Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin II Burgundy + OHSC, Bigsby B60 Tunematic EVO Gold Frets

Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin II Burgundy + OHSC, Bigsby B60 Tunematic EVO Gold Frets
Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin II Burgundy + OHSC, Bigsby B60 Tunematic EVO Gold Frets
Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin II Burgundy + OHSC, Bigsby B60 Tunematic EVO Gold Frets
Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin II Burgundy + OHSC, Bigsby B60 Tunematic EVO Gold Frets
Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin II Burgundy + OHSC, Bigsby B60 Tunematic EVO Gold Frets
Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin II Burgundy + OHSC, Bigsby B60 Tunematic EVO Gold Frets
Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin II Burgundy + OHSC, Bigsby B60 Tunematic EVO Gold Frets
Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin II Burgundy + OHSC, Bigsby B60 Tunematic EVO Gold Frets
Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin II Burgundy + OHSC, Bigsby B60 Tunematic EVO Gold Frets
Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin II Burgundy + OHSC, Bigsby B60 Tunematic EVO Gold Frets
Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin II Burgundy + OHSC, Bigsby B60 Tunematic EVO Gold Frets
Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin II Burgundy + OHSC, Bigsby B60 Tunematic EVO Gold Frets

Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin II Burgundy + OHSC, Bigsby B60 Tunematic EVO Gold Frets
Yourre viewing a Godin Kingpin II guitar, which from the color is an early example (Godins are very hard to date by serial number, but Godin stopped making the Kingpin II in burgundy a few years after introducing it). That said, the guitar is in great condition, with a straight neck (no twisting or bowing), no cracks breaks or repairs, only a couple minor cosmetic blemishes I can detect and with all pickups and electronics functioning as they should. There is slight 1 long worming and one a couple pencil lead sized chips in the finish on the lower waist rim of the guitar (pictured). You have to hold the guitar in the right light to see them, they certainly cant be seen when playing, and thats it, those are the only blemishes I can find. The guitar has been upgraded with a Bigsby B60 vibrato (otherwise only available on the most expensive Kingpins), and a tunematic bridge. Allowing you to more finely intonate the guitar and to rock-out old school with the Bigsby! The original bridge and trapeze tailpiece are included too if you prefer to put those back on the guitar. If you are viewing this listing then you likely know the story on these guitars. They are super resonant and amazingly light (this one with Bigsby and tunematic bridge still only weighs 5lbs 12oz)! You can play this guitar all night long and not even know its there. Apart from the BIgsby and tunematic, I did make two other upgrades to the guitar. First, as I have a nickel allergy, I had the guitar refretted with Jescar EVO Gold fretwire, a nickel- and zinc-free hypoallergenic fretwire. If youre unfamiliar with EVO Gold fretwire, then Google it and you will be happily surprised. It is harder and more durable than nickel fretwire, but not as hard as stainless steel, and gets rave reviews from many luthiers, including mine (the house luthier at Cream City Music, the Midwests largest Gretsch Dealer and the luthier who did the refret). In fact, Philedelphia Luthier Tools and Supplies says this about Jescar EVO Gold: Jescar EVO gold fretwire is a beautiful gold colored fret wire. Jescar fretwire is used by many of the top guitar manufactures and highly regarded repair shops. You cant go wrong using Jescar fret wire on you next guitar or bass refret. And even if you are not concerned about a nickel allergy, the frets are new and more durable than nickel, so you won’t have to worry about a refret for 20 or 30 years. I’ve also found that EVO Gold frets have a nice effect on a guitar’s sound. They help notes ring out a little more and jump off the fretboard a little quicker than nickel frets (but attack is not as fast or hard as stainless steel), a quality which changed the stock Godin pickups from mediocre sounding P90s (better than Epiphone, but not as good as Gibson, Duncan or Fralin) to really nice articulate, warm, authoratitive P90s. But if you are not happy with the stock pickups, you can of course swap them out for your favorite P90s or mini-humbcuckers, something you can’t easily do with other Godin Kingpins. Why do I say this? Because unlike every other modern archtop maker Godin does not make cutouts in the body for the pickups. What this means is that if you want to swap out pickups in any other Kingpin, you have to fish the toggle switch out through the F-hole, a difficult and time-intensive labor. It did not damage the bracing and there are no cracks, etc. From the work, just a nice, reasonably clean hole to allow you to pull out the toggle switch. Dont like your new pickups and want to try something different just another 15 minutes of work. All you’ll pay is the cost of your pickups! And if you still choose to go to a luthier, the ease of access will keep your cost low. So some might not call this mod an upgrade, but in my book it is. You may wonder at the odd shape of the access hole. However, you may not even want to swap pickups on this beauty. But you can now easily and quickly swap pickups on this guitar. So why sell the guitar after doing all of this? Well, I have fairly small hands and although I love the weight and craftsmanship of the guitar, I just cant get used to the 1.72 nut width. I like the Fender C shape of the neck, but I noticed that there are solos and riffs I can play on other guitars that I just cant play or play as easily on this guitar. But if you like wider necks or have normal or larger hands, you will likely love this neck, but it’s not for me. Guitar comes with the original case, was recently set up and the action is nice and low with no buzzing. Of course, depending where you live, if there are big temperature, humidity, or altitude changes between Milwaukee and your home, you may have to get the setup tweaked when the guitar arrives (I have to say this as some people dont know or expect how these factors effect setup, intonation and tuning stability). Ive included Godins specs below. Ask any questions, and thanks for looking. The 5th Avenue CW Kingpin features a Cutaway body design and the added sounds of two Godin Kingpin P90 single-coil pickups, which deliver all that classic vintage tone with presence, clarity, and a little attitude thrown in for good measure! With the soul of a 1950s archtop, the 5th Avenue is a true vintage spirit of yesterday with todays level of modern playability. With more projection & volume in the low/mids than traditional archtop acoustic guitars, the dynamically rich tone of the 5th Avenue makes this sophisticated instrument a dream to play but not a nightmare on your wallet. The Godin 5th Avenue Series now makes the dream of owning an affordable North American archtop a reality! From Alt-Country, Delta Blues, Slide, Jazz to Rock, the 5th Avenue can really deliver both acoustically and electrically. Made from Canadian Wild Cherry, the body of the 5th Avenue features a molded arched top and back, as well as an adjustable bridge, classic F-holes, contoured high-gloss headstock, floating pickguard, and cream binding. Also, the rustic beauty of its Custom Polished Finish creates a gorgeous satin sheen reminiscent of the 19th century. Neck : Silver Leaf Maple. 16 (406.4 mm). 24.84 (630.936 mm). 1.72 (43.688 mm). Machine Head Ratio : Bass side 18:1, Treble side 26:1. The item “Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin II Burgundy + OHSC, Bigsby B60 Tunematic EVO Gold Frets” is in sale since Wednesday, December 8, 2021. This item is in the category “Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Electric Guitars”. The seller is “longboardkitten” and is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This item can be shipped to United States, all countries in Europe, Japan, Canada.
  • Body Color: Burgundy
  • String Configuration: 6 String
  • Model: Godin 5th Avenue CW Kingpin II
  • Type: Electric Guitar
  • Fretboard Material: Rosewood
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Handedness: Right-Handed
  • Body Material: Cherry
  • Brand: Godin
  • Set Includes: Hard Case
  • Body Type: Hollow

Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin II Burgundy + OHSC, Bigsby B60 Tunematic EVO Gold Frets

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