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Odashima Guitars | Handmade from the forest of Hokkaido

Guitar craftsman Naoto Odashima hails from the small town of "Wassamu" located in northern Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido and runs the guitar studio "Odashima Guitars" in the heart of the forest.

His passion for making jazz guitars, along with his high quality of work, have earned him the trust of many musicians and specialty shops.

The primary material used in production is lumber from Hokkaido. Trees in Hokkaido are highly valued by craftsman for their beautiful tree ring patterns, caused by the naturally cold soils they grow in. Spruce in particular is valued above all other woods in Hokkaido because of the incredible resonance the wood provides.