From the early age of seven Robert Godin had already acquired a passion for the guitar, as well as some notable skills as a young player. By the time he had reached the ripe old age of fifteen he was integral to the operation of his aunt's music store and utilized his skills to both teach the finer points of guitar as well as repair damaged instruments. By 1971, after setting out on his own Godin had discovered the tiny Canadian village knows as La Patrie and began the inception of his first line of guitars known as the Norman Line.
The company's ultimate goal was to produce guitars having some of the same qualities as more expensive guitars, but at prices that were more accessible to the working musician. In particular, Godin focuses on production of fine tops utilizing old growth wood and shimmering varnish finishes in order to produce the best sound and most beautiful acoustic guitars possible. Godin guitars now produce a number of separate lines including Norman, Art and Lutherie, Seagull, Simon and Patrick, La Patrie, Richmond and TRIC each of which is handcrafted in Canada.
The Art and Lutherie Folk Cedar Black acoustic guitar utilizes a beautiful solid cedar top with pick-guard and three-ply laminate Wild Cherry wood sides and back. All of their Cedar wood is pressure tested to ensure the maximum rigidity which in turn contributes to the guitar's overall harmonic vibration.
The Folk Cedar Black boasts a Silver Maple neck, Rosewood bridge with compensated saddle as well as a Rosewood fingerboard. The saddle and nut are both composed of a material known as Tusq which is used as a synthetic substitute for bone. Tusq has been researched as being a superior replacement to bone especially in terms of durability as well as harmonic clarity and sustain.
The Folk Cedar Black measures 19.6" long by 14.76" wide (at its widest point) and is approximately 4.5" deep. Width at the nut is 1.72" and the fingerboard consists of 21 frets, 14 of which are accessible. The body is sealed in a spectacular semi-gloss varnish finish which not only gives the guitar a magnificent countenance, but also helps the guitar to wick away moisture and avoid the unfortunate condition knows as "neck hump."
Top: Pressure Tested Solid Cedar Top
Back & Sides: Wild Cherry
Neck: Silver Leaf Maple
Finish: Semi-Gloss Custom Varnish
Based on a classical body shape with a deeper profile, the Art & Lutherie Folk Cedar is a slightly smaller steel string guitar with fantastic articulation in the mid-range. Built from a solid cedar top and wild cherry back and sides, this A&L folk model has a unique tonal quality with a responsive midrange perfect for fingerstyle players while still having enough grunt for strummers as well.
This Folk Cedar Black has nice easy action all the way up the neck. The volume is surprising, with a good balance between treble tones, mid-range and bass. In addition, the guitar's natural sustain is comparable to guitars costing twice as much or more.
The guitar is in excellent condition with almost no visible sign of player wear.
In general, we are more than impressed with the Art & Lutherie Folk Cedar Black, and would recommend it to anyone seeking a well-made acoustic guitar that is quite pretty, and very easy on the wallet as well.
Comes in a Legacy gig bag in good condition.