This is my second Godin A4; this one has the synth output, which is superfluous for me. Besides the synth output, is essentially the same as my old one, except that the thumb rest has returned.
I love this bass, and I don't understand why people criticize it for lacking the punch of a P-bass or a J-bass. Strung with the right strings and properly eq-d this bass is plenty punchy. It's not slow to speak if you play near the bridge, trust me.
As for clack, I have the fretless version, so it's no problem.
Technically, the fretless A4 demands your best, and if you can play a rock gig without a glissando on it, if you've got your tone set right, no one will complain about the lack of punch. The new Godin strings mine has are splendid -- an improvement on most flats -- and have plenty of presence.
I would never buy the fretted version of this bass, but for your main fretless axe, you could do far, far worse for the money.
The A4 and A5 basses produce acoustic bass sounds from instruments that are only slightly larger than a standard solid body bass and much lighter.