We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

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Post by Geordie » Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:58 am

William
What a fascinating story! I'll look forward to reading more about your incredible find. My wife and I love that table with the pots and flowers, too.

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Post by William Byrd » Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:35 am

Geordie wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:58 am
William
What a fascinating story! I'll look forward to reading more about your incredible find. My wife and I love that table with the pots and flowers, too.
Thanks Geordie. The table in the background is actually a 100 year old (plus) Japanese sitting desk I picked up from a local acquaintance. The vases are Kutani vases, another one of my passions. I thought it added to the presentation of the guitar.
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Post by madrilla » Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:43 pm

Congrats on the find William. The headstock looks similar to a CY-120 (but not the rosette).

I saw a CY-120 the other day and the label was all in kanji but I worked it out from the appearance.

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Post by dandan » Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:51 pm

I've finally completed my wooden family! I've got 4, no room for any more and no inclination to sell any of those I have. First is my 1969 Rokutaro Nakade A9. It has a lovely old spruce top with 5 fan bracing, maybe Bouchet style? Not sure. Very versatile, good for Erik Satie as well as Spanish and English folk music and a bit of Bach too!
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1977 Aria AG80 (Masaru Takeiri)
1997 Hiroumi Yamaguchi A-I

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Post by dandan » Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:56 pm

Next is my 1977 Aria AG80. I think the top might be cedar but the guy I bought it off and a dealer I showed it to both thought it was spruce, so not sure. It has Kohno style bracing, designed for Aria by Masaki Sakurai. Very clear, bright, piano-like tone. I use this for Tarrega and Villa-Lobos.
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1966 Sakazo Nakade D
1969 Rokutaro Nakade A9
1977 Aria AG80 (Masaru Takeiri)
1997 Hiroumi Yamaguchi A-I

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Post by dandan » Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:02 pm

Next is my 1966 Sakazo Nakade model d. Super low action 3/2.5mm make this super easy to play. Old spruce top with 7 strut fan bracing, I think in early Fleta style. Was a bit nasal with EJ45s on so I put some Hannabach 800mt on. Has a lovely soft voice.
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1966 Sakazo Nakade D
1969 Rokutaro Nakade A9
1977 Aria AG80 (Masaru Takeiri)
1997 Hiroumi Yamaguchi A-I

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Post by dandan » Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:05 pm

Last but not least is my 1997 Hiroumi Yamaguchi A-I. Cedar top, Ramirez style bracing. Has that lovely warm, rich Ramirez tone. Really suits South American music imo. None of these guitars cost me more than £1000, some substantially less. Proof, I think that good guitars can be had on a budget, if you know where to look!
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1966 Sakazo Nakade D
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1977 Aria AG80 (Masaru Takeiri)
1997 Hiroumi Yamaguchi A-I

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Post by rinneby » Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:05 pm

Great work DanDan! Thank you for the update on your fine guitars. They all look very nice.

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Post by martinardo » Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:29 pm

Yes, Good stuff, DanDan. Great to see them all together. And the bracing patterns - with their marked differences -

are very interesting. And all in pretty good condition. 1966 is a long time ago.
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Post by tammle1e » Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:41 am

dandan wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 1:05 pm
Last but not least is my 1997 Hiroumi Yamaguchi A-I. Cedar top, Ramirez style bracing. Has that lovely warm, rich Ramirez tone. Really suits South American music imo. None of these guitars cost me more than £1000, some substantially less. Proof, I think that good guitars can be had on a budget, if you know where to look!
Thanks alot for the lovely eyes-opening information on the bracing designs. Is H.Yamaguchi also the luthier who made Cervantes guitar in the 80s? That's what I remember if not mistaken. I own a Cervantes, these guitars have Matano's headstocks

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Post by rinneby » Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:55 am

tammle1e wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:41 am
Thanks alot for the lovely eyes-opening information on the bracing designs. Is H.Yamaguchi also the luthier who made Cervantes guitar in the 80s? That's what I remember if not mistaken. I own a Cervantes, these guitars have Matano's headstocks
That is correct.

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Post by dandan » Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:45 am

Opinions on whether the Aria is a spruce or cedar top would be welcome!
1966 Sakazo Nakade D
1969 Rokutaro Nakade A9
1977 Aria AG80 (Masaru Takeiri)
1997 Hiroumi Yamaguchi A-I

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Post by astro64 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:04 pm

dandan wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:45 am
Opinions on whether the Aria is a spruce or cedar top would be welcome!
Did you check the underside of the top? If it is not lacquered you might be able to tell.

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Post by dandan » Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:01 pm

astro64 wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:04 pm
dandan wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:45 am
Opinions on whether the Aria is a spruce or cedar top would be welcome!
Did you check the underside of the top? If it is not lacquered you might be able to tell.
Funny you should ask that. The dealer I showed it to thought the underside of the top was finished but I don't think it is. The inside of the back is, but not the top.
1966 Sakazo Nakade D
1969 Rokutaro Nakade A9
1977 Aria AG80 (Masaru Takeiri)
1997 Hiroumi Yamaguchi A-I

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Post by martinardo » Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:05 pm

I would guess Spruce. But, as is apparent, a pretty tough call.
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