1990 Masura Kohno Special Spruce Brazilian RW 650mm


A powerful and clear sounding example of Kohno’s work with Spruce and Brazilian Rosewood

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1990 Masura Kohno Special Spruce Brazilian RW 650mm


Model1990 Masura Kohno Special Spruce Brazilian RW 650mm
ConditionPre-Owned – very good condition, see below description and MP3
TunersGotoh Premium 35G510 Series Tuning Machines
CaseHumicase Protege Hard Shell Case – Black, used, VG condition

Tone Woods

TopSelect European Spruce
Sides/BackBrazilian RW
Ports None
Neck Mahogany with Ebony inserts
Truss Rod None
Bridge Brazilian RW
Head Plate Brazilian RW
Binding Rosewoods and Maple


Nut Width51mm
String Spacings 44mm-50mm-58mm at 1st fret – 12th – saddle
Overall length 38 3/4″
Body length 19″
Upper bout 11 1/4″
Waist Width 9 1/2″
Lower bout 14 1/2″
Body depths 3 11/16″ & 3 13/16″
Weight 3lbs & 12 oz.
Action 3.9mm to 3.5mm low to high E, 12th fret, un-fretted
CITESIneligible – Please read link to the left – International shipment is NOT available

1990 Masura Kohno Special Spruce Brazilian RW 650mm


Just Arrived!  A beautiful example of Masaru Kohno and his top of the line 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.  Enamored of this bold beautiful sound.  Turns out the fretboard has a bit of a radius, lending more ease to the overall play.  Traditional in her build and voice.  A lovely guitar.  This guitar dates more towards the end of his building career, thus some of his best work.  Straight grained Spruce and Brazilian Rosewood.  A master’s choice!

Please note that Brazilian Rosewood is a premium wood, getting at least a $2500 premium just for the board itself, sometimes more at this time.  This guitar in any other Rosewood is a $6K guitar.  It is in excellent condition as well as sounding/playing like a dream.

Under the lights, I can find nothing of note, except for some quite minor finger wear in and around the rosette, one small ding (see quadrant photos of the top) and some minor ticks on the soundboard.  No doubt the guitar has been played, with other smallish marks around the back and sides, but for good reason.  This is a player’s guitar, no doubt, she simply has to be played.  I walked away from my practice sessions highly satisfied, looking back at the guitars, as I walked out of the gallery, saying, “Oh yah, baby, that’s a great guitar”.  LOL

Quadrant photos of the front and back were taken so that all can be seen clearly.


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 – 231018-1990 Masura Kohno Special Spruce Brazilian RW 650mm – You can hear how great a guitar Masura built.  Power, voice and play. Brilliant and evocative.



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Additional information

Weight15 lbs
Dimensions46 × 19 × 9 in

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