We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

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Post by lpf4 » Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:48 pm

May be noise in the wrong thread or has been answered somewhere else, my apologies if so. I wanted to ask this group for tips.

I've played a Hiroumi Yamaguchi for nearly 20 years, and love the sound of most Japanese guitars I've played. This week I'm in Tokyo on a business trip, and have some free time to explore a shop or two. Does anyone have tips on the right store to play find great local instruments?

Thanks in advance, Leo

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Re: We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

Post by quixilver » Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:41 am

lpf4 wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:48 pm
May be noise in the wrong thread or has been answered somewhere else, my apologies if so. I wanted to ask this group for tips.

I've played a Hiroumi Yamaguchi for nearly 20 years, and love the sound of most Japanese guitars I've played. This week I'm in Tokyo on a business trip, and have some free time to explore a shop or two. Does anyone have tips on the right store to play find great local instruments?

Thanks in advance, Leo
Hi there... One thing for sure is, you will need to prepare a deep pocket as it will lead you into temptation - Tokyo is well known as the greatest heaven on earth for classical guitar fans. Legend has it that there are 1000 Fleta guitars on earth and half of them are roaming around in Japan.

There are plenty music instrument chain stores across the city like Kurosawa Music, Yamano Music, which have classical guitar collections; and there are some other shops specialised in selling classical guitars like Fana, Aura, etc... you can easily search their address on any search engine. They are well prepared with a huge pile of vintage and hi-end guitar stocks, Fleta, Friederich, Romanillos, you name it!

Good luck and happy hunting :D

I will be in Tokyo next week and will be spending some time visiting those playgrounds, then fetch my new (old) guitar from Yamano Music which I ordered last month; and probably will look around for something else if time permits... and with an extra license from my wife :lol:

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Re: We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

Post by quixilver » Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:46 am

Speaking of Japanese luthiers, has anyone ever had an experience with any guitar made by Takashi Miura or Hideyuki Ezaki ?

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Re: We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

Post by Beowulf » Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:04 pm

quixilver wrote:
Wed Mar 27, 2019 11:46 am
Speaking of Japanese luthiers, has anyone ever had an experience with any guitar made by Takashi Miura or Hideyuki Ezaki ?
My Yamaha GC10 was made by Ezaki in 1971. His early work with very nice workmanship and sound. Solidly built and quite beautiful. Not as responsive as my 2017 GC82S and less projection, but that is hardly surprising.
1971 Yamaha GC-10 (Hideyuki Ezaki)
2017 Yamaha GC82S (Akio Naniki/Naohiro Kawashima)

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Re: We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

Post by rotr » Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:03 am

Made review of my Shigeru Rei 6
Sakano Nakade 3000sss 1972
Sakazo Nakade 1200Y 1969
Ryoji Matsuoka MG-100 1975

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Re: We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

Post by James A. Showalter » Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:56 pm

That was a very nicely done review rotr.

I like the guitar too.
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Re: We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

Post by rotr » Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:31 am

https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/w306429599

Iukinobu Chai No.50, means 500 000 yen? Interesting what year of production, 1980s, 1990s? Great instument from my wishlist.
Sakano Nakade 3000sss 1972
Sakazo Nakade 1200Y 1969
Ryoji Matsuoka MG-100 1975

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Re: We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

Post by ChristianSchwengeler » Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:56 am

rotr wrote:
Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:31 am
https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/w306429599

Iukinobu Chai No.50, means 500 000 yen? Interesting what year of production, 1980s, 1990s? Great instument from my wishlist.
Looks like BRW to me, but perhaps I am wrong?

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Re: We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

Post by Petter » Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:11 am

rotr wrote:
Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:31 am
https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/w306429599

Iukinobu Chai No.50, means 500 000 yen? Interesting what year of production, 1980s, 1990s? Great instument from my wishlist.
Yep pretty sure it's solid BRW, same pattern shows from the inside. It says Jacaranda in the description which is what they call BRW in these japanese auctions. Quite nice guitar, been on my watchlist for a while but I wont bid on it. Bought way too many guitars recently with three more arriving today :D
1965 Masaru Kohno No. 4
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Re: We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

Post by rinneby » Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:35 am

Petter wrote:
Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:11 am
rotr wrote:
Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:31 am
https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/w306429599

Iukinobu Chai No.50, means 500 000 yen? Interesting what year of production, 1980s, 1990s? Great instument from my wishlist.
Yep pretty sure it's solid BRW, same pattern shows from the inside. It says Jacaranda in the description which is what they call BRW in these japanese auctions. Quite nice guitar, been on my watchlist for a while but I wont bid on it. Bought way too many guitars recently with three more arriving today :D
I very much doubt this guitar was 500.000 Yen back then. But yeah, its BR for sure.

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Re: We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

Post by Frousse » Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:08 am

Victor Seal wrote:
Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:12 pm
I owned a Yairi CY115 that was a real nice guitar. Sadly, I was talked into selling it. Man, I would love to have it back.
I, too, owned a Yairi guitar for over 28 years. I did not sell it but gave it to a nephew who had a love for music. The Yairi was my first "serious" guitar, and I hope it will inspire the new owner in his musical journey.

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Re: We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

Post by Guero » Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:14 pm

Are there any significant differences between 70's/80's Yairi, Asturias, Aranjuez (Kohno), Yamaha GC, Takamine, .. regarding sound, quality, character, philosophy, whatsoever?
Thanks, Güero.

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Post by rinneby » Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:13 am

Guero wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:14 pm
Are there any significant differences between 70's/80's Yairi, Asturias, Aranjuez (Kohno), Yamaha GC, Takamine, .. regarding sound, quality, character, philosophy, whatsoever?
Thanks, Güero.
I would say "no" - they are all built in the Spanish/Japanese tradition. I played good sounding low end models from Asturias, as well as poor sounding high end Yamaha's. They are all factory guitars, in one way or another - so there is always a little bit of luck/gamble involved regarding what guitar you manage to get your hands on.

/Jon
1964 - Masaru Kohno
1967 - Masaru Kohno
1989 - Antonio Marin Montero
2017 - Tobias Braun

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Re: We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

Post by Guero » Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:16 am

Thanks, this is what I thought as well.

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Re: We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

Post by lawcch » Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:10 pm

Hi, Jon & everybody here in this group

I want to know what is the current market value for old vintage Takamine No. 8 guitar (handcrafted by Massa Hirade) back in 1980s.
I do some research on Youtube videos and found only 2 videos on this guitar sound. Massa Hirade was student of Masaru Kohno master luthier during 1980s.
Specification: Solid Spruce top
Back and side : Solid Rosewood
Fingerboard: ebony
Neck: Mahogany
Scale : 650 mm Nut size: 51 mm

I just bought it from Japan and waiting its arrival. The physical condition of this guitar was nearly in mint states or almost new.
I do owned a few Takamine model No. 5 and No. 5-3 , TGL1, etc.Those vintage Takamine guitars were beautifully crafted and sound amazing too.
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