Made in Japan, 1976. Label reads "M. Sakurai / Supervised by M. Kohno / Made in Japan / No. 7 / 1976. Cedar top, rosewood back & sides. As you will see in the photos, there is significant cosmetic damage to the top - there is a large area of finish wear between the soundhole and bridge. Though not attractive, the damage does not compromise the structural integrity of the top, and we have priced the guitar to reflect this. A Barcus Berry passive pickup with endpin jack is also installed, and in working condition. Hard case is included.
Our senior luthier dressed the frets, cleaned the fretboard, and set it up with new strings. Playing condition is quite good now, and it has a nice warm tone. Action is on the high side due to a low saddle and not being able to adjust the neck angle, but it is still within the acceptable range. There are a few other minor dings and scratches here and there on the body. We considered repairing the cosmetic damage to the top, but that turned out to be a little too pricey for resale consideration. Again, the price reflects the cosmetic damage and high action - these guitars can sell in excellent condition above $3K.
Due to the above considerations, this guitar is sold as-is, and the sale is final. We also offer free shipping within the continental US. Sorry, no international shipping due to regulations on rosewood products.
Masaru Kohno (1926-1998) was one of the most important luthiers to emerge from Japan, and known as one of the best worldwide. He studied under Arcángel Fernández in Spain in the 1960s. Masaki Sakurai is Kohno's nephew, and this is probably one of the earlier guitars he built under Kohno's guidance. Sakurai took over Kohno's shop upon his passing.
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