Whitstable Guitars

A selection of good quality, used guitars and specialising in imports from Japan since 2008

1980's Kawai Aquarius AQ-501 VWH MIJ & Used Hard Case


This guitar is currently in the workshop and therefore unavailable. Please email me for full details

Kawai are a Japanese company famous for making excellent pianos. In the 1970s & 80's they also made guitars and basses to a very good standard. This guitar is from the Aquarius range and features an Ash body, Maple neck & fretboard, a pair of humbucker pickups & a vintage style tremolo system. It's a nice guitar and it plays well but before I go on, let me tell you about a few modifications etc.

Firstly, the guitar doesn't have the original pickups, they were an open style humbucker without chrome covers. The ones on here are unbranded but they seem good quality, particularly the bridge pickup which is a powerful 15.8k. The neck pickup is a more modest 7.5k,

One of the bridge saddles is odd & slightly wider than the others (see photos) but still works as it should. I don't believe the back plate is the original one as there are a few extra holes there & the tremolo arm is missing. I have included a generic spare but it's not shaped as it should be and catches on the bridge but it can still be used.

Lastly, the body has quite a few blemishes and the finish has some discolouration in places & there are two paint cracks at the neck joint (very common on all older bolt on guitars & not a problem)

Please check out all the photos in the gallery where I have tried to show all the marks/dents/discolouration.

As I said earlier, the guitar plays nicely and the frets are good & the neck straight & slim giving nice low action I think it is good value for money.

Kawai AQ-501 Specifications

Body: Ash

Neck: One piece Maple with 22 fret Maple fretboard

Width at nut: 42mm

Width at 12th fret: 54mm

Scale Length: 648mm (25.5")

2 x Humbuckers (make unknown)

Neck pickup: 7.5k

Bridge pickup: 15.8k

3 way switch

Master volume & tone knobs

Vintage style tremolo system

3 ply white pickguard

Vintage generic unbranded hard case

As stated many times, due to courier damage, all my guitars are shipped in hard cases (usually new) this one being a vintage generic one which I guess was supplied with the guitar when it was bought new

So to sum up, a nice (but a bit tatty) guitar from Kawai Japan. This model is quite difficult to find here in the UK . My thanks to the Kawai.com website for some useful information which helped me identify the model

If you are further interested in this guitar, you can either email me with any queries & I'll do my best to get back to you within 24 hours.

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