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To hail the arrival of a new age of electric guitars, we at Kz Guitar Works have begun producing a guitar that we believe will set the standard for this new age; a guitar we call the “Kz One Standard”.
Through careful, delicate and dedicated craftsmanship, we have produced a guitar that takes the concept of electric guitars to a new level.
We say with pride that there are sounds only this guitar can produce.
Through this guitar we aim to set a new standard for electric guitars.
“The first time I saw the Kz One Standard design, I had to blink once or twice. That was a truly inspired vision; a high quality crossover between legendary old lady, a kahler loaded 84 guilds, a double cutaway Les Paul with a contemporary twist and Kz’s own flavor. It is amazingly designed by master luthier, Kazutaka Ijuin, at the Kz Guitar Works for a wider public segment than just the queen aficionado and ready for the professional player that is searching a versatile weapon of choice. It is a guitar for pretty everything on the set. The guitar keeps the flame on classic designs, but reassigning them on a more player friendly package with clever and minimal switching method. It is providing a full array of vintage and contemporary tones, wide trusty vibrato system and locking tuners for excellent and expressive performance. This guitar has both classic and avant-grade look and feel.”
“I am so happy to have this handcrafted guitar built for me and my style of playing. It is versatile and the sustain is awesome. I’m able to play not only rock and roll but clean country as well. I’ve never played a guitar like this before in my life Its resonance is in there and the sound and vibration of it just so awesome. I’m really excited to play it live, bring it out, and show it off. I gave it a name….since it is from Japan I have named it ” SAKURA ” which means Cherry Blossom, because it was built in Spring and from Japan and right around the time that the cherry blossoms were blooming. I couldn’t be happier. Thanks to Kz Guitar Works.”
“The moment I held this guitar, I was truly touched. Of course it was very special because Kazutaka created this original guitar applying the knowledge and the technology he extensively studied from the Red Special.
The design, Materials and the finish, all of these aspects show how much he put his thought on it. It is easy to play. The sound is very close to the Red Special, yet it has its own uniqueness. I believe it will attract many guitarists. Hope you have a chance to play this fantastic guitar!”
“In my previous live performance, I used a Kz One and this time I used a Kz One Standard. I totally felt the difference between two, which comes from originality of Kz Guitar Works. This does not mean the guitar has a tricky uniqueness to play, but actually very easy and fit to your hand naturally.
Though it is an electric guitar, yet it also has an acoustic sound quality.
It has a single coil and wide range, but it has enough power to produce the great sound. The Kahler Tremolo for the bridge works smoothly, and all the parts that compose this guitar create a variety of sound like magic.
I look forward to seeing further progress for this guitar, and hope everyone would have a chance to experience this magical sound of the Kz One Standard.”
Features and Sounds
Kz One Standard special live digest at Akasaka Crawfish on March 29, 2016
Thanks to Hoochies, who have made a video demonstrating a beautiful flamed maple and f-hole Kz One Standard.
Hand made with pride from Japanese craftsmen.
The head of the guitar is designed to minimize nut friction while keeping the tuning stable. This is done by incorporating a ten-degree angle to the head and keeping the strings straight from nut to tuning pegs.
The neck is set-in and composed by one piece of Honduras Mahogany. The medium-fat grip neck provides stability from warping while also giving the guitar medium and low tones not achievable by other semi-hollow guitars. Two-way truss-rod used. Can be used to both increase or decrease string action.
22–fret Madagascar Rosewood with 635mm. (25in.) scale used. Fingerboard width is nut-end 43mm, fingerboard-end 57mm. The carefully crafted round-edge and 12 inch radius fingerboard makes playing easy and comfortable.
GOTOH locking pegs used. These pegs are designed to allow precise tuning and simple string replacement.
TUSQ XL nut used. This nut is noted for its tuning stability and rich sound in all ranges.
The body is semi-hollow and composed of a Hard Rock Maple top and Honduras Mahogany body. The semi-hollow body construction helps create a guitar with a large, fat resonance sound. The simple and delicately crafted body is small and easy to use, and provides excellent balance, whether standing up or sitting down.
JESCAR medium size frets used. The 12-inch radius frets offers the player precise pitch, smooth fingering, and easy string bending.
The finish is an ultra-thin polyurethane finish. This ultra-thin finishing requires skill and craftsmanship of the highest quality, and we say with confidence that we have achieved this feat of art. The finish enables longevity while not sacrificing the guitar’s natural sound.
The pickups are hand-wound 60’s Vintage Style Dome-Top pickups by the British company ADESON. The pickups are series wired into the guitar, providing the player with direct, powerful tones and wide ranges of sounds unachievable by other single-coil pickups. They are also noted for their low noise (hum). Visually, the rounded Dome-Tops gives the guitar a unique and attractive look.
The controls are composed of two knobs (Master Volume and Master Tone), and three switches (Each of which activates one of the three pickups). The two knobs also act as phase switches for the neck and middle pickups. By pulling a knob up, the phase is changed, and one can enjoy the unique sound the phase effect creates.
For the bridge, a modified Kahler tremolo unit is used. Because the Kz One Standard does not use a locking nut, the fine tuners on the Kahler have been removed, making maintenance much easier. Despite the modification, the modified Kahler still maintains all the features unique to the standard issue; smooth feel, easy usage, and fine-tuning stability.
Special options can be requested (with additional fees). These include: Body Top Material (Honduras Mahogany, Flamed Maple), an Ebony Fingerboard, Head Top Material (Madagascar Rosewood, Ebony, Flamed Maple), Requested Colors, an F-hole, JESCAR EVO GOLD frets, Requested Pickups, and Left-Handed Models.
As a standard, Kz One Standards are issued using Elixar light gauge strings (.010-.046). These strings have excellent coating, allowing for very long usage. They also provide a natural touch and a powerful sound unique to these strings.
B1F/1-16-7, Dougenzaka, Shibuya,
Tokyo, Japan 150-0043