HEADWAY Japan Tune-up Series
It is often heard that a professional guitarist or an experienced acoustic guitarist doesn’t use a brandnew guitar as it is but has it set up by a reliable repair shop or a guitar builder before starting to use it. They know having an acoustic guitar properly set up is very important to display their best performance and achieve the ideal music they would like to create. Having good playability really makes differences in the performance and sound of an acoustic guitar. At Headway Japan Tune-up series, we aim for the achievement of superb playability on the budget-friendly guitars. Every detail concerned with playability including nut, saddle, frets, and neck action of JT guitars is carefully adjusted at our Deviser Workshop in Japan before they are dispatched to music stores. We use the term “tune up" because the jobs done on JT guitars are not just simple adjustments to make the guitars playable, but they are to pull out the best of the guitars, enhancing the playability and the sound. JT guitars are for players at every level from entry class players to experienced ones.
The renewed JT guitars produced since Spring of 2018 come to feature post-coating dovetail neck joint which contributes to both the sound and stability of neck. Until then it has been feasible on only Headway guitars of higher ranges built by Aska builders due to requirements of highly skilled technique and preciseness. As the result, the renewed JT guitars have increased articulation and sustain and increased stability of necks. The post coating neck joint offers more sophisticated feel and appearance as well as proving preciseness
Except for some special models, all the rew JT guitars have matte neck, which feels smoother and improves the playability.
All the new JT guitars except for HJ-OSAMURAISANⅡ comes equipped with Fishman Sonitone preamp and pickup with volume and tone controls.
On every JT guitars nut and saddle are carefully adsjuted to offer the best string actions so that they are easy to play. Edges of nut and saddles are smoothly rounded for comfortablity.
The fret wires are filed to keep even response and tone from every fret, with sand papers in differnt grit sizes being used. The edges of frets are rounded for smooth access to higher frets and comfortability.
JT guitars are strung with Elixir phospher bronze light guage strings when they are shipped out from our workshop.
Serial number of each guitar is handwritten on the sound hole label made from Japanese traditional paper.