Petter wrote: ↑
Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:02 pm
Add one more member to the vintage japanese fan club!
Just received my first real classical guitar which I got mostly thanks to this thread. Sniped a Sakazo Nakade no 2000 from 1976, the auction had pretty terrible pictures, it looked like it was in quite bad shape. I took the chance and got it very cheaply, only 58000 yen.
Got the package from buyee yesterday, and I couldn't be happier! It's in very good shape, structurally it's perfect. No loose braces och cracks or anything. Only minor blemishes, like remains of som tape previos owner used to mark fret 5,7 and 12..
Looks like it's finished with very thin nitrocellulose lacquer, which have a couple of minor marks but nothing through to the wood. Frets are protruding quite alot and are sharp, so I will need to get them filed off and polish the old frets. Otherwise the frets are fine, not worn at all.
Neck is very straight, action is 3,5 and 4,5 with plenty of saddle remaining. Will probably sand down the saddle 1 mm to get it down to 3 and 4 mm. Very easy to play though despite a little higher action than my old guitar, a yamaha C40. Thin and comfortable neck.
Top is spruce and back and sides are solid, most likely brazilian rosewood. Lovely pattern on the back, almost like a spine.
Bracing looks like Rodriguez except more parallel?
Sound is fantastic, very loud with a precision that my C40 could never muster. By comparison my C40 sounds like someone put a pillow in the soundhole hehe