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Any experience with Godin 5th ave kingpin?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by BADFISH, May 25, 2018.


    BADFISH Tele-Meister half the price of new one (perfect shape) online . Seems like a good basic archtop. I want p90 and hollow so it maybe a good choice . Any experience with playability , tone , build quality ? Thanks for any info .
  2. robt57

    robt57 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Feb 29, 2004
    Portland, OR
    I had one for a short while. I was looking for while, wanted flat wounds on something. So I decided instead of waiting to put flat wounds on my 1988 Epiphone 335. Then of course a 5th avenue popped up in a trade.

    I could not get excited about it, and decided to keep flat wounds on the 335, which has a US bigsby on it. Sold the Godin. Not sure if that is at all helpful really.

    But for some prospective. My 1988 335 is the best Epiphone I have played or owned except a MIJ Historic Series Lennon Revo Casino, which was apples and oranges, and should be for the 6x cost factor. I have had a few MIK Epiphone 335 prior, newer ones that never managed to stick around too long [few years] even after pickups and rewires.

    The 1988 I've had for 10 years and counting. Between the good build of it, US bigsby and the book match headstock / non long stretched headstock, rewired with gibby guts, it goes past the scale tip for me I guess.

    Sure did like now much lighter the 5th Ave was!

    I also have a cedar top Godin 12 string I think is less pedestrian than the 5th Ave came across to me, not to dis folks that like theirs
  3. Widerange Hum

    Widerange Hum Tele-Holic Platinum Supporter

    May 14, 2016
    San Diego, CA
    Yes. Up front, I'll say that I've never heard of this being a widespread issue. I was probably just unlucky. I had one, and I loved it. Really dug the tone most of the time, though sometimes it seemed a little grating and I'd have to put it away and get the Martin out again. But just a few months after the warranty ran out, the neck started to twist. Pretty badly. Very quickly got to be useless above the 7th or 9th fret. Very upsetting, because I'd really liked it. So I did the only thing you can do with a guitar messed up that bad. I traded it in at Guitar Center where they loved it, but didn't know enough to recognize the problem.

    But if the neck had not been so utterly hosed, I'd still be playing it.
  4. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 21, 2012
    I've tried two over the years and neither of them were very good. My guess is there are keepers out there and I've just played the leftovers. Point being, play before you buy.
  5. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 6, 2014
    kamloops bc
    I have a godin nylon string synth ready ,I love this thing to death , having said that, I have always been leary of floating bridge guitars if they shift a 16th of an inch your intonation is in the toilet, but thats just me, however the godin quality is fantastic from my limited expirience.

    BADFISH Tele-Meister

    I ended up purchasing a Godin 5th ave kingpin . Used in perfect condition .
    Sound nice , plays up and down the neck perfectly. Has a nice feel . Really a bargain . It is a professional guitar no doubt .
  7. Milspec

    Milspec Friend of Leo's

    Feb 15, 2016
    I got here late (I was still in forum jail) but yes I do have one and really like it. I purchased a Kingpin 2 about a year ago sight unseen as nobody carried them around here. At first, I wasn't positive if I liked it as it was not very loud acoustically compared to carved top guitars, but plugged in it is a great player. Short scale, comfortable body size, beautiful look, light as a feather, and excellent playability....what more do you need in that price range? Although the extra P90 adds to the range a little, the Kingpin with single P90 would be just as nice.

    IF you got one at a bargain price, you did very well. The case is nice as well for those instruments....Godin delivers a great value.
  8. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 17, 2003
    Spring City, Pa
    I played one once.
    I can't explain it, but it just felt like an acoustic guitar.
    It didn't feel like an ES125, or something.
    Neck shape was was awhile ago, so I don't remember clearly.
    Maybe it even had a wound G or something that contributed.
  9. robt57

    robt57 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Feb 29, 2004
    Portland, OR
    That explains it perfectly, IMO. I agree.
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