Thanks, Jon. Indeed, the more I play with it the more I'm convinced this was a top notch, expensive guitar in its days. I still have to compare it with my spruce top Kuniharu Nobe once it's repaired (somewhere in January, I hope). The sound will be different, of course, but I'm not expecting it to be superior to this one. One funny thing I noticed, and I don't have an explanation for that, even though the strings are a bit higher than my other guitars, this one seems easier to play with, I don't make so many mistakes. Must be, perhaps, the shape and thickness of the neck, I don't know...
By the way, do you know in which city in Japan the Matsuoka workshop was (still is?) located?
PS: just noticed that, as in my Aria A558, there is a number engraved on the top of the transverse bar - 790605. I'm assuming, then, that the inception date of this guitar is 05-Jun-79. Am I correct?
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1972 - Kuniharu Nobe #8, 658/51, Spr, CSA RW, Tokyo, JP
1979 - Ryoji Matsuoka NO.40, 650/51, Ced, CSA RW, JP
1987 - Aria A558, 650/51, Ced, lam RW, Nagoya, JP
2014 - Hermanos Camps Master Nº 3, 650/52, CA Ced, MG RW, Banyoles, ES