From Seymour Duncan’s Blog (photo: seymourduncan.com)
Knaggs Guitars makes some pretty remarkable instruments. While many of their creations use standard woods that you see with many other companies, they have an eye for the artistic as well. You will see highly flamed maple, spalted maple, and unique design touches that elevate the idea of mere building to a fascinating art form. While you can trace back some of the origins of the shapes and formulas to guitars of the past, Knaggs Guitars has enough of their own thing going on to give them a second and third look …
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Greensboro, MD – Nov 13, 2014 | Grammy-Award winning Virtuoso and long time Billy Idol collaborator Steve Stevens and Knaggs Guitars proudly announce the Steve Stevens Signature model SS2. Tailored to Steve’s specs and preferences, it will accompany the legendary guitarist on Billy Idol’s 2015 World tour.
Limited to only 100 instruments in 3 available colors (Red Sparkle, Cream and Black) the SS2 features a Mahogany body with carved Maple top, custom SS neck carve, Rosewood finger board with Mother of Pearl inlays, Ray gun head stock inlay and Signature Bare Knuckle pick-ups with engraved Ray guns not available in any other guitar. Each instrument comes with an exclusive Certificate outlining specs and serial-number (1-100) and will be hand signed by Steve and team Knaggs. A black form fit case completes this limited run offering.
Steve Stevens said: “I believe there is a soul and energy to a guitar well beyond the materials used. There is musical karma. My over 30 year friendship with Peter Wolf laid the basis of building the guitar of my dreams. I then put that dream into the hands of Joe Knaggs, who I feel is the absolute best guitar builder/designer out there today. The fact that my guitar is available to the public is extremely cool, but honestly I’d play this instrument no matter whose name was on it. It truly is magic”.
Joe Knaggs added: ”It is always an honor and inspiration to be working with Steve and I’m proud of what we have created together”.
Sales of Steve Stevens’ Signature models will help MusiCares, a charity Steve has been supporting. “We wanted to give back some of the proceeds of my Signature guitar and MusiCares immediately came to mind. I’ve personally seen them help so many gifted players change their lives for the better. They are such an amazing organization”.
Joe Knaggs and a small dedicated team of skilled guitar makers have been carving a niche for themselves in the World of high-end American made guitars in just a few short years. The company recently celebrated its 5th Anniversary.
More information: www.knaggsguitars.com
Brandwolf Consulting of Annapolis, MD and Nashville based J. Rockett Audio Designs have entered a consulting agreement. Peter Wolf will be directing International sales and helping to increase Global presence and brand value.
“The pedal market has been exploding in recent years. I’m very excited to be part of a great team of gear heads and tone junkies making superior tools for musicians, right here in the US. I look forward to helping J. Rockett Audio Designs connect with the right companies and players on a Global basis,” said Peter Wolf in a statement.
J. Rockett Audio Designs’ CEO Chris Van Tassel added, “Our pedals are being used by a growing number of well known players. We are honored to be working with Peter and Brandwolf to help make J. Rockett Audio Designs a household brand. We look forward to utilizing his expertise and reputation to get us into the right distribution channels in Export markets.”
J. Rockett Audio Designs products are currently used by Allan Holdsworth, Tim Pierce, Pete Thorn, John Schofield, Guthrie Trapp, Michael Britt, Peter Stroud, Mark Lettieri, Josh Smith, Kirk Fletcher, Brian Nutter, Danny Rader, Andy Anderson, Lyle Workman, and a growing number of Session players around the World.
Knaggs Chesapeake Series 'Severn Tier 1' Trem in Aged Scotch
Seymour Duncan has teamed up with Knaggs Guitars, Maryland’s Boutique Guitar maker, to give away a special Knaggs Chesapeake Series ‘Severn Tier 1′ Trem in Aged Scotch. This instrument is one of Knaggs’ finest guitars, featuring a double-cutaway beveled Alder body with Sapele top and a Maple cap. The figured Rock Maple set neck comes with a Cocobolo fingerboard at an 8.5” radius, 25.5” scale, and fingerboard inlays consisting of Abalone Diamonds and an Abalone Chesapeake work boat inlay at the 12th fret. The instrument also has a Wenge pickguard with Abalone and Green Snail purfling, and features Knaggs’ proprietary solid steel bridge plate/Hinge Tremolo driving increased string vibration into the center of the body.
This guitar has been upgraded with the Antiquity Texas Hot pickups, which produce a nice vintage “smokey” tone and are particularly well suited to rock and blues. Knaggs’ VP of Global Sales & Marketing, Peter Wolf said: “We have been working with the folks at Seymour Duncan since the beginning of our company in late 2009. We couldn’t be happier with their pickups and their service and we are excited to give back to our growing communities.”
This giveaway is open worldwide and one lucky winner will be randomly selected after September 30th.
Enter here: http://bit.ly/14btSJz
The Knaggs Influence Series ‘Steve Stevens Signature Model’. Musikmesse Frankfurt, 10 to 13 april 2013, 4.0 C35
Steve Stevens (Photo: cfjphoto.com)
Greensboro, MD, July 9, 2012 – In time for Billy Idol’s 2012 tour, Grammy-Award winning guitar player and long time collaborator Steve Stevens received his first Knaggs guitar. Tailored to Steve’s specs and preferences it will accompany the legendary guitarist on their European summer tour and following US shows.
The instrument, based on Knaggs’ Kenai model and finished in Faded Onyx, features a slightly thicker carved Mahogany body with a carved curly Maple top, a set Mahogany neck with Rosewood finger board and ‘Morning Star’ inlays and Knaggs’ proprietary two-in-one bridge, combining a tune-o-matic and string holder into one unit, thus increasing harmonics and sustain. Two volume and tone controls drive the Fralin pure PAF humbuckers.
Joseph Knaggs, Peter Wolf and the Knaggs team in Greensboro, Maryland are carving a niche for themselves in the world of high-end guitar making in just a few short years. Some of the Artists currently using Knaggs instruments include Nils Lofgren, Stuart Fraser, Bernd Roemer, Mick Hayes, Ben Miller, Mick Woll, Tim Stephens and two time Latin Grammy nominee Pablo Olivares. www.knaggsguitars.com
Peter Wolf with a Knaggs Keya T3 model (Photo: Steven Baumgardner)
With his formidable music industry connections and hard won experience, international marketer Peter Wolf launched his company, Brandwolf, while working his magic getting the word out on the new Knaggs Guitar brand and producing his own brand of music. We first met Pete during his time at Paul Reed Smith Guitars, where he served the company as its Director of Global Sales and Marketing. He’d begun his tenure at PRS when the company was in its infancy and was a key team player, as PRS Guitars became one of the most respected guitar brands in the world. That experience, coupled with his prior marketing and sales work in Europe have proven to be instrumental in the early success of Brandwolf, but more visibly with the launch and steady growth of Knaggs Guitars …
Read the interview on Guitarinternational.com
According to a new press release from Knaggs Guitars, a Maryland based boutique manufacturer of high-end electric and acoustic guitars, basses and mandolins the company will be present on the show floor at the 2012 NAMM show in Anaheim, California.
Since the company was founded only 24 months ago by storied and acclaimed designer and luthier Joseph Knaggs and marketing/branding mastermind Peter Wolf, it has drawn attention and respect from a growing number of players, guitar aficionados and media in over 20 countries. (…)
Read on: www.guitarinternational.com
Peter Wolf and Joe Knaggs (Photo: Larry Melton)
„… Joe Knaggs und ich sind jetzt 18 Monaten mit einem kleinen aber feinen Team am Start und es war eine sehr interessante Zeit, auf allen Ebenen. … Wir bauen im Moment ca. 25 Instrumente im Monat. Ich könnte sicherlich das 10-fache verkaufen. aber High-End-Gitarrenbau ist ein hartes Stück Arbeit und dauert seine Zeit …“
Read the interview (in german) on Autona.com