The KNA story begins with Vladimir Hranov, who conceived and built the prototype and early production runs of the unique NG-1 bridge mount pickup for nylon-string guitar.
As a young boy in Soviet-era Bulgaria, Vladimir became fascinated by radio and learned to build his own, along with a fleet of remote control cars and airplanes. He followed his passion to the Puldin guitar factory, where he learned to make magnetic pickups. It wasn’t long before he ascended to lead the electric guitar division.
After the fall of communism, the once-popular Puldin Company dissolved, leaving Vladimir to further develop his own ideas. He shared those ideas with Kremona Bulgaria, where in 2005 he met Nikolay Iliev – distributor of Kremona musical instruments on the North American continent.
In 2015, with Vladimir in his 80s, Nikolay purchased the pickups division and opened a newly retooled production facility in Vladimir’s hometown of Plovdiv. Today, Vladimir—with his 60 years of music industry experience- remains happily active at KNA as an advisor and Senior Developer.
KNA believes creativity should flow unencumbered. Their pickups makes it easy for musicians to amplify their instruments with minimal modification.