Caparison Guitars

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Caparison Guitars is a Japanese-origin manufacturer of high end, hand made, boutique electric guitars. The company is headquartered in Nagoya and is a subsidiary of "Caparison Guitar Company Ltd.", based in Cardiff, United Kingdom.[2]

Caparison Guitars
IndustryMusical instrument
Founded1995; 25 years ago (1995)
FounderItaru Kanno
Area served
Asia, Europe, North America
Key people
Itaru Kanno, Gabriel Ösztreicher
ProductsElectric guitars
OwnerGeorge and Gabriel Ösztreicher [1]
ParentCaparison Guitar Co. Ltd., Cardiff [2]


The company was established in 1995 with the former Jackson/Charvel Japan design division. The Charvel designers created the CDS Series, CDS II Series and Questar Series while the Jackson designed contributed with the Doug Aldrich, Soloist Special, Dinky AXE and Falcon models. Caparison was owned by Kyowa Shokai Ltd, a company that made contracts with factories to produce guitars for them (like Hoshino Gakki).

In May 2011 Kyowa Shokai was declared bankrupt, however Caparison resumed production in September 2011 under the ownership of the Caparison Guitar Company Ltd., a limited company in Cardiff, United Kingdom.[3][2] The company retained Itaru Kanno (菅野到) as lead designer and the instruments continue being manufactured together with Iida Corporation in Nagoya, Japan.

Signature SeriesEdit

  • Apple Horn 8 [Mattias "IA" Eklundh]
  • Apple Horn Yellow TT [Mattias "IA" Eklundh]
  • Dellinger-M3 MJR [Michael Romeo]
  • JSM [Joel Stroetzel]
  • Angelus-ACE SE (Japan Only)
  • 素戔鳴 Susanoh [Ace] (Japan Only)

Custom LineEdit

  • Angelus Custom Line 2015 (Limited Edition)

Regular SeriesEdit

Dellinger Horus Angelus TAT Orbit Brocken
Dellinger Prominence Horus-M3 EF/MF Angelus-M3B TAT Special Orbit FX Brocken 8 FX
Dellinger7 Prominence Horus FX-AM Angelus7-M3B TAT Special FX
Dellinger II FX-WM TAT Special 7
Dellinger7 FX-WM TAT-FX Ltd.
Dellinger II FX-AM TAT II-FX Ltd.
Dellinger7 FX-AM

C2 SeriesEdit

  • ANG-E (Angelus type)
  • ANG-QE (Angelus type)
  • HRG-QD (Horus type)
  • DEG-E (Dellinger type)
  • DEG-QD (Dellinger type)
  • DEB-E (Dellinger Bass type)


  1. ^ "Musical Instrument Professional "New UK owners for Caparison"". Archived from the original on 2012-03-10. Retrieved 2013-03-02.
  2. ^ a b c Caparison Guitar Co. Ltd., company profile
  3. ^ CAPARISON GUITAR CO. LTD - Company number 07762446

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