Montreal, Canada – August 9, 2010 – As the newest member of the Godin Guitar family, the Richmond guitar brand is no stranger to quality craftsmanship and tonal excellence, all Made in Richmond Quebec Canada. This retro inspired line-up is fueled by serious tone for players looking for a vintage vibe, backed by renowned build quality and modern playability. Recently welcomed into the fold, is the new Richmond Empire with a serious “one-two punch”…major tone and a very appealing price tag!
The new Richmond Empire features a single cutaway solid silver leaf maple body with poplar wings, 24 ¾” scale, a smooth & ultra comfortable mahogany Ergocut neck with a worn in feel, rosewood fingerboard, high-ratio tuners and a chrome wraparound bridge. In terms of electronics, the Empire is powered by 2x Godin pickups including a low-noise single-coil in the neck position and a custom humbucker in the bridge. The versatile tones of this electric solidbody can be controlled by a 3-way toggle switch, 1x volume & 1x tone knob…easy to control and a serious guitar for getting down to business, all for an incredibly affordable suggested list price of $639.00! (price includes deluxe gig-bag)
First seen in North America at the 2008 Summer Namm show, where it was bestowed “Best In Show” honors, Richmond Guitars has since been gaining momentum on a dealer level and has caught the eyes and ears of many established and award winning bands, as well as up and coming artists from North America and Europe.
The growing Richmond artist roster includes: guitarist Mark Potter from U.K. alternative rock group Elbow. Winners of the U.K. Mercury Prize for their album “Seldom Seen Kid”. Guitarist/singer Tim Fletcher from The Stills, who were Canadian Juno Award winners for “Best New Group” and “Alternative Rock Album of the Year” for their 2008 release “Ocean’s Will Rise”. Fellow Juno Award winners and Montreal based melodic alt-rockers Mobile, whose guitar duo of Frank Williamson and Christian Brais both fell for the Richmond Dorchester at first sight. “The Dorchester is the coolest guitar I’ve played in 10 years!!” says guitarist Frank Williamson. Further Richmond players include: Robbie Furze (The Big Pink), Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Jonas Ladekjaer & ER White (Emarosa), Mike Matejick (Of Machines), Raine Maida & Steve Mazur (Our Lady Peace), guitarist Jordan Officer (Solo Artist), Travis Barfoot & Rob Rousseau (Mission District), Mike Bishop (The Bishops), Corey Diabo (Jonas), Chris Greenough (Pilot Speed), Jacob Hoggard (Hedley), Tim D’Eon (Wintersleep),...among others...
About Godin Guitars:
With its early beginnings in 1972, the Godin Guitar family now includes 7 lines of guitars. These include the renowned Godin & Richmond electric lines, as well as the finely crafted acoustic lines such as Seagull, Simon & Patrick, Norman, Art & Lutherie and LaPatrie nylon stringed classical guitars. Godin Guitars is also the manufacturer of the revolutionary TRIC acoustic guitar case and is the North American distributor of high-end Italian made SR Technology acoustic amplifiers. Based in Montreal Quebec, this Canadian company has 6 factories, 5 of which are located in the Eastern Townships of Quebec and 1 located in Berlin New Hampshire.
Richmond players pictured left to right: Travis Barfoot, Chris Greenough, Jordan Officer and Tim Fletcher.