Kohno Guitars

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Kohno Guitars

Post by Weaver » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:44 pm

I have searched the forums for some recent info. I have been interested in a Kohno guitar. Any thoughts on the best years and years to avoid? I know the bottom line is to play them but this is not possible due to my location and those available. Thanks!

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Re: Kohno Guitars

Post by moonshadow » Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:19 pm

The guitars from the late 60's seems to be sweet! But they are rare and quite pricey!
Around the 70's they got the 660 scale length which is a challenge for many players.
The Kohno Maestros from the 90's are very good guitars. Back to 650 mm scale.

Asturias is another good japanese brand. Have you ever considered these? There happens to be an AST100 with new top FS here at Delcamp in the US.
Seems like a great guitar.

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Re: Kohno Guitars

Post by Weaver » Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:36 pm

Moonshadow,
I have seen the Asturias on the site. Spoke with the original owner and the luthier who did the work. Would love to play to hear the tone/voice. Thanks for the info.

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Re: Kohno Guitars

Post by rinneby » Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:06 pm

I played and owned quite many Kohno guitars and for me 1964-67 are the best years. But hey, that's just me!

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Re: Kohno Guitars

Post by riffmeister » Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:35 pm

I've only played two, a '64 and a '68. The '68 was "ok" but the '64 was great!

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Re: Kohno Guitars

Post by Tom » Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:22 pm

riffmeister wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:35 pm
I've only played two, a '64 and a '68. The '68 was "ok" but the '64 was great!
:P I have a 1964 version of the Kono... it is probably the sweetest guitar I have ever played. Despite of it's age of over half a century with a humble look, it puts many modern fancy design modern day guitar to shame.

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Re: Kohno Guitars

Post by souldier » Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:13 pm

What sound profile do Kohno guitars have? I've played some Sakurai guitars and they had more of that clear and focused sound - what some would call "piano like" sound... Are Kohno's basically the same?
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Re: Kohno Guitars

Post by Hank Matallana » Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:47 pm

There's a lot of variety of Kohno from the 60's. In the late 70 and on, for a long time the piano sound gets very focused.

Here's one from 68 that has the highest known number for that time period. Sakurai, et tal have seen pictures and were surprised by the construction but not surprised that finds like this comes up occasionally because kohno didn't keep records like Friedrich did.
http://www.classicguitar.com/wp-content ... ono_lg.jpg

It sounds like a Fleta!

Others have come across with kohnos that have surprisingly strong Fleta characteristics, too. It's interesting how Kohno just departed from there building towards more pianistic sound.
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Re: Kohno Guitars

Post by eno » Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:23 pm

Hank Matallana wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:47 pm
It sounds like a Fleta!
"Masaru Kohno entered one of his guitars at the Liege ConcoursNational de Guitares which was held September 10-19 in 1967, and won the first prize for guitarmaking out of 31 entrants. The chairman of the adjudicators was Ignacio Fleta and he told me that when he examined Kohno's guitar (which of course was unlabeled at the time) he thought it was very much like his own."
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Masaru Kohno No.6 1967

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Re: Kohno Guitars

Post by souldier » Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:23 pm

Talk about biased judging :D
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Re: Kohno Guitars

Post by oc chuck » Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:46 am

If you are really interested in Kohno, you can dive in here...

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=56508&hilit=kohno+ ... &start=975

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Re: Kohno Guitars

Post by Moje » Thu Jan 31, 2019 6:06 am

+1 for oc chuck's suggestion, remember that the prices are actual selling prices (not asking) so if you have the patience it's a goldmine of info. A couple years back a forum member asked me to "test drive" a Kohno in my area, and the seller had quite a collection. He left me in a room to try out his Kohnos and Sakurai which I played against my own Sakurai and Michael Thames. They were all great; my advice is, if you can't try one out you should limit your risk: higher numbers aren't necessarily better, and Sakurais sound (IMO) every bit as good for half the price.
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