So by the end of the 80s, beginning of the 90s, I started playing seriously with a friend. We came from different musical backgrounds He was a drummer now interested in playing guitar, a fan of U2, Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel. I was into rock, metal. We started playing together and the desire to create our own songs came quickly. We would get one or two new song ideas after a weekend of playing.
Then high school ended and we were off to college.
While still continuing to develop new songs we found out that we had a little studio available to us at college so we decided to record a demo during the winter break of 92. With the help of a friend, who just finished recording a demo with his own group and who was a bass player we recorded in 2 weeks a 14 songs demo. At that point, I didn’t really have a good instrument so I was playing the Takamine my friend had at the time (who was lost to a fire some years later). I remember we used a Roland U20 for drums and chords. The process was a blast and I still listen to that demo with fond memories.
We did two shows in 1992 (we recruited a drummer after the demo was “released”). Even if I liked the experience, I quickly felt that I was having more fun in the studio creating and recording.
In the summer of 1992, we decided to push further and chose 3 songs to record in a semi professional studio in Île-Perrot. The experience of doing music with someone who had years of experience at that time really made us grew musically. Only two songs were released on that demo. One was played at the university radio station.
It was the greatest time. Being surrounded in music, full of energy, hopes, creativity. Ideas of grandeur. I was 18 years old.
But I was still without a good guitar.
So I got a good summer job in 1993 and started shopping around for a guitar. Even though our music was pretty folksy, sounding like Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor and mostly Francis Cabrel, a french folk musician:
I was still influenced by other genres of music. I was engulfed in grunge music, listening constantly to Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Nirvana. So I didn’t know what type of guitar to acquire. This is when I came across a show that was talking about Godin guitars, and specifically the Acousticaster.
Godin guitars came to be about 20 years ago in a little Quebec village named La Patrie. The company was started by Robert Godin. And they came to create the Acousticaster which was branded as an acoustic-electric guitar, so capable of offering the chance to play more genres. One of the first known musician to play Godin guitars, was Michel Cusson, formerly of Uzeb:
So this guitar filled my needs and I went in August 1993 to Steve Music’s store and bought myself a sunburst Acousticaster:
This guitar cost me 730$ CAD at the time and has the serial number 15542, so it might be early in this line. And it was my main guitar throughout the 90s. It’s the instrument that helped me define my sound and got me so many songs.