Godin A5 Ultra AE review

Half-acoustic, half-electric, two pickup options and two outputs? This hybrid build from Godin is an all-bases bass guitar

Godin A5 Ultra AE
(Image: © Godin)

Guitar World Verdict

Consider the A5 a high-end asset if your music needs a reasonable approximation of an acoustic sound, or if you spend a lot of time recording.


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    Effortlessly playable.

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    Plenty of onboard EQ options.

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    High-quality build.


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    Unlabeled controls.

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Godin’s sumptuous A4 and A5 acoustic-electric basses, the AE range, have been around for a few years: this new 2021 version has a redesigned electronics suite for bass players looking for an acoustic element to their sound. 

Beautifully designed and assembled, the A5 that we’ve been sent for review comes with a price tag that will make most of us wince, especially in these impoverished early months of the year– but you do get a whole lot of bass innovation for your bucks.

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Joel McIver

Joel McIver was the Editor of Bass Player magazine from 2018 to 2022, having spent six years before that editing Bass Guitar magazine. A journalist with 25 years' experience in the music field, he's also the author of 35 books, a couple of bestsellers among them. He regularly appears on podcasts, radio and TV.