1972 Mitsuru Tamura 600 Classical Guitar
Solid Cedar Top
Solid Indian Rosewood Back and Sides
Bone Nut (52mm) and Bone Saddle
660mm Scale Length
This guitar was made by the well-respected Japanese luthier Mitsuru Tamura in the golden period of classical guitar making in Japan. The build quality of the guitar is outstanding and shows a great pride of workmanship. Mitsuru Tamura was very well established in Japan in the 1970s and the only reason he is not as well-known as his brother Hiroshi Tamura is that he ran a much smaller shop and produced fewer guitars which were bought mostly in the Japanese market. They are certainly at least as good and even better than the guitars built by Hiroshi Tamura.
The condition of the guitar is excellent. The only visible mark on the guitar is some discoloration in one spot on the top but there is no wear in that spot. The rest of the guitar has no big marks. There are no cracks or visible repairs on the guitar. The tuners of the guitar have been replaced with new ones that work perfectly and I don’t have the originals.
The sound of the guitar is warm and Spanish with deep basses and strong clear trebles. It has great volume and sustain all around the fretboard as well as excellent sound separation string-to-string. It’s a concert guitar in every aspect and sounds better than current guitars being made that cost three times as much. The guitar is light and very resonant. The basses penetrate your body when you play it and the trebles sing with crystal clarity.
The action setup makes it very easy to play (about 2.8 mm treble side and about 3.6 mm bass side at the 12th fret). There are no buzzing or playability issues anywhere along the neck. The frets are in good shape and have been polished and leveled and the fingerboard conditioned. The neck is straight and there is a lot of room on the saddle to go lower with the action if needed.
The guitar will come with a set of La Bella 850 Gold nylon strings. These are among the most generic nylon strings available and allow the guitar to bring out its voice without coloring or exaggerating it. This guitar does not need carbon strings to sound great. It has more than enough volume and clarity with the most basic nylon strings. I have personally had models 3000, 800, and 600 from Mitsuru Tamura and this guitar has the best sound from the three of them even though it’s the lowest model. It sold for 60,000 Yen in 1972 which is very high price for a guitar in those days.
For a sound sample of this exact guitar, please see the following video on youtube:
I will only accept PayPal for payment. I will ship to Canada and the Continental United States. The guitar will be shipped in its hard case well packed with strings loosened. The case is very old and used but all latches work and so does the handle. I have bought and sold a long list of classical guitars over the years, so buy with confidence.
Shipping: $80 USD (Canada Post: 4-6 Business Days) to Canada and the US only
Buyer pays any required customs fees if shipped to the US
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