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Godin Radium Winchester Brown RN with Bag

   
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For 2020, Godin has introduced the new Radium line of guitars. Featuring a unique mash up of Fullerton-meets-Kalamazoo pickups, body shape and scale length, the Radium packs a diverse set of tones in a comfortable, easy to play package. Not to mistaken for anything else, the Radium sounds as unique as it looks and is an excellent value.

The mahogany center sections of the Radium do vary in color with each model, and some do have a very dark center section. The model we have is lighter as shown in the photo

The new Godin Radium Winchester Brown features

  • Mahogany Center body with Basswood wings
  • Satin Winchester Brown finish
  • 24.75" scale 12" radius mahogany set neck
  • Rosewood fretboard, 1-11/16" nut width
  • Godin nickel covered humbucking neck and bridge pickups
  • Custom Cajun middle pickup
  • Wrap tailpiece
  • Volume, Tone controls w/pull split tone control
  • 5-way pickup switch
  • Schaller strap locks
  • Godin padded gig bag
Looking somewhat like the Fender-Gibson love child, the Godin Radium combines a multitude of influences to create a surprisingly broad array of tones. In contrast to the basswood Carbon Black Radium version, the mahogany center section, mahogany neck and covered humbuckers gives the Winchester model a warmer slightly more mid-focused vibe.  There is still ample note definition, but the woods and covered pickups ever so subdue the highs and gives it a touch less attack.  The 'buckers are direct mount, so any pickup output balancing is accomplished with the middle pickup. The Cajun pickup is down a tad on output, but overall matches nicely in tone with the covered neck and bridge pickups.

Selecting the neck and bridge pickups gives you much of what you might expect out of those positions. Neck tones have a nice warmth that does not overly mask the high end, and there is a pleasant midrange emphasis lends gravitas without sounding muddy. The bridge pickup does not have bite of an open coil humbucker but we loved how it sounded through our JAM Pedals Tubedreamer: Plenty of crunch and harmonics, but a refined smooth top end without any metallic edge. Something you can play all night and never get tired of hearing it.

Putting a Tele-style pickup in the middle position does not get you that classic compressed bell tone. It's more of a smooth rhythm vibe with enough sparkle support the mix but not get lost in it. Combined with neck or bridge pickup you also don't get strong "out of phase" tones that you expect from a Strat. The effect is a more clean and distinct with less quack. While that might disappoint some, it works great with vibe, chorus, and phase effects to create lush, detailed and hypnotic chords that shimmer nicely when the notes are individually picked out. Even when piling on the modulation effects, the fundamental tonality remained intact.

And something interesting happens when you pull the tone knob up to split both humbuckers: You get a bit of the "quack" back when combined with the middle pickup. This gets you closer to a "Strat" tone, but with less snap than the real thing. But the point is not to sound like that guitar, and pulling the tone knob is like getting a second guitar to work with.

The Radium is an excellent value from its smooth playing medium C profile neck to its unique pickup arrangement. Tonally it occupies its own space, so don't expect it to substitute for a Les Paul or a Strat. It will certainly rock like any two-pickup humbucking guitar, but it has a whole other personality that is well suited to rhythm playing, modulation effects, and even a little funk. The Godin Radium radiates uniqueness, and if you like to color outside the lines, we highly recommend it.



We are an authorized Godin dealer and this is a new guitar with all tags, tools, paperwork and certificates. We have over 25 Godin-family guitars stock at all times, and please feel free to browse our other listings,or contact us for delivery time and availability on other Godin models.