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

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Classic looks. Modern electronics. Excellent tone and price.

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

This beautiful guitar has a sound to match. Order today.

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Godin5th Avenue Kingpin Archtop Hollowbody Electric Guitar With P-90 Pickup
 
4.7

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Pros

  • Good feel (7)
  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Good pick up (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (4)
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    • Experienced (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Affordable Archtop

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...Read complete review

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.

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

It is a nice guitar for the money. It is not as smooth playing as i would like but it is new. it seems to be improving as i play it. The notes...Read complete review

It is a nice guitar for the money. It is not as smooth playing as i would like but it is new. it seems to be improving as i play it. The notes do not sound as clear as some of my other guitars. maybe the model with the spruce top would be better. I bought it to get that smooth, mellow jazz sound acoustically, and to have a quitar i could just carry around without worry.
Nice guitar for the money.

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4.0

Classic jazz guitar looks

By 

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

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4.0

great value; flaws are easy to fix

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from Tulsa OK

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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.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Quality, look no further!

    By 

    from Stuttgart, Germany

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    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!

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Clear, complex tones, great for blues

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        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.

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        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Affordable Archtop

        By 

        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.

        Comment on this review

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Eminently playable!

        By 

        from Virginia

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        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!

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Such a nice guitar!

            By 

            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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              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Not just a jazz box

              By 

              from PA

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

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

                This is the sound I've been looking out of a acoustic guitar.If you like the sound out of the old department store guitars without all the fancy bracing I like to refer to it as the cheap sound and I mean this as a good thing this is your guitar.Most flat tops sound about the same and I always hated dealing with the bridge pins this plays more like a electric in which you can bend strings to play leads.I know a few jazz riffs and this guitars nails it but it also nails blues, White Stripes, and Setzer.I know this review is a little different from the typical review but these are the things as a guitar player I would want to know and it is a very well made instrument.

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                (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                5 th Ave. Kingpin

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

                This guitar has quickly become one of my favorites. I purchased mine in the Cognac Burst and it looks spectacular with the archtop, floating tortoise shell pick guard and cream binding. It has a vintage vibe that is really cool. It sounds good either plugging in or not. It is very easy to play and just the right thickness for playing comfort. I highly recommend this guitar.
                This guitar has basic features for a acoustic/electric consisting of a single P-90 single coil pickup, volume and tone controls, and an adustable bridge. It has a floating neck that allows the archtop to ring out.
                The build quality is very good for the price and the satin finish gives it a vintage look.
                When you look at the build quality and the for the money it is unmatched.

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Robert Godin is my Favorite Canadian!

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                from The Great State of Indiana

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

                Overall the 5th Avenue Kingpin is just great guitar with an unbelievable price tag and is made right here in North America. A couple of things I would like to see change would be the Tuning keys (Would like a little bigger keys) and the Case. I wish they would also offer a hard-shell case. One Idea I would like to see would be to add an additional Piazo Bridge pickup to be used for an acousic sound if preferred. Unplugged, the guitar has a "woody" sound, a little different from a flat-top. Very pleasent tones. Every demo I watched on youtube pertaing to this guitar, they recommended no pick. I'm a pick guy, I don't play Jazz I play Country, Southern rock and Blues. The pick works just fine on the Godin archtop and I would recommend it!
                The Godin is very light and a joy to play. Works well as an Electric or Acoustic Guitar. Good to play around the house, unplugged. Easy to play neck. Exept for the acoustic strings i use, it reminds me of playing my Strat.
                Beautiful Guitar. I consider the Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin to be well made at a fair price. My opinion, this guitar will appreciate in value as the years go by as a fine Gibson or Martin.
                I hope I am wrong about this, but I can't see Godin holdong on to such a fair price for such a great guitar. I would love to add another Godin and a Seagull to my collection.

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