REVIEW: Godin Session

Most guitar companies take a degree of inspiration from one of the big ones – y’know, the ones that were right there around the beginning of solidbody electric guitar design. This helps the newer companies find somewhere to start from, and provides players with an easy point of reference from which to base their search for their Next Great Guitar. Godin has refined its designs to the point that even if you can tell from a glance that a particular instrument has started with the inspiration of one classic axe or another, there’s something unmistakably Godin about it. Case in point: the Session. From photos it may look rather Stratocaster-inspired, but as soon as you pick it up, you can tell that it’s got its own thang going on.

The Session features a heavy Canadian Laurentian basswood body in a series of solid and transparent finishes (see them here), including ‘Raw SG,’ the finish of the review model. Some of the finishes are satin gloss, and others are high gloss, and you have your choice of maple or rosewood fretboard for any model. If only more guitar companies would offer this option as standard. Basswood, a very even-toned timber, isn’t typically chosen for transparent finishes since it tends to be rather plain visually, but the particular strain used here has just enough of a grain to be visually interesting.

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