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Godin’s impact on the market has sent shockwaves throughout the industry. If it’s not them releasing yet another handmade, ridiculously competitive guitar, it’s one of their daughter companies. Either way, they have created a true opposition to the elite brands. Godin 5th Avenue CW Electric Guitar (Kingpin II) is a great example of just how capable is the Canadian guitar industry. Aside from being one of the best semi-hollow guitars on the market at the moment, it’s also among the most affordable ones.
This guitar features that standard vintage body shape that we have grown to associate with semi-hollow guitars. Now, aside from building awesome guitars, Godin is known for one more thing – their choice of tonewood. If you see one of their guitars, an acoustic or electric, chances are it will be made of Canadian wild cherry or select cedar. Godin 5th Avenue CW Electric Guitar (Kingpin II) features full Canadian wild cherry build aside from the neck. That is made of silver leaf maple. It’s an archtop that comes with a fair level of details and great build quality. As soon as you pick it up, you will understand just how solid this thing is.
In terms of hardware, Godin took a more modern route. Usually, these guitars will feature a rosewood compensated bridge, but not this one. Godin 5th Avenue CW Electric Guitar (Kingpin II) comes with a Tusq bridge made by Graphtec that is paired with a standard tailpiece. On the other end of the business, you will find a set of great tuning machines, which complete the package very nicely. Tuning and intonation retention is generally on point, although a proper setup at a guitar shop will definitely benefit your playing experience.
Keeping with the tradition, Godin chose to install two of their P90 Kingpin single coils on this bad boy. These pickups have proven their worth several times by now, and are definitely the right choice for this guitar. Pups are wired to a pretty simple set of controls. Instead of getting individual tone and volume knobs for each pickup, this Godin comes with one master volume knob and one master tone knob. Aside from that, you also have the three-way pickup select switch to work with.
Tone wise, we can only praise the level of authenticity and detail Godin 5th Avenue CW Electric Guitar (Kingpin II) is capable of delivering. Affordable single coils are something many guitar players are weary of, especially when it comes to jazz. This Godin vintage ax is one that breaks this stereotype quite nicely. Sure, it won’t be able
to keep up with the top tier, elite guitars of this type, but it will get you more than close enough to that level.
At the end of the day, Godin 5th Avenue CW Electric Guitar (Kingpin II) is a great sounding affordable semi-hollow that has a lot to offer. Whether you are looking to enter the world of semis, or you simply need a decent ax for those jazz sessions, 5th Avenue CW is a great choice.