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Godin 5th Avenue Archtop Acoustic Guitar Cognac Burst 

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The Godin 5th Avenue brings you back to a time when the archtop acoustic guitar reigned supreme. With the soul of a 1950’s archtop, the 5th Avenue is...Read More

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The archtop acoustic of the past, for today's modern musician.

The Godin 5th Avenue brings you back to a time when the archtop acoustic guitar reigned supreme. With the soul of a 1950’s archtop, the 5th Avenue is a true vintage spirit of yesterday with today’s level of modern playability. With more projection & volume in the low/mids than traditional archtop acoustic guitars, the dynamically rich tone of the 5th Avenue makes this sophisticated instrument a dream to play, but not a nightmare to pay for. The Godin 5th Avenue now makes the affordable North American archtop guitar a reality! From Alt-Country, Delta Blues, Slide, Jazz to Rock, the 5th Avenue can really deliver.

Made from Canadian Wild Cherry, the body of the 5th Avenue features a molded arched top and back, as well as an adjustable bridge, classic f-holes, contoured high-gloss headstock, floating pickguard and cream binding. Also, the rustic beauty of its Custom Polished Finish creates a gorgeous satin sheen reminiscent of the French polish of the 19th century.

Case sold separately.

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FEATURES
  • Top: Canadian Wild Cherry
  • Back & Sides: Canadian Wild cherry with cream binding
  • Neck: Silver Leaf maple with contoured high-gloss black headstock
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Adjustable Tusq Bridge by Graphtech
  • Finish: Custom Polished Finish
  • Radius: 16" (406mm)
  • Scale: 24.84" (630mm)
  • Nut width: 1.72" (43.7mm)
  • Case sold separately

Brings back the classic jazz age look and sound. Order today.

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Godin5th Avenue Archtop Acoustic Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 45 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (10)
  • Good feel (9)
  • Good audio (8)
  • Stays in tune (8)
  • Consistent (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (8)
    • Practicing (8)
    • Recording (7)
    • Small venues (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    An archtop for the modern rocker

    I am a great fan of archtop guitars- I own three- and I have long been a fan of Godin guitars, who produce instruments of exceptional quality and value. When I saw that...Read complete review

    I am a great fan of archtop guitars- I own three- and I have long been a fan of Godin guitars, who produce instruments of exceptional quality and value. When I saw that my local music store had the new Godin archtop in stock, I immediately started doing a mental inventory of my collection, figuring out what I could sell to buy this instrument. But playing it changed my mind. It's not at all of what I think of as an archtop guitar- though it may be just what you're looking for.A little background. Flat top guitars have a resonating surface made form a thin layer of cedar or spruce or some other light wood. They're designed to vibrate as easily as possible. Traditional archtops, on the other hand, have a top carved from a much denser wood- traditionally maple. Whereas the classic flat top guitar sound is big and boomy, and designed to produce a big sound that ranges from bass to high treble, the traditional archtop sound is more percussive, and more midrangey. It's designed to punch through an orchestra in its rhythm role.This guitar may look like an archtop, but it sounds very much like a flat top guitar- and I think that was intentional. Archtop guitars are becoming more and more popular with the rock and alternative crowd- something that I think goes back to Elvis Costello's "Monkey to Man" video. If the typical modern player picked up a traditional archtop he or she would probably find it unplayable- .013 gauge strings and a high action are a far cry from the low action and skinny strings most players favor.So Godin has produced something with a very traditional look- think Mother Maybelle Carter for the black version- with the light action and even sound of a flat top- ad they're done a very good job of it. The instrument I tried had the quality you'd expect of a Godin, along with a good balanced tone and a very easy playing neck. If you're looking for something a bit out of the ordinary for that band you're fronting, you might give this one a try. If you're looking for that traditional archtop sound, the Loar LH-300 is a better choice.

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    Not a Taylor or a Martin

    I really just want to address all the reviews saying they would put this guitar up against a Martin or Taylor. These people have obviously never owned a Martin or Taylor. The godin is...Read complete review

    I really just want to address all the reviews saying they would put this guitar up against a Martin or Taylor. These people have obviously never owned a Martin or Taylor. The godin is a great cheap arch top but at the end of the day it is still that, a cheap arch top. The guitar is a bit flimsy, the sound is not as full as a higher quality arch top, it does have tuning issues that can be resolved easy enough with a pro setup. Please reviewers, stop making outragous claims and speaking with hyperboles. That said, I own the guitar and like it, just not as much as my higher end gear

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    4.0

    A very nice guitar for the money

    By DaveTheSlave

    from Kansas City, KS

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

    • Wheres The Case

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Godin 5th Avenue Archtop Acoustic Guitar:

    I wanted something reminiscent of the old Kay and Silvertone pawnshop guitars of my youth. Buying this was a good compromise. It has decent tone, a little more twangy than a flattop. It's very nice looking - the cherry really finishes nicely without the need for paint or heavy lacquering.

    Doesn't require constant tuning, but it does go out of tune if you let it sit for a day. My only real complaint is the lack of a case. I can understand not being able to include one at this price point, but at least provide a link to purchase one. ALL instruments sold on this site should have links to relevant accessories (cords, straps, cases, etc.) right there on the page. You guys need to get on the ball - you're missing opportunities for additional sales.

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    5.0

    I really like this guitar

    By Heywooood Jablowme

    from San Diego

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Even Tone Low To High
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Nicely Built Instrument
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

    • None For Me

    Best Uses

    • Anything Guitarish
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Godin 5th Avenue Archtop Acoustic Guitar:

    this archtop has more rockabily than jazz tonality -
    it was designed as an acoustic lead guitar for typical 2 man arrangements, but it does rythm just as well. Sounds great when recorded/played back.
    I bought this one used and believe me - you cannot tell it was ever used before I got it.
    For what I paid its a homerun

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    (4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    toiy guitar

    By Raiffe 7th

    from ON.CA

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Looks Okay

    Cons

    • Flat Sound
    • Not Consistent
    • Requires Constant Tuning

    Best Uses

      Comments about Godin 5th Avenue Archtop Acoustic Guitar:

      This is not really an arch top tuners are poor goes out of tune easily Sound is very thin I left it in my car unlocked hopping someone would steal it came back an hour later and someone left another 5th ave. on my front seat. save your money buy a loar or even a gretsch

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very Pleased-Rejuvinated My Playing

      By old time music

      from Country Roads, Va

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Godin 5th Avenue Archtop Acoustic Guitar:

          This guitar really surprised me. I was getting back to my roots with the "F" Hole design since I began on a very old F-hole Gretch. The 5th avenue plays and sounds great. A litter thinner sound than traditional flat top but it's a great tone for the folk and appalachian music I play. This has rejuvinated my playing. The neck is smooth and action is wonderful.

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          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Not a Taylor or a Martin

          By jbvocal

          from San Diego

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

          • Requires Constant Tuning

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Godin 5th Avenue Archtop Acoustic Guitar:

          I really just want to address all the reviews saying they would put this guitar up against a Martin or Taylor. These people have obviously never owned a Martin or Taylor. The godin is a great cheap arch top but at the end of the day it is still that, a cheap arch top. The guitar is a bit flimsy, the sound is not as full as a higher quality arch top, it does have tuning issues that can be resolved easy enough with a pro setup. Please reviewers, stop making outragous claims and speaking with hyperboles. That said, I own the guitar and like it, just not as much as my higher end gear

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Godin 5th Ave., just wonderful

          By just ray

          from washington Utah

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          Pros

          • Beatiful To Look At
          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Lite Weight
          • Quality Wood
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune
          • Well Built

          Cons

          • I Can't Put It Down

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Setting The Romantic Mood
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Godin 5th Avenue Archtop Acoustic Guitar:

          Unbeliveable indeed. A dream to play. Every string sings like a bird. The tone is crisp and there is an amzing amount of deffinition between the highs and lows. I would put this guitar up against any Taylor or Martin on the market today. "Godin Guitars" The best kept secrect in North America!

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I am amazed!

          By just ray

          from washington Utah

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          Pros

          • Beauty
          • Consistent
          • Excellent Fit Andfinish
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Light Weight
          • Playability
          • Quality
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune
          • Vast Volume And Tone

          Cons

          • I Can't Put It Down

          Best Uses

          • Anything Your Skills Will
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Godin 5th Avenue Archtop Acoustic Guitar:

          When I first got this guitat I was disapointed. It seemed that it had very little heft to it. Like it might be "cheaply" made. I was so wrong. At first the guitar had little projection of its voice and tone. BUT! After a few hours of playing, as if by magic this guitar started to sing. Suddenly in the middle of a song I was playing, the volume of the guitar seemed to double. Now when I play this guitar, anytime, the guitar radiates a powerful clear tone that cuts thru everything and steps right to the front of the stage. From high to lows every string can clearly be herd and has a crisp clear tone. I would put my Godin up against any Martin or Taylor for playability and tone. One of the best and biggest surprises of my life has been this guitar.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great buy

          By Jay

          from Greenville nc

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Godin 5th Avenue Archtop Acoustic Guitar:

            I bought this thing while I was deployed. I played one in a music shop before I left and had to have it. Four months later I come home and it's the first box I go to after tuning it up I fell in love with it. I have played it in small jams sessions and it's unique tone always catches attention. Personally I like the thicker neck it makes bar chords easier to play after an injury to my left hand that will never really be 100%. I love this guitar and I would suggest it to anyone who likes to play jazz, blues and folk.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            5th Ave Godin Guitar

            By Gadget

            from Fanning Springs, Florida

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Fun To Play
            • Rich Sound
            • Stays In Tune
            • The Sound I Was Looking F

            Cons

            • Chunkier Neck Than I Like

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Godin 5th Avenue Archtop Acoustic Guitar:

            I am very happy with this guitar. It has the sound I was looking for in an arch top acoustic. String action comes down nicely with no fret buzz.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent guitar!

            By Mark Davini

            from Southeast Minnesota

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Godin 5th Avenue Archtop Acoustic Guitar:

              This guitar FELT as good in my hands as it looks! I found that there are some things (chord changes) that I am able to make more easily on this than on my other guitars. Setting the bridge is not nearly as scary as some might have you think. It was actually pretty easy, and I got the action nice and low (I can't play slide anyway), so it's really easy to play, even with the new strings.
              I put flat-wound, Jazz lights on it, (I'm pretty used to super lights) and it made the guitar a lot "barkier" (more midtone, high mid) than it was. It still seems to have quite a bit of bass, considering all I've read about archtops. it's also plenty loud. I don't know who the people are who say the thing is quiet, but I wouldn't DARE play it at night with the TV on...
              It seemed like it had bronze 80/20s on it when I got it, and I liked the sound, but the strings were black and needed a change. I may go back, but I want to try this for a while.
              Since the price is so reasonable, I feel brave enough to do some kind of "project" like adding a floating pickup or something. (Youtube Godin + project" and you'll see. ) I've only had this for hours, and it has already become my favorite!

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