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Post by kramer733 » Sun Aug 06, 2017 1:29 am

Are there good Japanese luthier made guitars that are 620mm-630mm in scale? If so which ones do you recommend?

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Post by dandan » Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:41 am

There are 630 scale guitars by Matsuoka and Matano. Often have an "L" in the model number. They are excellent guitars. Guitars by the very top level Japanese luthiers with shorter scale length are a bit harder to come across, as they would only be special order, but still come up occasionally, on Buyee. There is an interesting 1958 Kono for sale on here which apparently has a 620 scale.
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Post by rinneby » Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:25 am

I've decided to put on new EVO Gold frets on my Shinano No.83, as well as new bone nut and saddle. Played it this morning and remember what I liked about this guitar in the first place: Easy playability, very soft/round sound with great response and more than decent volume. It's lightly build. Hope to have it done by the end of next week:

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/Jon
1965 - Masaru Kono No.5
1975 - Atushi Nakamura No.15
1977 - Kuniharu Nobe No.15
1980 - Hirade Master Arte 8
1996 - Masaru Kohno Maestro

Feel free to ask me anything about Japanese classical guitars.

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Post by caneti3 » Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:00 am

Jon, notice that you love your guitars. What do you want more if you can choose? ;) Greetings / Ferran

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Post by rinneby » Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:00 am

caneti3 wrote:
Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:00 am
Jon, notice that you love your guitars. What do you want more if you can choose? ;) Greetings / Ferran
You mean if I could chose one or more Japanese classical guitars?

/Jon
1965 - Masaru Kono No.5
1975 - Atushi Nakamura No.15
1977 - Kuniharu Nobe No.15
1980 - Hirade Master Arte 8
1996 - Masaru Kohno Maestro

Feel free to ask me anything about Japanese classical guitars.

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Post by caneti3 » Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:04 am

Yes, between your Japanese Guitars collection what do you choose? Only two ;)

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Post by rinneby » Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:09 am

caneti3 wrote:
Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:04 am
Yes, between your Japanese Guitars collection what do you choose? Only two ;)
I would love to own a Yuichi Imai and a Masaji Nobe :) Some of the finer models, that is. I'm more than happy with what I got though, can't ask for anything more really.

/Jon
1965 - Masaru Kono No.5
1975 - Atushi Nakamura No.15
1977 - Kuniharu Nobe No.15
1980 - Hirade Master Arte 8
1996 - Masaru Kohno Maestro

Feel free to ask me anything about Japanese classical guitars.

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Post by musguitar » Mon Aug 21, 2017 4:34 am

rinneby wrote:
Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:09 am
caneti3 wrote:
Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:04 am
Yes, between your Japanese Guitars collection what do you choose? Only two ;)
I would love to own a Yuichi Imai and a Masaji Nobe :) Some of the finer models, that is. I'm more than happy with what I got though, can't ask for anything more really.
/Jon
Hmmm Jon, but you did not really answer the query of caneti3. Your desire of 2 more-- am curious too of which two/three from your Japanese collection? Your discerning feel for quality guitars can guide us in our search for a better japanese guitar(s). thanks.

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Post by rinneby » Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:36 am

musguitar wrote:
Mon Aug 21, 2017 4:34 am
rinneby wrote:
Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:09 am
caneti3 wrote:
Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:04 am
Yes, between your Japanese Guitars collection what do you choose? Only two ;)
I would love to own a Yuichi Imai and a Masaji Nobe :) Some of the finer models, that is. I'm more than happy with what I got though, can't ask for anything more really.
/Jon
Hmmm Jon, but you did not really answer the query of caneti3. Your desire of 2 more-- am curious too of which two/three from your Japanese collection? Your discerning feel for quality guitars can guide us in our search for a better japanese guitar(s). thanks.
Sorry, I misunderstood the original question. Besides my two Kohno's, I would recommend any of the older top models from Yairi, guitars from the Nakade-family and early Ryoji Matsuoka (1970-1975). I also like the older Yamaha GC-series from the late 60s to early 70s and Masaru Matano/Asturias.

Its hard to name so few, as my collection is every changing :) I could go on for days :guitare:

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/Jon
1965 - Masaru Kono No.5
1975 - Atushi Nakamura No.15
1977 - Kuniharu Nobe No.15
1980 - Hirade Master Arte 8
1996 - Masaru Kohno Maestro

Feel free to ask me anything about Japanese classical guitars.

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Post by musguitar » Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:31 am

rinneby wrote:
Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:36 am
musguitar wrote:
Mon Aug 21, 2017 4:34 am
rinneby wrote:
Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:09 am

I would love to own a Yuichi Imai and a Masaji Nobe :) Some of the finer models, that is. I'm more than happy with what I got though, can't ask for anything more really.
/Jon
Hmmm Jon, but you did not really answer the query of caneti3. Your desire of 2 more-- am curious too of which two/three from your Japanese collection? Your discerning feel for quality guitars can guide us in our search for a better japanese guitar(s). thanks.
Sorry, I misunderstood the original question. Besides my two Kohno's, ...

Its hard to name so few, as my collection is every changing :) I could go on for days :guitare:

Kind regards
/Jon
The 2 Kohnos in your profile say it all. Gracias.

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Post by rinneby » Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:59 am

musguitar wrote:
Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:31 am
rinneby wrote:
Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:36 am
musguitar wrote:
Mon Aug 21, 2017 4:34 am


Hmmm Jon, but you did not really answer the query of caneti3. Your desire of 2 more-- am curious too of which two/three from your Japanese collection? Your discerning feel for quality guitars can guide us in our search for a better japanese guitar(s). thanks.
Sorry, I misunderstood the original question. Besides my two Kohno's, ...

Its hard to name so few, as my collection is every changing :) I could go on for days :guitare:

Kind regards
/Jon
The 2 Kohnos in your profile say it all. Gracias.
Well, they only tell one side of the story to be honest. Not everyone can afford these Kohno's and it's good to have options. I also like them because Kohno have a special place in my heart (it was he who got my into Japanese guitars in the first place) and they have a great historical value. But yes, they are my current personal favorites among Japanese classical guitars. With that said, I also tried a few Kohno's that I didn't like so much, so thats that :)

/Jon
1965 - Masaru Kono No.5
1975 - Atushi Nakamura No.15
1977 - Kuniharu Nobe No.15
1980 - Hirade Master Arte 8
1996 - Masaru Kohno Maestro

Feel free to ask me anything about Japanese classical guitars.

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Post by eno » Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:47 am

I also cycled through quite a few Japanese guitars recently, my favorites are Rokutaro Nakade and Kohno 1967.
Paulino Bernabe 'India' 2001
Masaru Kohno No.6 1967
Rokutaro Nakade 1967
Mitsuru Tamura No.800 1969

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Post by Carter53 » Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:39 pm

Do you have any experience with guitars by Saburo Nogami? I am awaiting a 1976 vintage guitar signed by him.
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Post by rinneby » Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:42 pm

Carter53 wrote:
Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:39 pm
Do you have any experience with guitars by Saburo Nogami? I am awaiting a 1976 vintage guitar signed by him.
No, not really. Only that he was the first apprentice at the early Kohno workshop. He joined in 1959 only to start his own sometimes during the 70s. I've seen a few builds, some looked like student models, probably made by his employees, while others looked real high class. Would love to try one of those!

A signed model sounds like something interesting. Any pictures?

/Jon
1965 - Masaru Kono No.5
1975 - Atushi Nakamura No.15
1977 - Kuniharu Nobe No.15
1980 - Hirade Master Arte 8
1996 - Masaru Kohno Maestro

Feel free to ask me anything about Japanese classical guitars.

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Post by rinneby » Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:52 pm

Dear Friends. Please don't bid on the Masaji Nobe (that ends tomorrow) on the Japanese auction site.

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/Jon
1965 - Masaru Kono No.5
1975 - Atushi Nakamura No.15
1977 - Kuniharu Nobe No.15
1980 - Hirade Master Arte 8
1996 - Masaru Kohno Maestro

Feel free to ask me anything about Japanese classical guitars.

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