- Excellent Condition
- Year: 1975
- Includes Hard Shell Case
Masaru Kohno was a world renowned builder of fine classical guitars.
"His international debut came in 1967, when he was awarded the Gold Medal at the Elizabeth's Concourse International Guitar Building Competition in Belgium. On the judge's panel were, among others, Ignacio Fleta, Robert Bouchet, Joaquin Rodrigo, and Alirio Diaz. Since then, many players of world renown have used Kohno guitars; among them are Julian Bream, Oscar Gighlia, and Sharon Isbin, to name a few." - https://www.vintagekohnoguitars.com/masaru_kohno.html
We are pleased to have this iconic concert guitar here at our showroom. Exceptional power, this instrument has unbelievable low end energy and plenty of presence in the trebles. Complex and nuanced tones found in this guitar are certain to impress any lover of finely built classical guitars. It is constructed with a two piece Brazilian Rosewood back & sides, and a well aged spruce top. This guitar has a very unique straight belly bracing pattern, like a Tatay design, which certainly does not diminish the sonic quality of this instrument, and adds to some of the lore that surrounds both Kohno as a builder, as well as different patterns affects on the sonic integrity of a fine instrument. Branding of "M Scott" has been added to a brace that is near the sound hole of this guitar - possibly a previous owner, but hard to say. Coupled with its longer 655mm scale length, this is a truly remarkable and special build unlike many we see through our doors.
Cosmetically this guitar is in good condition with only simple nicks and dings throughout primarily along its edges, but nothing structural. Typical string wear is present behind the bridge, and there is some light evidence the bridge has been reglued in its past. It's thin finish has some scratches throughout, nothing more than surface level, and some previous wear from a rest is present in its waist.
The neck is nice and straight with a comfortable Mahogany profile, a thick ebony fingerboard and a 53mm nut width. The neck is very straight while maintaining a fair amount of saddle height visible above the slot at the bridge (about 8/64" in height on the bass side, and 6/64" in height on the treble side) - yielding in comfortable action that measures a typical 9/64" in height at the twelfth fret on the sixth string, and 8/64" on the first string. Original tuners function as they should.
A superb piece of guitar history suitable for a collector or any player looking for a high end performance guitar with a slightly longer scale. Comes with a hardshell case. Weighs
The Kohno Classical #15 Brazilian RW (1975) in action
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