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The cutaway Godin 5th Avenue CW Kingpin II makes the affordable North American archtop electric guitar a reality! Its paired Godin Kingpin P90 single-coil pickups deliver classic vintage tone with pre... Click To Read More About This Product

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The cutaway Godin 5th Avenue CW Kingpin II makes the affordable North American archtop electric guitar a reality! Its paired Godin Kingpin P90 single-coil pickups deliver classic vintage tone with presence, clarity, and a little attitude thrown in for good measure!

With the soul of a 1950's archtop, the Godin 5th Avenue is a true vintage spirit of yesterday with today's level of modern guitar playability. With more projection and volume in the lows and mid tones than traditional archtop acoustic guitars, the dynamically rich tone of the 5th Avenue makes this sophisticated guitar a dream to play, but not a nightmare to pay for. From alt-country, Delta blues, slide, jazz to rock, the 5th Avenue really delivers both acoustically and electrically.

Crafted from Canadian wild cherry, the body of the 5th Avenue boasts a molded arched top and back. An adjustable bridge, classic f-holes, contoured high-gloss headstock, floating pickguard and cream binding enhance the 5th Avenue guitar's classic looks. Also, the rustic beauty of its custom polished finish gives the 5th Avenue a gorgeous satin sheen reminiscent of 19th century French polishes.

Godin includes a TRIC case that provides a level of impact protection for your 5th Avenue guitar rivaling that offered by many flight cases. The TRIC case is just slightly heavier than a typical gig bag, yet its ability to resist changes in temperature make it one of the finest innovations in guitar protection in years.

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Features
  • Canadian wild cherry archtop
  • Canadian wild cherry back and sides
  • Silver leaf maple neck
  • Contoured high-gloss black headstock
  • Custom polished finish reminiscent of the French polish of the 19th century
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Adjustable Tusq bridge by Graphtech
  • Cream binding
  • 2x Godin Kingpin P90 single-coil pickups
  • 3-way toggle switch, 1x Volume, 1x Tone
  • 16" (406 mm) fingerboard radius
  • 24.84" (630 mm) scale
  • 1.72" (43 mm) nut width
  • Includes Godin TRIC case
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MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
Godin Original Purchaser's Limited Warranty

The Godin Guitar Co. warrants this instrument with regards to materials and workmanship for a period of ONE year from the date of original purchase to the original purchaser. The instrument shall be purchased only from an Authorized Godin dealer. Should the product require service, The Godin Guitar Co. will repair or replace the product free of charge during the warranty period. This warranty shall include all parts and labour. If service is required, contact your Authorized Godin dealer at which point it will be determined whether the guitar can be serviced locally, or should be returned to the factory. All return freight and insurance charges will be paid by the customer.

The following are not covered by the Godin warranty:
- Any instrument upon which the Serial number has been altered in any way. Any instrument that has been damaged due to misuse, neglect, or accident.
- Normal wear and tear including machine heads, worn frets, saddles and nuts.
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- Any instrument that has been subjected to extreme changes in temperature or humidity.
- Cracking or discoloration to the finish.

The Godin Guitar Co. assumes no liability for any loss of income, dissatisfaction, or damages arising from the loss of use of this product due to defects or availability of the product during service.


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Godin5th Avenue CW Kingpin II Archtop Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 27 reviews)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (7)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good pick up (6)
  • Solid electronics (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Small venues (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very pleased with this guitar

Overall this is a great guitar. I got mine used for 1/2 price of a new one, and its in great condition, so that is a good option. The neck is...Read complete review

Overall this is a great guitar. I got mine used for 1/2 price of a new one, and its in great condition, so that is a good option. The neck is fast, small, and comfortable. The body is a bit smaller in size than an Es-175. It is an easy guitar to play physically, everyone I have shown mine to comments on how comfortable it is. This makes it a fantastic around the house/apartment everyday guitar. Also the acoustic volume is in between a flat top acoustic and an unplugged electric, so you probably won't do any live material acoustically, but it still has a nice acoustic tone, and it won't bother your neighbors or roommates (as much). Nice punchy tone. It has the scale length of a les paul, so the neck feels a little shorter than many acoustics and also fender electrics. it is light weight, and it has a nice balance (not top or bottom heavy). Also the burgundy color is much more impressive than the online photos suggest. It is a visually stunning instrument, and very classy. The pickups sound good although they do hum, I play a vox ac15, it can do aggressive dirty sounds, jazz, blues, Pink Floyd, Beatles and so on. It also sounded great through a fender twin.

Negatives: you should have it professionally set up, as that makes a huge difference in the way it plays, so don't judge just based on playing one in a music store unless someone has already went through it. Some of these have buzz issues, such as parts rattling around inside. My pick up selector rattles in the middle position which is annoying. The pickups can hum through both the tube amps i play, but it doesnt really bother me. Feedback will be an issue if you crank the amp and stand in front of it, but that seems to be able to be avoided so far. also i heard from a friend that a bass amp nearby can create feedback problems so you will have to control the stage volume. Many folks online have figured out fixes to buzzing issues, and I am convinced that with a little bit of dedication and ingenuity, those buzzes can be dealt with.

Overall, it has been a few months and I can't tell you how many times I have looked over at my girlfriend and said "I love this guitar!" Last note: I put thomistik flat wound 13s on it and it feels like a perfect combination. Round wounds work too, but make it feel a lot less like a jazz guitar. Soon I am going to put some zebra strings on it to see if it gets a snappier gypsy jazz tone while still going through the pickups. A guy on you tube put standard phosphor bronze strings 11's on his with impressive results. I love Django. this guitar will allow you to play fast and smooth like him, but the sound of course won't be exactly like a selmer/Macafferri style guitar. Also I don't like supporting companies that exploit poor Chinese laborers and lax environmental regulations so we can have cheap instruments, this guitar is made in Canada so it is more environmentally friendly and better for the human beings who built it. It's not perfect, but I became a big fan of Godin because of this guitar.

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Don't be fooled

I have been playing guitar for 37 years and decided to get a new jazz box. I saw this beautiful guitar and fell in love with it. Bought it, took it home and...Read complete review

I have been playing guitar for 37 years and decided to get a new jazz box. I saw this beautiful guitar and fell in love with it. Bought it, took it home and was very dissapointed with the high action and lack of tone. It played more like an acoustic rather than electric jazz guitar. There is no resonance or sustain, the pickups are a disappointment... weak, not mellow. I've heard alot better P90's. The guitar is just tone dead. The only usable tone I could coax out of it was with the neck pickup and tone set to 5. I have to say the quality of the build is exceptional so I'm having a hard time understanding why it sounded so bad... it may have been the choice of woods used or the pickups... If you're looking for an electric acoustic this might work for you, but you can get a better value with a traditional dreadnot and a built in pickup.

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5.0

A must have for serious players

By Old Man in the Mountain

from Canton CT

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Godin 5th Avenue CW Kingpin II Archtop Electric Guitar:

      I've been in the market for an arch-top for many months, often disappointed leaving guitar shop after guitar shop. Its hard to get past the glitz of a pretty guitar made oversees, the highly shined laminate makes them very visually appealing...but there is always something that comes up short, especially the tone.

      That said, I am a Godin guitar fan. Both my solid body electric and nylon guitars are Godin. I've had them each for about six years and cant find anything that suits me better. They are incredible instruments with incredible sound. When I first came across the 5th Ave Kingpin II ... I paused over the highly acoustic feel and look of the neck. It didnt seem all that much attention went into making it overly ornate ... the action seems high and not overly fast. You know right away this isnt a shredder. I picked it up, put it down and moved on. Months later, still nothing. Finally GC had a used one for a great price, it was in like new condition, I headed out to give it a try. Plugged in, it was immediately obvious that this guitar had an incredibly clear, crisp and warm tone that stood out from the pack in a big way. Slight adjustments on the knobs allow you to dial in quickly to a setting that seems perfect. I could not have asked for anything more, the simple beauty of this guitar grows on you quickly. The build quality exceeds just about everything out there, even much more expensive models. I have this guitar home for 2 days and literally have played it for at least 10 hours. I run it with a touch of verb and a bit of compression ... it responds very well to pedals and have had no feedback issues at all.

      I will own this guitar forever ... thank you once again Godin!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love it !!!

      By AGR

      from Princeton, Texas

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Blues, Jazz, Country, Rockabilly
        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Godin 5th Avenue CW Kingpin II Archtop Electric Guitar:

        Love it!!! Right out of the box. All I had to do was tune it. Set up was great straight from factory. I have many guitars and usually play American Made G&L Guitars when playing electric or Martin Acoustics. This guitar is a great "go to" for something in the middle. I love the feel of the neck and the variation in tone with the P90 style pick ups and the single tone pot and volume. From a real smooth jazz tone to hot blues and country licks, this guitar can show up and blend in or stand out when you need it to. I have played it trough a Carvin tube amp and obtained great sound with nothing but the guitar, the amp and a cord. I have played it directly through a house sound board using a direct box and a tube screamer - again great sound and tone. I would highly recommend this to any player who wants something a little different than the norm or a guitar that is versatile enough use in several genres. Looked at this for several years before I bit the bullet and bought it new from Musicians Friend. The Memorial Day sales helped push me over the edge. Great value and all around guitar for any player. ...Perhaps not for metal ... not my style but who knows? ;-)

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Slice of Heaven

        By Legend in my Mind

        from Sunbury, Ohio

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • easy to move on the fret boad
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Godin 5th Avenue CW Kingpin II Archtop Electric Guitar:

          I play for fun and relaxation. This Guitar give me a lot of both.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          amazing instrument

          By memorymaker08

          from Georgia

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Godin 5th Avenue CW Kingpin II Archtop Electric Guitar:

            This is a quality guitar with incredible tone.The cognac burst is a beautiful finish.This was my first Godin guitar-this guitar has prompted me to order additional guitars made by Godin.Musician's friend has been an excellent company to deal with!!!

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            5th Avenue CW Kingpin ii

            By Nickyboy65

            from Columbus. Ohio

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Godin 5th Avenue CW Kingpin II Archtop Electric Guitar:

              I was a little worried about ordering this online. I couldn't find it locally so i bit the bullet and ordered it. I was pleasantly surprised to see it arrive in one piece. Plus the intonation was perfect. It was a dream to play. I would order again for sure from you.

              Thanks, Mark (Anna's Husband)

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Beautiful Canadian Made Guitar

              By DoodBass

              from Northeastern California

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone
              • Nice Matte Finish
              • Well made

              Cons

              • Side Dot Markers

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Godin 5th Avenue CW Kingpin II Archtop Electric Guitar:

              I've owned a couple of archtop electric guitars through the years (DeArmond Guild X-155, Epiphone Emperor Regent), and this is by far the nicest instrument. The tone and balance across the strings and up and down the neck are excellent. The wider nut also makes it easier to play chords in open position. The matte finish is very nice, and feels especially good on the neck. Once I adjusted the string height a little, it plays so nicely. The Canadian wild cherry produces a beautiful tone, and I believe this is a solid wood guitar (pressed top and back), not laminated like most guitars in this price range. The only thing I don't like is that there are only side dot markers at the 5th 7th, and 12th frets. But I'll get used to that. I don't claim to be a monster jazz player, but I'm an experienced musician, and I know tone and playability. This is not a shiny, glitzy laminated archtop from Asia. This is a quality, Canadian made guitar that is a pleasure to play.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Nice Guitar

              By Heavy Duty

              from Twin Cities

              About Me Experienced

              Comments about Godin 5th Avenue CW Kingpin II Archtop Electric Guitar:

              I am really enjoying playing this guitar, acoustically and plugged in. Clean the sound is very classic and sweet, great for getting the old pop/jazz/standards/blues tone of recorded music from the 20's to the 50s/60's; and with a little grit/drive it does a cool funky old blues from John Lee, Taj Mahal etc. then you can use the bridge pickup and roll back tone a little for another dimension of bite. The 2 pickups together give just a bit of p90 quack but not too much.

              It's very comfortable, the neck is just right and my action is low. The volume and tone controls are very versatile and expressive. If you use the neck pickup with the tone turned down it will sound more like a sweet fat humbucker jazz/blues sound.

              To the reviewer lamenting the lack of natural woodiness to the amplified tone, it can get it just fine but the trick is to turn the guitar volume pot way down, maybe to 2, 3, 4, 5, somewhere in that range, then turn your Clean amp bass control way down, and then the amp volume up to where you want, and adjust guitar tone pot as needed. You will get more of the guitars tone and less of the pickups. This is a great setting to get more of the slightly amplified "Gypsy jazz" almost acoustic tone. Unplugged the guitar has that tone naturally.

              I recommend this guitar to anyone who likes these traditional genres, and I must say it looks pretty good too. It's also nice to play something made in North America. If you want to play metal I'd do that on a different guitar. My only other wishes are for a couple more side fret markers, and 22 frets would be nice but I really like the comfortable scale length.

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Godin 5th Ave CW Kingpin

              By Kevin Dougherty

              from Boston

              Comments about Godin 5th Avenue CW Kingpin II Archtop Electric Guitar:

              Out of the box this thing was impeccable, no flaws. Very well made, great acoustic sound (I don't plug it in very often), and as everyone else has said very playable size. And the cognac burst is gorgeous. Great value for $900ish.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great value for money

              By Vasudeva Muppalla

              from Raleigh, NC

              Comments about Godin 5th Avenue CW Kingpin II Archtop Electric Guitar:

              I was looking for an acoustic electric guitar for the ability to practice unplugged. The presence of a pickup offers additional flexibility of playing the instrument. The cutaway was also something that interested me although the neck is attached more like an acoustic, making the cutaway not as useful for improving access. I replaced the recommended 12 guage nickel wounds with 11 guage John Pearse PB and the tone improved markedly. I like the bronze tones in an acoustic and if you use a plectrum ( pick), it is fairly loud even unplugged. And yes, I love the smell of cherry wood whenever air gushes out the sound holes. The guitar is pretty light and easy to carry around. I was able to adjust at the bridge to the lowest height and even with 11 guage strings, there is no fret buzz at the lowest setting - at this setting, the guitars' playability is remarkable. The following are my observations about build quality- Finish - The neck showed small gap with the body where set. I don't have experience with acoustic guitars as much and so maybe they are all like that. There were tiny bits ( of wood) sticking under the polish. Usability - The bridge pickup was attached with wood screws onto a laminate- they soon came off. I bought some sheet metal screws with nuts, some washers and replaced the wood screws. Getting the nut/washer combination inside took some skill.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              A Lot of Guitar for the Money

              By Christopher Lynch

              from San Diego, CA

              Comments about Godin 5th Avenue CW Kingpin II Archtop Electric Guitar:

              I wanted the single pickup version of this guitar as an entry-level guitar for learning jazz, based on playing it for 10 minutes at a GC store. But on a whim, I popped for the bridge pickup and the cutaway, seeing more versatility. I was not disappointed. In addition to my jazz explorations, I found that this instrument could carve out gorgeous bluesy tones like a 335, and tangy, crackling chickin pickin riffs from the back pickup, like a Tele. And since it has a ton of natural acoustic sustain, a distortion/echo pedal produces effortless, wailing leads that just flow on forever. All of these are enhanced by the giant dynamic range typical of acoustics. Top it off with the pleasant look and feel of nice workmanship, and you have enough guitar to express almost anything you might want to say. I got mine in the natural finish, and I could not be more pleased.

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