The Kepma D3-130 is a traditional dreadnought shaped guitar featuring layered Sitka spruce for the top and the back/sides are layered mahogany.
The D3-130 provides the traditional acoustic feel, but player-centric features like a smaller neck profile for extended playing comfort and perfectly tuned tops for even, balanced frequency response.
The Kepma K3 Series Dreadnought Cutaway guitars are the entry point into the Kepma Line, but hardly “entry-level” quality. The K3 Series is manufactured with the same techniques and over 90% of the same processes as our Elite Series Guitars. The K3 Dreadnought Cutaway models are impeccably built and have a fit and “feel” similar to guitars in $600 - $750 price range, but are not nearly that expensive. The reason? We build guitars the correct way, and we build them for you (and us), not for other manufacturers. The “profit” that other companies take from a guitar sale comes straight out of the quality and specification of the instrument and really leaves nothing there for the player but a cheaply built, poor quality guitar. Pick up a $200 guitar in a retail store and you’ll feel it… a lot of “brand name” inexpensive guitars feel like they’ll fall apart on you. Try playing a note at the 12th fret and feel your forearms burn.
Not so with the Kepma K3 Series. We put the same attention to detail in every guitar we make because we know that your musical journey starts here, so we want to make sure it’s the best possible experience you can have. We know that if we make an inexpensive guitar that’s easy to play, you’ll stick with it and keep playing. A guitar is a tool, and you deserve the best tool for the job no matter what the level. Kepma K3 Series guitars are the right tool. Trust us. We’ve been playing a long time, but still remember the first time…
So, what makes Kepma K3 Series special?
It starts with the wood. You know that you can grab a growing tree limb and easily twist or bend it. You also have picked up a dead branch and can easily snap it in half. Those are the two extremes in the life cycle of wood. Wood can dry out and lose moisture and it can also swell up once exposed to wetness.
To build a guitar, you need to have wood that is stable and able to withstand variations of moisture both added or removed. The ONLY way to accomplish this is to make a piece of wood that has a perfect relative moisture content that will allow it to accept humidity or aridness.
Kepma is the only guitar company on the planet that has a custom drying kiln that stabilizes the necks of each K3 guitar to an optimum moisture position. Five days of formulated temperature and “moisture cooking” make each K3 neck as solid as possible and able to withstand temperature and humidity variations without bending, bowing, or explosive sharp finger-cutting frets. So once string tension is applied to a Kepma K3 Series neck, it won’t bend like a wet pool noodle and make the guitar unplayable — it stays in its optimum position without warping or deformation - a very common affliction among entry level “cheap” guitars.
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