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Kasuga Guitar

GUEST,Matt 07 Jul 05 - 08:41 AM
Mooh 07 Jul 05 - 09:39 AM
Steve-o 07 Jul 05 - 02:08 PM
GUEST,Matt 17 Jul 05 - 08:07 AM
GUEST,Caleb 16 Feb 09 - 11:00 AM
GUEST,jeff 16 Feb 09 - 11:17 AM
Ebbie 17 Feb 09 - 01:11 AM
Brian Hoskin 17 Feb 09 - 04:37 AM
GUEST,squeezeboxhp on another puter 17 Feb 09 - 03:15 PM
Bugsy 18 Feb 09 - 01:47 AM
dwditty 18 Feb 09 - 08:59 AM
GUEST,Richard 18 Feb 09 - 09:24 PM
GUEST,Jack, Ireland 27 Apr 09 - 06:25 PM
Bryn Pugh 28 Apr 09 - 04:44 AM
GUEST,brennan 08 Nov 09 - 08:13 AM
GUEST,grintzy, Bolton England 17 Nov 09 - 03:19 PM
GUEST,Rick 29 Dec 09 - 02:58 PM
Pete Jennings 30 Dec 09 - 12:38 PM
GUEST,Garth Perkins 05 Feb 10 - 03:51 PM
GUEST,Petri 05 Mar 10 - 05:38 AM
GUEST,jr Bondy 06 Mar 10 - 01:33 AM
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Subject: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,Matt
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 08:41 AM

I have a number of 'odd' guitars which I find it very difficult to find info on. I have learnt a lot about Sigma guitars here, so I thought I'd throw my Kasuga into the ring. It's a Les Paul custom copy, black in color, very heavy, and dates back to the late 70's or early 80's as a guess. I got it in 86 and it wasn't new then. So, does anyone know anything about Kasuga's?


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: Mooh
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 09:39 AM

I am not familiar with the name so I Googled it and found lots of commentary, some of it about acoustics too. Good luck!

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: Steve-o
Date: 07 Jul 05 - 02:08 PM

I had a number of Kasuga guitars when I lived in Japan in the early '70s. I found them to be very high quality for very little money- wish I had brought a few home with me. BTW, they also make (or made) a very fine F-5 style mandolin, also a great value.


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,Matt
Date: 17 Jul 05 - 08:07 AM

I've googled as well, I've found lots of scraps of general information, but I'm really interested in hearing about my Les Paul. Maybe someone who has one or bought one new way back then or anything like that....

matt


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,Caleb
Date: 16 Feb 09 - 11:00 AM

I have a Kasuga model number KF940 which dates back to '72. I have googled and searched for information on this brand of guitar and found little and if I have found information the model number I have, i can't seem to fid anywhere. I have found that this guitar has great sound and beautiful design.


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,jeff
Date: 16 Feb 09 - 11:17 AM

Kasuga was a Japanese guitar company specializing in making very good American guitar knockoffs. I remember seeing several when I first started playing and aspired to have a Martin or Gibson. I ended up getting a Gurian which was stolen. Kasugas were/are very good values as they copied the electronics as well as the appearance in the electrics, so you've got a real jewell there.


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: Ebbie
Date: 17 Feb 09 - 01:11 AM

Quick side question here: In musical instruments, a 'knockoff' is quite common. What is the difference between that and a 'bootlegged' copy? I'm thinking specifically of China's notorious industry.


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: Brian Hoskin
Date: 17 Feb 09 - 04:37 AM

In response to Ebbie's question, I would say it's a question of counterfeiting. It is one thing to try to replicate a well known product, be it a guitar or anything else, under a different name; it is quite another thing to produce a copy and try to pass it of as the genuine article.


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,squeezeboxhp on another puter
Date: 17 Feb 09 - 03:15 PM

my Kasuga is a 70,s D200 acoustic in mint condition still sounds great


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: Bugsy
Date: 18 Feb 09 - 01:47 AM

Derek Brimstone has one of the nicest Kasuga dreadnought guitars your are ever likely to see. It is inlaid mother of pearl along the fingerboard and has an eagle inlaid across the whole of the back of the guitar in mother of pearl also. He swapped it for an old Gibson that he used to play.

Cheers

Bugsy

Ps I had a Kasuga dreadnought and it was fabulous.


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: dwditty
Date: 18 Feb 09 - 08:59 AM

I had one like you described - I was never able to tune it successfully.


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Subject: Another KASUGA mystery for you all
From: GUEST,Richard
Date: 18 Feb 09 - 09:24 PM

I have a Kasuga SG Custom. Stained dark brown in colour. The bolt on neck, when removed, has the number 69 handwritten on it. There is a wooden carving of vines and leaves on the body (from the factory, as I saw two on the same day I bought mine). The neck also has a vine going up it with mother-of-pearl vines on the inlay as fret markers. Anyone seen one of these before, or may know it's worth. The axe is blemish free, I've owned it since I was 15 (18 years)

Cheers from New Zealand


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,Jack, Ireland
Date: 27 Apr 09 - 06:25 PM

I own a beautiful f-10 acoustic.


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: Bryn Pugh
Date: 28 Apr 09 - 04:44 AM

I had a Kasuga dreadnought.

It was crap. I had it three months, and weighed it in on a Japanese Epiphone.


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,brennan
Date: 08 Nov 09 - 08:13 AM

MATTguest: i own what i think is the same guitar. if you have any info on what its worth or how well it plays, please let me know. i acquired it recently.


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,grintzy, Bolton England
Date: 17 Nov 09 - 03:19 PM

I have a Kasuga D412 acoustic which is probably a copy of a Martin dreadnought style. I have had this guitar since the late 1970 and it sounds great. Anyone any information on this model.


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,Rick
Date: 29 Dec 09 - 02:58 PM

I have a KF 940 also. I bought it new in 1972. It was imported and inspected by the CF Martin Co. It still has the label inside.
The rosewood back is pretty unique. The back also has a large wedge of a very light wood. I don't know what it is but it's done pretty well. Probably why I was willing to pay so much.

There are 5 kinds of wood just in the body of this thing.

But... I can't find out anything about this model that I don't already know. I was starting to think I had the only one. I like it. It plays easy and sounds great. I have no idea what it's worth. I probably got clipped but it was new and in a store and I was very young. I think I paid about $400. for it. Still doesn't have a scratch on it.


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: Pete Jennings
Date: 30 Dec 09 - 12:38 PM

I had a Kasuga copy of a Martin dreadnought which I used to play in the folk clubs of Bristol (UK) in the late 70s (The Stonehouse and Crockers, mainly). It had pretty good sound even if the intonation was a bit iffy - John Diggens sorted that out by replacing the adjustable bridge with a wood inlay and a bone bridge.

I remember I px'd it for a Martin 000-18 in 1980 and I was in the shop (Chris Green's in Bristol) collecting the Martin and Chris had just hung the Kasuga on the wall when a lady walked in looking for a guitar. Apparently she had seen me playing in Crockers and bought the Kasuga on the spot!

Happy days, Pete


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,Garth Perkins
Date: 05 Feb 10 - 03:51 PM

I own a Kasuga T413 12 string dreadnought box. Bought it new late 60's. Great sound and holds tune really well been unable to find anything about model. Anybody else got one??????????


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,Petri
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 05:38 AM

I have a Kasuga G-310 nylon string acoustic from late 70's which has passed on in the family in Finland.

Seems to be of good and solid quality, sounds really rich and loud, but there is no information to be found about this model.

How come Kasuga's are so unheard of. Based on googling they anyhow seemed to have a wide range of guitars even under their own brand. Fair enough, all presumably copies.

Was it the case that they were never sold to "big markets" under Kasuga name, but under a local OEM brand?


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,jr Bondy
Date: 06 Mar 10 - 01:33 AM

I purchased a Kasuga Gakki KF 860 new back in 1972. It was a trade off of going on my high school class trip to FL. or the guitar. It's a 12 string that still plays & sounds wonderful, not great but very sweet and mellow sounding. It was played for about a year or two constant then put in hebernation off & on until a couple years ago. I've debating on getting new tuners and the bridge replaced due to the tuners are cheap & hard to tune somewhat, and the action is a tad high. I wonder if this is a waste of money but I feel a new guitar of this quatity would cost much more, plus it has been a part of me for 38 years so it's earned it. I have never seen another one like it or anyone who has, odd for such a fine piece of work. Many people who have played it always offered me to buy it, I think I payed $300.00 in 1972. If anyone has ever heard of one please let me know, I would be interested in your comments. Thanks


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,jeff
Date: 06 Mar 10 - 02:42 PM

My wife has a Takamine 12-string from the 'logo-copy' era. Martin sued Takamine to change their logo as it was made to look exactly like the famed C.F. Martin. Kasuga's were very much in the same mode in terms of quality. My considered advice would be to spend the money and improve the playability of your 12-string. And you're right re the cost of a new instrument of comparable quality. One would spend thousands in todays market...that is unless one finds another Kasuga at a pawnshop, flea market or yardsale. They're among the best of the Pac-Rim copies.

Alvarez-Yairi, Takamine, Aria, etc. all made great instruments that superceded the quality of the American name-brand instruments of the same era.


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,the dude, Ireland
Date: 13 Apr 10 - 03:31 AM

I've got a red faded '72 Kasuga SG, amazingly light and incredibly thin fast neck. I paid €300 for it a few years back. The sound and playability of this gem is unreal, I tried out a Gibson SG Custom recently and the Gibson just didn't stand up to it at all. The only downside to having it is it makes me turn my nose up at a lot of today's modern guitars in terms of craftsmanship and playability!!

Peace out to all vintage users,

THE DUDE.


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,john
Date: 22 Apr 10 - 08:53 PM

Still have this kasuga? would like to see it.


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,JR
Date: 03 Sep 10 - 01:31 AM

Yes I stil have it, like I sais "It's a part of me". Sorry for not paying much attention to this site, but I have ben in poor health. Do I send to email address or somewhere on this site. jrbondy@gmail.com is me.I don't see a place to place pictures? Let me know if your still interested. Thanks JR


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,Walksie
Date: 07 Sep 10 - 05:51 AM

I recently purchased a 1972 Kasuga Dreadnought, Martin D25 copy and its FaNtAsTiC! This guitar has a very mature deep tone, with beautiful bell like trebles and an absolutely great presence and sustain. The action is low, clean with no buzz, and the intonation is precise.
The neck is straight, the rosewood bridge is solid and there is no joint separation or cracks......AN ABSOLUTE BELTER & AN ABSOLUTE DREAM TO PLAY!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Sep 10 - 02:06 PM

I have a T-613 12 string that still sounds great but like everyone else I can't find any information on it and have yet to see one like it on the internet. I agree that it looks like a Martin knockoff. I have been trying to find out just how much it might be worth but have not found anything to compare it to.


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Subject: RE: Knockoffs versus Counterfit.
From: GUEST,Duane
Date: 27 Sep 10 - 06:37 PM

I recently found out for certain that my Gibson Les Paul was a counterfiet Gibson. The difference between a knockoff and counterfit is the name that is displayed. Kasuga as well as others made Knockoffs, but the Kasuga name was on it vice Gibson etc. Mine has a Gibson Name on it so it is Counterfit and I purchased it back in the early 80's in the philippines. When in doubt go to the manufacturer website. According to Gibson, true Gibson guitars (electric or acoustic) come from one of two plants and they are both in the U.S. I also own a Kasuga T-613 12 string which is a very nice instrument.


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,guest bw.
Date: 02 Oct 10 - 06:35 AM

i have a kasuga accoustic i bought new in the early seventies. model number w 17 i bought it at a closing down sale and it cost me £25. as i no longer play and the guitar looks as good as new, can anyone tell me if it has any value on ht open market.


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,Petri
Date: 05 Oct 10 - 06:47 AM

Based on the existing G 310 nylon string, I decided to become a collector of acoustic Kasugas. It seems owning two would be enough to earn a collector status. I wanted to buy a steel string Kasuga dreadnaught, but that proved to be much harder than I thought.

Finally I found one for sale in German eBay. Looks like Kasugas are relatively common there since there is one or two often for sale in their eBay. This guitar is Kasuga D-212 apparently from late 70's. It has solid spruce top, mahogany sides and back. Very much like a hybrid of Martin D-18 and D-21. No scratches, but dusty and needed a standard overhaul.

Nice bell like sound, awesome sustain, a real value for money guitar.


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,jennifer
Date: 01 Jan 11 - 08:36 AM

I acquired a 1969 Kasuga acoustic guitar and wanted to see if it was worth anything. The model number is w-20. It needs some work though. It is missing 4 tuning pegs, the base of the neck on the back is cracked and there are some dings in the wood. It is a 12 string and even though it is missing some pegs, sounds pretty. Is it worth being restored or just selling?


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,Billy
Date: 18 Jan 11 - 09:33 PM

I found a 12 string dreadnought Kasuga Guitar. in a pawnshop.. Its missing two strings and a peg is it worth buying for 80 bucks! Anyway help would be nice... Thanks.

P.S Its acoustic' Electric..


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Jan 11 - 11:37 PM

Did you buy it at P&S Pawn in Provo? We accidentally lost in on a loan and if you still have it soon I would love to buy it back if it happens to be the same one. please respond thanks!

Jesse


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,jeff
Date: 21 Jan 11 - 08:45 AM

"pawnshop 12-string..."

If it's got a solid top then yes it's worth it. They way to determine a solid top is to look closely at the grain as it reaches the soundhole. If the grain continues unbroken to the underside of the soundhole that means it's a solid top and well worth fixing up. If not take a pass.

Also, if it's determined the guitar is worth fixing up(solid top) get a new set of tuners...even inexpensive new tuners are much better than quality ones of the past. Except for Klusons and others on very high end guitars of the era past. If by 'peg' you mean a bridge pin they're replaced easily enough and cheap.

If it was made during the late 70s it may have the same electronics as the Takamine's of the same vintage. Those pickup/eq combos are killer and highly sought after for touring pickers here in Nashville. Soundguys LOVE them. They're identifiable by a tan colored volume/eq unit located on the outside/top near the neck/body joint. On the inside there will be a transformer attached to the neck heel w/'by Takamine' and serial number on it.

Kasugas were made in varying qualities during the 70s, but mostly good to very good depending on whether or not the top/side were solid or laminate. Hope you got a good one.

Didn't realize I commented on this thread before. :-)


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,Bruce (Eugene Oregon)
Date: 03 Feb 11 - 06:06 PM

I have a Kasuga KF-840 Acoustic 6 string guitar and its one of the best looking acoustics i have come across.
I bought it about a year ago.
I have several MIJ vintage acoustics and they all look a lot alike. They all look like Martin D-35 nock-offs. The Kasuga and a Conn F-20 I just bought don't have the 3 piece back, but my Global does.


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,Rbarker -New Zealand
Date: 25 Feb 11 - 12:45 AM

I have a Kasuga G300 classic guitar , brought new 1976. There were a few around at the time sold in music shops and thru my music teacher k Clancy. They were 190 bucks at the time, played fantastic. I have played it most days since then, the neck is straight, as they were steel reinforced, Rosewood body and Fret board.   It still plays great , no bending of the neck and just stays in tune. Theye were rated some of the best sounding Acoustic guitras of the day and will be a classic still in 100 years. Nothing wrong on buying quality don'nt sell them.


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,DC
Date: 25 Feb 11 - 12:54 PM

I bought a D-400 new on the Canadian side of Niagra Falls in summer of 1976. GREAT piece. Still have it. Laminate, of course, but the fake abalone (It's a Martin D-41 copy) is very nice, (way better than the Ibanez Bob Weir I used to own), has the "V" neck, and volute. The top had aged naturally to a nice honey color. I've had more complements over the years than I can shake a stick at.
There is a youtube video of some guy in Germany? playing some crappy song, but he has one, and I was thrilled to see it.


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,Michael
Date: 03 Apr 11 - 05:23 PM

I was given a nylon string Kasuga. It was made in 1972. Model number KC370. It also has a NW stamped on the sticker. Any idea what this guitar is worth? I'm looking to get rid of it, but have no idea.
Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,if101, Derbyshire, England
Date: 28 Apr 11 - 06:30 PM

I have owned a Kasuga dreadnought since the mid-70s - it has taken a fair number of knocks over the years but only recently was damaged seriously (broken headstock).   I went round all the guitar shops in the area and failed to find a guitar in an affordable price range that sounded even half as good - including most of the lower end Martins, Yamahas, Takamines etc. In the end I found an experienced luthier who fixed the damage, gave it an overhaul and advised me to hang on to the guitar as it was unlikely that I would find anything priced under 800 pounds that would sound as good.

If you have a Kasuga acoustic - unless it is damaged beyond repair - get it serviced and keep it!


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Jun 11 - 06:32 PM

There is a pretty nice Kasuga sg on e-bay right now. starting bid 49.99. Five days left on auction. I wish My wife would let me buy it! I alraedy have two Kasugas, and sometimes I actually perfer it over my Gibson!!!!! Any one interested better check it out fast. Such a Jewel!


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,Jesse Lee Cable
Date: 26 Aug 11 - 11:29 PM

I have a Kasuga OM. Year is unknown. 68 stamped on the neck block inside the body. Spruce top and Mahogony back and sides. Adjustable bridge.
A great guitar for flatpicking. I'm in Atlanta GA.


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,Nadia
Date: 28 Sep 11 - 02:36 PM

I have a kasuga deluxe, year unknown and i don't seem to find any relevant information on the model neither. Does anyone know anything about it? Am interested in selling it as well.


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,Thaddy
Date: 10 Nov 11 - 05:11 AM

I have a Kasuga D35 (Martin D35 copy) from 1969 with TOP specs:
Three part solid brazilian rosewood back and sides, real Abalone hexagon inlays, series 2 (so early, still pat. pending) Grover tuners and inside a burned in serial and "Handmade, Kasuga Guitars" on the top rounded back-bracing. This must have been a pretty expensive guitar at the time!

It smells still heavily of rosewood (Jacaranda). It doesn't sound like a Martin, though, it has its own beautiful voice, rich in middle and trevle and slightly underpowered in bass. (Which suits recording settings, a Martin D35 can overpower the bass and misses the middle).

I had it restored by a famous Dutch Lutier and at first he wasn't convinced. (I payed €365,- for a restoration to playable, not showroom, condition) After he was ready he tried to buy it from me for about 10 times that. Go figure what it is worth retail to him.
Or maybe he wanted to tear it apart because of all the pre-CITE Brazilian rosewood, which has a particularly beautifull flame and bookmatch. (Almost burned, charcoaled flaming on yellow; so beautiful that you would first think it is charred, not natural).
I stick to it, it's my favorite guitar.

I have another12 string Kazuga from the '70, but that one is from a cheaper series and beyond repair. Although also made from solid woods.


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,bob hooper
Date: 08 May 12 - 06:03 PM

i was given akasuga model w160 by an old musician after he retired from travelling arond the world doing session work it has been with me 39 years in original condition in a case i pick it up now and then beautiful guitar in mint condition reading every ones comments i must b lucky to have given it many years ago what value would i put on it even tho i would never sell it


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST
Date: 23 May 12 - 01:29 PM

can someone tell me how much can I get for my Kasuga G300 classic guitar? (I understood it was made in 1976 and that its made of rosewood)


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,trailtroll
Date: 25 May 12 - 08:20 AM

From reading Guest, Bob Hooper's post, I can assume that my aunt's W-160 12 string is from the early 60's. We too have been trying to determine the value. It has some repair concerns and we were trying to decide if the guitar's value is more than the repair costs. I think we'll go ahead with the repairs.


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,jab
Date: 04 Jun 12 - 09:29 AM

I have a Kasuga D-400, I bought it new in 1978 since it seemed like the best I could afford at the time, looks just like a Martin, not as old as some of the ones mentioned above, but I agree with most comments. This guitar has always played great, never had to adjust it in anyway, it's in great shape (I have taken care of it) and I wouldn't part with it for nothing... good to hear there are other Kasuga enthusiasts out there ! cheers


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Jun 12 - 08:22 PM

Ive had a Kasuga Les Paul copy since 1978, bought second hand in Australia. It has remained my favorite guitar despite owning several others.It plays and sounds amazing with the original Maxon pickups - the only change is it has Schaller tuners,Gotoh bridge and bone nut fitted.I think its model LG480BS - taken from an advertising pamphlet from the 70s - but I'm not sure.A guitar tech who worked on it said it was the best Les Paul copy he's seen. My ex used to say I loved it more than her and in a fire would save the guitar before her - well I still have the guitar!


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Jun 12 - 10:21 AM

I HAVE A WINE RED LES PAUL JUNIOR SPECIAL WITH( CUSTOM)INLAID UNDER THE LAQUER IN MOTHER OF PEARL ON THE HEADSTOCK. I'M TOLD ITS A KASUGA( 1976)GREAT FEEL, SANDWICH MAHOGANY BODY,2-P90 PUPS,WHICH UNFORTNATLY HAVE MICHROPHONIC FEEDBACK WHEN THE VOLUME IS TURNED UP,WITH A COMPRESSION PEDAL OR A TUBE SCREAMER OR WAH SWITCHED ON, HAS ANY BODY GOT ONE ,OR ANY INFO.

                   THANKS KEITH


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,New York City
Date: 11 Aug 12 - 11:23 PM

Have a Kasuga Dreadnought, Model No D-350, Serial No 6340, where 634 is in black ink and 0 in red ink. Bought it used early to mid 1970s in Copenhagen, Denmark. Paid next to nothing for it. Everybody laughed at me and looked at it as being a joke. Only thing I have had done through the years is grinding down the frets a bit two years ago at "30th Street Guitars" in Manhattan. Must be solid wood, because it sounds exactly like a Martin D-35, which is about $2500 these days for a new one. I cannot thank Thor and Odin enough for my beloved Kasuga. Kasuga is my friend. Many, many songs came out of it. Will never get rid of it.


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,Pacafeliz
Date: 13 Aug 12 - 12:05 AM

i also have one here... it's some sort of a gibson les paul custom copy, set-neck, with wonderful inlays (some sort of plants/leaves) all over the fretboard. you can tell this is all high-quality noble woods, no cheap-o cheap-out here!

pickups, i think, are maxon, too. all gold hardware (neck pup is normal gold cover, bridge pup is some sort of open-style with square magnets, like some of the old univox guitars, but it's original), grover-style high-quality tuners.
wonderful binding on the front/top, and it even has a rear/belly coutour for maximum comfort.

i'm usually an all-fender kinda guy (vintage jaguars and jazzmasters) but THIS is the les paul i keep and USE.
it's about 40 years old, i guess, and still 100% original... no changes needed.
you can see a pic here:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v502/Pacafeliz/Guitars/DSC01434.jpg

i'd love to have more info on it/these.
rock on!

Pat.


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,Guest, Werner
Date: 25 Sep 12 - 01:33 PM

I bought a D-400 in the year 1983 in Germany Wolfsburg. Its stil in a perfect condition.
After that i buyed a 12 string T-813, a 12 string T-15, and a classic guitar G-3
All this guitars and some others you can see in my youtube video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrNcTkZxTDI
Cheers from Germany
Werner


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,Chelsea
Date: 24 Oct 12 - 03:26 AM

I have my fathers old kasuga g 120 acoustic guitar and I can't find any information about that model on the internet. I also can't find any serial number. Does anyone have any information they would like to share?


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,mestizoguitarista
Date: 12 Mar 13 - 11:01 PM

I was given a Kasuga nylon string acoustic by my mother who found it at a thrift shop for $5 (australian) i notice it had a pickup and when i plugged it into my pa the sound quality is amazing i also looked them up on google but i could not find an actual dedicated site for this brand i would love to find out what type of pickup it has and the wood it was made with all i know is the make number G-80D


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,Mic
Date: 01 Apr 13 - 04:13 PM

I have a T - 80 twelve string that probably dates from late 60's early 70's. bought it for £10 in 1975. Had a neck that had a really bad bow but perceviered with it as it sounded good. Finally got it fixed by a luthier and it now works a treat.   Can't find any info on it but it looks to be Martin copy. What looks like a solid spruce top and mahogany back and sides. Anyone else got one?


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,Dcruz
Date: 13 May 13 - 10:31 AM

I have a 1969 w160 Kasuga Acoustic 12 Sting that plays great and stays Tuned. i bought it for my grandfather when his own guitar was stolen. When my Grandfather Passed i was given the Guitar. Funny thing when i took it to the Shop to have it repaired, the owner was happily suprised to see the Kasuga, he played it a bit, guess it took him back to his younger years. Good stuff. He asked what hippy i got that guitar from. anyways its my first and only Kasuga and im happy with it.


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,Kasuga collector
Date: 02 Oct 13 - 03:41 AM

I just recently bought a Kasuga G-21. Apparently it has been manufactured for Spanish or Portuguese speaking countries, since the label says also "Kasuga Ano" and manufacturer information appears to be also either Spanish or Portuguese.

This nylon stringer is in mint condition, but I cannot find any info on that in web.

Anyone heard of this?


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Dec 13 - 05:57 AM

I have a Kasuga that looks virtually identical to the LG600B catalogue picture. I have owned it for at least 35 years. Some people who actually play a million times better than me have said they think it's a very good guitar. Had it set up a couple of months ago and it's as good as ever. My only gripe with it is the weight which I find quite heavy. Would love to know if anyone has any idea what it might be worth.


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,Thabassmon
Date: 28 Mar 14 - 06:44 AM

I have a Sunburst Kasuga Les Paul, I've had it for over 15 years and it's been my main guitar since I got it. It plays extremely well, and sounds good too.Someone has previously changed the pickups to Seymour Duncan Alnico II Humbuckers but I plan on replacing those with some authentic Gibson ones. I think the sound could be even better still. I have some nice tuners to go on it too. I saw that Gibson have coil split options on the Les Paul I might go for that and a piezo equipped bridge and then I'll never need another solid body. After that I Imagine it would be one of the most useful guitars I've ever had. Next project upgrade my Eko 100.


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,kiwi guest
Date: 23 Sep 15 - 09:37 PM

I have a Kasuga G 300 Classic guitar purchased in the 1984. It has been a fantastic guitar and produces a great sound. These were spruce tops with a bright Rosewood body. They have a reinforced neck and at the time were not Cheap. I know these were good quality guitars because even after sitting around for a month, you pick it up it will still be in tune.


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,Mark
Date: 15 Oct 15 - 03:28 AM

Hi Garth , I also have a model T413 12 string. Bought mine in Japan 1972. The sound is still great with a lot of depth. I had just got it out tonight to play it after sitting 2 and a half years, the thing was still perfectly in tune. I had put new Elixer light strings on and played it awhile and then parked it. As mentioned before I had purchased it brand new, the catch is that I was in the Navy and I had it in tow during my 10 years going all around the world through all kind of harsh conditions and yet here I am now still playing it and it still sounds great. Quite a testament to an inexpensive guitar of that period. I found tuning it down to D may have helped its longevity. After all of this I still know very little about Kasuga Guitars but am very pleased with this particular guitar. I just need to play it more so my fingers can hang. Best wishes and good luck in all your quest.
            With warm regards, Mark


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,Curious reader
Date: 17 Jan 16 - 11:01 AM

http://youtu.be/wC1xMn_kU9M
A clip with a Kasuga D412.


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Jan 16 - 11:01 AM

http://youtu.be/wC1xMn_kU9M
A clip with a Kasuga D412.


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Subject: RE: Kasuga Guitar
From: GUEST,Ed
Date: 19 Feb 18 - 10:16 PM

I have owned a Kasuga D-200 for 40 yrs. Looks and sounds as good as any more expensive Martin...( that's not only my opinion but several other guitar players I know)
I would like to know if there is any serial number on them for crossing into the USA border. Would appreciate any info on this.


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