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

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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... Read More

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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.
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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 Kingpin Archtop Hollowbody Electric Guitar With P-90 Pickup
 
4.6

(based on 14 reviews)

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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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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

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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.

    (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.

    (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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    An Affordable, Quality Archtop

    By James Cipolla

    from Little Falls, NJ

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

    Can't say enough about this guitar. Just picked mine up this past weekend in "Natural." The quality, fit & finish are impeccable! The action is quick & low, and besides a good tuning, it was ready to play with no setup. And play... it's plays like butter! I learned on a Kay Archtop many years ago. Back in the day, archtops were not an easy guitar to play, especially for a beginner. The big, wide necks made it hard to move around. But I am so pleased that Godin took the best of the "old-world" archtops and improved upon the design, and playability. I have received many compliments on this amazing guitar. I've tried many different guitars before settleing on the Godin and I'm glad I did. I am certain it will be my go to guitar of choice and will only get better with age! Thanks Godin for offering a great looking, great playing archtop at an affordable price!

    (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    5th ave letdown

    By dave deakman

    from San Diego

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

    I loved this guitar when I saw it. It was exactly what I was looking for...until I played it. The feel of the guitar is extremely light, almost like balsa wood, which was my first clue how it would sound. The overall tone was thin at best and severely lacking in low resonance. String height and playability was fine but for overall sound quality and price there are better guitars out there.

    (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin needs some improvements!

    By John Mitterholzer

    from Saint Paul, MN

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

    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.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Tone, Touch, Bliss

    By ROBERT ESBENSHADE

    from lancaster, pa

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

    First of all let me say this is not a guitar slinger axe. This is a beautifully made acoustic-electric instrument that kind of walks the line between the two. Mine is the cognac finish and it is stunning in appearance. It came out of the box set up perfectly. it is light in weight, lighter than a dreadnaught, and very easy on the shoulder as well as the fingers. Played acoustically it has a thin sound, but not displeasing. Plugged in, however, it starts to shine. I have been playing mine through a VoxAC15 with a little tremolo and reverb and really digging it. Like i said before, i do not think of this in the same way i think of my Tele or Strat. This guitar is not for slinging. I love it for its tonal textures and the sounds i can coax out of it with my touch. Playing it through the AC15, I think of Bill Frizell, and the great tones he gets. I am not Bill, for sure, but i am loving the sounds i am getting from this Godin through the Vox. The P90 that Godin has designed for this guitar is very warm and captures rhythmic nuances very well. I am not ripping searing leads on this guitar, but i am enthralled with the tone and touch that i get out of it. It is a beautiful instrument and i am enjoying it very much. Thanks to the guys at the Lancaster Guitar Center for helping me get this beautiful guitar.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I have fallen in love

    By ALEX HEFFRON

    from Denver, CO

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

    I looked around forever. And at first, I actually passed this guitar up, because I heard it had a thin sound. Don't listen to that. It is full and gorgeous. SUCH GREAT TONE. And its really loud acoustic. I tried some Epiphones, even some Gibsons. I liked them, and I really liked the Gibson. But once I started to play this guitar... I fell in love. It just connected with me. I felt like this guitar was made for jazz, and I actually felt better about my playing with this. Buy it. As soon as possible.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Like it a lot

    By Paul

    from Colo Springs, CO

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

    Love the sound and look of my Cognac-burst. It is not as orange as some online photos look, just a nice caramel color that gives me warm fuzzy feelings. It is light-weight, has bell-like overtones. Sounds great amplified. Frets and finish is very good. There is a bit of fret buzz on the low A and E strings around the 10-12th fret. I switched from playing a very nice nylon stringed acoustic to this Godin and got used to narrow neck pretty quickly. Next move is to put some flat wound strings on it to cut string noise. No problem with tone latitude, or with only one neck pick-up. That is all I need for a mellow Jazz sound.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A terrific value, an inspiring instrument

    By Jim Bordner

    from Fort Wayne IN

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

    I've had my Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin for a couple of weeks now, and have played it daily in the studio and in a band context. It's an excellent value, far exceeding my expectations for the price. First of all, the quality of construction is excellent, with a great "aged" looking finish that doesn't try too hard (mine is black, and the satin topcoat suits it perfectly). It arrived with the action quite a bit higher than I like, but it adjusted downward easily and with no need for a neck adjustment (the neck is just about ruler flat out of the box). It plays easily and I experienced no hand fatigue even when playing for a couple of hours at a stretch. The neck finish did tend to make some audible noise from my hand rubbing against it, but a coat of Warwick beeswax fixed that. The TUSQ bridge is very nice, and the vintage-look tuners performed much better than I expected... smooth and accurate, and the guitar stays solidly in tun). Acoustically, it's exactly what you'd expect: a small-bodied archtop with a vintage sound. This is not a big bodied "jazzbox," but a nearly faithful reproduction of an old Gibson ES125. Very sensitive to mic placement, I found that you could get everything from a deep, warm acoustic tone to an extremely bright jangle just by moving the mic a foot or two across the face of the guitar. If you're looking for that David Rawlings archtop tone, the 5th Avenue does it handily. A sweet sound for country, rootsy music of all kinds, and jazz rhythm. Electrically, the 5th Avenue sounded great run direct through a tube preamp with no EQ... the Godin-labeled dog-ear P-90 style pickup is fat, full-range and loud, with a lot of low end. Through a tube amp, you'll want to tweak your tone controls: if you're set-up for regular single coils, the Godin will feel sluggish until you turn down the bass and let the midrange shine. You can get an extremely convincing jazz tone, but don't expect to be playing high-volume blues: I was able to induce feedback in my control room, facing a pair of nearfield monitors just peaking at 80db. Not a drawback, though... the excellent resonance that causes fast feedback also creates warmth and sustain. If I played a lot of hollow and semi hollow guitars with p-90 pickups before settling on the Godin. The Epiphones in particular felt cheap to me, I didn't like the neck carves, and were just a bit too "rock and roll" to fit what I was looking for. But the Godin is ideal... I wanted something that would bridge a gap between a flattop acoustic and a solid body electric, and the 5th Avenue does that in spades. Bottom line: if you're looking for a rock or blues guitar, this is probably not your cuppa joe. But if you're craving (as I was) something that will expose your ear to something new, something that fits well into a wide range of musical contexts, you absolutely can't do better than this for the money. The only guitar I played in my search that I liked better cost 5 times what the Godin does, and the other guitars in its price range can't touch it.

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