guitar you should get is the one found on this website:

    Seriously, find a walmart that has a demo you can play at the store. Once you start rocking out to Free Bird a hoard of tube-topped, big-buckled, “you could have sworn you saw them on ‘cops’ lastnight” Skynard fans will surely annoint you as the next god of rock.

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