Few pictures from Terada factory Japan.
BRAND CONCEPT 「Dirty & Wildness 」
"Before the advent of solid guitars, country, blues, R&B, R&R, and popular music were all played on fully hollow guitars. In those days, amplifiers were in their infancy, and the sound was a thick driving sound from a small tube amp with the volume turned up. We want to convey that the wildness of that era is also the charm of the "fully hollow" guitar. For that purpose, We launched a new brand.
It's called "KING SNAKE". This phrase is often sung in old blues songs. A good dirty sound that can only be produced with a fully holow. This is a new brand that focuses on that. Texas bluesman Lightnin' Hopkins used to keep a snake shell in his guitar. "He said, "That's what makes it sound so good. White country players used to put rattlesnake tails in their guitars, fiddles and mandolins. "It sounds great." And it means there's a MOJO (in voodoo, it's meant to improve luck with money, gambling and women). I can see why it was so popular among American musicians in the past to put them in their instruments.
Turning to Japan, snakes are known as the messengers of the goddess Benzaiten, and are known to bring wealth and good luck. They have also been said to be messengers of the gods since ancient times, and are indispensable as items to improve one's luck. The brand name "King Snake" is a synthesis of these two. The first batch of Detroit One, the debut model, came with a "snake's shell" as well. The Detroit One is a full hollow that focuses on the BLUES and R&B that was produced by driving an amplifier while using a full acoustic in the 1940s and 1950s.
The Detroit One has a 17" thin plywood body. It has a thin plywood body to speed up the sound speed even though it is a full hollow acoustic. The look is the same as John Lee Hooker's look when he held a full hollow guitar. The sound is the same. Original pickups were made for each model. This is not a model that follows the current trends. However, I think that if more people get their hands on "full hollow" guitars, the music market will be richer than ever.
Thin Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish
Super Light Weight 2.1kg ~ 2.9kg (depends on the model)
Special Plywood Material
Fat Sound & Bluesy