Bear in mind, Kohnosan. my 1974 Masaru Kohno No. 20 spruce top, sat alone in his case for many years, with only the occasional look at the outside world. And I think he went to bed sick, too.
I quit playing in 1981, mainly because I had become frustrated with my left pinky, but that's another matter entirely. But even before then, my guitar wasn't sounding as good as it should. Just wasn't. But, I wasn't playing any more.
When I pulled it out of darkness again last year, it did sound okay. But, being a fairly primo instrument, I just thought maybe it had old age problems, and would never be right again. Guitars don't last forever. Sigh.
But I got to noticing the frets, and there were some pretty deep grooves. I'm sure that with a little more dedictation than I had, merely mastering the 120 Giuliani studies would carve some pretty hefty notches in those lower frets, eh? And I'd actually played this guitar rather a lot from '74 to '81. So I thought -- maybe something could be done. And I got in touch with:
And Nate Smith saved me from sorrow! Khonosan can really make some noise! And it's on pitch now! And those bass notes actually sustain like a -- like a -- dare I say? -- a REAL GUITAR!!! It's just amazing. I am awestruck by the sounds I can produce on this guitar now-- Kohnosan was just sick, that's all.
I can't say enough about what a great job Nate did on this guitar. Unbelieveable, really.
He replaced the frets, and in the process discovered "a little ski-jump warp at the 12th fret". So he fixed that. And he brought the action down a millimeter. So, it's not just the tone quality he fixed -- I just discovered that Recuerdos de la Alhambra actually stays IN TUNE all the way through! I thought it was just me...
It's not just easier to play now. No. Not just that. It's the tone quality of this guitar. I can't even believe what I'm playing, now. Profound.
The other thing he discovered, is that the saddle bone was loose. It wasn't tranmitting all those nice vibes to the soundboard at all, even damping the strings I would assume! So he replace the saddle, so it works now, and there you have it!
What a great job, Nate!