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With the soul of a 1950s archtop and today's level of modern playability.

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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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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Godin5th Avenue CW Kingpin II Archtop Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 20 reviews)

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89%

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 (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (3)
  • 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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(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very pleased with this guitar

By Yea godin

from San Francisco

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Godin 5th Avenue CW Kingpin II Archtop Electric 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 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.

    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    good looks, good feel and great tone

    By Michael Cathey

    from Nashville

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

    just bought this beauty from a Nashville studio guy who set it up cherry. Played it in Nashville and, post show, other guitarists kept asking about it. it's a winner. way to go Godin. everything folks are saying here is true. tone, neck feel, and sharp looking. the p-90's are perfect...just don't expect some sort of ragged rock n roll unless you put an overdrive pedal on her...but why would you? plug into a clean Fender and you'll see what i mean...
    got it for sucha great price, it now makes me feel like I nearly stole it!

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great guitar at a good price

    By brudy

    from los angeles

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Strange Case

    Best Uses

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

      I've been debating an archtop/hollow body for a long time and I just gave in after I finally got to play one of these. It plays awesome, looks awesome, sounds great plugged in, but honestly I don't plug it in that much because its natural acoustic sound is so good. The p90s are nice, but I wish they captured a tad more of the woodiness, but more than serviceable. Plays like a dream - like the best set up acoustic you've ever touched. This guitar has changed my playing habits - I play a lot more around the house. Setup was flawless and my only complaint is the bicycle helmet case. For a 1k guitar, I would have preferred something more sturdy, but we'll see how it holds up.

      (6 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Somewhat Disappointed

      By eds

      from Mn.

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Well made

      Cons

      • Uncomfortable to play

      Best Uses

      • Small Venues

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

      Returned instrument for following reasons: Junction between heel of neck and body on cutaway side was not a smooth transition; body projected beyond edge of neck about 1/4 inch. very uncomfortable reaching upper registers. Neck and action setup was poor out of the box.

      (6 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Don't be fooled

      By JoBuck

      from Texas

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

      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.

      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Tooooooooo Happy.

      By guitarded2011

      from Huron Ohio

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

      I did my homework on this one. Got my new Kingpin home and wow what a guitar. I play alot of Blues and older Rock and Roll and this thing can handle anything I throw it's way. The range of tone you get from this guitar will not let you down.Sweet crisp highs and in the bacement lows and everything in between.action is spot on(Like Butta)wish I had this guiar 20 years ago.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Bang for the Buck

      By Ruppster

      from Mississippi

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

      Like most players I've been fortunate enough to have some great guitars pass through my hands in my 30+ years of playing. A couple of these were Gibson ES-175s. Steve Howe was a big influence on my and, while I don't profess to have his chops I do share his appreciation for classic hollow body guitars.My main giggin guitars these days are a Custom Taylor T5 and a Gibson 339. I really don't have the need for a jazz box and didn't want to spend two grand on a used 175. Along comes this Godin. Saw it, played it, bought it. At $995 with the case it is a steal. Well made new guitar with that "X" factor feel built in. Gigged with it for the first time last weekend and was surprised at how versatile it was. Put on some .11 gauge strings and it gave me even more possitbilities. Well done Godin! You gave all guitar lovers a real gift with this one.

      (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Classic Archtop acoustic sound

      By gravityfree

      from Florida

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

      This is a well made guitar with very nice acoustic sound. It has a quality unlike flatop acoustics which gives it a unique twang. I didn't keep it long enough to evaluate the electric properties due to some shipping damage and the neck shape which is too thick for my taste. I am an acoustic player looking for my first electric and this one is just too different from what I play. Thanks to Musician's Friend for your 45 day return policy. The satin finish was well done and many will appreciate it but I am a sucker for high gloss.
      A hollowbody archtop with more versatility than typical jazzboxes.
      On this example action was high at the nut which of course can be fixed with a proper setup by a qualified luthier. It is as well made as any import I've seen and rivals some US made guitars.
      Would give top rating except for the included case which I wouldn't trust outside my closet and gave off a very strong odor when opened. Godin should offer a proper case or none at all.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice Guitar

      By Heavy Duty

      from Mpls. MN

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      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.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Beautiful Canadian Made Guitar

      By Drummerdood

      from Northeastern California

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      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.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin II Cutaway Electric Guitar

      By Gavin Wiltshire

      from Australia

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

      I purchased this guitar recently and found the experience with Musician's Friend and the guitar itself to be beyond reproach.The guitar is beautiful, sounds great and meets with all of my expectations. I consider it to be just about the best value guitar out there. The finish and set up were very good out of the box, with only an easy adjustment to the action required (the floating bridge is directly adjustable). It has the seal of approval from my "old pro" teacher.

      (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? ;-)

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        5th Avenue CW Kingpin ii

        By Nickyboy65

        from Columbus. Ohio

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        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)

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fantastic versatile archtop

          By Connery

          from Milwaukee, WI

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

          I've played a couple of these guitars several times at a store nearby. I was just looking around and I saw this. I thought of it as a jazzbox and nothing else. It sounded great for jazz and blues, rich sound. The neck was very comfortable, I noticed it right away. I tried out some distorted tones just for fun and was really surprised. The guitar can rip! I got some really good lead rock and blues tones. This guitar is extremely versatile. The p90 pups were surprisingly good, nice and hot but they can mellow out as well. If I get an archtop guitar (which I love) I'd probably get this one.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Rockabilly Guitar

          By Frank-7CDbW

          from Royal Oak MI

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

          This guitar is a wonderful value. The build quality is excellent. The sound is super. the P-90s are hot.It's a unique guitar that works well with traditional blues, Jazz when eq'd properly, Rockabilly, Early rock, the Beatles (It's similar in configuration to the Epi Casino) But I think looks and sounds better.The size is very comfortable. The neck is thin but I like it.

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          5.0

          amazing instrument

          By Long John

          from Georgia

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          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!!!

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            5.0

            One of the best values out there

            By Dalevis

            from Austin, TX

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

            Recently purchased this guitar from Musician's Friend. A beautiful instrument. The design, craftsmanship, tone and playablility are exceptional for a guitar in this price range. It is someone lighter in weight than I anticipated, but that is just an observation, not a criticism. Nice response fromn the dual P90 pickups too. A significant advantage of this model over the other 2 Kingpin designs is the cutaway, offerering easier access to the upper frets. I've been playing it for a couple of weeks now and am very satisfied with this guitar.Nice round tones for jazz but it responds with bite if you ask for it.

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            5.0

            Spectacular Guitar!

            By Retro-KbpCj

            from NY

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

            This guitar has just floored me with it's quality, sound and value. Acoustically, it surprised me how well it sounds, and the plugged in, the P90's really shine and highlight the very nice tonal qualities of the Cherry wood. The set-up of the the unique "TRIC" thermal case was perfect. The frets all perfectly dressed, and the neck is just so comfortable to play. This has become my favorite arch top guitar. It makes me want to play for hours on end, and it's comfortable enough to do just that.Godin is really making a mark in this segment with this guitar. I wouldn't be surprised if this model becomes a best seller.

             
            4.0

            Amazing Guitar!

            By Dano Dave

            from Lafayette, LA

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Variety of Sounds

            Cons

            • Pickup Selector Switch Rattles

            Best Uses

            • Anytime you play!
            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

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

            This is an amazing guitar! It is a light and well built. The finish is nicely done, with a satin sheen that looks and feels terrific. No thick poly finish here. The hardware is generally top notch, but the pickup selector switch rattles noticeably in the middle position. This can be replaced with a higher quality switch.

            The neck feels great, the guitar stays in tune well, and the Godin P-90's really sound nice, in all positions. The guitar itself has a woody, authoritative sound, and sounds best to me when played through a Fender amp. I don't miss the lack of separate volume and tone controls, and find the Kingpin's two controls are very responsive and give you a large variety of tones just by adjusting the controls.

            The D'Addario 12's with wound G string are a standard acoustic guitar size, but may seem a bit heavy for those used to a regular electric guitar. The guitar arrived with fairly high action. The high action, combined with the heavy strings were offputting at first. However, once I got used to it, I really enjoy the fuller sound and string clarity I am getting (plus my hands are stronger now too). D'Addario does make a 10-46 set with a wound G that I will try out soon.

            In summary, I wish I hadn't waited so long to get one of these Kingpins. The Burgundy finish is great to look at, the guitar sounds and plays great, and I don't believe there is a style of music that you couldn't play on a Kingpin. I find it hard to put down. It also is pretty loud when played acoustically, so you don't always need to plug it in to enjoy playing it. Arch tops will not sound the same as a standard Dreadnought or OM style guitar, but I do find the arch top sound different and pleasing; very old school, woody, chunky, less sustain, etc.

            Some folks don't care for the TRIC case. It is indeed a different type of case, but is very lightweight, holds the guitar in place tightly, and is covered with a sturdy looking canvas type cover. It does the job well.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            cant wait

            By guitarman2010

            from rainham england

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

            i ordered today from musicians friend i chose the cognac burst colour. i have been lookin at this guitar on the website just waitin for the day i could order it now its a done deal.this guitar is light i stand and play guitar for hours this is the one for me. i own over a dozen guitars this one has me excited.

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