Godin Redline Electric Guitar Series Review

A picture of the Godin Redline 3, equipped with 2 EMG's and a Floyd Rose Original.
A picture of the Godin Redline 3, equipped with 2 EMG's and a Floyd Rose Original.

There are dozens of guitar companies out there, and each one sells a line of guitars that cater to different groups of people. They also tend to vary in cost as well, and the quality that you want in a guitar may not exist in the cheaper models that you are looking at. This is not the case of the Godin Redline series, each one is built with some fantastic features that you don't see in many guitars, and the cost is well worth what you get.

About Godin Guitars

Godin Guitars is a guitar manufacturer who produces many different types of guitars under many different names. Their main products include acoustic guitars, but they also produce a few lines of electric guitars as well. They have won awards for their revolutionary guitar designs, and while they aren't one of the household names of guitars, they should be. In my opinion, they beat out a lot of the equivalent priced Jackson and Ibanez guitars, and even some Gibsons that I have played. And the key to their success is in the detail.

A Godin Redline 1, the cheapest model of the Redline series.
A Godin Redline 1, the cheapest model of the Redline series.

The Godin Redline 1

The Godin Redline 1 is the base model of the guitar, and comes with some really nice features that most guitars at this price line don't have. It also has a very simplified and modernistic design that Eddie Van Halen fans would like. To start off, the body is built from a silver leaf maple core and poplar wings. Essentially, it is two woods that have been fit together for a unique sounding tone. The neck is made from rock maple, and the fingerboard is made with a slab of rosewood. The fret markers are set off to the side and again gives this guitar a more modern look. The neck has 24 frets, which is great if you want two full octaves to play with. However, the most notable feature with this guitar is the flamed maple top that comes in 3 different colors, red, orange, and green. Each one looks stunning, but if you prefer a flat finish, it also comes in jet black.

The hardware that the Redline 1 comes with is very simplistic. It has a string through body and bridge, and 1 EMG 81 pickup. These are the same pickups that Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society and Ozzy) and Kirk Hammet (Metallica) use in their guitars, so this guitar will have a similar sound.

Another interesting feature is the use of what Godin calls an ergocut neck. Essentially, they shape the neck so that it is much more comfortable to play. It is right in the middle in terms of size and thickness, so if you like your guitar neck a certain way, then this one won't be to far off no matter what you play.

This guitar, like the rest in the series, comes with a free guitar bag so that you won't have to go out and buy your own. It isn't a cheap case either, this one is built rather well.

A Godin Redline 2. It has an extra EMG  85 in the neck postition
A Godin Redline 2. It has an extra EMG 85 in the neck position

The Godin Redline 2

The Godin Redline 2 is a step up from the Redline 1. It has an extra EMG 85 pickup in the neck position, which gives you a little more tonal variety and playing styles. It is exactly the same in terms of the body and other hardware as the Redline 1, although the Redline 2 has an extra volume knob for the neck pickup. This guitar also comes with a free gig bag so that you won't have to buy your own later, which is really a plus if you don't like searching out which case is right for your guitar.


The Godin Redline 3

The Godin Redline 3 is a prime example that you can get an absolutely fantastic guitar for less than 1000 dollars. This guitar comes with all the previous guitars features, and adds a Floyd Rose Original tremolo. Many guitars at this price (like many ESPs) come with only a licensed Floyd Rose, which is made from lesser materials than the real thing. This guitar also comes with the option to get a maple fingerboard instead of a rosewood fingerboard, which is good for those who may prefer one over the other. In my opinion, it looks better than the rosewood style.

This guitar comes with the same gig bag as the previous ones do.

The Godin Redline 3, with the Floyd Rose and the EMG 81/85 set.
The Godin Redline 3, with the Floyd Rose and the EMG 81/85 set.
Godin Redline 1 Electric Guitar (Trans Amber Flame RN)
Godin Redline 1 Electric Guitar (Trans Amber Flame RN)

The Godin Redline 1, the starting model with some great features.

 
Godin Redline 2 Electric Guitar (Trans Green Flame RN)
Godin Redline 2 Electric Guitar (Trans Green Flame RN)

The Godin Redline 2, which come with an EMG 81/85 set.

 
Godin Redline 3 Electric Guitar (Trans Red Flame HG MN)
Godin Redline 3 Electric Guitar (Trans Red Flame HG MN)

The Godin Redline 3, which has an Original Floyd Rose and a EMG 81/85 set.

 
Godin Redline Electric Guitar (Black HG RN)
Godin Redline Electric Guitar (Black HG RN)

The Godin Redline HB, which has a set of Godin's custom humbuckers.

 

The Godin Redline HB

The Godin Redline HB (short for humbucker) is simply a Godin Redline 2 with a set of Godin's GHB1/GHB2 pickups. If you don't like the sound of EMG pickups, then this is probably a good choice for you. It comes in two colors, black and a natural flame maple, which is nice if you don't like the glossy paints that the other ones use. It comes with the same gig bag as the other three guitars.

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All three of these guitars cost under 1000 dollars, which makes them great guitars if you don't want to waste money on a more expensive guitar with less features and poorer quality.

If you are looking for something that is cheaper still, but has great features for a beginning guitarist, then check out the Dean Vendetta 1000.

Happy shopping and have a fun time playing!


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