There is a Japanese site called j-guitar that you might find interesting. Good luck.Grooveman JS wrote:Hello Whooper San / Other member fans of kohno & Sakurai guitar fan club
I'm thinking of acquiring another guitar.....I'd be very interested if you all can point me to some shops; online sites or even members here who are looking to offer their instrument for sale. I'm specifically only looking at Master Masaru Kohno guitars Model 50 & above that are mint or very good condition (preferably not too old 1980s onwards); 650 scale/51-52nut. It'll be really interesting if i can find 1 that's Cedar top.
That's nice ot hear. Since I play older Kohnos I like lower tension strings (Ej43) as they make the woods move and sing more. Lately I've been a huge fan of lower tension for newer guitars as well... Could be worth a try ?Grooveman JS wrote:I noticed a change in Maestro Masaki Sakurai's recommendation for strings to be used on Kohno/Saurai guitars ....... I think the Augustine strings remain the same but the D'Addario strings are no longer there. Its now Savarez Creation Cantiga Cristal (normal or high tension) or the Savarez Cantiga Cristal
After trying the Savarez normal tension on my MA-RF, i agree that they're warmer sounding, & more flexible (both Bass & Treble string sets); as a result more tonal color variations & articulations are possible. But i find it too flexible & tension match are not ideal for my feel ......I keep missing fretted notes (kind of vague & light feel to the playing action) & i find that tonal balance between Bass/Treble is not really well matched . I took it off & went back to the D'Addario.....this time with a twist to the previous recommendation
The old recommendation is to pair EXP45 basses with T2 Titanium trebles but i really don't like the EXP basses; they feel taut under the thumb but the tone is just bright/definitive & that's about all you can say. With the old recommendation; the trebles always come out stronger.
This time round i just bought the Dynacore full set (its Dynacore Basses paired with Titanium trebles) & its a perfect match on all 3 counts (gauging, tension & tonal balance between Bass/Treble strings). The Dynacore basses are more flexible, wonderful sounding....deep, rich, warm/ responsive.
Hi APK, I'd advise you to contact Maestro Sakurai of the Kohno shop to buy a case directly from him. When i bought my Maestro RF, it came with a different case other than the one specified on the website. I want to be careful as its RF & needs an arch top type case to accommodate the raised fingerboard on the instrument. I contacted Mr Sakurai & he ordered a case to be made, cost me USD$500 but its all worth it ....its a perfect fitAPK wrote:Hi,
May I ask for recommendations for a guitar case for the Sakurai-Kohno Professional J? I've looked at the Hiscox line of cases – the Pro II and Artist – but the dimensions are always slightly off. I'd be interested to know what other S-K owners have chosen and what they would recommend.