Here are some pictures from inside a Masaru Kohno Model 30 1976
The pictures in the link with the lightened body of the old Kohno 30 1980 show to different models by comparing ... the Bridge in the upper picture is straight and in the other picture it is like the new ones of Sakurai Kohno are . it looks like there is one little brace more on the left side ....
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Thank you for your precious contributions Sorry, I am mostly off nowadays.
What is the highest number that maestro Kohno used prior to 1974?
I assume No. 80. Sakurai san once told me No. 80 was a prototype of the succeeding Maestro model. Nevertheless, I haven't seen one in shops or auctions. In Japan Oil Shock in 1972 was a turning point. In a fabulos economic boom around 70' an income became doubled. Kohno san was tempted to produce more by means of machine and subcontracting. After the event he saw a pile of stocks in his warehouse.
Found it difficult to navigate this site. Howver I own a Kohno Maestro. I believe the invoice when purchased in London states Meastro 80. Therefore it appears that the Kohno Maestro and the Kohno Maestro 80 are the same guitar. Mine was built and signed 1995, and is a fantastic guitar in all respects.
Hi Allan, welcome to the forum. Could I invite you to introduce yourself here? (There are some ideas on things to say, if you need any, here). Then we'll be able to give you some guidance on using the forum.
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I have a 1976 Sakurai No. 10 cedar top and have always marveled at it's really bright trebles...unusual in a cedar top guitar. Although I've noticed other people listed here have Sakurai/Kohno cedar tops with sparkling trebles! I also see other people listed here with spruce tops described as having warm rich tones! Very interesting guitars...I love the sound and the beautiful, precise workmanship that goes into these unusual guitars!
I bought a No. 6 recently and am looking forward to hearing her sing.
City and country: Santa Barbara, California US Make: Kohno Model: 6 Date of production: 1967 Date of aquisition: May 31, 2012 Price of aquisition: USD $500 Top: Spruce Back: Rosewood Side: Rosewood Scale length: 655mm Neck: I'm not sure Fingerboard: Ebony Strings: I like John Pearse Remarks: This guitar hasn't been played in 20 years. I am looking forward to having the braces and back glued up and putting some new strings on. If someone can help me identify the materials used I would be very appreciative.
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Hi MSW, even with the work it needs it sounds like you got a really good deal! Can't help you with the type of wood although I've heard they made 3 basic models back then, the 5 the 8 and the 10 and no doubt a 6 since you have one! If it has really strait grain back and sides it's most likely EIR...not a bad thing by the way....light and stable and less prone to cracking than BRW. Good luck with it.