Kei Yatsuzuka, the founder of Headway factory had once engaged in a musical instrumental wholesaler which were selling guitars made at OEM factories. But however good Japanese factory he asked to make guitars, he was never able to be satisfied with the quality. So he decided to make his own factory with ambitious goal of creating second-to-non-quality acoustic guitars which can be compared to old, legendary guitars made in the USA. Finally, he started the factory named Headway in 1977 with several experienced luthiers who shared his idea. At Headway factory, we have kept following the very basic way of guitar manufacturing represented by precize handcrafting and sought for the best method on every section of guitar manufacturing. Today we have moved our main production to the successor factory "Aska", and keep manufactuing Headway guitars which have been refered to as the world's highest quality.
In 2007, we established a new facotry in the Philippines in order to produce quality instruments at more reasonable price range.To succeed our philosophy of guitar manufacturing and realize
the ideal environment, all the important equipments such as belt sanders and router bits machine were brought from Japan as well as any method and technique establised at our Japanese
factories, Headway & Aska.
Experieced luthiers from Headway instructed the Philippine luthiers in the manufacturing methods so that necks and bodies are minutely crafted in the same process as Japanese factories do. For example, necks are crafted into rough shape firstly, and dried in sufficient time until wood stop behaving. And then they are refined into the final shape after modification of warp caused by drying. By taking those steps necks can be made stable and durable for many years.
All the woodworks are done by human hand, not computer programed NC routers. That is because only hands of experienced luthier can craft the proper shape of guitar compornents, using router
bits at the most appropriate power & speed depending on direction of wood grain and individual difference of wood material. Acculate wood crafting is very essential to set
up the guitar in perfect construction which produce originaly-designed sound as well as beatiful finish.
Also we don't compromise the selection of materials. Basic materials such as tonewood, truss rod, fret and coating materials are the same ones used on our highend products made at Japanese factories.
Besides techniques, equipments and materials, we consider the heart of workers as the most important factor to build that dream factory. The reason why we chose the Philippines as the
place for our new factory, is not only because it is close to Japan and easy to comunicate each other, but also for the music-loving character of the Philippine people. Since western
popular music has been popular there for a long time, guitar culture has rooted deeply in the Philippines. The employees gathering at our factory are not just manual nor industrial lavors
but working as luthiers who love instruments, guitars, and music. That is why they can share the same ambitious with us and spare no effort to improve the quality of guitar
The style and philosophy of Headway's guitar manufacturing were succeeded to the new factory beyond generations and countries. From that new basement, we will keep producing instruments which should be loved by guitarists all over the world.