- Luthier: Masaru Kohno
- Year of construction: 1965
- Scale length: 650 mm
- Nut width: 50-51 mm
- Top: Solid Spruce
- Back/Sides: Solid Indian Rosewood
- Price: 2500 Euro including hardcase + shipping
- Trading/Exchange: Within reason
- Shipping: EU only
- Location: Sweden
An early Masaru Kohno (Kono) from 1965, built on order for Mr Yamamoto Norio. The model number has vanished during the years, but I’m pretty sure this is a No.5 that sold for 50.000 Yen in 1965. At the same time the yearly salary of a Japanese college graduate (SYSJCG) was 19 600 Yen, so this was a very expensive instrument back then.
It’s always difficult to talk about sound, so let’s just say it sounds warm and mysterious. In my honest opinion the guitars from the early to mid 60s made by Kohno are his best sounding, with the exception of the Maestro model in the 80s and 90s. The early Kohno's are the most sought after, not only because of their great looks and excellent playability (650 mm scale instead of 660 mm), but also because they sound different (more traditional if you like) than the later models.
The action is just below 4/3 mm at 12th fret and the guitar is really easy to play. New frets from 2017 as well as new bone nut and saddle. Original Kohno tuners. Besides a perfectly stable and professionally fixed hair line crack (probably from the 60s or 70s) on the top, the guitar is in excellent condition. No neck warping or any other structural issues.
All the best from Sweden!