Kohno & - Sakurai Guitar Fan Club, Delcamp branch

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

Post by rinneby » Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:59 am

oc chuck wrote:Here's my '69 Kohno.

Consensus ( 4 out of 6 luthiers and Konophiles ) believe this
to be spruce and brazilian.

Lightly latticed braced.
Maybe 3 horizontal and vertical low thin braces.
Probably one of his early attempts at lattice bracing.

http://s954.photobucket.com/user/occhaz ... t=3&page=1

All around lovely sound.
Very nice. Is it 655 or 660 scale? Is it your main guitar?

/Jon
1965 - Masaru Kono
1996 - Masaru Kohno Maestro

You are the instrument, not the guitar

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

Post by rinneby » Thu May 11, 2017 5:26 pm

The collection grows...

City and country: Malmö, Sweden
Model: Professional, signed by Masaru Kohno
Date of production: 1982
Date of aquisition: 2017
Top: Spruce
Back/Side: BR Rosewood
Remarks: Almost unplayed for the last 30 years and came with original Kohno case. Very easy on the hands even though its 660 scale, due to its fairly slim neck and low action. Wonderful sound and projection. My previous No.30 from 1975 was harder to play, the whole guitar felt larger.

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/Jon
1965 - Masaru Kono
1996 - Masaru Kohno Maestro

You are the instrument, not the guitar

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

Post by Guitar-ded » Thu May 11, 2017 10:07 pm

Hey Jon,

Well done on your latest addition. I'm sure you'll be pleased with it.
Let us know how you get on with it.
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Re: Kohno & - Sakurai Guitar Fan Club, Delcamp branch

Post by oc chuck » Thu May 11, 2017 10:16 pm

Beautiful guitar, Rinneby, But we need more pictures.

BTW, My Kohno 12 is 654.05 mm x 52 mm at nut.
( I always thought it was 650, when the bug in my ear told
me to actually measure it for this post. )

It was my main guitar, now I keep it tuned for the
10 or 12 pieces I play in drop D tuning.

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

Post by bacsidoan » Thu May 11, 2017 10:21 pm

rinneby wrote:
Thu May 11, 2017 5:26 pm
The collection grows...

City and country: Malmö, Sweden
Model: Professional, signed by Masaru Kohno
Date of production: 1982
Date of aquisition: 2017
Top: Spruce
Back/Side: BR Rosewood
Remarks: Almost unplayed for the last 30 years and came with original Kohno case. Very easy on the hands even though its 660 scale, due to its fairly slim neck and low action. Wonderful sound and projection. My previous No.30 from 1975 was harder to play, the whole guitar felt larger.

/Jon
What's next, a Kohno 50?

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

Post by precsmo » Fri May 12, 2017 7:00 am

Semitone wrote:
Mon Mar 13, 2017 3:00 pm
I guess I'm going to have to become a member of the fan club. Just got my new spruce/maple P.C. (2017)
I've received my first ever high quality, I rather call it a concert guitar, Sakurai PC, about a year ago, it is a 2016 version with Madagascar rosewood and spruce top. Your PC look awesome and I'm so curious how much difference the PC would sound between rosewood and maple. I'm so pleased with my PC, it is really dynamic, is really amazing to me

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

Post by Semitone » Fri May 12, 2017 8:42 am

I'll admit I chose a maple guitar on the aesthetics. :smorfia: I didn't have the chance to try them side by side. Besides, given the difference between individual guitars, I think I would need ten of each to draw a generalization about the wood rather than the individual guitars.

I try not to go too crazy with my assessment of instruments. If they sound nice, seem well made and are enjoyable to play, I am " good to go". I have enough guitars to know that one day one will sound a little "off" and then a month later it just seems to " have it". Maybe it's the humidity, maybe the room, maybe my ears... Then, of course, being behind the guitar rather than in front, presents its own issues. Add this to the different types and ages of strings and I just get a headache trying to split hairs.

What I can say about my maple guitar is it is 640mm scale and the body is about 1/4 smaller lower bout than that of a "traditional" PC model. I think the back plate is somewhat thicker looking at the binding, so it seems Maestro Sakurai built a few other differences in besides just a change of wood. It has more sustain than my Ramirez 4E with a cedar top, although the timbre still seems a bit "Spanish" to me. Not as dark or growly (?) sound but not particularly bright either. I would say it is a versatile sweet, balanced sound. Of course, over time ( break in) , and with various string combinations, I think I'll fine tune it to my preferences.

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

Post by rinneby » Fri May 12, 2017 8:54 am

oc chuck wrote:
Thu May 11, 2017 10:16 pm
Beautiful guitar, Rinneby, But we need more pictures.
Thank you. Pictures coming later today, when the sun is shining.

/Jon
1965 - Masaru Kono
1996 - Masaru Kohno Maestro

You are the instrument, not the guitar

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

Post by rinneby » Fri May 12, 2017 8:58 am

bacsidoan wrote:
Thu May 11, 2017 10:21 pm
What's next, a Kohno 50?
I don't think so, but a Kohno from 1967 is on my shortlist!

/Jon
1965 - Masaru Kono
1996 - Masaru Kohno Maestro

You are the instrument, not the guitar

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

Post by rinneby » Fri May 12, 2017 2:49 pm

Here are some pictures as promised. Last picture shows the original case + key.

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

Post by Guitar-ded » Sun May 14, 2017 12:28 am

Very nice. :bravo:

One thing, are you sure that's a polishing cloth? I only ask because from here it looks very stiff, like it could be a piece of chamois leather to go under your knee to stop the side from sliding off your leg. If it is and you wipe the top with it in its dry state then it might scratch up the top.
Getting better bit by bit, day by day.

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

Post by rinneby » Sun May 14, 2017 6:39 am

Guitar-ded wrote:
Sun May 14, 2017 12:28 am
Very nice. :bravo:

One thing, are you sure that's a polishing cloth? I only ask because from here it looks very stiff, like it could be a piece of chamois leather to go under your knee to stop the side from sliding off your leg. If it is and you wipe the top with it in its dry state then it might scratch up the top.
Actually you are right, but I won't use it anyway. It lives in the case from now and on, as a part of the guitars history :)

/Jon
1965 - Masaru Kono
1996 - Masaru Kohno Maestro

You are the instrument, not the guitar

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

Post by Anches » Wed May 24, 2017 2:11 pm

I'm going have to become a member of the fan club. Just bought a used Sakurai n.10 (1979) and already love it.
City/ Country: Moscow/Russia
Model: #10
DOM: 1979
Top : Spruce (dunno which one. Probably German?)
Back and Sides: east indian rosewood (think so)
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Re: Kohno & - Sakurai Guitar Fan Club, Delcamp branch

Post by bullpuppy » Thu May 25, 2017 5:25 pm

I have a very rare 1967 Kohno topped yamoto. Yamato was a company that was started under Kohno's supervision to make bodys and Kohno would supply the top. These were lower cost alternatives for the domestic market. This example has Kohno stamp but the top is two ply spruce. It has 5 braces that were individully adjusted. It was a lower cost model but is well constructed. The sound of the guitar is better any laminate topped guitars made at the time and is better than most solid tops from the big factories and workshops in the 60's. It is a curiosity for Kohno to make a top like this. It is not in the same class as an all handmade Kohno but it's a nice player and is mint condition.

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

Post by Grooveman JS » Sun May 28, 2017 12:49 pm

Way to go Jon......try some of the newer guitars........ :bravo:
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