What you get when you mix a Radiator and Stadium? A Radium, obviously. This new guitar by Godin is available in two varieties and combines two of the company’s electric guitar models into one.
The new Godin Radium is a combination of its Radiator and Stadium models. It’s an attempt to combine all the best elements of these two designs into one instrument. The new models have a 24.75” set neck and a hard tail bridge and an HSH pickup configuration. Two versions will be offered, Godin says.
The new Radium model comes in two flavours, Carbon Black and Winchester Brown. The Carbon Black model has a Canadian Laurentian basswood body and and a silver leaf maple set-neck with a 24.75” scale length. It comes factory fitted with a pair of Custom Godin Zebra Humbuckers that are more aggressively voiced than the humbuckers fitted to the Winchester Brown model below. The middle pickup, a Godin custom Cajun nickel single-coil, is shared by both models.
RRP – TBC
The Winchester Brown has a three-piece body with a mahogany centre between two Canadian Laurentian basswood sides. The 24.75” set-neck is also mahogany.The HSH pickup layout consists of a custom pair of Godin nickel-covered humbuckers in the neck and bridge positions, plus a Godin custom Cajun nickel single-coil in the middle position.
Both guitars look like a cross between some of the late ’70s and early ’80s designs coming out of Japan and some of the Fender models from their Parallel Universe/Alternate Reality runs from the last few years. Certainly an interesting take on the shorter-scale H-S-H layout guitar. I’m not a huge fan of the two finishes, as they remind me of those earlier Japanese import guitars from my youth, which I always found a bit dull and lacklustre. However, I know lots off players love these muted tones, so I can see them being popular with some guitarists.
Pre-orders are open now on Thomann (affiliate links):