630mm wrote: ↑
Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:46 pm
I didn't realize they still made the no.40 and not the M40 in '79. Does it have the double support strips in the neck? My Matsuoka No.30 from 1973 was in rough shape with a bowed neck but it was a complete surprise, in a good way. It is very responsive with great volume, sustain, deep basses and warm trebles with plenty of richness. Best of luck with your Matsuoka.
No my guitar does not have black strips in the back of the neck. And, yes, according to what is written in this blog
, by late 1970s Ryoji Matsuoka was already producing his own line of guitars, the M series - the Concert, the Artist and the Artisan models. So a No.40 from 1979 does not fit. May be it is a fake, I don't know, but that's what is in the picture of the guitar label at the auction site (Buyee, Japan).
Also, according to the blog, "The Concert series includes the M20 ( lam spruce top, nato neck), M30 (solid spruce top, mahogany neck), M40 (solid spruce top, mahogany neck). All 3 models have laminated rosewood back and sides and rosewood fingerboards"
. Now, looking at the following picture,
it seems that the back (and the sides, in other pictures) is rosewood. Again, looking at the picture of the label, the wood where it is glued does seems to have some veins, some texture, which leads me to believe that the back of the guitar is solid rosewood, not laminated rosewood (in my Aria A558 is laminated rosewood, the wood where the label was glued does not have any texture). If so, again, according to the blog, it cannot be an M40. Is the back of your Matsuoka No.30 from 1973 made of solid rosewood?
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1972 - Kuniharu Nobe #8, 658/51, Spr, RW B&S, Tokio, JPN (under repair)
1979 - Ryoji Matsuoka No.40
1987 - Aria A558, 650/51, Ced, lam RW B&S, Nagoya, JPN
2014 - Hermanos Camps Master Nº 3, 650/52, CAN Ced, MDG RW B&S, Banyoles, ESP