Novice with a Kohno

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Novice with a Kohno

Post by Ssmiggle » Sun Jun 25, 2017 6:01 am

Greeting from QLD Australia! I am a novice guitarist and I am wanting to play more often.
I have recently acquired a Kohno 1965 No 2 guitar and was interested in finding out any information I could about it.
From my google searching I have discovered that these guitars are highly valued by classical guitarists. But I am wondering if this is nstrument is really suitable for a novice guitarist such as myself. Or should it be in the hands of a skilled musician?
Thoughts?

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Re: Novice with a Kohno

Post by Erik Zurcher » Sun Jun 25, 2017 7:43 am

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Re: Novice with a Kohno

Post by petermc61 » Sun Jun 25, 2017 10:10 am

Welcome to the forum Ssmiggle.

You have, no doubt, a lovely hand made luthier guitar. I think the Kohno guitars of the 60s were his most musical period. Light, open, wonderful guitars. There is absolutely no way that a guitar Iike this would not be suitable to learn on. I imagine it will feel very soft under the fingers and very easy to play. Whatever you do, don't be convinced by somebody trying to sell you a new guitar that you should change. You are lucky. Enjoy.

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Re: Novice with a Kohno

Post by Stephen Kenyon » Sun Jun 25, 2017 10:57 am

I'd argue that ideally all beginners should have the best guitar possible; most are not in such a fortunate position, so make the most of it 😎
The reasoning is that in most cases really good guitars are easier to play, as Peter says (though there can be exceptions, unlikely to apply here) and so progress should be better, esp when it comes to the niceties technique like bar chords.
So please enjoy your splendid instrument with confidence!
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Re: Novice with a Kohno

Post by Tom » Sun Jun 25, 2017 1:38 pm

Ssmiggle wrote: ↑
Sun Jun 25, 2017 6:01 am
Greeting from QLD Australia! I am a novice guitarist and I am wanting to play more often.
I have recently acquired a Kohno 1965 No 2 guitar and was interested in finding out any information I could about it.
From my google searching I have discovered that these guitars are highly valued by classical guitarists. But I am wondering if this is nstrument is really suitable for a novice guitarist such as myself. Or should it be in the hands of a skilled musician?
Thoughts?
I play a 60's Kono (Kohno). It is absolutely a dream guitar , minus the aging physical condition. You are as lucky as me to own one of the best guitars even produce by the greatest Japanese master of all time.

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Re: Novice with a Kohno

Post by rinneby » Sun Jun 25, 2017 1:48 pm

As mentioned above, you have an excellent guitar. Be happy and play it as much as possible. Try low-tension strings! My Kono is my favorite guitar by far, sound good with Savarez Cantiga 510MR as well.

/Jon
1965 - Masaru Kono No.5
1970 - Sakazo Nakade 600E
1975 - Atushi Nakamura No.15
1977 - Kuniharu Nobe No.15
1996 - Masaru Kohno Maestro

Feel free to ask me anything about Japanese classical guitars.

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