Kauffmann Cozy TL and TM review

Kauffmann unearths a lost European guitar that was first choice for certain big names of the '60s. Never heard of it? You have now

Kauffmann Cozy TM
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

Obviously, not everyone will get the finish style, but if you’re into vibe-y old guitars, none of that matters. It’s part of the appeal and that’s what – for the right player – the Cozy has in abundance.


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    Original offset style.

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    Pickup and hardware quality.

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    Light weight.

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    Overall vibe and mojo with sounds to match.

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    This TM takes a nod more towards old Gibson style.


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    Not everyone will enjoy those finishes…

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Head to Kauffmann’s website and you’ll find a tongue-in-cheek fictional backstory to the Kauffmann Cozy involving a guitar builder named Cosette Gemuttlich, who was born in 1942, and a European castle. 

But the real enterprise is highly indicative of how guitar making worldwide has changed and continues to do so. There’s little doubt, for example, that the original Fender Jazzmaster offset is continuing to have an increasing influence on new designs, especially married to a mix ’n’ match approach to hardware and pickup styles. 

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Dave Burrluck
Gear Reviews Editor, Guitarist

Dave Burrluck is one of the world’s most experienced guitar journalists, who started writing back in the '80s for International Musician and Recording World, co-founded The Guitar Magazine and has been the Gear Reviews Editor of Guitarist magazine for the past two decades. Along the way, Dave has been the sole author of The PRS Guitar Book and The Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance as well as contributing to numerous other books on the electric guitar. Dave is an active gigging and recording musician and still finds time to make, repair and mod guitars, not least for Guitarist’s The Mod Squad.