Really gorgeous expert-built Dreadnought Acoustic by Kasuga! Rare Sunburst front and back!
Have a look at the pics for all the special details on this build. Rare Burst version with burst like tuners, and very well built and very good condition all around.
Neck straight, tuners hold great, and very minimal cosmetics (minor scratches but not really noticeable), looks clean overall.
Kasuga produced guitars of both original designs and designs based on classic American models. While the quality is medium to good it is generally the “reproduction” models that are found in the music stores.
Kasuga was one of a small handful of Japanese guitar manufacturers that built guitars in it’s own facility (Kasuga Gakki).
Almost all the other brands of Japanese guitars from the now famous “copy era” were manufactured in one of three factories… Hoshino (Hoshino Gakki), Matsumoku or FujiGen (FujiGen Gakki). Matsumoku was originally a sewing machine factory that made copies of Singer sewing machines. When the copy era took off, approximately half of the factory was converted to a guitar making facility and they did so until the entire factory burned down in 1987.
Kasuga got established in Nagoya, Japan, in the late ’60s. In ’67, Tommy Moore, the successful musical instrument merchandiser from Ft. Worth, Texas, and one of the founders of Hondo, visited Japan in order to strike up a guitarmaking deal. With only a voucher of credit in his pocket and no contacts, Moore hooked up with a Mr. Kaku, who steered him to Tokai Gakki. Tokai had become very successful in Japan making and marketing the Pianaca, a keyboard harmonica used in Japanese schools. On December 15, 1970, Moore and Tokai Gakki entered a joint venture called Tokai USA Inc., and Tokai began making a private label and OEM guitars.
Tokai quickly found it couldn’t keep up with demand, so it found a factory that could meet its quality standards: Kasuga. Another joint venture was established between Tokai USA and Kasuga called Kasuga International. Marketing offices were established in Singapore, Zurich, and Frankfurt. In ’72, these guitars began to come into America.