Dear Matano fans,
Recently, I got a vintage Matano 1967 in a net auction. Price: Yen 18,500. It is my pleasure to introduce her profile for you. Matano is one of my good memories in my teens. Matano sold mid range class guitars then. I chopped about either Matano or Chai. Finally, I bought the latter.
As I wrote before, a legendary luthier Masaru Matano established "Meiko (superior artisan)" factory in 1962. He produced lots of Ramirez type but one in the Meiko days is rare. He used several OEM brands, finally current "Asturias" and then left the classical guitar world completely in the early 80'.
Mine is A6 model. See the label below It reads "Constructor La Guitarras, Guitarra M. Matano, Concierto Guitarras japon, Ano 1967 A6"
Scale: 650 mm, nut width: 52 mm, 62 mm at 12F. Neck thickness: 25 mm beneath 2F. Top: spruce. Back: rosewood. Body and fretboard: maybe Parisandar or Nato. She is fairy in good shape. No fatal physical damage nor disease. Bracing looks heavily built. 4 horizontal on the back. 3 horizontal, 2 diagonal, and 7 radial on top. Auction picures didn't show her body. I found a zebra pattern. Some parts lost coating. Frets and fretboard look slightly worn. Sounds so-so in bass and treble but 3rd string a bit vapid.
She is under being watered for a while. After this welcome ceremony, I will tame her well.
I am fine with being a junk master.
Have a nice day
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