ENDORSED MODELS & SPECS
Multi Oud Ambiance Nylon Natural HG
Based on the ancient Middle-Eastern Oud, the Godin MultiOud Ambiance innovates by eliminating tuning and amplification issues that countless musicians face with the more traditional version of the instrument.
This addition to the Godin Multiac Series will allow Oud players to be amplified in loud & live band settings for the first time and without feedback. It features custom voiced electronics with bridge & microphone options via an onboard preamp with built-in tuner. Also, contrary to previous ancient Oud instruments, the MultiOud is a breeze to tune and keep as such, thanks to specially engineered machine heads by Godin. A truly fantastic instrument!
Multi Oud Encore Nylon
The Godin MultiOud Encore Nylon is an electro-acoustic, fretless instrument featuring 11 nylon strings. Based on the ancient Middle-Eastern Oud, the Godin MultiOud innovates by eliminating tuning and amplification issues that countless musicians face with the more traditional version of the instrument.
It features custom voiced electronics with undersaddle transducer in the bridge controlled via an onboard preamp for optimal amplified sound. The preamp also features a built-in tuner, which helps to make this 11-string simple to tune and keep as such via the custom tuning machine heads.
The Godin MultiOud is tuned (low to high) as follows: F,A,D,G,C,F.
STORY & DEVELOPMENTS
It all started back in 2006, when Kamal noticed, by total coincidence, that Godin Guitars in Canada had released a weird guitar model with several features inspired from the oud. It had the fret-less fingerboard and the 11 nylon strings (5 doubles and one single bass). The model is called the Glissentar. He then immediately made the connection with Fred de Santo from Godin's head-office and tried to arrange something...eventually it ended up by introducing the Godin team to Mr. Rawhi Abeido, the owner of The Music Chamber, one of the best and biggest instrument retailers in Dubai. After a meeting was then arranged between Rawhi and Robert Godin at the Frankfurt Music Messe, an official distribution of the brand took place in Dubai, and Kamal got his first Glissentar. An insrument that he fell in love with, used extensively on shows and tours for 5 consequtive years and recorded 2 albums with it: Out Of My City (2008) and Lulu (2009).
Meanwhile, discussions about creating an electric oudstarted to see light between Kamal, Rawhi and the Godin team. Bieng not an easy subject, neither from the stylistic point of view - the differences between oud styles and construction between the regions where it's played, not from the technical one - of how to design such a Fusion instrument. However, the Godin team took the matter very seriously, being an innovative company. And Mr. Robert Godin and team did their proper research on the subject, with an adequate support from the dubai team side (Kamal and Rawhi), drawing were shared, as well as specs of different traditional oud designs.
In 2010, Kamal visited the Music Messe himself on his weay to record EastMania with Billy Cobham and Kai Eckhardt. and he eventually managed to meet with Robert Godin, the man himself, and get to know each other face to face,
It was until in 2011 when the first MultiOud was released, and one of the first prototypes was sent to Kamal to test it on the ground
Since then till this day, Kamal has been using the Godin Multi-Oud, with its both models Ambiance & encore, for every single performance...as well as giving workshops and music clinics internationally on his style and the instrument he uses to express his music. Several workshops were conducted in Dubai at The Music Chamber itself, where Partick Godin became a regular visitor since 2013.