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!