Godin Performance Shifter Classic Series basse 5 cordes

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Godin Performance Shifter 5 Bass MF Vintage Burst Flame HG

The Shifter Bass features 3 large soapbar, passive single coil alnico pickups with low-pull, x-large magnets. The various tones are selected via a custom 5-way switch that when combined with the push/pull tone knob gives the player an amazing 6 tones to choose from. It also features a Canadian Laurentian basswood body, rock maple neck with rosewood or maple fingerboard, double function bridge, large clover style machine heads and is available in solid cream high-gloss and vintage burst high-gloss finishes. Includes gig bag.

For my own personal taste, the action on our review sample could have been a little lower but that’s easily remedied (and some players would prefer it as we had it in any case), and I enjoyed the neck, whose 16” radius fingerboard felt ‘just right’. The profile I’d say was C shaped, with a slightly bigger shoulder meaning that it felt larger than some necks I’ve played on 5 strings – but don’t take that as any impediment to playing: it’s still a comfortable experience! Aside from that, I think there’s a really great bass here with enough interest to keep it high on your list and to make it stand out from the crowd. It’s a clean looking instrument without the need for busy electronics, extremely well made and at a cracking price.
5-string bass made in Canada.
maple neck screwed in 6 points with key attached and access trussrod head. quite thick profile, U-20 medium frets well finished.
lightly colored satin varnish for the handle (it slides right)
body linden (basswood), watch out! nothing to do with the wooden crate that is found on the lower and entry-level guitars, wood body is heavy and résonnat here. lime has been used for instruments such as the prestigious Suhr eg.
cutting of body type stratovolcano / tele, ie a stratovolcano forms but a rather crude profile on a Telecaster.
one volume, one tone
a selector 5 positions + 6th position in push / pull on tone.
open mechanics that seems well made (tuning not move, it’s fluid)
classic easel with possibility of moving the strings through the body.
3 single coil pickups big pads so musicman (7k ohm bridge, 6.2 to handle). unshielded electronics cavity but oddly I did not pick a single parasite when I play (the computer screen, protable telephone …).
all for a generous weight of 4.5 kg.
Brief original instrument reminder of past creations (fender musicman …) without making a copy and making innovations (config microphones …)
Delivered with a more than respectable cover (rather rigid and well-padded). uSE level use is a bass heavy, massive, pretty gross. the handle is impressive at first (the sleeve of my warwick resembles a handle bass alongside jazz) but take well in hand (not recommended anyway to small paws). Btw for trussrod settings, take his time because wood handle provides a time to react because of that rigidity (it’s not a marshmallow!) the weight of the instrument is well balanced. l ergonomics is pretty gross but remains within the standards of JB, PB and another stingray (this is of course not comparable to an ibanez for example). we quickly found a good set position, using microphones to ask thumb . to summarize what is heavy, clumsy enough but after a little adjustment period there is. For small template I think it’s a different story … SOUNDS level sound, it offers a wide palette of sounds enough, the pickup is dynamic enough slamming the middle pickup is a good way attack PB, the neck pickup and wide and deep and just tease sounds like “bass”. the sound is thick, with one side rather “vintage” (low round well, sweet treble, midrange singing), it is quite far from a jazz bass the sound is more muscular. to site I’d say we approach typified musicman sound on the bridge position or bridge / central (punch, dynamic bass, the treble slamming) while the neck pickup and central rather make me think of a precision bass (his round, medium further forward). tone it easy to have a cozy and sweet sound. the grain is very special, difficult to define, this bass to a personality all its own, quite marked. I think it is very suitable for rock, blues, funk, jazz. less for modern music like metalconnected to the made my markbass is really not bad. The B string is well defined. to try to make this idea a … NOTICE GLOBAL I have now for 2 months, it is well lapped. I love the build quality and neat finish of the instrument. The sounds of this low stick to exactly what I wanted, with a true personality and very nice ons (central micro closing slightly the tone, I love). The price (1100 euros) is also very decent for an instrument manufactured in a “developed” country. I think it’s an interesting alternative to classical precision, jazz bass and other musicman for someone looking for a sound “old school “and an original instrument without breaking the bank too. in final, I am satisfied.