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Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin - Natural Reviews

4.5 stars based on 6 customer reviews
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  • from Menahga, MN February 17, 2017

    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

  • from Clemmons, NC December 30, 2016

    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!

  • from Silver Springs, Fla February 9, 2016Music Background:
    Working musician and music theory instructor

    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!

  • from Pittsburgh, PA May 12, 2014Music Background:
    Professional musician, retired music teacher


    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!!!

  • from SILVER SPRINGS, FLA September 16, 2015Music Background:
    regularly working pro, musically educated, teacher and music theory instructor

    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!

  • from September 4, 2016

    Kingpin ,1

    The build of this guitar is great except for some minor fret end sharpness. The first one i bought when they came out came with a case but not now. I set the intonation and pinned the bridge because it moves easily. I dig this guitar, 3 stars because of the fret ends and no case. Hey sweetwater, how bout more candy!!!!!!!!

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