I've joined the club!
City and country: Dayton, OH
Date of production: 1968
Date of acquisition: 2018
Price of acquisition: $3,500 USD
Back: Indian Rosewood
Strings: D'Addario EJ45
Remarks: I finally got one. Very sweet sounding, nicely balanced and a pleasure to listen to.
by Tristan Koehler
, on Flickr
GSI never got back to me on the saddle height of the previously mentioned 1965 Kohno they we selling because it sold already. Drat! But then they messaged me a few days later and said they had another one coming to market and would I like to have a crack at it before it went out to the public. I took one look and bought it on Friday. They overnighted it and 18 hours later in was in my hands.
The guitar is in marvelous shape, very good condition for any guitar let alone one that is 50 years old. It's got a much thicker neck with smaller frets than I am accustomed to yet I found it easy to adjust to and easy to play. For some reason the top, while spruce, is a charming orange color. Was Kohno trying to make it look like cedar?
The guitar has a very refined sound, with the notes evenly balanced up and down and across the fret board. The basses are full, and the trebles are very pure and have a delightful delicate quality to them. The sound is not as crisp as you might think with the spruce top, the notes swell into existence rather than cut their way in. It is easy to generate sound with this guitar it's almost eager to play. Compared to my modern lattice instrument it is quieter, though easily loud enough that you don't feel deprived.
I'm thrilled with this guitar and look forward to getting to know it.
Here's the GSI page with much better pics https://www.guitarsalon.com/store/p5241 ... -spin.html