Rock 'n' Roll Star
These are not exactly commonplace. In fact, in all my years of looking for Kawai guitars, I've never seen another anywhere until last year, when they started appearing all over the world!
The Kawai Rock ‘n’ Roll Star seems to have been around at the same time as the KS range - so that would make it a late 70s/early 80s guitar. This is deduction again on my part rather than definitive information. This image (right) was taken from the same Kawai guitar catalogue that featured the KS10, KS11 and KS12 models.
Again, you can’t criticise Kawai for being unimaginative, or for turning out derivative copies of established guitar designs!
The body is actually quite thin, and although it obviously has a soundhole, the acoustic volume of this guitar is low. The body is made of silver heart with a spruce top, and a has a three piece silver heart neck.
I’ve seen these guitars with either P90 (as shown) or covered coil humbuckers as standard, and I’ve also seen a few with a second pickup added in the soundhole as a “mod”.
It was available in metallic blue, cherry sunburst or brown sunburst.