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Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin Archtop Hollowbody Electric Guitar With P-90 Pickup Cognac Burst

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The Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin is a hollowbody electric guitar that brings you back to a time when the archtop acoustic guitar reigned supreme. With the soul of a 1950s archtop, the 5th Avenue guitar ha... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin is a hollowbody electric guitar that brings you back to a time when the archtop acoustic guitar reigned supreme. With the soul of a 1950s archtop, the 5th Avenue guitar has the true vintage spirit of yesteryear with today's level of modern playability. With more projection and volume in the low and mid tones than traditional archtop acoustic guitars, the dynamically rich tone of the 5th Avenue guitar this sophisticated guitar a dream to play, but not a nightmare to pay for. From alt-country to Delta blues, slide and jazz to rock, the 5th Avenue is a guitar that can really deliver both acoustically and electrically. The Godin Kingpin P-90 single-coil pickup delivers all that classic, vintage tone with presence, clarity, and a little attitude thrown in for good measure.

Made from Canadian wild cherry, the body of Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin Guitar features a molded arched top and back. Also features an adjustable GraphTech Tusq bridge, classic f-holes, contoured high-gloss headstock, floating pickguard and cream binding. The rustic beauty of its custom polished finish creates a gorgeous satin sheen reminiscent of 19th century French polish.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options. Case sold separately.

Features
  • Canadian wild cherry archtop
  • Canadian wild cherry back and sides
  • Silverleaf maple neck
  • Contoured high-gloss black headstock
  • Custom polished finish
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Adjustable GraphTech Tusq bridge
  • Cream binding
  • 1 Godin Kingpin P-90 single-coil pickup
  • 1 Volume, 1 Tone control
  • 16" fingerboard radius
  • 24.84" scale
  • 1.72" nut width
  • Case sold separately
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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.
Strings and batteries.
- 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 Kingpin Archtop Hollowbody Electric Guitar With P-90 Pickup
 
4.7

(based on 51 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (8)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Good pick up (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Small venues (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

I've found my guitar

I just bought this guitar. Tuning it up you'll notice how smooth and effortlessly the tuners work. Nice! Acoustically, it's flawless... both plugged and unplugged. Haven't played an archtop that sounds...Read complete review

I just bought this guitar. Tuning it up you'll notice how smooth and effortlessly the tuners work. Nice! Acoustically, it's flawless... both plugged and unplugged. Haven't played an archtop that sounds this good without amplification. Maybe I need to play more expensive guitars? Not! And the P90 sounds great through my Blues Junior. I've strung it with everything from Phosphor Bronze to Chromes to nickel roundwound. They all sound great; acoustically and electrically. And it just stays in tune. Looks as good as it sounds, too... cognac burst. Ok, now the reality check. The pickguard buzzed (every jazzbox I've ever owned did too), so I removed it. The pots had an intermittent short that I fixed... could have returned it. Guitar Center would have ordered me a new one without charge, but I like working on my guitars. Bottom line... I've found my guitar.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin needs some improvements!

I purchased my Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin with one P90 pickup just less that one year ago, 3/24/11. I really enjoy playing it and like the sound and light weight. Looks...Read complete review

I purchased my Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin with one P90 pickup just less that one year ago, 3/24/11. I really enjoy playing it and like the sound and light weight. Looks are great. A few problems though, fist about two months ago I noticed the plugin jack has been breaking away from the body and I had to install a larger washer in hopes to keep it from breaking out all the way. I play mainly bluegrass flatpicking and after 11 months of playing it daily I did another restring recently and noticed extreem wearing on the frets along the first string and some on the other strings. The fretwire appears to be way too soft for heavy playing and picking. Too bad I guess I will be refretting some, mainly the first, second, third, and fourth frets. Overall there is wear on many of the frets already. I'm not a heavy hard player but it I haven't seen wear like this one my other guitars. Another issue is with the bridge adjustments screw on the high string down side. The adjustment screw doesn't hold the bridge up, it keeps popping back down. I like the guitar and have been playing for 50 years.

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4.0

Cool vintage sound

By Johnny Rockabilly

from Outer Space

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • authentic vintage tone
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • blues, vintage rock
    • Jamming
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin Archtop Hollowbody Electric Guitar With P-90 Pickup:

    I found a used one and thought for the price, I'd give it a try. The initial set-up was good and I haven't messed with the truss rod but the original strings were 9's or 10's with a solid 3rd string. For my taste, hollow body electrics need at least 11's with a wound 3rd string, so that's what I changed to. The 11's and a little adjustment to the bridge really woke up the tone of this guitar. It seems Godin is trying to re-create the vibe of a Gibson ES-125 with this model and with the bigger strings it works quite well. I play mostly through a low wattage tube amp and Godin's P-90 has a really good dynamic in that finger picking and light flat picking can be nice and clean but when you hit the strings harder, it gets loud with a nice, progressive distortion. I like this guitar more than I thought I would and the more I play it and get used to it, the more I like it. If you're looking for the 40's and 50's blues / rock sound, this guitar delivers surprisingly well, especially for the price. I can't find any flaws with the build or finish, it's light and easy to play. Buy one and get your vintage vibe on.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Classic jazz guitar looks

    By Brett

    from Powell, Ohio

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy to play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Pickguard static

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin Archtop Hollowbody Electric Guitar With P-90 Pickup:

    Good looking guitar with a great pickup. A few things you will need to do to make it better: Bone nut instead of the plastic and a Wood or Bone bridge instead of the plastic. There is a common problem with this model, when you move your fingers on the pick guard, it causes static in the pickup. To solve the problem you need to ground the pick guard. Great price Great value

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    great value; flaws are easy to fix

    By Nick is not my name

    from Tulsa OK

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Recording

      Comments about Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin Archtop Hollowbody Electric Guitar With P-90 Pickup:

      Complaints about the poor quality tuners are correct; I swapped them out for Grovers. My luthier added a piezo pick up to the bridge and swapped out the tone control for a second volume control. The P90 was very dark; a change to the capacitor brightened the sound. Now I run it through a stereo Y cable into an acoustic rig for the piezo, adding effects to the P90. The flimsy pick guard buzzes so I threw it out. It stays in remarkable tune now and is amazingly versatile - perhaps the most gorgeous ax there is.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      First Venture into Hollow Bodies

      By Craig

      from Beaufort, South Carolina

      Site Member

      Comments about Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin Archtop Hollowbody Electric Guitar With P-90 Pickup:

      I am a Fender man, solid body (my guitars, not me!) through and through. However, with a closet full of instruments, I thought I should expand to a hollow body electric without cashing out my retirement for a Les Paul. I was very pleased with the Godin....sings surprisingly loud on acoustic (considering you are playing an electric guitar). It does not out-volume my Taylor GS, but it is pleasantly loud. Mine arrived well set up and ready to play, after being shipped from Quebec to Kansas to South Carolina. Lightweight cherry wood....seems like nothing after carrying a Stratocaster for a year. Plugged into an amp, it was a powerhouse, like an old 50,000 watt radio station. I did not get a jazz tone (perhaps I have not played it enough yet), but indeed was a solid rocker. The acoustic reverb into an amp results in some solid sound, yes sir-ree. Unlike my Strat (and the Godin can't be fairly compared to my American Classic), I am not getting that wide of a variety of tones and voicing, as there is just one pickup and one tone control. The amp has to do the heavy lifting for voicing. A great instrument...good looking, versatile and fun to have. Will I go Gibson in the future? Probably not, but as every semi or hollow body player should have a solid body in their collection, the reverse is true for me. And I would recommend it to a new player who isn't sure yet if their main focus will be acoustic or electric---the Godin works both ways.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Quality, look no further!

      By swnax1

      from Stuttgart, Germany

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin Archtop Hollowbody Electric Guitar With P-90 Pickup:

          5th Avenue Kingpin Archtop Hollowbody Electric Guitar With P-90 Pickup Cognac Burst.
          Right out of the box.....tune and play! Super quality and craftsmanship. I read all of the reviews and thought to good to be true and remembered a Seagull S6 I use to own and thought I would give it a try over the China made Ibanez Artcore AF71F...........

          You can't go wrong, plugged or un-plugged! It plays Jazz, Blues, Classic Rock.....plenty of room for finger picking and strumming with a pick.....it has a mean little (floating) P90 with great tone and no feedback problems, and that Cognac Burst looks so nice!
          Do Not Hesitate!

          Thanks Caitlin and Musician's Friend!

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A live, responsive, versatile instrument!

          By John

          from Denver, CO

          Comments about Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin Archtop Hollowbody Electric Guitar With P-90 Pickup:

          I won't try to write the definitive expert review on this or an other guitar. I can't compare this to the carved-top arch tops that sell for three or four times the price. But I've been playing for a longtime, and then not playing much for a longtime. After bringing home a Fifth Avenue, I'm playing again-- a lot! Now, my other guitars are all going on sale, since I've found my musical partner. The one word that comes to me about the Fifth Avenue is "responsive." It responds to what strings you use, and what pick you use. The body throbs when I hit bass notes, like a heartbeat. The tone control shows a wide range of variation between 1 and 10. Other guitars I've played seem to have their characteristic voice, but this seems much more flexible. I actually have two now, with also a purely acoustic Fifth Avenue and a Kingpin. The FA is strung with acoustic PB strings, and it's a delight to hear the richness of the notes that produces. Single notes on the G, B and E seem to blossom, while chords ring out with six distinct pitches, in a way that's different from a flattop or a 12-string. The three-inch deep body is perfect for my reach, and the body's curves nestle between my leg and shoulder. It's very comfortable to play. The unique beveled edge of the fingerboard might be the reason that, even with short fingers, I'm finally able to comfortably play an open G without using my index finger. I'm also happy to know that Godin makes its guitars from renewable woods, with a mix of modern tech and small-shop craft. Check out their factory tour video on youtube, and see the care and thought that goes into their product. You could make an argument that Robert Godin is the Steve Jobs of guitars, for his creativity and imagination and love of the product.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Clear, complex tones, great for blues

          By Beer

          from San Antonio, TX

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone
          • Price

          Cons

          • Difficult Upper Access
          • No Upper Access

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin Archtop Hollowbody Electric Guitar With P-90 Pickup:

          I play 90% acoustic guitar, but I've always hated the sound of acoustic pickups. I love the sound of this thing, both acoustically and via the p90 with my blues jr amp. This is my favorite guitar. I find it the most versatile and playable that I have (breedlove passport, alvarez regent dred, mim strat, gretsch boxcar), w the exception of upper fret shredding. It just sounds fantastic for the money. I play blues in styles of lightnin hopkins, mississippi john hurt, bb king, and a bit of Cream or allman bros., and this is the guitar that suited my style heads above any other in this price range. This Godin gives that mellow, mature sound that a hollowbody affords... for those who can't (or won't) afford a Gibby. Don't expect much response from an overdrive pedal, as the pups seem underwound for mellowness, but that's not what this one's for. Get the cognac finish, she's handsome.

          (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Affordable Archtop

          By Bill Cook

          from Keller TX

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Beautiful
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Requires Hand Strength

          Best Uses

          • Jazz Band

          Comments about Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin Archtop Hollowbody Electric Guitar With P-90 Pickup:

          If Godin hadn't made a left-handed version, I never would have looked at the 5th Ave. Kingpin. A rule-of-thumb for buying an archtop is to only consider solid tops. I'm glad I broke the rule. Tone is king, and the Kingpin has it.

          She's all Canadian, down to the strings and the P-90 pickup. The wood is cherry, which I find tonally similar to maple (bright, pointed). The cognac burst is unusual and beautiful. The guitar weighs nothing. The 3-in rim slips right under your shoulder. The neck is full and has a tall rosette.

          She sounds great unplugged or plugged in. The P-90 sounds like a humbucker but has a single coil's lower output. An ideal choice for this design. This is a hollow body with F-holes, so you get spank and air. While quieter than a dreadnought, the sound is so full that I rarely plug in when practicing alone.

          The tuning heads are a little narrow, but they turn smoothly. After a while, you adjust by pinching from the center.

          The Kingpin ships with Godin nickel wounds (EJ21). I had a Frequensator tailpiece installed and strung the guitar with D'Addario chromes (ECG23). It sounds more like a jazz guitar now. I also paid a tech (against manufacturer's advice) to move the neck strap button to the heel (floor side).

          The TRIC case is novel. I'm glad I went with it.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Eminently playable!

          By Scott

          from Virginia

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin Archtop Hollowbody Electric Guitar With P-90 Pickup:

              This is my second 5th Avenue. I had the straight acoustic version, sold it in a moment of insanity to buy a bass, and have regretted it ever since. So, as of two weeks ago, thanks to Musician's Friend and a 20% off sale, it's back in my collection of guitars with a P-90, and I couldn't be happier. The guitar is VERY playable--it seems I can reach difficult chords more easily. And it offers a tactile pleasure that is really unique, if that makes sense. The pickup is phenomenal: clear and sensitive--does justice to the acoustic qualities of the guitar and works well with the very simple tone control. While I prefer playing solo jazz on the guitar (and will replace stock strings with some flatwound 12s), it strikes me as very versatile guitar. Finally, it's simply beautiful and is even more striking "in person" than in the photos (I have the cognac burst). Buy it and enjoy!

              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Such a nice guitar!

              By Slowleadmccey

              from Edmonds WA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin Archtop Hollowbody Electric Guitar With P-90 Pickup:

                I found myself un-obligated, bored and holding a fist full of cash one Friday afternoon, so I wandered into my local guitar shop. With a new found love of single coil pickups I had been eyeballing the Gretsch and Guild hollow bodies unfortunately too poor to actually buy one. On this afternoon, however, I played the Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin. It was love at first strum. Mine is called Cognac Burst. The satin finish on these instruments is beautiful, and give it a vintage, played look. This guitar has a really nice feel in terms of the neck and the thickness of the body. I have fairly long fingers and the neck is comfortable to play. It feels to me, a bit like the thicker necks on the Les Pauls of the late 50s. When I got the guitar, the shop said they'd dial it in for me for free, but frankly, I have no complaints as it is. With the classic style floating bridge you can drop the action impossibly low before you start to get fret buzz. After I brought mine home, I did just that and it plays like a dream. The frets are finished well and there is a bevel on the edge of the fret board and frets that keep them out of the way if you're in the habit of sliding your hand up and down the neck quickly. The Kingpin has a warm mellow tone when unplugged that is perfect for playing jazz and blues. I also enjoy the lower volume of the guitar since it has f holes when I play later in the evening. Plugged in, the P90 kills and sounds good clean and driven. It also retains that warm, mellow tone when played without distortion. I haven't had any trouble with feedback as I tend to keep the volume a bit lower for small spaces. All in all, this guitar is a great choice and plays as well as my Gibson Les Paul and my buddies Gretsch 51… whatever

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