The Nami from Tao Guitars draws its influence from Nihon Gakki (Yamaha), particularly from the 60s Samurai Guitars. This guitar became the icon of the Japanese surf music scene with the likes of “Takeshi Terauchi and the Bunnys” with classics albums as “let’s go Terry”, “rashomon” or “tsugaru jongara”.
The Nami is based on Tao's “Charger” bass shape but with a totally rounded treatment leaning more towards the classic offset designs. The body is made from Pacific Alder, the neck from quatuor grade European quartersawn maple and a selected Indian rosewood fingerboard.
This guitar is equipped with a Jazzmaster style tremolo by Mastery for smooth whammy action. Tuning stability is ensured by Gotoh vintage style locking tuners. As for pickups, it is fitted with Tao's new “Trancestors” single coil pickups, which are proprietary made by Benedetti. It is clear and twangy with a nice round edge.
The controls are composed of a 3 position toggle switch, master volume, master tone and a blend pot. The blend pot can bring the middle pickup to the bridge pickup for just the chosen amount of humbucking factor or having the 3 pickups with the toggle in the middle position This gives this guitar a wide array of tonal possibilities.
- maple neck ( Flame 2A) / neck shape asymmetrical 22-22.5mm
- 2 pcs alder body
- 25.5 scale
- 12' radius
- rosewood fingerboard
- Stainless steel fretwire
- Gotoh vintage 510 locking tuners
- alu ring on the side
- Mastery bridge and tremolo brushed finish
- anodized silver aluminum pickguard
- 3 benedetti "Trancestor" pickups
- 3 way toggle switch, 1 vol, 1 tone, 1 balance pot for bridge & middle pickup
- pore filled, satin ice blue metallic with matching headstock