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

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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

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

(based on 37 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Good pick up (6)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Recording (6)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Small venues (4)
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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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(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Affordable Archtop

By Bill Cook

from Keller TX

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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.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

5 th Ave. Kingpin

By Anthony K Fields

from Alaska

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.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Not just a jazz box

By Smyth63

from PA

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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.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Classic jazz guitar looks

    By Brett

    from Powell, Ohio

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    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

    (7 of 7 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.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Such a nice guitar!

    By Slowleadmccey

    from Edmonds WA

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    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

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great value and quality

      By elton skiff

      from California

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

      I purchased the Godin 5th Avenue King pin as I did not have a guitar of this type in my collection. I have always wanted one, but really wanted to get one made in the USA, but could not afford the price tag. This is a great compromise. It's made in Canada and I think they did a terrific job for the price. It's pretty basic...no fancy inlay, binding or extras, but the build quality of the guitar I received is very good. The guitar is beautiful. The intonation is great. I am very happy and would definately buy or recommend Godin. I also own a Taylor 314ce and in the latest issue of Taylor's magazine, "Wood and Steel", Bob Taylor suggests Godin to a customer who wanted a type of guitar Taylor does not make. I think that's a pretty good recommendation.
      By the way, the TRIC case available for this guitar is really light, and strong. It's very different from any other case I own. I really like it
      This guitar is very well built and finished.
      Nothing else comes close in this price range in North America.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Unbelievable value and great tones!

      By OM Flyer

      from Austin, Texas

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

      The Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin is pretty darn amazing. I play a lot of blues, and while the upper fret access is somewhat limited by the lack of a cutaway, the tone is perfect for that edge-of-breakup grit that P-90 pickups are known for. As with any single-pickup guitar, you will utilize the volume and tone pots like never before, but to me, that's part of the fun -- making a simple, straightforward guitar run the gamut of tones. And make no mistake, this thing will rock if you put a little gain on your amp -- that Eric Clapton "woman" tone is easy to find -- but also be aware that, being a full hollowbody, you've got to watch where you stand or the feedback will overwhelm you. This is a very lively, resonant guitar, and is truly unique among today's cookie-cutter design mentality. With its floating bridge, F-holes, and trapeze tailpiece, this guitar has its feet firmly in the world of jazz; but there's nothing stopping your from squeezing out great rock and blues tones except your imagination.
      It's a very simple instrument: one floating P-90 in the neck, one volume and one tone control. That's why I wanted it, but you have to understand going in that this isn't a do-it-all, Swiss-army-knife guitar. It does several things very well, but it's not feature-laden by any means.
      In terms of playability, the Kingpin excels in every possible way. The frets are level and even, with no rough ends. The action can be dropped ridiculously low without string buzzing, and the neck has a nice carve that's neither too thin nor too bulky. The finish is spectacular; the acrylic lacquer is thin, it repels fingerprints, and the wild cherry wood grain shows some nice figuring without being garish. Nice, tasteful cream binding and a gloss headstock give it a classy vibe.
      I simply would have never imagined that you could find a North-American-made guitar of this quality and craftsmanship for $700 in this day and age. Godin should be held up as the model for others to emulate.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Robert Godin is my Favorite Canadian!

      By Have Guitar, will Travel

      from The Great State of Indiana

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      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.

      (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      This Canadian Wild Cherry Archtop is Nice

      By Kenny Padilla

      from Southern California

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

      This guitar is easy to play and sounds great, plugged or unplugged. It sings and sustains nicely, just like a jazz box should, through my Fender Blues Deluxe. I almost forgot to mention that the top and bottom appear nicely curved and bookmatched. I'll have to buy a dedicated case very soon so I can take it to the gig without borrowing the case from one of my other guitars. I saw that another reviewer recommended a "TRIC olive case" for this guitar, but MF doesn't seem to offer that option. Overall I give my new 5th Avenue an eight out of 10.
      5th Avenue Archtop, Cognac Burst, by Godin: my example is visually stunning in its simplicity; one P-90, chrome Kluson-type button tuners, chrome tailpiece, Graphtech adjustable bridge (not wood), the pickguard blends nicely, and the fingerboard is dark rosewood. Neither case nor gig bag was included. At this price I give the Features category an 8 on a 10 scale.
      I have one other experience with Godin, having purchased an acoustic Entourage Mini Jumbo Rustic by Seagull a couple of years ago. I felt that guitar, also cherry wood, was overall a decent player, so I expected no less with the 5th Avenue. I am not disappointed; in fact, I feel the 5th Avenue is more professional. The standard sized fret wires feel good and are edged consistently throughout the neck. The volume and tone knobs are smooth and easy to roll with the pinky. The set-up on my example was very good right out of the box. It was detuned for shipping, but once I brought it up to standard pitch, it has held without the need for constant retuning. And the tuning, chordally, is pitch perfect to my ears at every octave. I normally expect to have a new guitar set up by my tech, but I'll skip it this time. The creme binding at the top is perfect; the binding at the bottom near the heel has a small indentation blemish. The rosewood fingerboard is very dark and fools the eye as to whether it is ebony. According to the Quality Assurance card, there were 11 points of inspection by 10 different folks who are apparently very competent. Nine out of 10 here.
      I think the MSRP is reasonable, but it's so much better at the street price that MF offers. I really got my money's worth because I got an additional MF Valentine's Day 14% discount, which Godin supported (whereas Gibson and Fender opted out). Before my purchase, I compared on paper the 5th Avenue to the Loar LH-309 (a tobacco-burst non-cutaway with a P-90, open gear tuners, and a hand carved solid spruce top), which retails for a bit less than the 5th Avenue. The 5th Avenue just seemed more unique and classy, and now that I have it in my hands I know I made the right choice in buying the North American alternative over the Asian import. As a side note, I feel bad for our American guitar makers--our complex economic environment (i.e., our nanny-state, over-regulating government) must made it hard to compete in the value category. Anyway, I give 8 out of 10 here.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Quality, look no further!

      By swnax1

      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!

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Eminently playable!

          By Scott

          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!

              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              beautiful guitar

              By thoughtman

              from scranton, pa

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

              My first Godin. Perhaps not my last.
              A p90 in the neck position-volume and tone knobs- a nice, simple, and very smooth sounding set up. Full F-hole hollowbody.
              Believe it or not it sounds great in overdrive. A nice what I call a "wooden tone"-
              obviously amplified but still organic.
              Beautiful wood and finish (cognac burst). Great to look at when you're not playing it. Stand it against the wall in your living room-impress your friends.
              Bought it used, so HEY HA!
              But I was impressed by the quality and workmanship and may be on the lookout for the no and two pickup varieties someday soon.

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              eyes wide open

              By Frank Fanstone

              from Niagara Falls Canada

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

              May be new guitar enthusiasm but this is one hell of a great guitar.
              I traded a Mexican Telecaster for it, even-steven.
              The Canadian-made guitar exudes quality in every way.
              It's beautiful.
              I have the Cognac burst version.
              The P 90 is very quiet for a single coil.
              The silver leaf maple neck is comfortable and fast.
              It sounds geat unplugged too.
              Very articulate guitar thanks to the wild cherry body and maple neck.
              Stays in tune very well.
              The pickguard is a beauty.
              The TRIC olive case is really quite unique. You need this case if you buy the guitar.
              It's a very light guitar and the case weighs about 4 pounds too.
              I'm so pumped about this jazzer/blues machine that I actually ordered a ball cap from Godin.
              Get one!

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Beautiful Guitar Beautiful Sound

              By JLloyd

              from Pittsburgh

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

              I just got my new Kingpin and plugged it into my Bose L1 Model ii. I play alot of acoustic duo or single type of shows and have played a Taylor 410 CE since 2003. Before that I owned a Takamine acoustic. So coming from an acoustic background I was looking for something a little different yet not electric. This guitar has a sound that isn't quite electric nor is it acoustic its a little of both. I think it strums with the percussiveness of an acoustic but the neck is much faster and easier to play than an acoustic. You have Tone and Volume. I find that backing down the volume adjust the amount of acoustic sound you get compared to electric if you open up the volume. Any way you slice it it sound amazing but if you are an acoustic player be prepared that this is a slightly different animal but one that has a sound all its own and its construction is flawless and beautiful! Buy one before the price shoots up.

              (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

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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.

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                JoeB

                By Joe Basebase

                from Las Vegas, NV

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

                I have a Kingpin 2 from MF. I adjusted the action on the guitar very easily by tightening the truss rod and lowered the bridge. I like the lightweight of the guitar and the satin finish actually looks good in the light. The neck shape is a little different but I got accustomed to it quickly. It sounds good acoustically for playing around the house. Plugged it in, the sound is clear and warm like an old-time jazz guitar. It has a very percussive tone and the P90's picks this up. The body is slightly thinner and very comfortable to hold. I like the simple dot inlay better that the bling associated with jazz guitars. The woods used are very nice and that satin neck feels very smooth. I keep a small piece of duct tape on the bootm side of the guitar. If I have to play loud I just put it over the upper F-hole for the night. You have to turn the gain down on the guitar amp and all the way up on the guitar to handle feedback problems. I do not use any effect sother than a coiled cord. I use a 12" Polytone and a Fishman Mini amp. I've owned more expensive jazz guitars but this guitar is a finely made guitar that plays so easily. I can't stop playing it around the house. Thanks Godin for making a guitar like this that I can afford to buy. I'm on a fixed income.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

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

                By Mando Bill-5_.Xd

                from Iron River, MI

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                Comments about Godin 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 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.

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Guitar

                By Cole Curry

                from VA

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

                Just a great guitar is general, I can unplug it and still plays loud enough. It's good for people who are playing stuff like My Morning Jacket, Kevin Devine, America, or anything light like that. I wouldn't buy it if your looking for just a nice electric acoustic. I would only buy it if you write softer stuff.
                This guitar is great, it only has a tone and volume knob. I hate options, I like my instruments to sound how they do when I play them acoustic. But sometimes I want to play something with more pump, and I dont have the options on the guitar to do it.
                Fantastic wood. I almost beat the crap out of this guitar, (just not being careful.) But I keep scratching the back with my belt buckel.

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A present day classic

                By Parashosparachutes

                from Little Rock, AR

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

                I bought the Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin about two months ago used from a dealer online. At the time i was a little skeptical considering that this guitar hasn't been in production for very long. I was most definitely wrong. I have trouble deciding which guitar I like to play more, this or my customized Telecaster. The action is probably the best I've ever felt on an acoustic guitar. The only thing i dont like about this guitar is that it's really bassy. Then again, I play with a Fender HRDx through a Marshall 1960 cab, so it's obvious that there's a lot of treble in my sound. Regardless, this guitar is amazing. I'd recommend it to anyone with the money to buy it.

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