Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin - Cognac Burst

Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Canadian Wild Cherry Archtop, Back, and Sides, Silver Leaf Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 1 P-90 Single-coil Pickup - Cognac Burst
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Sophisticated Archtop!

Injected with the soul of yesterday, the Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin archtop guitar is ideal for the sophisticated guitarist. Get ready for dynamically rich tone with plenty of projection, thanks to the Canadian wild cherry archtop top, back, and sides. Then, as you plug into your favorite amp, you'll be greeted with the 5th Avenue Kingpin's attitude-tinged vintage tone, courtesy of the single P-90 pickup at the neck. This full-flavored beauty is the kind of guitar you won't want to put down!

Whether you play jazz, alt-country, delta blues, rock, or anything in between, the Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin is just the distinguished, tone-drenched guitar you've been looking for. Factor in the rustic-inspired beauty of its custom satin-sheened polished finish, and you've got a guitar reminiscent of yesterday, with all the stability of today.

Since the early 1970s, Godin has been crafting pro-quality instruments loaded with innovations. Whether you're a session pro or a re-creational player, Godin has a guitar built to suit you perfectly. You'll love the clean lines, the exceptionally comfortable playing feel, and the exquisite tone you get from a Godin guitar. You get it all: classic craftsmanship, modern features, and amazing tonality. Here's your chance to get your hands on a pro-quality guitar!

Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin Archtop Guitar Features at a Glance:
  • Cognac Burst
  • Archtop hollowbody electric guitar
  • Canadian wild cherry archtop
  • Canadian wild cherry back and sides
  • Silver leaf maple neck
  • Contoured high-gloss black headstock
  • Custom polished finish
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Adjustable TUSQ bridge by Graphtech
  • Cream binding
  • 1 x Godin Kingpin P-90 single-coil pickup
  • 1 x volume, 1 x tone
  • 16" fingerboard radius
  • 24.84" scale
  • 1.72" nut width
Pick up the Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin and get a distinguished archtop guitar that's loaded with tone!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Hollowbody
Body Shape 5th Avenue
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Canadian Wild Cherry
Top Material Laminated Canadian Wild Cherry
Color Cognac Burst
Body Finish Acrylic Lacquer
Neck Material Silver Leaf Maple
Neck Shape Kingpin
Radius 16"
Scale Length 24.84"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Dot
Number of Frets 21
Nut Width 1.72"
Nut Material Tusq
Bridge/Tailpiece Graph Tech Tusq adjustable bridge, trapeze tailpiece
Tuners High-ratio open geared nickel tuners
Number of Pickups 1
Neck Pickup Kingpin P90 Single-coil
Controls 1 x Volume, 1 x Tone
Strings EJ21 Jazz Light, (.012-.052)
Manufacturer Part Number 031986

Customer Reviews

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5/5

WOW! Exceeded all my expectations!

My father-in-law has a 1950's Gibson ES-125 that I love to play. I'd love to own one, too, but a good vintage ES-125 is tough to come by, and very pricey. So I emailed Sean at Sweetwater and asked for some alternatives. He suggested a few, including the Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin.I was totally blown away once I received my 5th Avenue!First, let's talk tone. Having played other archtops, I was expecting a somewhat muted/mellow acoustic sound when compared to a flat-top, but this was much louder and much brighter than I thought it would be! Don't get me wrong, a dreadnought will still play louder when strumming chords, but this little guitar holds its own volume-wise, especially when playing finger-style. I was really surprised by the clarity in the mid-range when finger-picking. The 5th Avenue is especially articulate compared to the ES-125 that I'm used to playing. Then I plugged it into my amp --- wow! Clean, dirty, jazzy, woody, it's all there. This little guitar is extremely versatile! The P-90 is well suited for this type of guitar. I was a little worried I'd have to replace it, but I won't need to do that, it's a high quality pickup that does it all.Next, let's talk quality. This is an extremely well-made guitar. The cognac burst is beautiful! The choice of woods is fantastic! The cherry body sounds great, and looks great. It really does look like a french-polished violin. The rosewood fret board is thick and has a comfortable bevel on the edges. The pick guard is a wonderful 3-Ply that really does enhance the overall appearance of the instrument. The neck is very comfortable, not too wide or too thick. I'd say the thickness sits somewhere in between a Gibson 50's and 60's Slim taper. The chrome button tuners look vintage, but hold their tune. I was expecting the Tusq bridge to sound funny compared to a rosewood bridge, but I don't think it makes any material difference in tone. The guitar also feels very solid, I'm sure it can take all the strumming, picking, rocking, and anything else I throw at it and be just fine. All in all, I am impressed with the fit and finish of this guitar. The value for this price point is amazing.Finally, let's talk Sweetwater's service. My wife bought me this guitar as a surprise for my birthday. She knew I was looking at guitars on Sweetwater.com, but she had no idea which one. So, she called Sweetwater, and they were able to look at my account, find the guitar I wanted, and order it for my wife. In addition, the guitar was out of stock at the time, with an ETA of ~2 weeks. However, Sweetwater was able to get a hold of a new guitar in 2 days! This is proof positive that Sweetwater has some close connections with suppliers - and is able to request and get product that is out of stock everywhere else. In summary, the product exceeded expectations, and Sweetwater's customer service is top notch. I'm absolutely thrilled with every aspect of this purchase!
Music background: I have a lot of fun playing guitar!
5/5

Godin 5th Ave. Kingpin

I am a chord melody soloist and I have a number of nice archtop and other guitars by quality builders. I have the purely acoustic 5th Avenue and wanted something like it with a P90 pickup. I know from experience that Godin makes quality guitars at very reasonable price points and this instrument is no exception. It is a lot of fun to play as it has the acoustic sound and feel I was looking for. This instrument was in stock when I purchased it and Ryan Sloan and his team literally got it to me within just about 24 hours of placing the order. This was just two days before Christmas. I ordered a set of D�Addario strings which they threw in for free and even put them on the guitar for me. It was well set up out-of-the-box and all I needed to do was just adjust the action to taste.I have always been leery of ordering instruments online. I bought from Sweetwater because of their return policy. I will not be returning this guitar. No dents, no scratches, no dings and it met my expectations. The customer service exceeded my expectations as they were prompt, courteous and polite. They were able to dispense information to aid me in my purchase.This was a very positive buying experience and I am very pleased with the product, the service and the delivery time.
Music background: Jazz Guitarist
5/5

Excellent

The workmanship, quality of materials, sound and action are just beyond expectations at really any price point. The really amazing thing is this instrument is designed and produced with North American materials and labor. The acoustic output and balance is top notch for any archtop. That said, like all at archtop guitars is quite prone to feedback so don't expect it to behave like a solid or semi hollow instrument. Highly recommended.
Music background: Hobbyist
5/5

Such a nice guitar

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. My one complaint about this guitar isn't even the guitar. It's the hideously ugly case that they want 80 bucks for. It's bulky and made of what looks like extra tough styrofoam. I understand Godin was going for lightness, but this thing is ugly. All in all, this guitar is a great choice and plays as well as my Gibson Les Paul and my buddies Gretsch 51… whatever
Music background: Praise and worship, gigging bands
5/5

Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin

no wonder Guitar Player Magazine had it as "Player's Choice" when it debuted in 2008... it is an "entertainer" for sure... put me in a corner with this one and I will stay out of trouble... it is everything as advertised
Music background: player/jam-man
See also: Hollowbodies, Godin, Godin Hollowbody Guitars