Which single-pickup guitar is the right one for you?
With the EVH 5150 and LTD Black Metal designed for a very particular player, this feels like a shoot-out between the Godin’s tastefully appointed and quite beautiful Summit Classic and Gordon Smith’s tastefully appointed and quietly awesome GS-1 60. The latter will definitely take the Les Paul Junior fans. That you can spec your own online is a big plus, but this review model was a lovely piece of mahogany, and while that P-90/brass nut combo will expose any sloppy playing it also facilitates some truly soulful tone in the sweet spot between its mids and highs. The Godin is more forgiving, more fun. It can similarly do scratchy blues, bright classic rock tones, and maybe even has more of an identity than the GS-1, a little more vintage chic.
Those looking to play the Atomicpunk have got to go with the 5150 but it’s a lot of Van Halen and for a lot of money. It really is a guitar with an identity; for casual fans or those just looking for a high-spec S-style to go bananas on, there are better options out there. For super fans? Well, you’ve already placed a deposit.
And so to the nuclear option, the LTD Black Metal. Ostensibly an Eclipse model with the colour taken out of it and a custom Seymour Duncan to supply the fire, it’s impeccably built, plays great, sounds fearsome, and if you’re playing extreme metal, this’ll do brutal.
Godin Summit Class ic SG P90 EVH Striped Series 5150
Gordon Smith GS-1 60
ESP LTD EC -BKM Black Metal