Kohno & - Sakurai Guitar Fan Club, Delcamp branch

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Re: Kohno & - Sakurai Guitar Fan Club, Delcamp branch

Post by bullpuppy » Sat Oct 22, 2016 5:43 pm

It's a 1963 620. I did read a post about the early kohno did had noticeably less volume the his latter one from 1966 and greater. I understand his new bracing method increased volume also. Of course there are variations from guitar to guitar
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Re: Kohno & - Sakurai Guitar Fan Club, Delcamp branch

Post by edwardsguitar » Sat Oct 22, 2016 6:12 pm

Nice, less than a month older than the one I just played. :) This one has plenty of volume. Having played ones from the 70's as well, my impression is the change in bracing affected the tone more than volume. And the '63 I played (it has Brazilian rosewood back and sides) yesterday has lots of sustain as well. Kohno's are just excellent guitars it seems, whatever the decade or bracing or top wood might be. Maybe someone with more experience in how the different bracings affect sound will help out here?

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Re: Kohno & - Sakurai Guitar Fan Club, Delcamp branch

Post by Icarus11 » Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:30 pm

Hello everyone, professor of guitar in Bordeaux in France, I have long been an absolute fan of Kohnos guitars. I am happy to join your fan club. I had a mod 20 of 1974, a Pro-J of 1987 and recently a # 6 of 1965 (my favorite) in perfect state of which here is the description:


City and country: Bordeaux, France
Model: # 6
Date of production: 1965
Date of acquisition: 2016
Price of aquisition: Private
Top: Spruce
Back: Brazilian rosewood
Side: Brazilian rosewood
Neck:? Mahogany?
Fingerboard: ebony
Strings: Savarez red card or red Augustine
650 mm long scale

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Re: Kohno & - Sakurai Guitar Fan Club, Delcamp branch

Post by edcat7 » Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:52 pm

Icarus11 wrote:Hello everyone, professor of guitar in Bordeaux in France, I have long been an absolute fan of Kohnos guitars. I am happy to join your fan club. I had a mod 20 of 1974, a Pro-J of 1987 and recently a # 6 of 1965 (my favorite) in perfect state of which here is the description:


City and country: Bordeaux, France
Model: # 6
Date of production: 1965
Date of acquisition: 2016
Price of aquisition: Private
Top: Spruce
Back: Brazilian rosewood
Side: Brazilian rosewood
Neck:? Mahogany?
Fingerboard: ebony
Strings: Savarez red card or red Augustine
650 mm long scale
Wow! I would love to hear the difference. Are you on Youtube?
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Re: Kohno & - Sakurai Guitar Fan Club, Delcamp branch

Post by Icarus11 » Mon Nov 14, 2016 11:13 pm

I do not currently have the 3 guitars but only that of 1965. What I can say is that the guitars of Kohno of the sixties seem to me the most refined. I also tried a Kohno and a Nakade from the end of the 40s extraordinary but we are in a rare and totally different universe ...

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Re: Kohno & - Sakurai Guitar Fan Club, Delcamp branch

Post by astro64 » Tue Nov 15, 2016 1:40 am

The 1960's Ko(h)no's are THE best deal it seems if you want a vintage spruce guitar with refined sound for a fraction of the price of anything else "reputable" from the 60's. Grab them while you can.

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Post by petermc61 » Tue Nov 15, 2016 4:53 am

astro64 wrote:The 1960's Ko(h)no's are THE best deal it seems if you want a vintage spruce guitar with refined sound for a fraction of the price of anything else "reputable" from the 60's. Grab them while you can.
I heartily agree!

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Re: Kohno & - Sakurai Guitar Fan Club, Delcamp branch

Post by Gordon Guttmann » Tue Nov 15, 2016 5:10 am

I only have experience with one 1971 #10 and it is a very fine instrument. The rosette is easy to overlook but the details are extremely fine. I can not make the ladder and diagonal purfling as small. It has all the elements of fine workmanship but it just blends in. Most people would not notice it. I've used this Kohno bracing with modifications on my last 8 guitars and I'm never disappointed with the sound. Oh, the playability is wonderful. Even with small frets, it just takes a touch to play the notes. Kohno appearance is not an "in your face" guitar.

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Re: Kohno & - Sakurai Guitar Fan Club, Delcamp branch

Post by Icarus11 » Tue Nov 15, 2016 1:36 pm

astro64 wrote:The 1960's Ko(h)no's are THE best deal it seems if you want a vintage spruce guitar with refined sound for a fraction of the price of anything else "reputable" from the 60's. Grab them while you can.
I totaly agree, i don't know why the Kohnos are so inexpensive, maybe because the complexity of the models...

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Re: Kohno & - Sakurai Guitar Fan Club, Delcamp branch

Post by Gordon Guttmann » Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:12 pm

I think Kohnos are priced just right and some other guitars are over priced.

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Re: Kohno & - Sakurai Guitar Fan Club, Delcamp branch

Post by bamboocat » Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:45 pm

hello whooper!
can i please ask you a question about meiko guitars? i am new on the forum.
apologies if this is the wrong place to post this question - i was not permitted to post in the meiko forum itself..

i saw an old meiko guitar today - dated 1969
it was quite scratched, and the back had bumpiness - like air bubbles - from the varnish coming away - either through moisture, or age..
but it sounded beautiful - and feels very good quality.
i can see reading these forums that you are an expert on vintage japanese guitars.
could you please kindly advise me - i am tempted by this guitar! i know nothing about them ...
thank you !

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Re: Kohno & - Sakurai Guitar Fan Club, Delcamp branch

Post by George Crocket » Fri Nov 18, 2016 8:13 am

Hi bamboocat. Welcome to the forum. New members should introduce themselves here.
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Re: Kohno & - Sakurai Guitar Fan Club, Delcamp branch

Post by Jhocj » Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:38 am

I would like to Join the Sakurai and Kohno fan club, I recently bought a 1975 Kohno Model 10, it seems hardly played and a dream to play.

City Plano Texas
Model 10
Year 1975
Cedar top
Rosewood Back and Sides
Ebony fingerboard

Thanks

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Re: Kohno & - Sakurai Guitar Fan Club, Delcamp branch

Post by rinneby » Sat Nov 26, 2016 9:31 pm

I am very close to joining the fan club, having a Kono 1965 on hold... Have two days to decide. But I just received an email telling me that "The string height is 4.5mm on 6th string at 12th fret and 3.7mm on 1st string. At saddle, 1.6mm on 6th string and 1.2mm on 1st string." - There's a fixed 12 cm crack on the top, but the guitar should be very stable now. Decisions decisions...

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Re: Kohno & - Sakurai Guitar Fan Club, Delcamp branch

Post by Guitar-ded » Mon Nov 28, 2016 1:08 am

There's a 1968 no.5 on the Bay for US $2500 if that is of any interest to you.
I don't know the guitar but you could have a look at it whilst you ponder the other one.
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