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Bass of the Week: Godin Shifter

Godin Shifter BassAvailable in 4- and 5-string versions, the Godin Shifter bass is an interesting take on old school aesthetic. Its neck, headstock, and body will look familiar to many, but its pickup system is the real magic.

The Shifter has three soapbar, passive single coil alnico pickups with extra large magnets. Each pickup can be selected individually or used in combination to get a load of different tones. A five-way switch lets you select bridge, bridge and middle, middle, middle and neck, or neck and bridge pickups. A sixth option of isolating the neck pickup is had by pulling up on the tone knob itself.

Godin builds the Shifter with a Canadian Laurentian Basswood body and a rock maple neck with options for a maple or rosewood fingerboard. Hardware includes a large clover style machine heads and a double function bridge for back or front loading the strings. Finally, the bass comes in Trans Cream, Vintage Burst Flame, and Black high gloss finishes.

Godin Shifter Bass Photos:

Godin Shifter Bass Specs:

Strings:4 or 5
Construction:Bolt-on
Scale:34″
Body:Canadian Laurentian Basswood
Neck:Rock Maple
Fingerboard:Rosewood or Maple
Fingerboard Radius:16″
Nut Width:1.5″
Pickups:3x PAssive Single-Coil Alnico Pickups With Low-Pull X-Tra Large Magnets
Controls:5-way Pickup Selector, Volume, Tone (push/pull)
Tuners:Clover Style
Bridge:Double Function

For more, check out Godin’s website.

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