MTSU Record Industry Students Receive Early Holiday Giveaways from Canadian Guitar Maker
MURFREESBORO, Tennessee – Surprise gifts from the cold North await students in Middle Tennessee State University’s audio engineering program after a few unexpected elves prepare a delivery in time for the holidays.
Godin Guitars, a family-owned Montreal-based luthier with factories in Canada and New Hampshire, played Santa Claus in the university’s recording industry department on December 16 when the “Nashville Ambassador” company, singer-songwriter and musician Jace Everett, hand-delivered eight new Godin electric guitars to Studio B at the Bragg Media and Entertainment Building.
Waiting to accept – and try – the melodious gifts, which Godin makes only from North American woods, was Eben Powell, MTSU’s audio engineering instructor, who counts Godin guitars as a favorite and has worked hard. with Everett during their long career in the music industry.
“It’s about using my connections to help students stay on top of the real world,” said Powell, a 35-year-old audio professional and second-generation professional musician who both graduated from undergraduate and Masters of Fine Arts in Recording Arts and Technologies from MTSU. before joining the department to teach in 2017.
“Giving students cutting edge tools helps them push their limits and perform at the highest level. ”
The donation includes a Godin Multiac Nylon Deluxe hybrid, a right-handed and left-handed A6 Ultra, a Session ST model, a 12-string A12 and an A4 Ultra semi-acoustic fretless bass.
Necks and bodies are made at Godin’s factory in La Patrie, Quebec, and guitars are assembled at three sites in Quebec and Berlin, New Hampshire, from woods including mahogany, Laurentian lime , silver maple, cedar and Sitka spruce. .
The company, founded in 1972 by its owner Robert Godin and today managed by his sons Simon and Patrick, manufactures instruments under six brands: Seagull, Simon & Patrick, Norman, La Patrie, Art & Lutherie and Godin.
The catalog ranges from acoustic and electric guitars and basses to an electro-acoustic oud, the traditional stringed instrument of the Middle East and North Africa.
Artists using Godin instruments range from John McVie and Roger Waters to India Arie and Esperanza Spaulding.
One of the most distinctive features included on some Godin instruments is the built-in preamp with its MIDI-equipped polyphonic synth pickups, allowing each string to be amplified separately. Others include bridges fitted with piezo pickups, which provide a different tone and avoid hums and magnetic returns.
“I’ve been a Godin artist for several years now because I love their instruments,” said Everett, whose career includes co-writing Josh Turner’s # 1 single, Triple Platinum, “Your Man” and the writing and performing of “Bad Things,” the theme of the Emmy-winning HBO series “True Blood”.
“Being able to connect with Eben and his incredible program is a privilege for Godin and me. These instruments will be put to good use! ”
MTSU students will be able to check out guitars as they do with other equipment needed for their recordings at the five studios of the College of Media and Entertainment. These campus facilities include the newly opened Main Street Studios next to the main entrance to the university.
“I’ve played beautiful guitars at the Guitar Center a couple of times, but nothing of this caliber,” said Cole Arn of Plant City, Fla., A graduate student and graduate assistant in the department’s master of fine arts program. , who was at Studio B. between semesters working on a few projects.
He paused, then strummed the 12-string Godin again. Audio engineering professor Clifton Hyde, a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer who was intrigued by the possibility of playing one of Godin’s ouds, nodded at the tone.
“It’s really nice. Really good. I could have used it not long ago,” Arn recalls. “We just did Melissa Etheridge the other day, ‘I’m the only one,’ who needed it.”
Further donations are planned to increase the availability of equipment for students to improve their time in the studio, Powell said.
“The best tools make creation easier,” he added.
Recording industry majors at MTSU may focus on Audio Production, Commercial Songwriting Program, or Music Business Program. The MA in Recording Arts and Technologies prepares MTSU students for advanced work in audio production, recording, and integrated electronic media.
For more information on the Recording Industry Department of the MTSU College of Media and Entertainment, visit https://mtsu.edu/recording-industry.