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NGD(kinda) and review of Godin Stadium '59 (Desert Green)

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by SpankTank, Sep 20, 2020.

  1. SpankTank

    SpankTank TDPRI Member

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    Hello everyone!

    This is my first post here, but I've come to this forum many times in the past. I've found this forum to be a delightful resource, with many knowledgeable members as well as a place I can come to drool over some beautiful teles!

    I have owned many, many guitars. Too many. I've had unquenchable periods of GAS in which I went through dozens and dozens of beautiful fenders, Gibsons, gretsch guitars and quite a few others looking for.... huh, after all that I know even know really what I was looking for. Maybe like a flawless perfect guitar or something like that. I don't know, eventually I found a partscaster strat I liked, and then I upgraded my amp and realized I had been focusing on only half of what makes up your sound. After that I stopped going through guitars like crazy, finally. I guess my financial situation changed as well so that definitely helps.


    Anyways, I was reading up on these Godin Stadium guitars a couple months back, couple of people on here were talking about getting one, but I never really heard from anyone who actually owned this particular model, or saw any pictures of it that weren't stock photos. I eventually took the plunge and got one (it was during the start of covid lockdown here in Canada, and you could only pickup guitars without having played them) but I had previously owned one of the earlier versions, a Session Custom, black, with a Godin branded humbucker in the neck instead of the Duncan, and a stratocaster-like trem system, and remember liking it.

    I took it home and I was shocked. The quality of and specs of this guitar were incredible! In fact, I didn't really have much to complain about, which for me is saying something. The usual buzzing that I've had with every single tele I've ever owned is not present here! Which is awesome, as that was always my least favorite thing about the teles I've had. (I'm not talking about the usual 60 cycle hum btw, that is something I've come to live with as I believe the crisp sound of single coils is beyond worth it. I'm talking about the buzz that happens when you let go of the strings. I know it's supposed to be there but I've had my strat and jazzmaster shielded and that eliminated the issue on both. Every fender tele I've had has kept that hum even after shielding them!) On top of that the variety of tones, and versatility is outstanding, I particularly love the combination positions that give you the single coil of the neck with the tele bridge pup in both series and parallel, the latter of which is probably my favorite sound in this guitar.
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    First of all the gig bag is top notch. Puts a lot of the ones I've received with guitars in the past to shame.

    I love the green with the dark neck, I think that's what initially caught my eye with this model. The body is Laurentian basswood which sounds good, and is also very light, which for me is a big plus. It's got a maple neck and a rosewood board, unfortunately the neck isn't like a roasted maple or rosewood anything, just maple dyed to this dark colour. Profile is maybe a little thinner than the standard fender c profile, but very comfy. 12" radius, also very comfortable for me. Very fast as it's also a satin finish.
    I like the tuners a lot they're a Godin branded tuner that seems to do the job well enough, also the string trees are great. I normally take them off but these are perfectly circular, so the contact with the string is minimal, and they don't seem to negatively affect the tuning stability, so they stayed on.
    Now, this is where I think this Godin really shines. The bridge is awesome, kinda similar to what the American professional teles come with now. The old ashtray style, but with the sides brought back a little. It still looks like a vintage tele bridge should, but feels a little nicer with it being a little more out of the way, it originally came with saddles that were adjustable for compensation via an allen wrench. You could just adjust the angle of the tilt. It worked good for intonation, but I find with any tele bridge that has angled saddles that the strings kinda slide around, throwing off my string spacing. So I replaced the saddles with Wilkinson compensated saddles, which are my fav for teles. That was really the only modification I made. Other than installing strap locks, which really wasn't a mod considering it comes with strap buttons that are compatible with strap locks already installed! The output jack is one of the electrosocket tele jack plates which is screwed into the body, and will never get loose. Which is a cool thing to have stock on a t-style guitar.

    Now the pickups and electronics, it has a Seymour Duncan 59 in the neck and one of Godins own Custom Cajun tele pickups in the bridge. Kinda reminds me of a quarter pounder at least visually. It's got the same oversized pole pieces as that pickup, but I've never heard one so I can't really compare the sonic similarities. It is bright. Very bright in fact. It's also quite hot. It sounded a little too bright when I played it through my practice amp, a solid state fender mustang 3, but man does this pickup like tubes! Once I plugged it into my tube amps, it really started to sound alive. It's hot enough that when you have it wide open, it drives my amps really nicely. Luckily the volume and tone controls are VERY responsive so little tweaks can go a long way. So more vintage tele tones are still obtainable. I did think about replacing it with something a little more traditional, but honestly I like the other tones so much that I don't want to mess with anything. The neck pickup is awesome, and mixes very well with the bridge single coil. I feel like the wiring/controls really get the most out of this neck pickup. It has a five way selector that gives you the neck pickup by itself full humbucker, split neck with bridge in series, full humbucker with bridge like a normal middle position would be, split neck with bridge in parallel and then finally bridge alone. Between all those settings there's not much you can't play. On top of all that you have the Godin HDR (high definition revoicer) that to my ears sounds like a little top boost. It turns the passive pickups into active ones, and sounds really good with the neck humbucker, getting a little single coil crispness in the mix.

    All in all, i am very pleased with this guitar, I've had it for a couple months now which is a good sign. Usually if I don't immediately bond with a guitar it'll be fine within a month. But I can see myself keeping with me for a long time. Hopefully for the rest of my days. I know it's a little late for a NGD, but I just had to share this with y'all down on this forum!!
     
  2. ZenGuitarist

    ZenGuitarist Tele-Afflicted

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    Ooh, another Albertan. Welcome to TDPRI! Your Godin is gorgeous - congrats!
     
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  3. dogmeat

    dogmeat Friend of Leo's

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    yep.... Godin = secret weapon. if it said Gibson or Fender on it it would be another thousand dollars. great guitars, I have 3
     
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  4. Deeve

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    Wonderful looking sparkle finish
    Can't remember anybody talkin' smack about their Godin - ever

    The hard part about reading these posts, is there's a Godin ACS-SA Slim, Nylon String Acoustic-Electric Guitar currently offered on the List of Craig at $1,000
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    Not sure I could muster the courage to throw a low-ball for such a fine piece of luth...

    Not trying to hijack your thread ;)- HNGD :cool:

    Peace - Deeve
     
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  5. shupe13

    shupe13 Tele-Afflicted

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    Congrats!
     
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  6. SpankTank

    SpankTank TDPRI Member

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    I totally agree, puts to shame a few mexi fenders (and American fenders tbh) that I've had over the years. And from what I've seen the quality control is fantastic. I always pick up this model when I'm in music stores testing amps and pedals, and every one has been equally as impressive.
     
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  7. SamIV

    SamIV Tele-Holic

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    I have the older model, the Session Custom. Similar guitar, but comes with a trem and the neck humbucker is a Godin. It is my avatar. Alos have two other Godin's. Necks are all the same. Don't understand why they are not more popular. Great guitars for the money and got all mine used at bargains. Enjoy yours.
     
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  8. tah1962

    tah1962 Friend of Leo's

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    Welcome to TDPRI. :) Great looking guitar too!
     
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  9. DavidP

    DavidP Friend of Leo's

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    Congrats!!
    For some unexplained reason, Godin is still under the radar for most.
    I also have a Session Custom (and a couple other Godins) but swapped the neck HB for a P-Rails to make an incredibly versatile tone machine!
     
  10. brookdalebill

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    Loos like a keeper!
     
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    big jimmy Tele-Afflicted

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    Well made guitars, I just can't bond with the flat fingerboards. Wish I could I have sold a couple I was sorry to see go.
     
  12. tfarny

    tfarny Friend of Leo's

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    I think a lot of people like them. I’ve wanted a 5th ave for years. But their choices of radius and nut width are kind of odd sometimes. Yours looks great!
     
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