1976 Masaru Kohno 20 #760902 Spruce Jacaranda
|Model||1976 Masaru Kohno 20 #760902 Spruce Jacaranda|
|Condition||Pre-Owned – very good condition, see below description and MP3|
|Tuners||Fustero Tuning Machines|
|Case||New Humicase Protege|
|Top||Select European Spruce|
|Neck||Mahogany with Ebony inserts|
|Binding||Rosewoods and Maple|
|String Spacings||44mm-51mm-57.5mm at 1st fret – 12th – saddle|
|Overall length||39 5/8″|
|Body length||19 1/8″|
|Upper bout||11 1/4″|
|Waist Width||9 3/8″|
|Lower bout||14 3/8″|
|Body depths||3 9/16″ & 3 3/4″ – yes, evenly spaced between upper and lower|
|Weight||3 lbs & 15 oz.|
|Action||3.75mm to 3mm|
|CITES||Not Required – Please read link to the left|
1976 Masaru Kohno 20 #760902 Spruce Jacaranda
Just Arrived! A beautiful example of Masaru Kohno and his work with clear voices and powerful basses blending together for a more than pleasing classical experience. He was a very clean and precise builder, as evidenced by my internal inspection of the guitar. Very nice work. She’s easy to play with great action and setup. I cleaned her up, polished the frets, changed the strings and practiced with her all weekend.
Under the lights, I found a few very slight string rash marks in and around the rosette, some small dings, button scratches on the back. Two stable cracks, one along the top seam (see photos), one on the bass side lower bout. Another in the Jacaranda. I took hi-def photos of the various quadrants for you to see these easily. I’ve inspected, tested and pushed on all of them. They are all stable, not moving at all. Guitar is great and hey, the microphone has no eyes! 🙂 I also put her in a new Humicase Protege as the original case was not the best fit for her.
Additional information about Masaru Kohno
Below is courtesy of Dave Tate
“Masaru Kohno (1926-1998) is not only the most important luthier to emerge from Japan, but also one of the best worldwide. He was born in Mito City, Japan, and in 1948 he graduated from the Tokyo College of Arts and Crafts with a degree in woodcraft. It was during this time that he became interested in guitar construction, and in 1959 he traveled to Spain to learn the craft.
Kohno apprenticed for six months at the workshop of Arcangel Fernandez, and although neither could speak a word of the other’s language, they managed to communicate. Kohno’s apprenticeship consisted mostly of sitting in the back of the shop and quietly–-but attentively–observing the master Fernandez at work.
Kohno’s quiet learning paid off. Upon his return to Tokyo he established his own workshop and quickly gained recognition among Japanese guitarists. His international debut came in 1967, when he was awarded the Gold Medal at the Elizabeth’s Concourse International Guitar Building Competition in Belgium. On the judge’s panel were, among others, Ignacio Fleta, Robert Bouchet, Joaquin Rodrigo, and Alirio Diaz.
Since then, many players of world renown have used Kohno guitars; among them are Julian Bream, Oscar Gighlia, and Sharon Isbin, to name a few.”
Graham Wade writes in The Classical Guitar Complete History
“A wide variety of recitalists have played his guitars, including Julian Bream, Vladimir Mikulka and John Mills. Both Sharon Isbin’s Classical Guitar Vol II: Bach, Britten, Brower and Martin Mysilveck’s Umlecky Portret Martina Msylivecka, (Panton, 1981) were recorded on Kohno guitars. Frederic Zigante is currently using a Kohno guitar in concert and on his recordings which include the complete guitar works of Villa-Lobos and Paganini. He is currently professor of guitar at the Conservatory of Trieste, Italy, and has concertizes over Europe, Japan and China.
MP3 Media – 210317-1976 Masaru Kohno 20 760902 Spruce Jacaranda – You can hear how great a guitar Masura built. Power, voice and play. Brilliant and evocative… $3K ? Seriously? Great guitar.
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