Archtop for Americana + Folk that can cover up to blues and light rock

strumminsix

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Hey gang, on the hunt for a new guitar. Been bit by an archtop bug and playing the heck out of my 52 Gretsch. But the neck is not comfortable in my hands when switching between guitars so seeking something more familiar (16" rad, 1.7" w, C). Any opinions or suggestions??

Think my top 2 choices are:
D'Angelico Excel EXL-1
Godin 5th Avenue Night Club

I'm leaning HEAVILY towards the DA EXL1 as it has a minihumbucker (my favorite style pickup) + cutaway. But that look of the Godin and Bigsby are amazing as well.

Most videos seem to focus on the jazziness of these instruments. Anyone have any real world experience with these type of instruments and the ground they can cover for Americana and Folk genres?
 

OM Flyer

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I really love the neck comfort of my Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin (single P-90); I bought it almost on a whim, but now it's the only electric guitar I own. I play rock, blues, and country on it, but no jazz. If it has any limitations, they belong to the player.
 

strumminsix

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I really love the neck comfort of my Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin (single P-90); I bought it almost on a whim, but now it's the only electric guitar I own. I play rock, blues, and country on it, but no jazz. If it has any limitations, they belong to the player.
That's awesome to read! Thanks OMF!
 

Dadzmad

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I 2nd the Godin Kingpin (single neck P90) for Americana/Roots. works good for me either unplugged or through my Excelsior. Unplugged try a set of 0.13s - just wakes up the plywood box.
 

strumminsix

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Not following with your specs. But if you can deal with its quirks, the first thing that comes to mind for this kind of thing is a casino.
My preference is 16" radius, 1.7" wide at nut, C shape. The Casino seems rouder, thinner, and fatter than I'd like.
 

Random1643

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+1 for Godin. I was looking for a lighter, slimmer Swiss army knife-type guitar in Jan-Feb of this year. My choices @ my local store included the exact same D'Angelico and a Godin A6 - so not a perfect comparison. I got the Godin. IMHO more playable, more comfortable, more versatile, better quality than the EXL-1. I've been playing a bunch of outdoor 3-4 hour solo gigs lately and the Godin is working out great. I'm @ core a fingerpicker; my playlists include swing, blues, rock, early country & folk. That Night Club is a nice looking guitar! And 6 lbs with a Bigsby.
 

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I thought that's what you meant, but I've never seen anyone specify those specs before. Those are acoustic numbers.

Hope you find something suitable. Never heard a bad thing about godin for what that's worth.
 

strumminsix

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I thought that's what you meant, but I've never seen anyone specify those specs before. Those are acoustic numbers.

Hope you find something suitable. Never heard a bad thing about godin for what that's worth.
Thanks!! I fell in love with Jackson guitars when I first started playing in gigging bands and that set the stage :)
 

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Godin 5th Ave Uptown Custom Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby.

I just bought a Godin Prototype Summit Classic Ltd. from a shop in Canada, and it's really an extremely well-built, flawlessly executed, great sounding, and playing guitar.
 

strumminsix

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Godin 5th Ave Uptown Custom Hollowbody Electric Guitar with Bigsby.

I just bought a Godin Prototype Summit Classic Ltd. from a shop in Canada, and it's really an extremely well-built, flawlessly executed, great sounding, and playing guitar.
Thanks! You made me look in a different direction. Originally thought single neck pickup, but this one has TVJ's and Bigsby and cutaway.

 

strumminsix

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QQ to the Godin fans: how do they sound acoustically? Would you ever throw a mic in front?

I know acoustic archtops have a unique sound and I love their sound :)
 

ZENTISH

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A Peerless "Monarch" might fit, around $1400-$1500 on Reverb, There's a used one on E-bay that the seller is asking $1250 with hardshell case and has a make offer button. Don't know the seller, just passing it along.
1.69 at the nut and 2-1/16 at the twelfth fret with a 17" arch.
I own a Peerless "Retromatic 131" and the craftsmanship is first rate!


Good Luck, TISH
 

Crazyquilt

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I’m sure you made a great choice. I’ve owned a 5th Ave before (really liked it) but I’ve never seen that model. I would snag it myself in a heartbeat if I didn’t have this:
 




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