Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin - Natural

Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Canadian Wild Cherry Archtop, Back, and Sides, Silver Leaf Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 1 P-90 Single-coil Pickup - Natural
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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:
  • Natural
  • 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 Natural
Body Finish Acrylic Lacquer
Neck Material Silver Leaf Maple, 16" Radius
Neck Shape Kingpin
Scale Length 24.84"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, Set
Fingerboard Inlay Dot
Number of Frets 21
Nut Width 1.72"
Nut Material Tusq
Bridge/Tailpiece Graph Tech Tusq Bridge, Trapeze
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 031979

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Great playing guitar

Ive had this guitar for a few months now, at first when I played it, it was different in feeling and sound. wasn't my top pick to play immediately, but with my journey in the blues, what an unexpected pleasure this guitar is to jam with, fast neck, great sound both with an amp and without, intoxicating when played slow and mellow, this guitar will also raise hell and rock out. adrenaline rush from hell. this is now the most played and respected guitar I have. gotta try this one out if your wanting a affordable high quality guitar that sounds great for most types music, Me, Rock, Metal and Blues

Godin Kingpin!

A remarkable instrument. It's a new take on one of the earliest electric guitar designs and Godin has simply knocked it out of the park! I recommend this to anyone looking for a hollow body electric and especially jazz and blues!

Godin 5th Ave Kingpin 2008 Acoustic

In a previous review I wrote here, which I am pleased to see was used by my friends at Sweetwater, I spoke about using a ribbon transducer under the original rosewood bridge. The PickUpThe World folks make a nice little piece which works well with this jazzbox. I wish to leave a few tips which I've learned over the last few years with this axe. First of all, with my acoustic as with the Kingpin, the fretboard/neck is relieved over the top of the soundboard, and on mine the sound board is un-cluttered with knobs and pots so it vibrates harmonically, freely. Contrary to what you may be told by the P.U.T.W. people, you can use a mini-volume pot rated at 500ohms. I placed just a volume pot and an imput jack upon an L-5 tortouis cellulloid pick-guard which has matching binding to the natural 5th Ave binding. It looks custom. This passive ribbon transducer has to be powered by something because it will not work with a classic tube-amp. The way around this is to use a quality compressor 1st in your effects chain. It's basically a pre-amp and it works really well. I've been a fan of using compressors since the mid-seventies, and have always been a fan of ELECTRO-HARMONIX stuff, so I use their WHITEFINGER compressor. You can experience body feed-back obviously because this is a box. After the compressor a graphic equalizer is next to balance the freq's. The compressor makes all strings db-equal. After that add whatever you like. I use a E-H P.O.G. in the primary signal and then A-B-Y it to two secondary feeds, amp, and P.A. "I know, I am an ol' fashioned analog-guy!" Last tip; experiment yourself with this, but I've found that detuning from standard tune one semi-tone or half-step, (flat open string tuning, 1/2 step) reallly wakes up the sonic capabilities of this box. It really wakes up the middle and bass projection. Hope some or any of these tips or ideas helps in your quest. I want to also thank the staff at Sweetwater, particularly my sales-rep, Mr. Godlove for all of the help and equipment over the years. I have a friend who signed on with Mike a while back and he's pleased to be part of the family too. Garry sez' hello. The Sweetwater family is the only musical professional folks I prefer to make major purchses from. Always helpful and will go through 4 P.A. speakers and 2 different manufacturers to solve my problem! I like dedication to one's career!
Music background: Working musician and music theory instructor


I have been playing guitar for over 40 years and I wanted a Jazz Axe. When I saw this guitar, I was not planning to buy a guitar as I was going to save my money for a more expensive money. I played it and fell in love with it immediately. I took it to my favorite luthier and he adjusted it with flat wound strings that I like and tweaked it and it plays like a guitar thousands more! It is now my regular axe on all my jazz gigs!!!
Music background: Professional musician, retired music teacher

GODIN original 5th Ave without pick-up

I've played many Martins, PRS, FENDER, Epi's, and Gibsons on gigs both in bands, duets and now solo.I received my original acoustic version as a gift some years past. I liked the feel, action and price-point at the time and was quite gracious for this gift. I immediately installed a PickUpThe World ribbon transducer under the 'rosewood bridge' and set about playing country and jazz gigs. After switching again to an ES335 which, at the time worked with my rig, I went back to the 5th Ave because I installed an equalizer in my effects chain. This 'box' sings! It's basically a mic with that transducer and it will chord rock, jazz, country and oh that sweet tone on single note melody lines and double-stops just makes me smile. I've been tone-hunting all of my life, and as the ol' Bluesers have always put it, it's got that woman-tone! Through my PA or my 13watt 15", tube amp this little darling produces finger harmonics all night long. I'm in love all over again! Pro, 58, still gigging-solo now. Picked up 1st axe at 7years. Never stopped tone hunting till now!
Music background: regularly working pro, musically educated, teacher and music theory instructor
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