We had both visited Richard's shop earlier that year and were both massively impressed with Richard's genuine passion for what he sells and also for the concern that you are getting the guitar you need.
The guitar itself is gorgeous. It has a lovely warm tone and is very comfortable play. I don't have big hands and find the neck to be perfect. Incredible value for money (especially as I didn't pay for it ;) ) and a perfect setup from Richard. Much thanks to him and his team. We will be back...
After playing the guitar over that time, I was originally a bit disappointed, but I have come to realise that the guitar is always going to be neither one thing or another, not a magically cheap acoustic archtop, nor is it going to be a high performance electro-acoustic. They are brilliantly positioned from a marketing perspective. Getting an arch top for that sort of money is not easy. And these guitars fill that gap.
Like all guitars there are a series of compromises. Unplugged, they play on the quiet side of acceptable. Using acoustic wound strings is where I ended up, but it then compromises its playability - which is pretty good with lighter strings. But, from the off, it is a thin bodied guitar for an acoustic and so unplugged the sound is always going to lack depth and has little sustain.
Amplified the guitar is again okay. It depends on your amp, of course, but in general the single neck pick up makes it more of a strumming option than a lead or picking option. It is good enough pickup, it doesn't seem to suffer from feedback, but this is not a jazz guitar in the Joe Pas style, it is a rhythm guitar and is perfectly okay for vamping and strumming along in the background.
For the money, there are better dedicated acoustics and better dedicated electro acoustics. I think the 5th Avenue is okay, but it feels like it is caught between two things and doesn't entirely satisfy in either regard.