Originally Posted by Tubarão Guitars
I own the Zero model and have played several Kiko's models here in Brazil-SãoPaulo.
The Zero is a cheapo' model made in Korea, with poor set-up, fat neck, wrong woods (bad quality) and the Licensed Floyd and pickups are weak and low quality.
The Kiko's signature is very diferent:
It's also MIK, but nice woods, Seymour pu's and Gotoh bridge (very nice bridge).
Anyway, the signature is very expensive for and "Made in Somewhere" axe.
Tagima is an Japanese/Brazilian luthier that lives and works in SãoPaulo since 1940.
He's amazing, and all his customs guitars that was made in Brazil between 1987-1994 era are amazing stuff. Specially JEM's and strato copies.
I have a very closer/nice friend that works full-time at Tagima's Repair Dept., here in SãoPaulo.
He does all the FRET repairs from the guitars that come from MIK with some problems (intonation, fret leveling, clear/finish/polishing). There are NO guitars Made in Brazil anymore!
Tagima Guitars sell 700 to 1200 pieces of cheapo guitars, including the Zero model and strato copies per MONTH!
it's a BUNCH of, since we're on the third world and livin' with 25 dollars per week.
Yes, i said the minimum salary allowed on our country is 25 bucks per week.
68% of our population lives the ENTIRE month with 100 dollars, that means R$300,00 (three hundred reais).
WOW Getting to political!!!
Ok, to find these guitars, you have to get a bus to downtown.
They are everywhere.
Everywhere in São Paulo! LOL!
PS.: I hope my stupid english makes some sense at all! hahaha.
Hmmm... I live in Singapore.. So I can't go downtown to Brazil to buy it... I have to order it online...
Looks like quality is a compromise except on the Kiko's Signature... Can you describe the K1's playing sound and feel?
So where does this Tagima work now? Every Tagima guitar is a MIK guitar, no way to order a Made in Brazil one?
Man, thanks for the reply, I've been looking EVERYWHERE for a 27 fret guitar... and beside the Caparison Horus and Apple Horn, which cost an arm and a leg, the Tagima ones are what I'm looking at...