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NBD: My first 5-string bass (CanCon)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by GCPENG, Sep 12, 2017.



    Mar 7, 2017
    Ontario, Canada
    I saw this Godin Shifter 5 Classic earlier this week in a guitar store that carries different brands than the normal Fender/Gibson models. I have been looking casually at getting a five-string bass for a while, and I gave it a try. The neck feels comfortable, as does the string spacing. I went back today and tried it again. It still feels good.

    Rosewood board and beautiful black burst body.

    And hand-crafted in Canada!

    The proprieter (I believe the owner), asked me what it would take for the bass to go home with me. Sale price was $795 (CAD), down from $895 regular price, which is what the other retailers have them listed for. I told him that it would be great if it was MORE on sale. "Name a price," he says. I replied that I'd take it home for $700.


    The only hiccup was that the tag said that it included a Godin bag, and he couldn't find one. We eventually settled on a different bag (not as nice as the Godin), and a set of strings.

    Too bad that I am pretty much in work mode until Sunday.

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  2. scuzzy


    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    I have always wanted to check out the entire shifter series, but finding them in a store near me has proven difficult. Nice bass!
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  3. GoLeafsGo

    GoLeafsGo Not Quite Right!

    Oct 25, 2013
    Ajax Ontario
    Think you are going to be very pleased. I have the 4 string version, and cannot say enough good things about it. By the way....Guitar Boutique?
  4. ThudThudThud


    Jun 4, 2010
    I'm not as familiar with the Godin line as I'd like to be (rarities in these parts). I've experience the A series - which were really nice - but not the Shifter.
    It looks really, really nice. Different, but classic.
    I personally don't do fivers, but congratulations. Looks like a winner.
    Sound clips at some point would be cool.


    Mar 7, 2017
    Ontario, Canada
    Yes, funny how it's easy to figure out that people are talking about that store from descriptions like that.
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  6. GoLeafsGo

    GoLeafsGo Not Quite Right!

    Oct 25, 2013
    Ajax Ontario
    Yeah, really great people in that store, and great selection of quality gear. The only problem is that it is way to close to my house.....
  7. Strung_Low

    Strung_Low Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2012
    San Franciskee
    So im recently interested in the shifter 5 as a possible replacement for my mim jazz v.. im curious how is the neck on the shifter, is it a similar wide, flat profile as the fender? Also, how do you like the pickups? Ive searched for sound clips of the shifter 5 but cant find any


    Mar 7, 2017
    Ontario, Canada
    It’s been a while since I tried a Jazz V. My recollection is that they are similar. The shifter is wide and flat, but maybe not as wide as the Jazz. But I’m pushing my memory a bit.
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