Kohno & - Sakurai Guitar Fan Club, Delcamp branch

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

Post by ddray » Sun May 28, 2017 7:18 pm

rinneby wrote:
Fri May 12, 2017 2:49 pm
Here are some pictures as promised. Last picture shows the original case + key.
...

/Jon
That's a lovely guitar. I'm a cedar fan myself, but spruce certainly does take on a beautiful hue as it ages, doesn't it?

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

Post by martinardo » Sun May 28, 2017 10:36 pm

Congratulations, Jon. It looks in remarkably fine condition for its age: a Classic Closet Queen.

One might reasonably infer that the top is Ezo spruce ?
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Re: Kohno & - Sakurai Guitar Fan Club, Delcamp branch

Post by rinneby » Mon May 29, 2017 6:51 am

ddray wrote:
Sun May 28, 2017 7:18 pm
rinneby wrote:
Fri May 12, 2017 2:49 pm
Here are some pictures as promised. Last picture shows the original case + key.
...

/Jon
That's a lovely guitar. I'm a cedar fan myself, but spruce certainly does take on a beautiful hue as it ages, doesn't it?
Thank you! And yes :)

/Jon
1965 - Masaru Kono No.5
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1973 - Ryoji Matsuoka No.80
2004 - Lars Jönsson Torres SE 114

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

Post by rinneby » Mon May 29, 2017 6:57 am

martinardo wrote:
Sun May 28, 2017 10:36 pm
Congratulations, Jon. It looks in remarkably fine condition for its age: a Classic Closet Queen.

One might reasonably infer that the top is Ezo spruce ?
Yes, actually I've never seen a 35 year old in such wonderful condition ;) Regarding the spruce, actually I don't know, it's quite possible. But it could very well ve european spruce too. Yamaha was famous for using EZO in the 70s/80s, Kohno/Sakurai I've not head of.

All the best!

/Jon
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1972 - Yamaha GC-3D
1973 - Ryoji Matsuoka No.80
2004 - Lars Jönsson Torres SE 114

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

Post by midstream » Sun Jun 18, 2017 12:48 pm

I apologize if I should not be addressing this group, but I am very close to purchasing a Khono 15 and need some advice. My instructor, has a 1976 Khono 15 in very good to excellent shape. It is a 660mm. He wants 2500 for it. Of course it sounds beautiful when he plays it. When I play it I am struck by the depth of the base and clarity of notes. I am concerned I may be making a mistake though getting a 660. My hands "spread" is 9.25 inches. I have not played it for and extended amount of time so I don't know if it may be too long a scale. If it is no problem, I don't mind spending the money, it seems a normal price, but if it doesn't work for me, I am concerned about resale with a 660 scale. Am I over thinking or should I just buy a wonderful guitar? Thanks, and happy father's day!

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

Post by midstream » Sun Jun 18, 2017 12:49 pm

I apologize if I should not be addressing this group, but I am very close to purchasing a Khono 15 and need some advice. My instructor, has a 1976 Khono 15 in very good to excellent shape. It is a 660mm. He wants 2500 for it. Of course it sounds beautiful when he plays it. When I play it I am struck by the depth of the base and clarity of notes. I am concerned I may be making a mistake though getting a 660. My hands "spread" is 9.25 inches. I have not played it for and extended amount of time so I don't know if it may be too long a scale. If it is no problem, I don't mind spending the money, it seems a normal price, but if it doesn't work for me, I am concerned about resale with a 660 scale. Am I over thinking or should I just buy a wonderful guitar? Thanks, and happy father's day!

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

Post by rinneby » Sun Jun 18, 2017 2:05 pm

midstream wrote:
Sun Jun 18, 2017 12:48 pm
I apologize if I should not be addressing this group, but I am very close to purchasing a Khono 15 and need some advice. My instructor, has a 1976 Khono 15 in very good to excellent shape. It is a 660mm. He wants 2500 for it. Of course it sounds beautiful when he plays it. When I play it I am struck by the depth of the base and clarity of notes. I am concerned I may be making a mistake though getting a 660. My hands "spread" is 9.25 inches. I have not played it for and extended amount of time so I don't know if it may be too long a scale. If it is no problem, I don't mind spending the money, it seems a normal price, but if it doesn't work for me, I am concerned about resale with a 660 scale. Am I over thinking or should I just buy a wonderful guitar? Thanks, and happy father's day!
2500 dollars seems like a good deal. If he is your instructor, the wise thing to do would be to borrow it for a week or so, to see if the 660 scale works out. The action is good?

/Jon
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1972 - Yamaha GC-3D
1973 - Ryoji Matsuoka No.80
2004 - Lars Jönsson Torres SE 114

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

Post by Guitar-ded » Sun Jun 18, 2017 10:03 pm

Just what I was going to suggest. Borrow it for a weekend, or a week if he'll let you, and see how you get on with it.
People worry a lot about scale nowadays but some 66o's don't feel any different to 650's and then some do feel really 'stretchy'. It's more down to the shape of the neck if you ask me. Remember though, there are lots around so if you're not sure after trialing this one, you'll find another sooner or later.
On the upside, the price is about what you'd expect so no real worries there.
Let us know how you get on.
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Re: Kohno & - Sakurai Guitar Fan Club, Delcamp branch

Post by James A. Showalter » Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:41 pm

Well, I've been working on classical guitar for about 4 months now since when I bought my 1990 Takamine C132S. I've been a fan of Japanese guitars since my youth and when I started into playing the Takamine it didn't take long before I felt I needed to get something with a little more heritage and feel, maybe a stronger voice. One of my addictions is collecting guitars so I didn't need much prodding. So I started down the path of really understanding Japanese Classical guitars and it didn't take long before I was all-in on Kohno guitars. I thought about buying a vintage Kohno and realized that there were a lot of hazards in trying to get one for playing and I was hesitant to invest in something that would need work. Patience is not my virtue. Well I came across a 2014 Sakurai Kohno Pro-5 on e - b a y yesterday with one hour to closing time. Spur of the moment, no bidders, price seemed in the range of what I thought was going-rate and it was pristine - I bought it. It will be delivered from California next week and I will formally request membership into this august group.

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