Knaggs Eric Steckel Kenai T/S review

Developed by Joe Knaggs and his team with blues-metal star Eric Steckel, this is a superlative single-cut on every level

Knaggs Eric Steckel Kenai T/S
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Guitar World Verdict

Yes, the Knaggs team will craft you a work of art that you might be afraid to take anywhere near a stage, but if you did we’d pretty much guarantee what you’d hear would be stellar, like this achingly beautiful-sounding single-cut.


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    Faultless build that really nails its inspiration’s recipe.

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    A ‘chunk monster’ with a clear voice and huge depth of sound.

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    Plenty of options.


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    Even at base price, this is serious money.

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    The Knaggs aesthetic won’t fit everyone.

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There are few top makers who don’t have a single-cut in their ranges and Knaggs is no exception. The Kenai is no stranger to these pages and is a part of the more Gibson-inspired Influence Series. It has been a key model since master guitar maker Joe Knaggs set up on his own in Greensboro, Maryland – a relative stone’s throw from the home of his previous employer, PRS Guitars – and started shipping guitars in early 2010.

But unlike many, the Kenai is very much Joe’s own take on the hallowed Gibson recipe, a very different Tele-meets-Les Paul outline that’s broader across its body and is wedge-shaped in profile with substantial rear-chambering in contrast to the carved top. The co-joined Influence bridge provides a subtly different voice, too.

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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.