The new Godin Montreal Premiere HT Laguna Blue is a beautiful semi-hollow body design with a super thin, acoustic guitar style finish. With some great specifications and hardware choices, this new model should be on your radar.
Montreal Premiere HT Laguna Blue
This Canadian built instrument looks very well thought out and the Laguna Blue finish is certainly eye-catching. It really suits the f-hole and general style of the guitar. Godin’s new Montreal Premiere HT Laguna Blue model is a semi-hollow bodied guitar based around a carved cedar core with a ‘breathe-through’ Canadian wild cherry body, and a very thin finish derived from its acoustic guitar line, which helps the body resonate freely.
Godin describes the finish as “thinner and more organic in nature” and that it allows the guitar to “breathe more freely”. It certainly sounds like a lot of thought has gone into it. And whether you believe the marketing jargon or not, having a thinner finish on guitars, especially semi-hollow and hollow-bodied ones, is never a bad thing.
Hardware & Pickups
The guitar has a 24″ scale-length and a mahogany neck. The rosewood fingerboard has a 12″ radius and 22 frets with dot inlays. Guitarists used to shorter scale lengths, should find themselves quite at home with this instrument. Hardware includes a nice quality Graph Tech ResoMax tune-o-matic style bridge and tailpiece and a Graphtech nut. The pickups are an interesting combination. You get a Seymour Duncan Jazz SH-2n in the neck position and a Godin Custom Humbucker in the bridge position. These are then wired via a three-way toggle switch, and a single volume and tone knob.
Overall, I like the sound of this model and the demo video below gives you a good idea of what to expect. Sure, some people might not be huge fans of the Laguna Blue semi-gloss finish, but I actually quite like it and think it suits the overall aesthetic of this guitar really well. You can follow the link below to read the full specifications.
RRP – USD 1795 inc gig bag