Kawai Moonsault in SilverBurst

This Kawai Moonsault MS-80 from 1990 is hands-down one of the rarest of Japanese-made guitars and one of the flat-out coolest guitars ever made by anybody anywhere. You see Kawai variants of this startling crescent-moon design seldom enough, generally recent bolt-neck reissues in colors like yellow and red, but finding an original-design set-neck model with this dazzling night-sky penumbra SilveBurst finish is an off-the-map rare occurrence.

If you were fortunate enough a few years ago to catch the "Dangerous Curves" exhibition of guitars as art at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts or one of the later museums it visited, no doubt of all the amazing guitars on display it was the Kawai Moonsault's design that stuck with you. With a mahogany set-neck and crescent-moon body and a dark rosewood fretboard whose pearlescent markers show the graduated phases of the moon, we're talking about dazzling design. But beyond its startling appearance lies a build quality of the highest order, from the mother-of-pearl fretboard inlays to the one-piece mahogany body and neck. The Schaller-made humbuckers pack a clean and powerful punch and its 3-way switch is joined by a push-pull tone control for selection of double- or single-coil output.

This featherweight 6 lb 9 oz (3 kg) Moonsault is in excellent condition and comes with its original plush form-fitted silver Kawai gig bag.

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