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Knaggs Guitars and Steve Stevens (press release)

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

Interview: Peter Wolf’s Entrepreneurial Spark at Work Building Brands and Writing Songs

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

Guitar International: Knaggs Guitars Scheduled to Exhibit at Winter NAMM 2012

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

Autona.com interview: Peter Wolf – Brandwolf, Knaggs Guitars

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

Knaggs Guitars has won the award ‘Best new manufacturer 2010’

Knaggs: Kenai™, Patuxant™, Severn™

Knaggs Guitars has won the award ‘Best new manufacturer 2010’ in a survey conducted by Music & Sound Retailer amongst US retailers. This prestigious award will be presented to Joe Knaggs and Peter Wolf at a press conference during the NAMM show, Wednesday January 12 in Anaheim, California and is part of M&S Retailer’s 25th anniversary celebration.

Knaggs Guitars nominated for ‘Best new manufacturer 2010’

Music & Sound Awards Nominee

Knaggs Guitars has been nominated for ‘Best new manufacturer 2010’ in a survey conducted by Music & Sound Retailer amongst US retailers. Nominees will be presented in their December issue and winners will be announced at the upcoming NAMM-show in Anaheim, Cal. January 13 – 16.

Knaggs Guitars: cover story in Premier Guitar’s May 2010 issue

PremierGuitar.com - May 2010

Knaggs Guitars who recently successfully launched their new high-end guitar brand at the Musik Messe in Frankfurt, Germany is cover story in the upcoming May 2010 issue of the most gear oriented US magazine Premier Guitar. The feature gives readers insights in the genesis of this new company, its direction, designs and outlook. Print magazines will be available at the end of April.

Read the article on PremierGuitar.com – May 2010: complete issue online

music mail 02.2010 – Feature: Knaggs Guitars

Musikmesse music mail 02.2010

NAMM 2010

Chesapeake SevernJust returned from NAMM in Anaheim, Cal.. Knaggs Guitars showed 5 of the 10 models that will be launched at the Frankfurt show end of March. We did 6 interviews including two cover stories, which will be released in spring. The response from Artists, collectors, dealers, distributors and Media was more than encouraging. We’ve also been talking to several companies regarding channeling their products globally in the future. As always, it was a pleasure to seeing friends and industry peers. Next stop for Brandwolf is Frankfurt, Germany 2010. Stay tuned!

Knaggs Guitars (JSK Guitars) announces distribution agreement for Central European countries

choptheadst(Annapolis, MD), November 10, 2009 – The highly anticipated line of ‘Knaggs Guitars’ (www.jskguitars.com, www.knaggsguitars.com, Facebook) will be distributed through Sound Service in Berlin, Germany. Sound Service will be handling Central European distribution in Germany, Benelux, Switzerland, Austria and possibly other neighboring countries. Knaggs Guitars will officially launch at the Frankfurt Musik Messe 2010, displaying their instruments at the Sound Service booth during the Messe Frankfurt, Germany March 24 – March 27, 2010.

Product Manager Jordanis Sountoulidis from Sound Service said: We are excited to having the opportunity to work with Joe and Peter and help to building this promising brand in the future. We are ready to roll and can’t wait to receive the first instruments.

Peter Wolf said: The Sound Service team is very professional and great to work with. We’ve known and respected each other for a long time and I’m happy to have Sound Service distribute our guitars. I’m also very appreciative of the support the Messe Frankfurt has granted, especially considering that ‘Knaggs Guitars’ will be the first high-end US guitar company launching at the Musik Messe in Frankfurt.

Joe Knaggs said: “Peter and I have traveled the world for the past 10 years, so it seems only appropriate that we are launching “Knaggs Guitars” across the big pond! The respect and warmth I have gotten from Europe and so many other foreign countries has been absolutely wonderful, and I feel blessed that I have been able to make these countries a part of my life. With this being said, I am proud of the fact that this is the first major stepping stone for “Knaggs Guitars”. We look forward to working with Sound Service for many years to come.