Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin - A great archtop

Posted by The Fretwire on

While looking over the massive guitar wall at my local guitar shop recently, my eye was attracted to a couple archtops I hadn't noticed before. I have always been a fan of Getsch, but I love seeing what else is out there. What I came across was the 5th Avenue model line by Godin Guitars. I hadn't really paid much attention to Godin, but I was impressed with the instrument I pulled off the wall. My favorite is the 5th Avenue Kingpin. In black. Flat black.
Godin builds all the guitars in North America, a few factories in Canada and one in New Hampshire. For a non-asian built guitar, I was expecting it to be pricey, but it isn't bad. $700 for the model shown. Now about the guitar:
  • Flat black finish? Yes please. Although the sunburst and natural look pretty nice also (check out the matched woodgrain sides on the natural below.)
  • One, single coil P-90 pickup. They want these to sound vintage, and they did an awesome job.
  • Acoustics. Here is where a Godin 5th Avenue is different than many archtops out there. This is an acoustic guitar with a pickup. Not merely an electric archtop. Unplugged it has a great warm tone and is completely viable for playing around the house. Plugged in, the tone stays consistent.

A lot more info is available right here.
Want one? I do. I may have to unload an old guitar to get it.
Anyone want to buy an Epiphone Sheraton II?