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Vola Guitars Releases the KJM J1 Signature Vasti

Vola Guitars Releases the KJM J1 Signature Vasti

The signature Kaspar Jalily guitar features a chambered Alder body, stainless steel frets, and roasted maple neck & fretboard.


Vola Guitars have designed KJM J1 alongside Kaspar Jalily. It's a guitar that Jalily can use for solo music projects and all different styles of session work and live performances. The Vola KJM J1 offers an array of features including 22 stainless steel frets and Vola-designed, hand-wound pickups. Vola offers the option of Satin White and Satin Black finish, hand-built in Japan to insure top quality and performance.

Features

  • A chambered Alder body with F hole detail
  • Roasted maple neck & fretboard at a 25.5” scale length
  • 22 stainless steel frets on a 12” radius fretboard
  • Vola Designed, hand-wound, Vola pickups. Vola VHC humbucker (B), Vola VS-I (M), Vola VS-I (N). Vola VHC humbucker (N), 5-way super switch with a mini switch coil tap for the humbuckers
  • 42mm * 3.4T Graphtech TusQ
  • Satin White and Satin Black finish options available
  • Hand-made in Japan
  • New Vola Custom Series Gig bag

The Vola Vasti KJM J1 has a street price of $1,829 US. For more information and where to buy, visit www.volaguitar.com.

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