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 Post subject: Anyone know Kawai?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 7:31 pm 
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Certainly one of the players in early japanese guitars. Does anyone here know the brand well, history, details? I seem to recall 'Kawai made Kawai guitars' i.e. they weren't made by Matt, Fujigen, Kasuga or Terada? Is that true?

I'd love to hear from anyone who knows this brand well- as well as Teisco and any of the other early pioneers.


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I don't think I've heard of them. Doesn't "kawai" translate to "cute?" I think so. "Kowai" translates to "scary." hehe

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in '67 Kawai aquired Teisco...

some history here...
http://www.teiscotwangers.com/history.htm

which was taken from here... (with a translator)
http://www.kawai.co.jp/products.asp

more stuff
http://vintageguitarpro.com/teisco.shtml

and other good reading.... (some not specific to Kawai)
http://www.angelfire.com/blues/rockinjo ... bruno.html

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_a_Cortez_guitar (from Vintage Guitar Mag)

http://www.tokaiforum.com/viewtopic.php ... 1b30b950b2

http://www.junkguitars.com/pictures.html

http://forum.japanaxe.com/phpBB3/viewto ... ?f=2&t=792

http://www.bigredtoybox.com/cgi-bin/toy ... itarsindex

and here's a new one I haven't seen before...
http://www.music-trade.co.jp/etc.html

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There's a very nice example up on ebay right now -

http://cgi.ebay.com/1969-Kawai-EP-300-h ... dZViewItem

As you can see, this is a 1969 Kawai EP-300 hollowbody jazz archtop guitar "from the collection of guitar historian and journalist Michael Wright."

Any serious guitar person should be familiar with Mr. Wright and his many articles.

See the auction blurb for further info on Kawai.


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