NGD-Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin II

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  1. twintwelve

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    After much agonizing, I traded my much loved (but little played) 1961 Harmony H-74 even up for a relatively new and minty Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin II, a Canadian made, P90 equipped, ES-125ish archtop.
    I originally wanted a Gretsch Electromatic of one style or another, but after comparing them to the Godin, it soon became a case of content over style-the 5th Avenue kicked Gretsch butt...then Atomic Music in Beltsville, MD made the deal happen! It also came with a weird, but very protective, Tric case.
    When I got home, I swapped the very cool Tusq archtop bridge for a tun-o-matic I had in the parts cabinet, making it much more Gibson like, set up the intonation and height and.........this thing rules-tone, feel and action wise, it is the best playing and sounding archtop I've played or owned, and I've played some nice ones.
    I love it when a plan comes together!
    The last shot is the Harmony I traded.
     

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    Ha! I love it when a plan comes together! Great guitars. I've been wanting one as I probably won't ever get an original gibson 125, and these play so well and can be set up easily. Nice purchase, great looker, congrats.
     
  3. twintwelve

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    Thanks, man! I stupidly got rid of a 125 many years ago, and this scratches that itch admirably. Putting on the TOM really did the trick. They are fine guitars, and generally a bargain used.
     
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    Has anyone here ever put a Bigsby on one of these? If so , which model?
     
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    The uptown GT model comes with a bigsby, but it also comes with HBs.
     
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    Yeah I'm aware of that. I want to Bigsbize mine...
     
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    B7- that's what I put on my hollow archtop. I think that's what was on your harmony.
     
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    I've been coveting one of these for a while. Is that the burgundy finish?
     
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    Yes that is the burgundy finish.
     
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    I'd put a B6, you don't really need the tension bar of the B7.
     
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    Very nice. I have the regular 5th Ave, and I have to say the TRIC case is the best. Most of the advantages of a gig bag, tougher than the average hard case.
     
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    Sorry for resurrecting an old thread, but can you describe to me what the neck size is on this model? Is it on the thinner side, or thicker side? Does it have good shoulder? I'd like to find out more about the neck before I place an order for this guitar. Thanks.
     
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    It is the most played instrument in my house right now. The neck width, short scale, smaller body...just a real joy to play. It isn't the loudest acoustically, but it sure shines plugged in. I play mostly roots blues and jazz on it, but you could cover a lot of ground with it and the thing is just beautiful. My advice to others would be to buy used though as I keep seeing them sold on local sites for around $600. I think people go in expecting a very loud archtop volume and end up disappointed. As long as you are mainly looking for an electric with the ability to record with it as an acoustic, you will be thrilled.
     
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