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