There are absolutely similarities! It's a Torres model for sure. My Taizo Minezawa doesn't have any visible neck reinforcement though.es335 wrote: ↑Sat Jun 03, 2017 3:35 pmThe wide slots at the headstock remind me a lot of what was marketed as Torres models in the Markneukirchen area up to the 50's or even later.
Below is an example from a 1956 Torres model from the Wilhelm Herwig workshop which was in contact with Richard Weissgerber, the most promiment luthier of this area ... beside C.F. Martin of course.
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In addition the narrow neck (50 mm was their quasi standard), long headstock with individual tuners and the type of neck reinforcement with two maple stripes point in the same direction!? Who knows?
Aha, no shame on you at all
Thank you very much. I think this guitar has a nice soft midrange to it, but also some clearly when you dig in. It's not a big sounding guitar by any means, but it never sounds "plastic" that many guitars have a tendency to do, even more expensive ones. An earthy sound so to speak. However, The 48 mm neck width is a little too narrow for me though, so I think this guitar could be in better hands.
I don't know about better hands, but smaller definitely!rinneby wrote: ↑Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:01 amThank you very much. I think this guitar has a nice soft midrange to it, but also some clearly when you dig in. It's not a big sounding guitar by any means, but it never sounds "plastic" that many guitars have a tendency to do, even more expensive ones. An earthy sound so to speak. However, The 48 mm neck width is a little too narrow for me though, so I think this guitar could be in better hands.
Or what do you say Dandan?
eno wrote: ↑Sat Apr 01, 2017 3:32 pmUsually Matsuoka's guitars have a serial number written on the neck end inside the body, first two digits is the year.rinneby wrote:This is my latest find. A Ryoji Matsuoka No.60 S with high quality solid spruce top and back and sides of CSA Rosewood. I've changed the tuners to Der-Jung and also made a new bone saddle. It's very easy on the hands with action just below 4/3mm, scale length 654mm and 52mm nut. The sound is pleasant: Warm, yet clear and responsive, just the way I like it. I'm not sure of year, but my guess is 1973-1975. Overall condition is great for a 40 year old.
All the best from Sweden
I'm a Takamine afficionado. I bought Takamine spruce C128 20 years ago and I loved it and played it for all these years. I tried many multi-K$ dollar guitars and just couldn't find any better sounding ones compared to my C128. I tried a few Kohnos and Matsuokas and at one time I even played on Hauser II and Bouchet and bunch of other high-grade guitars. I would not say that my C128 is better than Hauser or Bouchet but it stil has some mystical timbre and quality of sound that I coudn not find in any other guitar. Even higher grade Takamines didn't sound that way. C128 is a cheap student grade guitar, it's really a mystery. Recently I got Bernabe that has very special and unique timbre and sounds richer and more powerfull than C128 but I still love the sound of my C128 and play it quite often.
Honestly I was not impressed with Matsuoka and Kohno that I tried, they are definitely good sounding guitars but their sound just did not resonate with me. And I tried a plethora of Yamahas including the GC and never liked the sound. I'm very picky I guess
Well, it's different and 136 definitely has stronger, fuller, darker (being cedar) , deeper and more nobel and natural sound overall. 128 is brighter but weaker and sounds a bit plastic but again it has that mysterious "poetic" blend in its timbre, although it's pretty weak. I know, I'm a sound freak, but I value most of all the timbral qualities in guitars, everything else is less important for me.