Herbie Hancock’s Cantaloupe Island

Here is a quick rendition of Herbie Hancock’s Cantaloupe Island on my nylon strung Godin ACS-SA Slim. The guitar is plugged into an Apogee One and recorded on Garage Band. There is no EQ or compression on the Godin track, the only effect is a touch of reverb. The backing track is from the amazing Jamey Aebersold.

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About Cantaloupe Island From Wikipedia:

“Cantaloupe Island is a jazz standard composed by Herbie Hancock and recorded for his 1964 album Empyrean Isles during his early years as one of the members of Miles Davis‘ 1960s quintet. The musicians for the original 1964 recording were: Hancock (piano), Freddie Hubbard (cornet), Ron Carter (bass) and Tony Williams (drums).”

About the guitar (from Godin):

Godin ACS_SA Slim guitarACS-SA Slim
The ‘Slim’ in the moniker refers to the 1.715″ neck width at the nut, which is a mere 16th of an inch wider than our standard electric guitar nut width. If you do most of your playing on a guitar with a fairly narrow neck (most solid body electric guitars) this is the ACS-SA for you. The slim neck of this guitar along with our Ergocut shaping technique and 16″ fingerboard radius provide for a very easy transition for steel string guitar players looking to integrate nylon string guitar sounds into their music. Aside from the new neck, the ACS-SA Slim shares all of the same features that have made the ACS-SA an industry standard. The chambered, silverleaf maple body with a cedar top results in an instrument that is virtually free of feedback, making it easy to use even in loud stage situations.


  • Mahogany neck
  • Richlite® Fingerboard
  • 16″ fingerboard radius
  • 25 1/2″ Scale
  • 1.715″ nut width
  • Chambered Silver Leaf Maple body and Cedar top
  • Custom RMC electronics with 13-pin connector for direct control of Roland GR Series and Axon AX100 guitar synths
  • Natural Semi-Gloss or Black High-Gloss finish

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