Finally, the diamond of my collection. My latest acquisition. Sakazo Nakade 3000sss 1972. I think it is the most expensive instrument in Japan of that time. 300,000 yen in 1972 adjusted for inflation in 2019 is 893,000 yen. Only Kohno Maestro could have competed at the time. In fact, I dreamed of acquiring Toshihiko 2000 of early 70s and still dream. But Sakazo, perhaps even the better instrument, more expensive at the time and dear to me until now. The guitar was in good condition, albeit with repairs to several cracks in the back and a crack in the top near the fingerboard. The repair was neat. The price was adequate, although of course this instrument is the most expensive of all that I had. Kohno Maestro will cost several times more. But I think the guitar level is comparable. In general, my credit card was devastated. It is also interesting that the intermediary suddenly had problems with the export of guitars from Japan, because of changes in legislation. So I had to look for another and nervous, while the guitar was in warehouses for more than a month. But as soon as another mediator was found, they made all documents and after 5 days I had guitar throught EMC. Guitar is very similar to the 1200 model, but 3000 is richer made, with a carved head and ornaments, the side braces were added. The same array of brazilian rosewood and the spruce array is delightful in structure. Wood smells very nice, almost like perfume. Looks like all expensive instruments in good condition smells good. As for the sound, it is also similar in character to the 1200, except that the sound is even more sparkling, even more sustain, deep, intelligibility. In general, this is the best guitar of all that I had. I would like also to take for the collection Toshihiko 2000, Rokutaro A12, Tamura P150, Chai 30, Matsuoka No150... if I win a million in the lottery, then Kohno Maestro ... and Paulino Bernabe) It’s not a fact that they will be better than Sakazo 3000 in terms of sound, but the collectible value is definitely great.
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Sakano Nakade 3000sss 1972
Sakazo Nakade 1200Y 1969
Ryoji Matsuoka MG-100 1975