?kasuga history

Posted by Brendon Harley on Mon, 07/22/02 - 06:48:54.

I have in my possession a Kasuga SG, hand carved body, mother of pearl neck ivy inlay. I want to know where I can look up its history and approximate value. I believe it was made in the seventies, perhaps to special order. Any ideas?

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Kasuga T-250 How old is it?

I just pulled a 12-string Kasuga T-250 out of a closet in my basement, and I'd love to know more about it. How old it is, for example. I can't find any serial number stamped on it, but on one of the cross braces inside the sound hole, it has "783" stamped on it. If that's month and year, it's either 1978 March or July 1983.

Anyone have any idea whether that's a clue to its age, or not, or how to tell the age in another way? There's absolutely nothing else written on the label inside, except the brand and model.

Thanks to anyone that can help. :)

Sekova 12 string F2020 w/ kasuga mark

When did kasuga produce 12 string accoustic F2020s for Sekova. I have one in good shape and I'm curious.

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One's just been sold on Trademe - very cool. Have a look at http://www.trademe.co.nz/Music-instruments/Instruments/Guitar-bass/Electric-guitars/auction-101828953.htm?p=2

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I currently own a Kasuga bass that look exactly like a red Rickenbacker, its really amazing to play but I cant find the brand anywhere or any information on it.

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: I have in my possession a Kasuga Les Paul< hand carved body, mother of pearl neck ivy inlay. I want to know where I can look up its history I have picturies of my beauty. I believe it was made in the seventies,dont know perhaps to special order. Any ideas?

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: I seem to be the only one with a Kasuga 12 string! I bought it new in the 70's and still have it. The instrument plays well and have never needed attention in spite of being strung for 30+ years.

Kasuga 12 string

I own a Kasuga WG 250 which I purchased in Tokyo while on R&R from Vietnam in 1968. It has a zero fret. Is yours the same?

Kasuga 12 string

I have one too- I bought it when I first graduated in 1975 ....at that point it was about £75 and I had to take it on hire-purchase at £6 per month in order to afford it . Its got a lovely sound and has given me a lot of pleasure over the years, although I ve pretty much given up playing in recent years . Its in perfect condition.

1968 Kasuga Gakki 12 String Acoustic

i just inherited my Grandfathers Kasuga. your not the only one. ha

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ive got a kasuga bass guitar...im going to sell it but know like nothing about it...help plz!

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I bought an acoustic steel string kasuga KD 350S in sunburst for £80 in 1987. I bought it from a fellow student in Nottingham with no idea of it's history, but a mate with more experience than I had, thought that the local music shop had nothing to touch it for sound. It still sounds great. It's had the bridge thing at the top of the neck (is that called the nut?) already replaced with what appears to be an ivory or bone bit, apart from that it's all original. I've read the history of the Kasuga guitar venture and I'm delighted to own it. I've not played any acoustic guitars in my price range that compare so it's still my instrument of choice.

Re: ?kasuga history

: I have in my possession a Kasuga SG, hand carved body, mother of pearl neck ivy inlay. I want to know where I can look up its history and approximate value. I believe it was made in the seventies, perhaps to special order. Any ideas?

The story:

In May of ’72, a portentous advertisement appeared in The Music Trades. In an ad stretching across the top of a two-page spread, drawn cartoon-fashion with a jet soaring from Japan to the United States, the headline read, “Kasuga Guitars Come To America.” Kasuga was a guitarmaker 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 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.

In December, ’72, an ad touted the Kasuga line, copies of the most popular Gibson, Fender, and Martin acoustic and electric solidbody designs. Presumably these included Telecasters. These were sold under the Kasuga name (briefly; a notice of Kasuga acoustics appeared in Guitar Player in September, ’72) and carrying the monikers of various importers, as in the ’60s.

In December, ’72, U.S. Musical Merchandise published its new Sekova catalog, replete with a full line of copies, including its Sekova version of the Tele, probably produced by Arai.

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:I have a Kasuga T 20 12 string - no 407 posted on the internal bracing. Bought it early 70's. It suffered from terminal neck bend but I couldnt bare to part with it as it sounded so good. Finally and only recently as its been under the bed for years managed to get it in reasonable fettle with some professional work to the bridge. Now playable and in use for fun daily. Havnt managed to find any listings for this model anywhere. Any ideas although I would never part with it.

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In 1980 I purchased an F5 model mandolin in N. Hollywood CA. It's serial # 100. It came with a hard shell case. It is in Perfect condition.I play this instrument alot. and I enjoy it's sound and action. Please tell me more about the mandolins from this time.: I am not interested in selling my mandolin, just looking for history.

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Hi, I have a solid body, hand carved custom lead/rhythym guitar.
It is made of american maple and has maple leaves carved onto the body. There is a creeping "IVY" vine snaking up the neck. Frets are leaf shaped mother of pearl.
It is finished in clear varethane or something similar.
It has twin chromed "10 henri" pickups and chrome hardware.
I bought it brand spankin new in Portland Oregon in 1976 from "Caaptain WhizzEagle.' (I paid $375 I think.)
It was in their loft for at least a year before I bought it.
The seller told me that he had bought a half dozen of them and each was different since they were individually carved.

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: : I have in my possession a Kasuga KF840, . I want to know where I can look up its history and approximate value. I believe it was made in 1973, perhaps to special order. Any ideas?

: The story:

: In May of ’72, a portentous advertisement appeared in The Music Trades. In an ad stretching across the top of a two-page spread, drawn cartoon-fashion with a jet soaring from Japan to the United States, the headline read, “Kasuga Guitars Come To America.” Kasuga was a guitarmaker 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 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.

: In December, ’72, an ad touted the Kasuga line, copies of the most popular Gibson, Fender, and Martin acoustic and electric solidbody designs. Presumably these included Telecasters. These were sold under the Kasuga name (briefly; a notice of Kasuga acoustics appeared in Guitar Player in September, ’72) and carrying the monikers of various importers, as in the ’60s.

: In December, ’72, U.S. Musical Merchandise published its new Sekova catalog, replete with a full line of copies, including its Sekova version of the Tele, probably produced by Arai.

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Hi
I have a Kasuga bass, It´s a Fender copy and I love it.
I traded it for a Gibson copy back in 1980, and it was quite old already then.
The sound is very good and it´s very playable.
The tuning is very good.
I just read the story about Kasuga in Vintage guitar, but what happend later on ?...

All the best from Sweden

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I've got a few Kasuga's over the years this is my list

Rickenbacker 4001 Bass copy
Gibson 330 copy (dot)
Telecaster copy and a
Classical Guitar

All are really awesome and enjoy playing them, wonderful guitars action wise if anyone gets a chance to buy one go for it the value for $ is worth it

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I have a Kasuga G318 Classical Guitar i would like any information that i could get on it so far nobody has even heard of it and there is nothnig on the internet about it

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I have a very old Kasuga acoustic, its in top condition and has been played alot in its life, Im in love with the thing and havnt found another Guitar that sounds nearly as good.
Picked it up for $250au, Its model no G U3610, i cant find any info on it anywhere on the net. It dosnt exist!

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I have an artical from vintage guitar mag about the Kasuga Guitar co. Tom Morris left the united states in 1968 to Japan with credits to start a guitar co. He approched the Tokia Musical insturment Co. to produce them . The production began to overwelm the Tokai so they approched the Kasuga guitar co in 1970 to continue production . These guitars are concidered to be better than most Japan models produced in the 70s I own a 1972 Tele Bass a one of a kind do to the fact that no Tele's were ever known to be produced or no records of them were kept. It is very playable and I do play it regulary . E mail if you wish to know more

Kasuga Gakki W250--1972 model

Just bought a Kasuga w250. 1972 acoustic guitar from a boot sale for very little money, I,ve just looked it up on ebay and the one I,ve seen is a slightly later model going at $256 dollars. It,s in pretty good condition with considerable wear on the frets,all the way down the neck.also the fret board is worn in places but the body work is in great condition,with a floral scratchplate. Who ever has owed it as used it well over the years. It is a similar build to the Eko ranger six,of which I have in my collection

1972 kasuga t-16

hello,
I have a 1972 kasuga t-16. I have not been able to find any info on this model. does anyone have any info on it or know if its worth anything?
Thanks

Kasugas

I collect them.

I have a Gibson es175, a Barney Kessel, two strats, two les pauls and an SG. Nice guitars.

How to date Kasuga Guitar KC-330 (491)

How do you date Kasuga Guitar KC-330 (491)? Anyone?

Kasuga 12 string

Hi all.
I have a Kasuga 12 string model GU3614.
My father bought it new in the early-mid 1970's and ended up giving it to me in the late 80's.
It is an AWESOME guitar to play and is in good condition for it's age.
I would like some info on this model if anyone can help.
Also, what was the original price and how much is it worth now?
Thanks heaps.
Mick.

Kasuga History

I own a Kasuga T-20 12 string acoustic, made in 1970. I neither know nor care how much it is worth. It is beautiful.

I bought a concert Kasuga

I bought a concert Kasuga classical guitar from a garage sale. It plays well. Does anyone know its value?

kasuga Kc 330

I bought my kC330 (classical six string) from Don Juan music in Portland oregon about 72-73. The Preachers wife was teaching guitar so she came with and tuned up five brand new ones. they all varied in tone but the first one rang like a bell. i am 55 and have never seen another kasuga. Mine has only improved with age. I played it tonight and thought I'd see if there are any more out there. I have yamaha twelves and sixes as well as washburn, emperador, harmony, and a couple no name wonders but the kasuga rivals all in tone and resonance.

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I was given last week a Kasuga Acoustic from a client last week. Raced home and threw on a new packet of nylon strings, and I have to say it has a really cool tone.
Kasuga model no:1118.
Does anyone know the history at all ?

With Respect

Shane

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I have a 1972 kasuga guitar Model KF840. It is in mint condition. Can you tell me what it is worth? Thank you.

Kasuga model KF-840

I purchased mine new in 1972 at the age of 14. It cost me $135.00 back then without a case. Unfortunately a drunken friend set it down on the floor and proceeded to step on it and break the neck whih I repaired with two part epoxy. It still however plays and sounds beautiful and I would assume the value depending on condition is much more than the $135.00 that I paid in 1972 for mine. great find and good luck. If you ever consider selling it I would have an interest. Regards, Scott.

re;1972 KF440 KASUGA

WE HAVE A 1972 KASUGA KF440 AND WE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT IT IS WORTH? it is in mint condition....

thank you,
dee ramsey

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: hi i have two kasuga lespauls one is a costum{jimmy page?}one flame top.i would like two know more about them.iv done a bit of work two both.i run emg active 85s in rear position.i love them.any info u can pass on would be appreciated.

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: i have a Kasuga 12 string, model T-20 bought in 1968 secondhand. Its in pretty good condition considering its age and gets played rarely since broken finger ended my guitar career

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Hi there oh not bad that you find any info about these guitars have search everywhere=)Can i please get a copy of that artical?I be very thanksful.My email adress is jingesson@hotmail.com

Jonas

Kasuga Guitar - Model KC370

I have a Kasuga Guitar that was given to me. It is a Model KC370, still has the made in Japan sticker on it. It was made in 1972. The sticker says Kasuga Gakki on it, I guess that is the name of the manufacturer. It also then has a stamp in it that says "NW". Any idea of the value of this guitar?
Thanks,
Michael

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Hi. I have a Kasuga guitar, model KC-330. I bought this guitar from my guitar teacher 27 years ago. I would like to find out any information possible on it. Thanks, Maria

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Hey I have one as well passed down from my mom. It has the label on it still and is serial #1550 and says it was manufactured for CF martin industries. I have heard they are woth alot more if they did not take off the label when it came into the u.s.

Re: kasuga history

Hi, I got one too maybe you can send me a photo of it?
my email is anthony_lou@yahoo.com

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I have owned a Kasuga strat since 1993. Previous owner bought it new in the mid 70s (He bought a new US Fender, then he wanted the Kasuga back, but it was gifted to me by my wife so he couldn't have it.). This guitar has been played by many excellent musicians during it's life and they all like playing it. Bridge pickup has been replaced at some stage. This guitar far exceeds the playability and tone of any other Japanese strat copies I have played.

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: I have owned a Kasuga strat since 1993. Previous owner bought it new in the mid 70s. He replaced it with a new US Fender, then he wanted the Kasuga back. It was gifted to me by my wife so he couldn't have it. This guitar has been played by many excellent musicians during it's life and they all like playing it. This guitar is very comfortable to play. The Kinman pickups installed in 2004 are awesome (they don't hum, they have great tone, they make bad amps sound better and good amps sound fantastic)I recently tried it through a Fender Blues Deluxe reissue and the result was very pleasurable indeed.
Statistics :-
Ash body
Maple neck and fretboard
Kinman AVn HX pickups
Refitted with 5 way pickup selector.
Custom paua shell inlay
Custom finish
DiMarzio pearl pickguard.

kasuga history

: I have in my possession a Kasuga SG, hand carved body, mother of pearl neck ivy inlay. I want to know where I can look up its history and approximate value. I believe it was made in the seventies, perhaps to special order. Any ideas?

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I have a LP Kasuga,the body is in carved maple, with a
very nice pattern.(handcraafted ) The fretboard is made by maple, with vine inlay. The microphones are two P 90 ,
All original. Someone who wonne buy it ?
It´s buildt in 1970 -75

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Any ideas? Nope. I have an SG exactly the same as yours by your description. If you take the neck off, there may be a hand written number (mine is 129). I only know about as much as you, jap copy, 60's or 70's. I paid USD $150 appox 12 years ago

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: Any ideas? Nope. I have an SG exactly the same as yours by your description. If you take the neck off, there may be a hand written number (mine is 129). I only know about as much as you, jap copy, 60's or 70's. I paid USD $150 appox 12 years ago

i am just thinking about buying a kasuga - sounds like the same as you have - would you recommend it?

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I have a Kasuga Les Paul copy.It is the best guitar I have ever had.It was found in a garage by a mate and I rebuit it.Its tone and action are perfect for me.Its better for me than a Les Paul.I play a lot of slide guitar and its resonance is awesome.I know they are hard to find

: i am just thinking about buying a kasuga - sounds like the same as you have - would you recommend it?

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i have a kasuga les paul from some time in the '70s with a bolt on neck. i bought it in 1997 for $300 australian dollars. the guy had no idea, but had it since new and said that it was 25 years old. seems that on the net alot of guys have a kasuga les paul from 1977 so maybe thats the vintage. if you guys have pics of your guitars send them to my email address, im happy to exchange.

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: i have a kasuga les paul from some time in the '70s with a bolt on neck. i bought it in 1997 for $300 australian dollars. the guy had no idea, but had it since new and said that it was 25 years old. seems that on the net alot of guys have a kasuga les paul from 1977 so maybe thats the vintage. if you guys have pics of your guitars send them to my email address, im happy to exchange.

It seems like i have the same guitar as you are talking about! i have been looking for others with a guitar the same as i think they could be worth alot and i am curious about the history of them. i have a kasuga les paul copy in sunburst the action is supurb, its really quite a nice guitar! i bought it with a hard case for $200 off a friend who just wanted to get rid of it to make room. he had no idea about how it played or anything he bought it second hand about 10 years ago. I have taken the guitar to many teachers and after playing it, they wished they had one and said that they would gladly pay AU$600 for it but i dont want to let it go. its really quite a nice guitar and i think we should exchange photo's and get to know more about them. i am quite curious.
cheers.

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I have a Les Paul from 1973. Heavy but super to play. The pickups can beat any Dimarzio model today. Believe me, I have had a PAF 90 on the guitar. I've seen two other Kasuga LP here in Sweden the last years. I'm looking för a Strat and Tele but there are noone to be found.
Have also been looking on the web to find info, but,,,,,
So if you guys have more info. Pls post it.

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