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1998 Kazuo Sato Spruce CSA


A custom built, beautiful, powerful and clear sounding example of Sato’s work

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1998 Kazuo Sato Spruce CSA

Model1998 Kazuo Sato Spruce CSA
ConditionPre-Owned – very good condition, see below description
Scale652mm compensated
TunersPremium Tuning Machines – I’m not certain of the make but they are excellent
CaseJapanese Black HSC – very nice

Tone Woods

TopSelect German Spruce
Sides/BackOld World CSA
Ports None
Neck Mahogany with Ebony inserts
Truss Rod None
Bridge CSA Rosewood
Head PlateCSA Rosewood
Binding Rosewoods and Maple


Nut Width52mm
String Spacings 44mm-50.5mm-57mm at 1st fret – 12th – saddle
Overall length 38 5/8″
Body length 19 1/8″
Upper bout width 11 1/4″
Waist width 9 1/2″
Lower bout width 14 1/2″
Body depths 3 1/2″ & 3 5/8″ – she’s a touch wider than most
Weight of Guitar 3lbs. 4 oz. – weight not including case
Action 4.1mm & 3.5mm at low E 12th fret unfretted
CITES Ineligible due to CSA RW and year of the guitar

1998 Kazuo Sato Spruce CSA


Just Arrived!  Built for the 1 owner, who purchased it directly from Kazuo in Germany, this is a beautiful example of Sato 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.  The simplicity of the rosette and binding work is very attractive.

The guitar has most definitely seen play time.  There is clear evidence of honest playing wear on the top, nail marks, rasqueado, a string ding behind the treble E, etc.  Photos will show all of this clearly.  The CSA is exemplary, having been expertly repaired by Matt Rubendall of Brooklyn, who I personally know and implicitly trust with work of this nature..  I’ve just cleaned and polished the guitar, fretboard cleaning and oiling, with a normal tension bass E and everything else a high tension, thus sounding rounder and warm, with a clear sing to her voice and excellent push from the basses and mids.  This is a seriously nice and beautiful guitar in every way.

Kazuo Sato



Listening with high quality headphones or audio equipment is highly recommended including EQ manipulation, if possible. We record everything flat with just a touch of Reverb to relieve dryness. My goal is to record the guitar as realistically as is possible. I speak in the recordings, my thoughts about the guitar (and possibly other things?).  My speaking also serves to give you my first impressions and to also give you a balance of the engineering (or lack thereof) versus the sound of the guitar. I simply do not have time to engineer much of anything. Thanks. Rich

MP3 Audio  – 190607-1998 Kazuo Sato Spruce CSA – bold and beautiful (sounds like a soap opera?), man alive, this is a great guitar with superb power and clarity.

My Solo Book of sheet music is available here if you’re interested.



Premium HSC is included in your purchase price.
Insured FedEx Ground, USPS Ground or USPS Priority/Express Shipping is included to the 50 US
Anywhere else is subject to the most recent quote from USPS
Please write to me for a detailed quote for International Shipping.

Packaging is professionally done within its hard-shell case.
It is always preferred that you come to the Studio to play it and pick it up.


This classical guitar carries NO Warranty as it is a pre-owned instrument.

Please read my Return Policy

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Additional information

Weight15 lbs
Dimensions45 × 18 × 8 in