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July 10, 2012

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Japanese pop star Kazuyoshi Saito – guitar shopping Chicago style

Our new friend, Gibson artist, Kazuyoshi Saito spent the last few weeks travelling across the US visiting friends, seeing the sights and guitar shopping. We didn’t know of Kazuyoshi until he and some friends spent the afternoon with us. His friends described him to us as the “John Mayer of Japan” and jpopasia says, “Far from being superficial, the music of Kazuyoshi possesses a style and a real soul.” Kazuyoshi has been performing in various bands in Japan since the ’90s. Most recently he was honored with an MTV award in 2011 and top Karaoke and Best Selling Single in the first half of 2012.

Kazuyoshi has been collecting guitars as long as he has been playing them. His friend and translator told us that he has an incredible collection of vintage guitars. He loves Les Pauls and he happens to have his own Gibson Signature model KS-330.

Here are a few of his videos, you can find more on his youtube channel here.

You can learn more about Kazuyoshi on

Chrissy Hansen
Chrissy Hansen