You gotta love Canada. You just gotta. In addition to being the country that brought us my favorite sport, hockey (Go Sharks!), Canada is now raising the attention of guitarists. The first Canadian manufacturer that caught my attention was Godin guitars. I first played a Godin at a local shop, and was really impressed by them.
But I recently caught wind of another Canadian manufacturer – Prestige Guitars - that is making me raise my eyebrows – A LOT! Granted, it took me reading about them in Guitar World mag, but that brief review article of the Prestige Heritage Hollow compelled me to do research on Prestige and see what’s so special about them.
From what I can tell, these are production guitars with TONS of boutique accoutrements. Click on the picture to the left to see what I mean. This guitar, replete with abalone binding and intricate mother of pearl inlays on the fretboard sells for CAN $1800! That is roughly US $1450!
Here are specs for the Heritage Elite:
- 24 3/4” scale length
- 1 11/16” nut width
- Abalone bound mahogany body
- Carved AAA Grade quilted maple top
- One piece mahogany neck
- Abalone bound rosewood fingerboard
- Floral vine fingerboard inlay
- Mother of pearl prestige logo & decal
- Seymour Duncan SH1-59 (neck) SH4-JB (bridge) Humbucker pickups
- 2 Vol. / 2 Tone / 3-way toggle controls
- Tune-o-matic bridge & stop bar
- Grover tuners
- All gold hardware
- Available in natural sunburst & ebony finishes
What a price point for these kinds of features! An equivalent boutique guitar will sell for three to four times as much, and here’s this Canadian company providing the same kinds of features for so much less! YOU GOTTA DIG IT! YOU JUST GOTTA!
I haven’t been able to find any sound bites the web, otherwise I’d list some, but I’m going to do some research, and I’m definitely going to see if I can somehow play one of these!