Very nice! Most welcome to the club, you will enjoy your stay for sureSemitone wrote:I guess I'm going have to become a member of the fan club. Just got my new spruce/maple P.C.
Semitone wrote:I guess I'm going have to become a member of the fan club. Just got my new spruce/maple P.C.
Being the owner of a 60's Kohno (Kono) myself, i must say your last statement is spot on!astro64 wrote:Kohno won first price in 1967 in Paris in a luthier competition of sorts, beating out Friederich. I think Kohno's guitars are probably the lowest price high quality guitars from the 70's and 80's you can find. These instruments competed directly with Ramirez in the market, and were recognized as concert guitars with big voice and a pianistic character. The 1960's models are different, very special in their own way, since they follow a more traditional building pattern. All of Kohno's instruments seem built very well from good materials with few setup problems. He followed the Ramirez path in the 70's by starting to build long-scale guitars (but with different bracing patterns). The 1960s instruments will get you close to a vintage spruce top instrument like a Hauser or Fleta for a fraction of the price.
Yes, my guess is spruce too, but the seller stated cedar, doesn't matter to me really. Regarding the double ebony reinforcement on the neck, I think Kohno started to use them in 1971-1972, at least from what I've seen. Also present in the Kohno-inspired Ryoji Matsuoka guitars from 1972-1974.martinardo wrote:That looks pretty nice, jon. Good condition for thirty eight years. Tough one on the top wood.
I'd be leaning towards spruce. I have a No. 7 from 1970 in cedar and rosewood. Not sure whether
it's the number "grade" (price) or whether it was Masaru Kohnos development as a luthier, but mine doesn't
have that double line neck reinforcement like yours and some other slightly younger ones that I've seen.
Though, having said that, I have seen a No. 15 from 1971 with that (presumably ebony) reinforcement.
If your-to-be guitar has lived in Thailand I sincerely hope it will acclimatize without problems in Sweden.
I'm sure you'll let us know when it arrives.
Thank you, that is a very neat trick! I will do the test once the guitar arrives. No.12 is a very unusual number for a Kohno, do you have any picture of the guitar? Would love to see it.oc chuck wrote:Maybe this will help, don't know if it is 100% accurate.
Have an old Kohno #12. Always thought it was cedar but tests as spruce.