Godin’s new Montreal Premiere LTD Imperial Blue is a Bigsby-equipped semi-hollow model with TV-style pickups and plenty of retro style. Will this Canadian-made guitar manage to meld classic looks with modern playability?
Godin Montreal Premiere LTD Imperial Blue
The Montreal Premiere LTD Imperial Blue is the latest model by Canadian builder Godin Guitars. It looks like Godin has really gone to town on this all blue semi-hollow guitar. You get a pair of TV Jones pickups, with a Classic in the neck position and a Classic Plus in the bridge position. They’re are wired up via a three-way switch and a single volume and tone control.
Now on to the details. This guitar has Canadian Wild Cherry sides, top and back, plus what Godin describes as a ‘Breathe-Through’ carved Cedar core. It’s fitted with a 24.75″ scale length mahogany neck that has a Richlite 12″ radius fretboard loaded with 22 frets and a Graphtech nut. Also onboard is a Bigsby trem system along with a Tune-o-Matic-style bridge with roller saddles. That should help to keep the trem working smoothly and aid tuning stability.
Other hardware includes a set of three-a-side tuners, with the bass side using an 18:1 ratio and the treble side using a 26:1 ratio. In theory, this should make getting in tune easier. I like the gloss blue finish paired with white trims and the pearloid pickguard and chrome hardware looks pretty stylish, too.
Yes, it’s a nice looking semi-hollow and the video demo below gives you an idea of how it sounds. The TV Jones pickups do exactly as you would expect. My only gripe is that it appears to ship with a gig bag rather than a hard case, which is a bit stingy considering the asking price. I think semi-hollow guitars need a case and so it is a bit silly to not factor one in at this price bracket.
RRP – USD 2499