Reader Guitar of the Month: Koyukicaster

An anime fan from Israel wanted the guitar played by his favorite character, so he enlisted a U.K. luthier to make it for him.


Name: Rany Eskinazi

Hometown: Tel Aviv, Israel
Guitar: J. Davey Guitars “Koyukicaster”

I’m a big anime fan. I really like the anime TV series Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad. The hero of this series had a blonde rosewood-necked Telecaster that looks like one that was made in the late 1960s or early ’70s. I’d been considering buying a new guitar for quite some time. When I discussed that matter with Mick Walker (lead singer for the Circles), who I really admire as a singer/songwriter/guitarist, he told me about J. Davey Guitars and how he feels luthier Jamie Davey built him the best guitar he’d ever played.

So I turned to Jamie, and after some chats and conversations, I decided to go for it.

There were three criteria that I wanted:

  1. It had to be made in the U.K.
  2. It had to look like Yukio “Koyuki” Tanaka’s Telecaster (a character in Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad).
  3. Mick had to personally sign it.

All the above criteria were done big time. When I finally got the guitar, I was really excited. I opened the case with awe and there it was lying comfortably in it. It was like telling me: “Grab me. I’m all yours.”

When I first played the guitar (unplugged), it was like I had known it for a long time. It felt that comfortable, like an old friend, and it was very resonant. When I plugged it into a valve amp, the guitar purred clearly when clean, but roared with a vengeance when overdriven.

Jamie was super nice and extremely responsive to each and every question I asked. I’ve been recommending him to friends who are considering buying a new guitar.

Send your guitar story to

From channeling life experiences through his playing to his gospel influences and learning from right-handed players, Gales digs deep.

Read More Show less

Need an affordable distortion pedal? Look no further.

We live in the golden age of boutique pedals that are loaded with advanced features—many of which were nearly unthinkable a decade or so ago. But there’s something that will always be valuable about a rock-solid dirt box that won’t break your wallet. Here’s a collection of old classics and newly designed stomps that cost less than an average concert ticket.

Read More Show less

A lightweight, portable amp series developed after months of forensic examination of vintage valve amps.

Read More Show less