Godin 5th Avenue Uptown T-Armond

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Gretschie
Dec 20, 2020
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Kansas

Has anyone here had a chance to play one of these?
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Highroller

Country Gent
Jun 11, 2015
2,204
Portland, OR
Sorry, not that specific one, but I've got one of single P90 ones and it's a pretty good guitar. Godin's use of "Canadian Wild Cherry" gives it a fairly distinctive acoustic tone, just a little different from what you might be used to, but not unpleasant at all. Very mellow. It'd be interesting to see how that matches up with twangy pickups - something you might normally associate with maple construction.

I don't know if this helps at all, other than to say Godin makes fine guitars. 🤔

Good luck with it!
 

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Gretschie
Dec 20, 2020
201
Kansas
I had been going back and forth in my head between this and the Guild X-175. This morning I did a search of the Godin and saw Amazon had it listed for $1029.19, a big savings over the usual $1549 street price. They had one left, and I put it in my cart. Then I went looking at it online for a few minutes, trying to remember if there were anything about it that would make me pass. Went back to Amazon to find someone else had grabbed that last one, but they were still honoring the low price in my cart. $1106 w/tax, I couldn't resist. That's about what I paid for my Casino Coupe and G5422T combined, so my expectations are high. They'll email me when they have an estimated delivery date, can't come soon enough!
 

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Gretschie
Dec 20, 2020
201
Kansas
I just got the estimated delivery date, Aug. 19 - Sept. 26. I was hoping for something a little sooner, but that's fine, I can wait. I wasn't planning on buying a guitar, it was a total fluke I stumbled on a sale price that was over fifteen minutes later.
 

Emergence

Synchromatic
Gold Supporting Member
May 25, 2022
716
New York
I had been going back and forth in my head between this and the Guild X-175. This morning I did a search of the Godin and saw Amazon had it listed for $1029.19, a big savings over the usual $1549 street price. They had one left, and I put it in my cart. Then I went looking at it online for a few minutes, trying to remember if there were anything about it that would make me pass. Went back to Amazon to find someone else had grabbed that last one, but they were still honoring the low price in my cart. $1106 w/tax, I couldn't resist. That's about what I paid for my Casino Coupe and G5422T combined, so my expectations are high. They'll email me when they have an estimated delivery date, can't come soon enough!
With Godin, MIC means Made in Canada.
 

NJDevil

Country Gent
Jul 9, 2014
1,570
Commack, NY
I have played it and love it but have my eye on the prize for swapping out P90s currently for T-Armonds in my Edwards goldtop LP clone. I think that Godin has increased price a bit the last year to reflect market challenges so would like to hear those pickups in a block of wood!
 

ahbassist

Electromatic
Jul 29, 2022
4
Indiana
I stumbled on this forum completely by accident while looking for reviews of the Godin 5th Avenue Uptown T-Armond that I ordered from Amazon on July 23rd. The last one they had in stock on the day/time of OPs post (what are the odds I stumble on this post right?). Amazon has been offering these on and off at low prices for about a year. I had been thinking about buying one for most of that year and finally did this time around. UPS delivered the guitar today.

I added the 5th Avenue to my other two Godins, an A6 Ultra and a Summit Classic CT. This guitar is in line with my other Godins in terms of quality. Build quality is excellent particularly given the price. The only thing I do not love about the Godins is their tuning machines. Stock ones work fine, but they feel cheaper/lower quality than the rest of the instrument. I have not swapped tuners on either of my other Godins, but I have a set of locking Graph Tech Ratio tuners that I am going to put on this one. I will post up on fit of the tuners when I get a chance to put them on.

I admit that I am not the best guitar player. I have been playing bass for over 20 years and consider it my main instrument. I picked up guitar in 2020 to help out with writing music and because I was bored. Point being, others may be able to offer a better guitar playability review than I can. That said, I like the feel of the instrument and it definitely has the twangy single coil sound that you would expect given the specs. It is a solid offering at the normal price. It is an absolute bargain at the price I paid. I will be surprised if OP is not happy when the guitar finally comes in.

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ahbassist

Electromatic
Jul 29, 2022
4
Indiana
As long as the quality equals or betters my Korean, Chinese and Indonesian guitars, I'm not going to hold that against them.

Missed this post in my original post.

Godin falls above any of the cheaper Asian import I have played on the bass or guitar front. That is saying quite a bit as the quality of these imports has gone up significantly since I started playing. Godin build quality is nearly on par with my American made G&L basses, the hardware and material quality is a little behind. Godin is definitely not at the level of a quality custom built instrument, but it does not cost nearly as much either.

I view Godin similar to how I used to view American made Peavey instruments (when new ones were still being made). High quality relative to the price. Interestingly, my main complaint with American Peaveys was also inferior tuning machine quality. I snapped a tuner within first few years of ownership on my Peavey GV Bass and the tuners were quite heavy (which contributes to neck dive). I have been much happier with that bass after swapping over to Hipshot ultralights.
 
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Gretschie
Dec 20, 2020
201
Kansas
Tuners fit without modification.

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I stumbled on this forum completely by accident while looking for reviews of the Godin 5th Avenue Uptown T-Armond that I ordered from Amazon on July 23rd. The last one they had in stock on the day/time of OPs post (what are the odds I stumble on this post right?). Amazon has been offering these on and off at low prices for about a year. I had been thinking about buying one for most of that year and finally did this time around. UPS delivered the guitar today.

I added the 5th Avenue to my other two Godins, an A6 Ultra and a Summit Classic CT. This guitar is in line with my other Godins in terms of quality. Build quality is excellent particularly given the price. The only thing I do not love about the Godins is their tuning machines. Stock ones work fine, but they feel cheaper/lower quality than the rest of the instrument. I have not swapped tuners on either of my other Godins, but I have a set of locking Graph Tech Ratio tuners that I am going to put on this one. I will post up on fit of the tuners when I get a chance to put them on.

I admit that I am not the best guitar player. I have been playing bass for over 20 years and consider it my main instrument. I picked up guitar in 2020 to help out with writing music and because I was bored. Point being, others may be able to offer a better guitar playability review than I can. That said, I like the feel of the instrument and it definitely has the twangy single coil sound that you would expect given the specs. It is a solid offering at the normal price. It is an absolute bargain at the price I paid. I will be surprised if OP is not happy when the guitar finally comes in.

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The price on Sweetwater just went up $20, no doubt due to your posts. :)
 

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Gretschie
Dec 20, 2020
201
Kansas

ahbassist

Electromatic
Jul 29, 2022
4
Indiana
Does this model spec with the Godin 1.72" nut width? I'd love to try one if I could find it in a shop. I'm sure it's a great guitar.

They have the 1.72” nut width. Finding one in a shop seems unlikely (though not impossible) unless you happen to have a decently large Godin dealer near you. I have quite a few large local shops that sell Godin. Godin is a small part of their inventory and they mostly stock A-series and acoustic lines.

Grabbing one discounted on Amazon (assuming they discount again) and returning or reselling it if you don’t like it may be the better option if you really want to try one.
 


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