Correction: Some Japanese luthiers (Yamaha for one) requested training and apprenticeship from Spanish luthiers, paid for the privilege and went their merry way with the advice and experience they had gained. Both Eduardo Ferrer (1966) and Manuel Hernandez (1973) came to Japan to train Yamaha's luthiers and Hideyuki Ezaki apprenticed with Hernandez in Spain. Yamaha has both respected and acknowledged the debt owed to Spanish luthiers. Yamaha sought and received advice from Segovia in developing the GC-71. Here is a fun picture of Ezaki with Hernandez ( it is signed by Hernandez to a disciple and friend:Baryll wrote: ↑Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:24 pmHi,rinneby wrote: ↑Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:25 pmYes, Kohno did start to use the Spanish heel construction in 1965-1966 I believe. All guitars he and his factory built after this period is Spanish heel.Hank Matallana wrote: ↑Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:22 pmHi Jon,
That's interesting. I too have seen mostly mortice joint, although I am the custodian of a rare bird: a Spanish Cedar/Brazilian 68' No.15 kohno built like cedar Fleta with the tradition spanish heel. It consistently smells like a cigar box when I take it out. It's capable of a bit more dynamics than other Kohnos I've tried. Not too sure if it's because of the neck angle or because of the bracing pattern used. I have a photos somewhere if you'd like to see them.
Photo's are always lovely!
That's true for sure. I'm not certain whether it was mentioned somewhere on this forum before or not, but it is worth mentioning the Japanese luthiers, while cooperating with the Spanish masters, plagiarized all their work (bracing patterns and so on) and said to Spaniards... Correct me if I'm wrong. I might have jeopardized my future here