US $..450 Shinano 73 spruce c. 1968, Brooklyn

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lamefugitive
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US $..450 Shinano 73 spruce c. 1968, Brooklyn

Post by lamefugitive » Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:03 pm

- Type / luthier: classical / Seizo Shinano
- Year of construction: c. 1968
- Scale length (mm): 650
- Nut width (mm): 51
- Top: Solid Spruce (tinted lacquer), thin, you can see the fan placement from the top
- Bracing (fan/lattice/other): 7-fan
- Back / Sides: Solid Rosewood (I believe it's Indian, but the grain is wider and more uneven than most examples I've seen, and it's covered in a tinted lacquer) (I bought from Victor/victork1962, who says that the sides are double-lined but I've never been able to confirm)
- Fingerboard / (bridge): Rosewood
- Sound: Responsive and resonating basses with very round sound, trebles are also responsive, but full, overall good note separation and good volume. Sweet but crisp sound.
- Condition: It has several small marks (dents, scratches, abrasions) on its body, none of which alone can be described as conspicuous or dangerous to its structure. It remains in perfect structural condition. I had the frets leveled and set up by Brooklyn Lutherie a little over a year ago.
- Price: $500 USD
- Viewing / trial possible: Yes, in the evenings or on weekends
- Location (nearest city): Brooklyn, NY
- Other info: The neck of the guitar appears to be of one piece (solid, not severed) with the headstock, but the heel was made from a different piece.
The action on the guitar is medium. It is a responsive, lyrical, guitar. Currently I have it set up with Aquila Alabastro "low" tension strings, which are very good strings for the guitar, but the normal tension would probably make it sound fuller without a lot of dynamics loss. I think that the best strings for the guitar were La Bella 10PH, they really brought out a strong treble sound and a powerful bass, but they were too heavy for me on this guitar. The guitar is not cosmetically perfect, as I noted above, but it sounds excellent.
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Re: US $..450 Shinano 73 spruce c. 1968, Brooklyn

Post by singlechange » Sun Oct 07, 2018 2:33 am

An early example of the japanese luthier Seizo Shinano like this one does not come up for sale that often, especially one like this made in 1968 before Mr. Shinano started building guitars with assistants in the 1970's and built all his guitars as a one man operation.
I believe his top model was 93 at that time and so this 73 model was close to top shelf. I would one day like to compare Mr. Shinano's guitars with my own japanese classical guitars made by luthiers Masaji Nobe, Masaru Kohno and the best known luthiers from Yamaha's custom shop.
Good luck with your sale. Robert A.

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Re: US $..450 Shinano 73 spruce c. 1968, Brooklyn

Post by thelonious71 » Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:21 am

Hi,I am interested.
A friend of mine in NY is looking for a classical for her son. As I have not heard of this guitar yet, how would you rate it to an Alvarez or Cordoba of similar value and quality?
I know it may be apples and oranges.
I would like her to come and see it if you are able to play a bit for her as she can't really audition it herself and son is in another country presently,which she will be returning in a couple months.
Thanks,

Scott

lamefugitive
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Re: US $..450 Shinano 73 spruce c. 1968, Brooklyn

Post by lamefugitive » Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:55 pm

I'm going to lower the price to $400 on this and let it be. I had to take a short hiatus from practicing heavily because I have started a master's program, so having multiple guitars doesn't make sense for me at this moment. Thanks

MiciDragon
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Re: US $..450 Shinano 73 spruce c. 1968, Brooklyn

Post by MiciDragon » Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:33 pm

Hi,

I work in your area and wonder if we could meet and have a closer look at the guitar?

Martin
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Zheng_Q
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Re: US $..450 Shinano 73 spruce c. 1968, Brooklyn

Post by Zheng_Q » Fri May 03, 2019 5:49 pm

Hi,

Is it still available? I work in Manhattan, and I'd like to take a look if possible.

Thanks
Q

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