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Introduced in 1990, the Samick K models were "superstrats" with "Spoon Cut" bevels in the cutaways. While similar to the Y bodystyle, it features an arched top, rounded body edges, differently shaped horns and a more round bottom half. The Y body is closer to a traditional Strat shape.

In 1991, Samick changed its naming conventions, thus the multiple names for certain models. For help understanding model names, see Naming Conventions. In 1995, all K models became part of the Artist Series.

Related:

  • Washburn KC

KVMC-403 / KV-130

91 KV130

1991 KV-130 MR

  • 1990-1997

Body:

Neck:

Electronics:

  • Three ceramic single coil pickups
  • 5-way switch
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • 16:1 ratio lubricated, die-cast tuning machines
  • Triangular truss rod cover (1990-1992)
  • Wide fish shaped truss rod cover (1993-1997)
  • Metal knobs
  • "ST-36" vintage style 6-point tremolo

Finishes:

  • Black (BK)
  • White (WH)
  • Metallic White (MWH)
  • Blue (BL)
  • Cobalt Blue (CBL)
  • Dark Blue Sunburst (DBS)
  • Red (R)
  • Metallic Red (MR)
  • Translucent Burgundy (TBU)
  • Platinum (PL)
  • Tri-Tone Sunburst (3SB)
  • Fluorescent Yellow (FOY)
  • (SKB)

KVE-430

Body:

  • Contoured, solid Alder body
  • Angled heel
  • Belly carve

Neck:

  • Bolt-on Rock Maple neck with scarf joint
  • Rock Maple fretboard with dot inlays
  • Rounded headstock
  • Silk-screened Artist logo
  • 21 frets
  • 25.5" scale

Electronics:

  • Three high ceramic single coil pickups
  • 5-way switch
  • 1 Vol, 2 Tone

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • 16:1 ratio lubricated, die-cast tuning machines
  • "ST-36" vintage style 6-point tremolo

Finishes:

  • Translucent Black (TBK)

KV-450

91 KV450

1991 KV-450 FOG

Body:

Neck:

Binding:

  • Single-ply fretboard

Electronics:

  • Two high output ceramic humbuckers
  • 3-way switch
  • 1 Vol, 2 Tone

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • 16:1 ratio lubricated, die-cast tuning machines
  • Triangular truss rod cover (1990-1992)
  • Wide fish shaped truss rod cover (1993-1994)
  • Metal knobs
  • "ST-36" vintage style 6-point tremolo

Finishes:

  • Black (BK)
  • White (WH)
  • Metallic White (MWH)
  • Cream (C)
  • Blue (BL)
  • Red (R)
  • Metallic Red (MR)
  • Yellow (Y)
  • Pastel Yellow (PY)
  • Platinum (PL)
  • Tri-Tone Sunburst (3SB)
  • Fluorescent Green (FOG)
  • Fluorescent Yellow (FOY)
  • (SKB)

KN-460

Body:

Neck:

  • Bolt-on Rock Maple neck with scarf joint
  • Rosewood fretboard with dot inlays
  • Rounded headstock
  • Silk-screened Artist logo
  • 24 frets
  • 25.5" scale

Electronics:

  • Two ceramic single coils and one humbucker (Direct Mount)
  • 5-way switch
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone (Push/Pull)

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • 16:1 ratio lubricated, die-cast tuning machines
  • Wide fish shaped truss rod cover
  • Metal knobs
  • Wilkinson VS-50K 2-point tremolo

Finishes:

  • Translucent Red (TR)

KVRB-421 / KV-560

93 KV-560 2

1993 KV-560 CBL

Body:

93 KV-560

Metallic Dark Blue

Neck:

Binding:

  • Single-ply fretboard

Electronics:

  • Two ceramic single coils and one humbucker
  • 5-way switch
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone

Hardware:

  • Black hardware
  • 16:1 ratio lubricated, die-cast tuning machines
  • Triangular truss rod cover (1990-1992)
  • Wide fish shaped truss rod cover (1993-1994)
  • Metal knobs
  • "ST-36" vintage style 6-point tremolo

Finishes:

  • Black (BK)
  • White (WH)
  • Metallic White (MWH)
  • Blue (BL)
  • Cobalt Blue (CBL)
  • Metallic Dark Blue (MDB)
  • Red (R)
  • Metallic Red (MR)
  • Platinum (PL)
  • Tri-Tone Sunburst (3SB)
  • Fluorescent Green (FOG)
  • Fluorescent Yellow (FOY)
  • (SKB)

KJ-540

  • 1990-1996
91 KJ540

1991 KJ-540 MGP

Body:

  • Solid Alder body with arched top
  • "Tiger Tail" flame Maple veneer (YN/TT)
  • Spoon Cut bevels
  • Angled heel
  • Belly carve

Neck:

Binding:

  • Single-ply fretboard

Electronics:

  • One ceramic single coil, one humbucker
  • Black molded plastic pickup covers
  • 3-way switch
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone

Hardware:

  • Black hardware
  • 16:1 ratio lubricated, die-cast tuning machines
  • Triangular truss rod cover (1990-1992)
  • Wide fish shaped truss rod cover (1993-1996)
  • Metal knobs
  • "KKT-2" Licensed Floyd Rose locking tremolo
  • Locking nut

Finishes:

  • Black (BK)
  • White (WH)
  • Metallic White (MWH)
  • Blue (BL)
  • Cobalt Blue (CBL)
  • Translucent Blue (TBL)
  • Red (R)
  • Metallic Red (MR)
  • Platinum (PL)
  • Tri-Tone Sunburst (3SB)
  • Fluorescent Green (FOG)
  • Fluorescent Yellow (FOY)
  • Yellowed Natural (YN/TT)
  • Multi-Color Graphic Paint (MGP)
  • Rainbow Polka Dot (RPD)
  • Marble Stone Metallic Black Cherry (MSMBC)
  • (SKB)

KR-450

  • 1990-1997
91 KR450

1991 KR-450 MSMBC

Body:

Neck:

Binding:

  • Single-ply fretboard

Electronics:

  • Two ceramic humbuckers
  • 3-way switch
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • 16:1 ratio lubricated, die-cast tuning machines
  • Triangular truss rod cover (1990-1992)
  • Wide fish shaped truss rod cover (1993-1997)
  • Metal knobs
  • "KKT-3" Licensed Floyd Rose locking tremolo
  • Zero fret locking nut

Finishes:

  • Black (BK)
  • White (WH)
  • Metallic White (MWH)
  • Blue (BL)
  • Cobalt Blue (CBL)
  • Red (R)
  • Metallic Red (MR)
  • Platinum (PL)
  • Tri-Tone Sunburst (3SB)
  • Fluorescent Green (FOG)
  • Fluorescent Yellow (FOY)
  • Marble Stone Metallic Black Cherry Sunburst (MSMBC)
  • Marble Stone Blue Sunburst (MSBL)
  • Granite Red Sunburst (GTRS)
  • Granite Blue Sunburst (GBLS)
  • Rainbow Polka Dot (RPD)
  • (SKB)

KJ-560

  • 1990-1999
91 KJ560-0

1991 KJ-560 FOY

Body:

Neck:

Binding:

  • Single-ply fretboard

Electronics:

  • Two ceramic single coils and one humbucker
  • Black molded plastic pickup covers
  • Three on/off mini-switches (one for each pickup)
  • Coil tap mini-switch for humbucker
  • 1 Vol, 2 Tone

Hardware:

  • Black hardware
  • 16:1 ratio lubricated, die-cast tuning machines
  • Triangular truss rod cover (1990-1992)
  • Wide fish shaped truss rod cover (1993-1999)
  • Metal knobs
  • "KKT-2" Licensed Floyd Rose locking tremolo
  • Locking nut

Finishes:

  • Black (BK)
  • Translucent Black (TBK)
  • White (WH)
  • Metallic White (MWH)
  • Blue (BL)
  • Cobalt Blue (CBL)
  • Red (R)
  • Metallic Red (MR)
  • Translucent Red (TR)
  • Platinum (PL)
  • Tri-Tone Sunburst (3SB)
  • Fluorescent Green (FOG)
  • Fluorescent Yellow (FOY)
  • Marble Stone Metallic Black Cherry Sunburst (MSMBC)
  • Marble Stone Blue Sunburst (MSBL)
  • Granite Red (GTR)
  • Rainbow Polka Dot (RPD)
  • Multi-Color Graphic Paint (MGP)
  • (SKB)

KR-560

91 KR560

1991 KR-560 ARS

Body:

  • Solid Alder body with arched top
  • Angled heel
  • Belly carve

Neck:

Binding:

  • Double-ply body (front)
  • Single-ply fretboard

Electronics:

  • Two ceramic single coils and one humbucker
  • Black molded plastic pickup covers
  • 5-way switch
  • 1 Vol, 2 Tone

Hardware:

  • Black hardware
  • 16:1 ratio lubricated, die-cast tuning machines
  • Triangular truss rod cover (1991-1992)
  • Wide fish shaped truss rod cover (1993)
  • Metal knobs
  • "KKT-3" Licensed Floyd Rose locking tremolo
  • Zero fret locking nut

Finishes:

  • Black (BK)
  • White (WH)
  • Metallic White (MWH)
  • Blue (BL)
  • Cobalt Blue (CBL)
  • Red (R)
  • Metallic Red (MR)
  • Antique Red Sunburst (ARS)
  • Platinum (PL)
  • Tri-Tone Sunburst (3SB)
  • Fluorescent Green (FOG)
  • Fluorescent Yellow (FOY)
  • (SKB)

KR-564

93 KR564 GPSK

1993 KR-564 GPSK

The KR-564 differs from the KR-560 in that it features dual-rail style single coil pickups.

The KR-564 GP featured several different 3-dimensional graphic designs. It is often said that 1,500 units were produced, but this has not been substantiated. Names like "Nightbreed" and "Viper" are often associated with the finishes, but these names do not appear in Samick's literature.

The GPSK finish was a copy of the ESP George Lynch Skull & Snakes model's graphic. Contrary to some unfounded claims, these did not precede the ESP model and have no relation to the ESP model. The ESP George Lynch model was first introduced in 1986, five years before Samick's version. Also, Samick did not build the ESP model, those were made in Japan (the things some people come up with, huh?). Samick has never had any professional relationship with ESP.

The GPS finish was Samick's take on their own Skull and Snakes design. This finish is less common than the GPSK.

  • 1991-1996
  • 1991-1994 (GP)

Finishes:

  • Black (BK)
  • Translucent Black (TBK)
  • Translucent Red (TR)
  • Metallic Dark Blue (MDB)
  • Candy Apple Red (CAR)
  • Antique Red Sunburst (ARS)
  • Vintage Sunburst w/ Tiger Tail top (VS/TT)
  • Graphic Paint Peacock (GPP)
  • Graphic Paint Eagle (GPE)
  • Graphic Paint Skull (GPSK)
  • Graphic Paint Snakes (GPS)

KR-570

91 KR570

1991 KR-570 FOR

  • 1990-2000

Body:

  • Solid Alder body with arched top
  • "Tiger Tail" flame Maple veneer (YN/TT)
  • Spoon Cut bevels
  • Angled heel
  • Belly carve

Neck:

Binding:

  • Single-ply fretboard

Electronics:

  • Two ceramic humbuckers, one single coil
  • Black molded plastic pickup covers
  • Two coil tap mini-switches
  • 5-way switch
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone

Hardware:

  • Black hardware
  • Gold hardware (Fluorescent Pink finish)
  • 16:1 ratio lubricated, die-cast tuning machines
  • Triangular truss rod cover (1990-1992)
  • Wide fish shaped truss rod cover (1993-2000)
  • Metal knobs
  • "KKT-3" Licensed Floyd Rose locking tremolo
  • Zero fret locking nut
1991 2 2 sm

Spread from 1991 catalog

Finishes:

  • Black (BK)
  • Translucent Black (TBK)
  • White (WH)
  • Metallic White (MWH)
  • Blue (BL)
  • Cobalt Blue (CBL)
  • Metallic Dark Blue (MDB)
  • Translucent Blue (TBL)
  • Red (R)
  • Metallic Red (MR)
  • Wine Red (WR)
  • Translucent Red (TR)
  • Antique Red Sunburst (ARS)
  • Platinum (PL)
  • Tri-Tone Sunburst (3SB)
  • Fluorescent Red (FOR)
  • Fluorescent Pink (FPK)
  • Fluorescent Green (FOG)
  • Fluorescent Yellow (FOY)
  • Natural Matte (NM)
  • Yellowed Natural (YN/TT)
  • (SKB)

KJ-640

91 KJ640

1991 KJ-640 ARS/TT

Body:

  • Solid Alder body
  • "Tiger Tail" flame Maple veneer
  • Arched top
  • Spoon Cut bevels
  • Angled heel
  • Belly carve

Neck:

Binding:

  • Single-ply fretboard

Electronics:

  • One ceramic single coil and one humbucker
  • Black molded plastic pickup covers
  • Coil tap mini-switch
  • 3-way switch
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • 16:1 ratio lubricated, die-cast tuning machines
  • Triangular truss rod cover (1990-1992)
  • Wide fish shaped truss rod cover (1993-1996)
  • Metal knobs
  • "KKT-2" Licensed Floyd Rose locking tremolo
  • Locking nut

Finishes:

  • Antique Red Sunburst with "Tiger Tail" top (ARS/TT)
  • Yellowed Natural with "Tiger Tail" top (YN/TT)

KRRG-421 / KR-660

91 KR660

1991 KR-660 MSMBL

  • 1990-2000

Body:

Neck:

Binding:

  • Single-ply fretboard

Electronics:

  • Two ceramic single coils and one humbucker
  • Black molded plastic pickup covers
  • One coil tap mini-switch
  • 5-way switch
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • 16:1 ratio lubricated, die-cast tuning machines
  • Triangular truss rod cover (1990-1992)
  • Wide fish shaped truss rod cover (1993-2000)
  • Metal knobs
  • "KKT-3" Licensed Floyd Rose locking tremolo
  • Zero fret locking nut

Finishes:

  • Black (BK)
  • White (WH)
  • Metallic White (MWH)
  • Blue (BL)
  • Cobalt Blue (CBL)
  • Red (R)
  • Metallic Red (MR)
  • Translucent Red (TR)
  • Platinum (PL)
  • Antique Red Sunburst (ARS)
  • Tobacco Sunburst (TBS)
  • Cherry Sunburst (CHSB)
  • Tri-Tone Sunburst (3SB)
  • Fluorescent Red (FOR)
  • Fluorescent Pink (FPK)
  • Fluorescent Green (FOG)
  • Fluorescent Yellow (FOY)
  • Granite White (GTWH)
  • Marble Stone Metallic Black Cherry Sunburst (MSMBC)
  • Marble Stone Blue Sunburst (MSBL)
  • Marble Stone Carrera Midnight Blue Sunburst (MSMBL)
  • Natural Matte (NM)
  • (SKB)
  • (GBS)

KR-660 AC

00 KR660AC

The KR-660 AC features a transparent Acrylic body. Other specs the same as KR-660.

  • 1994-2001

KR-664

93 KR-664

1993 KR-664 N

  • 1992-1995

Body:

Neck:

Binding:

  • Single-ply fretboard

Electronics:

  • Two ceramic rail style single coils, one humbucker
  • One coil tap mini-switch
  • 5-way switch
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • 16:1 ratio lubricated, die-cast tuning machines
  • Triangular truss rod cover (1992)
  • Wide fish shaped truss rod cover (1993-1995)
  • Metal knobs
  • "KKT-3" Licensed Floyd Rose locking tremolo
  • Zero fret locking nut

Finishes:

  • Natural Matte (NM or N)
  • Translucent Green (TGR)
  • Translucent Burgundy (TBU)

KRT-664

Same as KR-664 but with neck-through construction, Ash body.

93 KRT-664

1993 KRT-664 TGR

  • 1992-1995

Body:

Neck:

  • Neck-through construction
  • Laminated 3-pc Rock Maple
  • Rosewood fretboard with Pearloid boomerang inlays
  • Rounded headstock
  • Silk-screened Wave logo (1992-1994)
  • Silk-screened Artist Wave logo (1995)
  • 24 frets
  • 25.5" scale

Binding:

  • Single-ply fretboard

Electronics:

  • Two ceramic rail style single coils, one humbucker
  • One coil tap mini-switch
  • 5-way switch
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • 16:1 ratio lubricated, die-cast tuning machines
  • Triangular truss rod cover (1992)
  • Wide fish shaped truss rod cover (1993-1995)
  • Metal knobs
  • "KKT-3" Licensed Floyd Rose locking tremolo
  • Zero fret locking nut

Finishes:

  • Natural Matte (NM)
  • Translucent Green (TGR)
  • Antique Red Sunburst (ARS)

KV-8640 SD/Q

99 KV8640

1999 KV-8640 SD/Q CS

  • 1996-2000

Body:

  • Solid Alder body with quilt Maple carved top
  • Angled heel
  • Belly carve

Neck:

  • Bolt-on "Bird's Eye" Maple neck with scarf joint
  • Ebony fretboard with Abalone dot inlays
  • Rounded headstock
  • Mother of Pearl Artist Wave logo (1996)
  • Mother of Pearl Artist logo inlay (1997-2000)
  • 24 frets
  • 25.5" scale

Binding:

  • Abalone bound body (front)
  • Single-ply celluloid fretboard and headstock

Electronics:

  • Two Duncan Design single coils, one humbucker
  • Pickups mounted directly into body
  • 5-way switch
  • 1 Vol, 2 Tone

Hardware:

  • Black hardware
  • 14:1 ratio Grover Rotomatic tuning machines
  • Wide fish shaped truss rod cover
  • Metal knobs
  • "ST-40" vintage style 6-point tremolo

Finishes:

  • Cherry Sunburst (CS)

KR-9640 SD

KR-9640 SD/Q features Quilt Maple veneer. (Cherry Sunburst only)

KR-9640 SD/BU features Bubinga veneer (Natural only).

  • 1996-2000

Body:

  • Solid Alder body with carved top
  • Quilt Maple veneer (Q)
  • Bubinga veneer (BU)
  • Angled heel
  • Belly carve

Neck:

  • Bolt-on "Bird's Eye" Maple neck with scarf joint
  • Ebony fretboard with Abalone dot inlays
  • Rounded headstock
  • Mother of Pearl Artist Wave logo (1996)
  • Mother of Pearl Artist logo inlay (1997-2000)
  • 24 frets
  • 25.5" scale

Binding:

  • Abalone bound body (front)
  • Single-ply celluloid fretboard and headstock

Electronics:

  • Two Duncan Design single coils, one humbucker
  • Pickups mounted directly into body
  • 5-way switch
  • 1 Vol, 2 Tone

Hardware:

Finishes:

  • Cherry Sunburst (CS)
  • Natural (N)

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