US $.1350 Mitsuru Tamura 3000 spruce 1977, Mississauga, Canada (SOLD)

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US $.1350 Mitsuru Tamura 3000 spruce 1977, Mississauga, Canada (SOLD)

Postby spronev » Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:21 am

1977 Mitsuru Tamura 3000 Classical Guitar
Solid Spruce Top
Solid Brazilian Rosewood Back and Sides
Bone Nut (52mm) and Bone Saddle
650mm Scale Length

This is a great opportunity to own the highest model guitar made by Mitsuru Tamura in the 1970s. This guitar sold in 1977 for 300,000 Yen which is now equivalent to about $15,000 USD. This was the same price as the highest model sold at the same time by Masaru Kohno in 1977 also for 300,000 Yen (model 30). While Mitsuru Tamura is not as well known outside of Japan as his brother Hiroshi Tamura, he kept the number of guitars that came out of his shop low compared to Hiroshi Tamura’s who at that time was basically running a small factory. The last Mitsuru Tamura 3000 from the same time sold in a Japanese auction for just over 250,000 Yen very recently.

The condition of the guitar is good for its age. The top has some wear below the sound hole on the treble side as well as some dings. There is also a repaired crack in the middle of the top running from the bottom of the guitar to the bridge and from the bridge to the sound hole. There is also a crack in the back which I have tried to show in one of the pictures but you can hardly see it. Both cracks are stable and present no structural issues and do not impact the sound in any way. Of course, those who only plan to put the guitar in a glass case and take close-up hi-resolution photos of it may miss on its most important feature – the exceptional sound it offers. The neck, head-shock and sides of the guitar are pretty clean and the tuners are tight and smooth when tuned. There is a thin white line where the two pieces of the neck meet towards the heel and it’s not clear to me what it is because there is no gap or any sign of repair.

The sound of the guitar is warm and thick with good volume and sustain as it should be expected from a guitar of this caliber. The notes ring with great clarity and separation all the way up and down the entire fretboard. In my opinion this guitar sounds better than any Kohno that I have played (and I have owned and/or played models 10, 15, and 20) from the same time period. Of course, this is fully justified as its cost was higher than any of these models at the time and it would not have sold for more if it didn’t sound better.

The action setup makes it very easy to play (less than 3 mm treble side and less than 4 mm bass side at the 12th fret). There are no buzzing or playability issues anywhere along the neck. The frets are in good shape and have been polished and leveled and the fingerboard conditioned. The neck is straight and there is room on the saddle to go lower with the action if needed.

The guitar will come with a set of La Bella 850 Gold nylon strings. These are among the most generic nylon strings available and allow the guitar to bring out its voice without coloring or exaggerating it. This guitar does not need carbon strings to sound great. It has more than enough volume and clarity with the most basic nylon strings.

For a sound sample of this exact guitar, please see the following video on youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5Pk-QjZf2s

I will only accept PayPal for payment. I will ship to Canada and the Continental United States. The guitar will be shipped in its hard case well packed with strings loosened. I have bought and sold a long list of classical guitars over the years, so buy with confidence.

Shipping: $80 USD (Canada Post: 4-6 Business Days) to Canada and the US only
Buyer pays any required customs fees if shipped to the US
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Re: US $.1350 Mitsuru Tamura 3000 spruce 1977, Mississauga, Canada

Postby rinneby » Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:39 am

An excellent opportunity and deal for someone. Good luck with the sale.

/Jon
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Re: US $.1350 Mitsuru Tamura 3000 spruce 1977, Mississauga, Canada

Postby Brusko » Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:44 am

Jon, if you're thinking about this. Just go for it, you will not be disappointed.

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Re: US $.1350 Mitsuru Tamura 3000 spruce 1977, Mississauga, Canada

Postby rinneby » Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:39 am

Brusko wrote:Jon, if you're thinking about this. Just go for it, you will not be disappointed.

I doesn't have green tuners... :mrgreen: Off topic: I have my eyes on a Hiroshi right now. Besides the seller doesn't ship to Sweden. :)

/Jon
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Re: US $.1350 Mitsuru Tamura 3000 spruce 1977, Mississauga, Canada

Postby Brusko » Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:42 am

Oh, okay didn't read the shipping part. I know if you ask nicely Jorg (Graf) will do one for you. Gotta be patient though, I waited 4 months for mine. :mrgreen:

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Re: US $.1350 Mitsuru Tamura 3000 spruce 1977, Mississauga, Canada

Postby rinneby » Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:46 am

spronev: Looks like Reischl (or Landstorfer) tuners? That's worth mention if so.

/Jon
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Re: US $.1350 Mitsuru Tamura 3000 spruce 1977, Mississauga, Canada

Postby spronev » Mon Mar 06, 2017 2:21 pm

rinneby wrote:spronev: Looks like Reischl (or Landstorfer) tuners? That's worth mention if so.

/Jon



Hi Jon,
I'n not sure what type the tuners are but they do look like the originals.
Svilen

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Re: US $.1350 Mitsuru Tamura 3000 spruce 1977, Mississauga, Canada

Postby dgdenes » Wed Mar 08, 2017 1:50 am

If this is truly Mitsuru's top model then this is a steal. I have a Mitsuru class 800 from 1974 that is an excellent, excellent guitar, but I don't believe the top model (I would welcome any information about it if anyone has information on the Tamura's at that time). Someone will be very pleased with this guitar.

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Re: US $.1350 Mitsuru Tamura 3000 spruce 1977, Mississauga, Canada

Postby drmlyung » Thu Mar 09, 2017 6:35 am

dgdenes wrote:If this is truly Mitsuru's top model then this is a steal. I have a Mitsuru class 800 from 1974 that is an excellent, excellent guitar, but I don't believe the top model (I would welcome any information about it if anyone has information on the Tamura's at that time). Someone will be very pleased with this guitar.


I think that this was a "new" numbering arrangement, starting from 1000, after the Tamura's 're-organized' from bankruptcy in 1976 -- if my memory is right.

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Re: US $.1350 Mitsuru Tamura 3000 spruce 1977, Mississauga, Canada

Postby spronev » Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:56 pm

drmlyung wrote:
dgdenes wrote:If this is truly Mitsuru's top model then this is a steal. I have a Mitsuru class 800 from 1974 that is an excellent, excellent guitar, but I don't believe the top model (I would welcome any information about it if anyone has information on the Tamura's at that time). Someone will be very pleased with this guitar.


I think that this was a "new" numbering arrangement, starting from 1000, after the Tamura's 're-organized' from bankruptcy in 1976 -- if my memory is right.


It was not Mitsuru Tamura who went through bankruptcy but his brother Hiroshi Tamura. Mitsuru Tamura's numbering has been the same in the 70s since about 1971 (model ranging from 500 on the low end and 3000 on the high end).

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Re: US $.1350 Mitsuru Tamura 3000 spruce 1977, Mississauga, Canada

Postby David_Norton » Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:23 pm

Hi Svilen,

Please reconfirm the 650 scale? I've seen a few mid-70's Tamuras and most were the then-popular 660 or 664 size.
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Re: US $.1350 Mitsuru Tamura 3000 spruce 1977, Mississauga, Canada

Postby rinneby » Thu Mar 09, 2017 7:05 pm

David_Norton wrote:Hi Svilen,

Please reconfirm the 650 scale? I've seen a few mid-70's Tamuras and most were the then-popular 660 or 664 size.

This is true. But there are exceptions, as always. I have a -79, so not quite mid 70s, Hiroshi Tamura P100 on its way to Sweden that is 650mm. At least according to the seller :shock: (That I've asked twice).

/Jon
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Re: US $.1350 Mitsuru Tamura 3000 spruce 1977, Mississauga, Canada

Postby spronev » Thu Mar 09, 2017 11:22 pm

David_Norton wrote:Hi Svilen,

Please reconfirm the 650 scale? I've seen a few mid-70's Tamuras and most were the then-popular 660 or 664 size.


Hi David,

Yes, confirming that the scale is 650 mm.

Svilen

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Re: US $.1350 Mitsuru Tamura 3000 spruce 1977, Mississauga, Canada

Postby spanishguitarmusic » Fri Mar 10, 2017 12:25 am

Very nice looking guitar! Nice pictures!

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Re: US $.1350 Mitsuru Tamura 3000 spruce 1977, Mississauga, Canada

Postby nokturnal » Fri Mar 10, 2017 12:05 pm

Hi spronev, interested but unfortunately am outside U.S


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