This guitar dates from the early 1980s, when Kawai - well-known for its pianos and keyboards - made a foray into the guitar market. Its guitars were built in Japan to a very high standard - typical of the higher-end Japanese makers of the time, such as Ibanez and Yamaha. The design is idiosyncratic to say the least. Slotted headstock, and an unusual double cutaway body, though a little reminiscent of contemporary Yamahas. This is the XL model, with one-piece badass bridge. White ash body, glued in 3-piece hard rock maple neck. Twin humbuckers, 2 volumes, 2 tones, 3-way selector, phase reversal.
But it was not a successful venture - largely because the company lacked a reputation in guitars and never succeeded in selling via specialist guitar shops. They are so rare that there's never been a collector's market for them - hence they remain in the 'lot of guitar for the money' category.
It was in poor cosmetic condition when I got it, but has been fully refinished to a high standard. Plays beautifully - straight neck, shallow radius fingerboard, very low action and no visible fret wear at all. Pickups are early 80s Mighty Mites which are contemporary with the instrument, but I've no idea if they were original equipment. They sound very good - I used to fit them to quite a few guitars at that time in preference to the ubiquitous Di Marzios. The pickup covers are new, as is the badass bridge, as the originals were heavily corroded. The electrics have also been completely overhauled - no crackles or other nasties. No case.