US $.2750 (reduced) Masaru Kohno No.4 spruce 1966, Washington DC

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US $.2750 (reduced) Masaru Kohno No.4 spruce 1966, Washington DC

Post by singlechange » Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:41 pm

Masaru Kohno classical guitar
No. 4 1966 (first year when he changed English spelling of his name from Kono to Kohno and one year before winning the competition in Europe)
650mm scale length
Bracing is 5 fan with "V"
spruce top
Indian Rosewood back and sides
Ebony fretboard
Ivory nut
Tuners are Van Gents
Action at 12 fret from bottom of string to top of fret wire: High E 2.9 and Low E 3.5
New Savage strings and what I believe is original guitar case included
Condition is excellent
Sound and plays wonderful and loud
Washington, D.C. viewing is ok
$3,500 or Best Offer (Reduced to 2750)
Shipping within continental U.S.A. with USPS Express Overnight Delivery $130.00
Remarks:
This is an early Kohno with all the original parts except for new frets by luthier Ross Gutmeier. Ross told me this Kohno is a good one and it is the best Kohno he ever played.
Very recently the guitar was thoroughly gone over by Ross. I have a copy of the work order.
A bit of history: this was purchased by the original owner in 1967 and played for less than a year, according to the owner's son. The son thinks his father played it for a few months and gave up learning to play a classical guitar. I am the second owner and have done nothing to the guitar except having Ross check and work on it.
Please let me know if you would like more pics.
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Re: U.S.$3,500/Offer Masaru Kohno 1966 spruce No.4 Washington DC

Post by Kent » Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:43 pm

Could be a great find. More pictures please!

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Post by singlechange » Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:10 pm

Kent, p.m. sent.

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Post by singlechange » Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:09 pm

More pics.
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Re: U.S.$3,500/Offer Masaru Kohno 1966 spruce No.4 Washington DC

Post by petermc61 » Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:37 pm

Lovely!

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Re: U.S.$3,500/Offer Masaru Kohno 1966 spruce No.4 Washington DC

Post by singlechange » Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:45 pm

peter, It's such a good day for me when someone who plays a Velazquez and likes Cyndy Burton's guitars leaves a nice comment for me.

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Re: U.S.$3,500/Offer Masaru Kohno 1966 spruce No.4 Washington DC

Post by astro64 » Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:59 pm

It looks exactly like my No 4 from 1964 on the outside, but mine has 7 normal +2 short fans. I like it enough that I invested in a set of Rodgers tuners for it. The tuners on this one look similar to what mine had; those were worn and did not function well. They were Kolb tuners.
Your asking price is fair given the instrument seems in great condition.

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Re: U.S.$3,500/Offer Masaru Kohno 1966 spruce No.4 Washington DC

Post by rinneby » Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:17 pm

Kohno's from 1964-67 are the best, in my humble opinion. Good luck with the sale, the price is more than fair.

/Jon
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Re: U.S.$3,500/Offer Masaru Kohno 1966 spruce No.4 Washington DC

Post by singlechange » Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:46 pm

rinneby, Thank you for comments. I've always admired your Japanese guitar collection over the years.

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Re: U.S.$3,500/Offer Masaru Kohno 1966 spruce No.4 Washington DC

Post by singlechange » Mon Feb 18, 2019 11:51 pm

Astro64, When luthier Ross Gutmeier and I examined the bracing, he commented that the 5 fan caught his curiosity and speculated that Kohno was probably experimenting a lot at the time.

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Re: U.S.$3,500/Offer Masaru Kohno 1966 spruce No.4 Washington DC

Post by Petter » Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:47 am

Very nice guitar! What is nut width on yours?
Jusy took delivery of a similar guitar, '65 no 4 630/50mm. Posted in the kohno thread. Best guitar I've played!

Does your outer two fans also have slightly reduced length?
1961 Masaru Kono No. 519
1962 Rokutaro Nakade A4
1965 Masaru Kohno No. 4
1969 Masaru Kohno No. 7
1975 Ryoji Matsuoka No. 50
1976 Sakazo Nakade No. 2000

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Re: US $.3500 OBO Masaru Kohno No.4 spruce 1966, Washington DC

Post by singlechange » Tue Feb 19, 2019 2:02 pm

Peter, Thank you for your nice words. I see you have a nice Japanese collection too. My No.4 has the normal 52mm nut width and 5 fan, instead of the 7 fan bracing with 2 short ones on either side of the center brace that other Kohno's from the 1960's are designed. My local luthier himself likes to experiment with bracing. I am always surprised that so many fans in Europe have access to Japanese guitars with all the Cites issues now. Here in the U.S.A., so many of the Japanese guitars must have been imported starting in the 1960's.

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Re: US $.3500 OBO Masaru Kohno No.4 spruce 1966, Washington DC

Post by powermrk » Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:06 am

Hi, is the bracing pattern as same as the one that Kohno won the competition in 1967?

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Re: US $.3500 OBO Masaru Kohno No.4 spruce 1966, Washington DC

Post by rinneby » Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:56 am

powermrk wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:06 am
Hi, is the bracing pattern as same as the one that Kohno won the competition in 1967?
Most likely yes! But that is of course impossible to tell, the 1967 guitar that won the competition is no where to be found.

It's actually crazy that this guitar isn't sold yet!

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Re: US $.3500 OBO Masaru Kohno No.4 spruce 1966, Washington DC

Post by Arash Ahmadi » Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:05 am

Seems very nice! I suppose you won't accept international offers. Anyhow, would it be possible to hear the sound of it?
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