Knaggs Kenai-J: A single-cutaway guitar with classic looks
A new boutique single cutaway model from Knaggs
The new Knaggs Kenai-J model comes in various permutations, but at heart it’s about bringing out the best in a classic single-cut design. A renowned boutique guitar builder, Knaggs gives you a number of options to customize your Kenai-J.
The basic recipe for the new Knaggs Kenai-J is a single-cutaway, solid body design with a flat top and back and a semi-gloss finish. Now thrown a three-a-side headstock into the mix along with a 24.75″ scale length and a set-in neck. All those ingredients add up to a classic ‘Gibson-esque’ design from the ’50s. The overall impression here is of a super-reliable workhorse guitar with bags of tones on tap.
But Knaggs have done more than just copied an existing formula. They’ve added their own twist to this classic single-cut design. As a boutique custom guitar builder, Knaggs makes sure you get plenty of options to choose from when ordering you Kenai-J.
Basic Classic Single Cutaway
The basic building blocks are a mahogany body and neck and a rosewood fretboard with dot inlays. You also get a Tone Pro wraparound tailpiece and vintage-style Kluson tuners and a bone nut.
Pickups-wise Knaggs give you several options to choose from. You can either go for a single P90, or humbucker in the bridge position. Or you can opt for a pair of either. Whichever way you go, the Kenai-J should have all the tones you need. Each version has a single Volume and Tone control, but if your guitar has two pickups you also get a 3-way toggle switch.
The colours on offer are Tobacco BlackBurst, Crème, Olive Drab, Ferrari Red, TV Yellow, Black, Sonic Blue and Pink. The pickguard options are either Black, Parchment, Tortoise or White.
This is a great-looking single-cutaway guitar design and because it’s a Knaggs, you can be pretty certain it will play excellently and sound phenomenal.
RRP: from USD 3650 with an up-charge of USD 525 for relic gloss finishes
- Knaggs Kenai-J single P90 Olive Drab: Knaggs
- Knaggs Kenai-J single P90 Tobacco Sunburst: Knaggs
- Knaggs Kenai-J twin humbucker in Pink: Knaggs
A Knaggs that actually looks good?
And here I thought boutique guitars couldn’t get more overpriced. Silly me.
The tobacco sunburst is nice looking, but $3650 for a single cutaway, one p-90, slab of wood (no contouring), dot inlays, no trem, with an ugly headstock is a joke. A modern joke but not actually funny. I can’t imagine who would buy this honestly, bless their little hearts.
That’s retail. Street is like $2800.
Great, a $3000 Jr. It looks so basic it hurts. I guess they are aiming for the “best playing/most basic looking“ guitar market?
The vast majority of Knaggs guitars are gaudy as hell.