Is Masaru Kohno still the most popular Japanese luthier today?

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Is Masaru Kohno still the most popular Japanese luthier today?

Post by powermrk » Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:20 am

Masaru Kohno was the first well-known Japanese luthier in the West. Althought he passed away in 1998, his guitars have still been sought by many fans around the world untill now.

I wonder if he is still the most popular Japanese luthier (or at least at delcamp) today?

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Re: Is Masaru Kohno still the most popular Japanese luthier today?

Post by rinneby » Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:25 pm

I would say so, yes. And Sakurai.

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Re: Is Masaru Kohno still the most popular Japanese luthier today?

Post by souldier » Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:24 am

He seems to be the most well known, but I personally haven't been drawn to their sound profile based on the ones I've played. I'm a bigger of of some of the other vintage Japanese makers like Matano, Takamine, Nakade.... I've also played some Yamaha Grand Concerts that I liked. But in the end I don't care much about pedigree, I just care if I am drawn to the instrument!
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Re: Is Masaru Kohno still the most popular Japanese luthier today?

Post by joachim33 » Wed Feb 27, 2019 6:48 am

rinneby wrote:
Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:25 pm
I would say so, yes. And Sakurai.

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Not sure Sakurai counts - it is the same family ;)

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Re: Is Masaru Kohno still the most popular Japanese luthier today?

Post by Guitar-ded » Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:28 pm

joachim33 wrote:
Wed Feb 27, 2019 6:48 am
rinneby wrote:
Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:25 pm
I would say so, yes. And Sakurai.

/Jon
Not sure Sakurai counts - it is the same family ;)
Well, I think Sakurai does count because he has the advantage of being alive whereas master Kohno died about 1998. :wink:
He is the nephew who trained with Kohno and took over the business.
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Re: Is Masaru Kohno still the most popular Japanese luthier today?

Post by jdart3000 » Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:58 pm

Well, he certainly is with me. I have enjoyed my 1979 Sakurai (same pedigree) for its depth and quality of tone. I have played several Kohnos which had a very similar quality as my Sakurai. I have not had the opportunity to play any of the higher level guitars made by the makers mentioned above (lower level Yamahas don't count).

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