SOLD - SE €.2500 Masaru Kono No.5 spruce 1965, Sweden

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SOLD - SE €.2500 Masaru Kono No.5 spruce 1965, Sweden

Post by rinneby » Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:34 pm

- Luthier: Masaru Kohno
- Year of construction: 1965
- Scale length: 650 mm
- Nut width: 50-51 mm
- Top: Solid Spruce
- Back/Sides: Solid Indian Rosewood
- Price: 2500 Euro including hardcase + shipping
- Trading/Exchange: Within reason
- Shipping: EU only
- Location: Sweden

An early Masaru Kohno (Kono) from 1965, built on order for Mr Yamamoto Norio. The model number has vanished during the years, but I’m pretty sure this is a No.5 that sold for 50.000 Yen in 1965. At the same time the yearly salary of a Japanese college graduate (SYSJCG) was 19 600 Yen, so this was a very expensive instrument back then.

It’s always difficult to talk about sound, so let’s just say it sounds warm and mysterious. In my honest opinion the guitars from the early to mid 60s made by Kohno are his best sounding, with the exception of the Maestro model in the 80s and 90s. The early Kohno's are the most sought after, not only because of their great looks and excellent playability (650 mm scale instead of 660 mm), but also because they sound different (more traditional if you like) than the later models.

The action is just below 4/3 mm at 12th fret and the guitar is really easy to play. New frets from 2017 as well as new bone nut and saddle. Original Kohno tuners. Besides a perfectly stable and professionally fixed hair line crack (probably from the 60s or 70s) on the top, the guitar is in excellent condition. No neck warping or any other structural issues.


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All the best from Sweden!
/Jon
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Re: SE €.2800 Masaru Kono No.5 spruce 1965, Sweden

Post by rinneby » Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:14 am


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Recorded with a Peluso 2247 SE and no equalization.

All the best from Sweden
/Jon
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Re: SE €.2800 Masaru Kono No.5 spruce 1965, Sweden

Post by edcat7 » Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:40 pm

Beautiful. As you know I've been looking to get an early Kohno and if I hadn't recently bought a Bert Kwakkel I would seriously consider this. Best of luck for the sale.

Ed
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Re: SE €.2800 Masaru Kono No.5 spruce 1965, Sweden

Post by piotr » Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:33 am

Beautiful sounding guitar.I wish I had more money.Best luck wit the sale.

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Re: SE €.2800 Masaru Kono No.5 spruce 1965, Sweden

Post by caneti3 » Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:38 am

Great sound and playing Jon!

A dream guitar^^

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Re: SE €.2800 Masaru Kono No.5 spruce 1965, Sweden

Post by rinneby » Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:21 am

edcat7 wrote:
Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:40 pm
Beautiful. As you know I've been looking to get an early Kohno and if I hadn't recently bought a Bert Kwakkel I would seriously consider this. Best of luck for the sale.

Ed
piotr wrote:
Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:33 am
Beautiful sounding guitar.I wish I had more money.Best luck wit the sale.
caneti3 wrote:
Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:38 am
Great sound and playing Jon!

A dream guitar^^
Thank you all. Yes, it's a very nice guitar in every possible way, so easy on the hands its almost like it plays itself :) Sure, if you are looking for a modern, crystal clear sound, this is obviously not the guitar for you.

All the best from Sweden
/Jon
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Re: SE €.2500 Masaru Kono No.5 spruce 1965, Sweden

Post by rinneby » Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:21 am

Price lowered to 2500 Euro.

All the best from Sweden
/Jon
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Re: SE €.2500 Masaru Kono No.5 spruce 1965, Sweden

Post by Kent » Thu Oct 26, 2017 3:27 pm

Nice presentation of the guitar.
Looks like a solid deal for someone.

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Re: SE €.2500 Masaru Kono No.5 spruce 1965, Sweden

Post by rinneby » Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:18 pm

Sold, to a fellow Swede.

/Jon
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Re: SOLD - SE €.2500 Masaru Kono No.5 spruce 1965, Sweden

Post by Jacek A. Rochacki » Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:26 pm

Congratulations to Seller and Buyer ! It would be nice to have a chance of listening to some recordings of music played on this so good guitar.
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