Godin Radiator review

The return of the Radiator should warm the hearts of any player looking for a hollowbody single-cut with a rocking voice

Godin Radiator
(Image: © Future / OIly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

Meet the new Radiator, quite a different beast from the old Radiator, with a tone tuned for rock and a super-playable chassis that makes a great value candidate for aftermarket modding but is nonetheless pretty cool as is.


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    Simple but classy build.

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    Great neck and playability.

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    Rock-ready voicing and subtle retro vibe.

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    Comes with a gigbag.


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    Might be a little dark-sounding for some.

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Godin’s original Radiator launched back in 1999 as a very retro-styled entry-level model – the antithesis of the more complex dual- and three-voice (including synth access) electrics that the Canadian company was becoming known for. 

It used the elongated single-cut SD shape, pretty similar to today’s LGXT, with a bolt-on 24-fret maple neck, while the fairly heavily chambered body was covered with pearloid, including a full-face scratchplate, creating that retro vibe and probably inspired by certain Magnatone electrics from the 50s. 

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Dave Burrluck
Gear Reviews Editor, Guitarist

Dave Burrluck is one of the world’s most experienced guitar journalists, who started writing back in the '80s for International Musician and Recording World, co-founded The Guitar Magazine and has been the Gear Reviews Editor of Guitarist magazine for the past two decades. Along the way, Dave has been the sole author of The PRS Guitar Book and The Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance as well as contributing to numerous other books on the electric guitar. Dave is an active gigging and recording musician and still finds time to make, repair and mod guitars, not least for Guitarist’s The Mod Squad.