Godin guitars have a tendency to blend traditional and modern concepts, and this Montreal Premiere Supreme is no exception. At first glance it looks very familiar – an electric semi-hollow, with two pickups, and a ‘burst finish. But on closer inspection, we see Godin’s willingness to experiment, always with a view to improving quality.

The fingerboard is made of Richlite. We were sceptical about this, although we know that this material has been with us for decades and that its properties are well known, so manufaturers should be able to tell whether it works as a fingerboard. In our view, it is a very good fingerboard material. It is stable, smooth under the fingers, durable and despite the lack of grain it looks fine. We are converted, but if you have doubts all we can suggest is that you try a Richlite-equipped guitar.

The controls appear sparse – other instruments in this style often carry four rotary controls (tone and volume for each pickup), but this guitar has a single volume and a single tone control. In our view, this does not matter – these two controls, with the 3-way pickup selector, give you everything from plummy jazz to emotive blues/rock. That is what this style of guitar is for, and this guitar demonstrates that an instrument does not need four controls when two will do. Please note that some models also carry Godins HDR tone circuitry, this is one without HDR.

The tuners are ‘Ratio’ tuners, where each tuner is numbered to denote which string it is designed for with a ratio to suit. They feel great, and allow for very precise tuning.

The Resomax bridge is one of the smoothest we have used. Adjusting intonation and height is easy, positive and reassuring. The trapeze tailpiece behind the bridge is simple and perfectly functional. The undersurface is padded, so players won’t damage the guitar body if they smack the trapeze.

We have been able to set up the guitar with a very comfortable action. The included trussrod wrench works the truss rod with precision.

Even the case is an innovative TRIC case. The guitar fits perfectly and is protected by tough outer fabric, a thick middle layer of polystyrene, and soft internal padding. The case looks large, but is very light, and has handles and straps for ease of carriage.

This example is in excellent condition with a few very light plectrum parks on the pickguard but no other obvious signs of use. New ones are retailing at about £1800, so this example represents excellent value on what is a very versatile guitar.

If you are looking for a semi-hollow guitar that breaks many moulds while still exuding reassuring familiarity, you should try one of these.

Colour Lightburst
Pickguard Black, 5-ply, Godin-branded
Serial number 14426130
Year of manufacture 2015
Country of Origin Canada
Frets 22
Electrics Two Seymour Duncan humbucking pickups (SHII Jazz at neck position, Custom III in bridge position); 3-way selector; volume; tone.
Bridge Graphteq Resomax, adjustable for height and intonation
Case Original TRIC hardcase included
Condition Used
Body Cherry with spruce centre-block
Neck Mahogany
Fingerboard Richlite
Scale length 628 mm (24¾ in)
Weight 2.92 kg (6 lbs 7 oz)
Fingerboard radius 12-inch
Neck thickness (just behind 12th fret) 25.6 mm
Bridge spacing 52.9 mm

Godin Montreal Premiere Supreme

  • Brand: Godin
  • Product Code: 39852
  • Availability: In Stock
  • £1,350.00

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