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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
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.