rinneby wrote: ↑
Thu May 02, 2019 6:01 am
They were, at least to my understanding, just "another label" and not to select any specially good guitar. Kohno used many different labels during the years. Numbers and labels doesn't matter for how a Kohno guitar sounds, this we now by know. A low number like No.2 can outclass a No.50, for example. A high number can of course be better than a low too. Its a matter of taste (and luck).
My advice is to not get hung up on labels and numbers and just select a guitar that speaks to you.
Despite all the debates around, I believe this is a valid statement. I have met Masaki Sakurai few times and had some conversations about his guitars in the past, and he kept emphasizing that he categorizes the model numbers based on the wood and materials he uses for the guitar. Higher numbers get the more expensive and better looking woods, tuners, decorations, sexier and more eye-catching 50+ years old Jacaranda etc etc... Mostly are aesthetic related stuff and do not have any specific correlation of how the guitars would sound better.
Hence, there are chances of getting a guitar with lower number which sounds better than the much higher numbers. I have listened and tried a Masaru Kohno 20 which sounds fantastic and is definitely capable to surpass some other Kohno/Sakurai either 50, Special, Maestro, you name it... in terms of tonal quality. Even for the same model, out of more than ten guitars of Special, PC and Maestro models I had tried, they were all different. Some of them were just okay, some of them were sub-par and a few of them were outstanding.