The Chena model is made with a one-piece carved mahogany body, two-piece curly Maple top. It has a set one-piece mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard and 10 ivoroid dotmarkers in 9 fret positions. It sports twin uncovered, double-black humbuckers, 2 volume and one tone control, Knaggs proprietary 2-in-1 bridge/string holder, driving increased string vibration into the center of the body. It measures around 14 ¼” in body width, 38 ½” in total length, has a 1 11/16th” nut width and a 2” bridge string spacing; a scale length of 24 ¾”.
Description: Electric acoustic, Single cutaway, carved top and deep back, 3 on a side, short scale neck. Scale length: 24.75”; Number of frets: 22; Fingerboard radius: 12”; Fret wire: Medium; Neck shape: “59” 1- 11/16” to 2-1/4”; Neck wood: Mahogany; Fingerboard wood: Rosewood; Headstock veneer: Ebony; Fingerboard inlays: Dots’ Headstock inlay: Knaggs logo. The Body: Back wood: 10/4 Mahogany/ Top wood: Tier 3 curly maple; Binding: Natural. The Hardware: nickel plating, tuners are Gotoh open-gear, the nut is bone, the bridge is Knaggs “Influence,” the strings with which it comes are .010 gauge. The Electronics: Pickups are double humbuckers, it has a three-way toggle, two volume and two tone pots. This one is “Aged Scotch” finish, other available colors you can order include Opaque Black, Golden Natural, Hickory Burst, California Sunset or Winter Solstice.
Knaggs Guitars was founded in 2009 by world renowned designer and luthier Joe Knaggs and Branding/Marketing expert Peter Wolf. Let’s face it, these guys are responsible for putting PRS guitars on the world stage and now Knaggs guitars are getting the recognition they deserve from musicians around the globe.
Joe Knaggs and Peter Wolf, formerly executives of PRS Guitars, are setting new standards when it comes to excellence in design and luthiery of stringed musical instruments (electric, acoustic guitars, basses and mandolins). Only the finest tone woods and materials are being used in their designs, which are highly anticipated by aspiring guitar players and collectors around the world.
Joe is considered by many one of America’s finest luthiers, and this notability is well deserved. Joe grew up in Maryland and in his younger years had two passions, playing the guitar and painting. It wasn’t long before he combined the two and after approaching his friend Paul R. Smith at his shop to show off his handiwork, he was taken on shortly after in the PRS finishing room. Over the years, Knaggs “climbed the ladder” (not an actual ladder, its just a figure of speech) within the company, eventually becoming director of R&D.
But what would Batman be without Robin, where would Captain Kirk be without Spock... meet Knaggs’ marketing guru Peter Wolf. We first met Peter during his time at Paul Reed Smith Guitars, where he served the company as its Director of Global Sales and Marketing. He’d begun his tenure at PRS when the company was in its infancy and was a key team player, as PRS Guitars became one of the most respected guitar brands in the world. That experience, coupled with his prior marketing and sales work in Europe have proven to be, um, instrumental in the early success, visibility and steady growth of Knaggs Guitars.
It’s not only the feel and the sound of the guitars that is special; the finish of each and every Knaggs guitar is of the upmost quality. And you would expect that guitars of such standing would cost a fortune, well you’d be correct, but you would also get the feeling of value for money. Sure it may set you back a couple of grand or more, but you will always have the sense that you should have paid more.
Did you know that all designs/creations are named after Native American river names? Chesapeake Line -- models Choptank, Severn, Potomac & Patuxent are named after tributaries to the Chesapeake Bay while the Influence Line -- Kenai, Keya, Chena, Sheyenne are named after North American rivers.
After only two and a half years, Knaggs Guitars are sold in 26 countries. Wow. Guitar aficionados, collectors and high level artists such as Steve Stevens (Billy Idol, Michael Jackson), Nils Lofgren (E-Street Band), Stuart Fraser (John Farnham, Noiseworks) or two-time Latin Grammy nominee Pablo Olivares, to name a few, can attest to their quality, feeling and sound.
It looks like we are not only witnessing the birth of a company but a main brand in the years to come. Considering how traditional and conservative guitar players are when it comes to their instruments, this is an outstanding achievement taking place over a very short time. Go Knaggs! The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price is $ 4,700.