Thoughts on CBS MASTERWORKS MWG-1040 from the late 60's or early 70's

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Thoughts on CBS MASTERWORKS MWG-1040 from the late 60's or early 70's

Post by justincase13 » Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:51 pm

Hello,

Just looking for some opinions on this guitar.

Thinking of maybe picking it up for $300 USD or so.

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Re: Thoughts on CBS MASTERWORKS MWG-1040 from the late 60's or early 70's

Post by Marshall Dixon » Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:08 am

It appears to be in good shape. Possibly cypress back/sides; can't guess at the top. Can you see the guitar, or is this an online purchase? I've read that the tuners could have unique spacing. So if they're worn it could be problematic.

K Yairi guitars from that period could be a good deal for 300 bucks. A friend just bought a Sadao Yairi in pristine condition from the late 60’s for $400.

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Re: Thoughts on CBS MASTERWORKS MWG-1040 from the late 60's or early 70's

Post by Marshall Dixon » Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:41 pm

justincase13 wrote:
Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:51 pm
Hello,

Just looking for some opinions on this guitar.
I just noticed that member @rinneby has a by-line that says "feel free to ask me anything about Japanese classical guitars."

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Re: Thoughts on CBS MASTERWORKS MWG-1040 from the late 60's or early 70's

Post by Keith » Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:02 am

It looks like a cedar top flamenco. If so, it is likely to be patterned after a Ramirez flamenco as the Japanese were really big on copying Ramirez. It appears there enough saddle left to lower the action if the action is in the tolerable range (3-4mm). Ramirez guitars, and assuming Japanese copies, have had a history of neck angle issues so that would be the first thing to check out--the action and how much saddle is left to lower the action. The guitar looks to be in good condition so $300 is a good price. I suspect the top is solid and the sides and back are laminate--not a big deal. Japanese "Ramirez" guitars from the OP stated era are nice and the Japanese did a good job of copying the original. I have a Japanese "Ramirez" classical which has close to the "Ramirez sound" but cost a whole lot less.
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