Sometimes, you happen upon something unexpected. After checking out that Albert Lee at Guitar Center, I was noodling with a bunch of semi and full hollow body import guitars (Epiphone Dots, Casinos, Zephyrs, Sheratons, 339s). They were OK. (I once had a fabulous Sheraton but sold it to a friend)
In the middle of the rack was this interesting baby. It’s a Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin. Godin is a Canadian company that’s known to make great guitars but they don’t see a lot of distribution in the states. On a whim, I pulled it down and plugged into a Fender Blues Deluxe. All I can say is WOW. The socks were knocked off and landed in the store’s drum department. The 5th Avenue sounded huge with the single P-90 single coil pickup (my favorite type of pickup). I dialed in a little dirt and notes jumped out. It was articulate and touch sensitive…with an almost biting Gibson 335 tone but with more bottom. With the amp turned off, it had a nice acoustic sound that would be great for around the house playing.
Fit and finish were flawless with fretwork on par with something from Fender’s custom shop. The matt/satin finish was nice enough – subdued. This was clearly a product of fine CNC machine work and hand finish.
Even better news, there’s a two P-90 version available! (and a no-pickup model too)
Here’s a very tasty jazz video featuring the guitar: Some cool jazz with the Godin
and another video with more blues/rock (and some raunch in the middle) Second Video