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If this is your first visit to Godin, we'd like to take a few minutes to introduce ourselves. We started building guitars over twenty years ago in a village in Quebec Canada called La Patrie. The man that started it all is Robert Godin. Robert still owns the company and he continues to design the vast majority of our guitars.We are a Canadian company with our head office located in Montreal and we build our guitars in several different locations, five in Quebec and one in New Hampshire. For those of you keeping score, that adds up to six factories spread out over about 1000 kilometers. So why not just have one giant guitar factory? Although there are some obvious inconveniences associated with spreading ourselves out this much, the up-side is that these smaller operations promote a more intimate working environment which gets everybody more involved and this is reflected in the instruments themselves.Godin guitars are assembled in our Richmond, Quebec and Berlin, New Hampshire factories. The necks and bodies are all made in our original location in La Patrie, Quebec.We are also known for our other guitar brands which include our new electric line known as Richmond Guitars, as well as our acoustic brands which include: Seagull, Simon & Patrick, Norman, LaPatrie and Art & Lutherie.From the beginning the company has been more or less divided between our acoustic side and electric side. The electric side of our business was originally that of a parts supplier to other guitar companies. We built their necks and bodies. You might be amazed to find out how many different guitar brands are all being produced in the same handful of factories. We're not telling you this because we want to divulge somebody's secrets but simply to let you know where we're coming from. In any case, what started out as some generic replacement necks and bodies soon evolved into a major business producing finished necks and bodies for many established U.S. guitar companies. The great thing about this is the tremendous experience that we gained building all of these instruments to their various specifications. The down side is that the sub-contracting business is a pain in the neck, so to speak, but more importantly it does not include the best part of building new guitars and that is: coming up with new designs and coaxing them through the process that begins with a sketch and ends with the music.
Robert Godin began making guitars in rural Quebec out of a passion for music and craftsmanship. His dedication to quality and ingenuity has allowed Godin to become one of North America’s largest guitar manufacturers. We provide players all around the world with guitars that are unique, diverse, and effortlessly enjoyable. 46 years later, that same passion drives the next generation of Godin Guitars by Robert’s two sons, Simon and Patrick. Our guitars continue to evolve and shake up the industry through modern designs, thoughtful refinement and a commitment to handwork. There are six brands under the Godin family: Seagull, Simon & Patrick, Norman, LaPatrie and Art & Lutherie, and Godin. We are also the manufacturer of the revolutionary TRIC case which provides a new level of guitar protection, unparalleled in the industry today.
La Patrie, Quebec
ANDY ABAD (MARC ANTONY BAND, BACK STREET BOYS) NICK ABLE (RAVI SHANKAR/ANOUSHKA SHANKAR) ACOUSTIC ALCHEMY DARIS ADKINS (POE) AGENTS OF GOOD ROOTS STEVE ALEXANDER (CLINICIAN/PRODUCT SPECIALIST/ROLAND CANADA) ERIK ANDERSEN JON ANDERSON MARC ANTOINE
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