First post here folks. 8 months ago I bought a Godin Acousticaster. I first became aware of them 10 or 15 years ago and the one I bought was the first one I had seen in person. I love the feel and the sound - plugged in or just acoustically sitting on the couch. Last night I plugged in to my Yamaha THR amp (perfect living room/bedroom amp IMO) and the thing sound really 'farty'. I tried a new cable but the same thing. I plugged my Yamaha Silent Guitar in and it was fine... This morning I tried again just to see if the thing had healed itself overnight. This time it was completely dead. No sound at all. I removed the back plate to find the 18 'tines' that give it its unique tone but nothing else. Next I took the control plate off the front of the guitar. Much to my surprise there were two 9 volt batteries under the preamp. I replaced them and everything is good again.
As much as Iove this guitar I'm a little put off... first there was no mention in any of the literature that came with the guitar that there are batteries or how to replace them. There is also no mention on the Godin web site.
Second there is no ready access to the battery compartment. As I mentioned the entire control plate has to come off by removing four screws.
Third there is no led indicator to say the preamp is in use. This guitar went south without any warning. I'm not sure what I would do in a live situation. For the price I paid (~ $1000.00 CDN) I would expect a lot better access to something so crucial to its performance.
Great guitar but after being in production for all these years this should have been worked out long ago.