Thanks for sharing your experience with your M. Sakurai No. 5 to the fan club! The pic of your cedar top actually made me appreciate mine, i.e. in "better" shape ! That said, I have not upgraded the existing tuners, by its look it could be original (claimed to be gold Lyra style by the seller) and the one at the 1st E string is a bit stiff to turn. However, the guitar is keeps its tunes well, not an apparent issue. The saddle is of bone, IR bridge.
If there are no structural issues (hardly seen on Kohno's, as they are very sturdy built) and the playability is good, the price is more than fair. Do you have the opportunity to try it?
Great. Do you have any pictures of the guitar, dings?erichert wrote: ↑Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:52 pm
Indeed, the tuners are probably replaced though. Lucky me I have a pair of old Kono-tuners laying around (that I probably
I'm 99% sure it has mortise joint. I don't have the guitar in my hands yet. But the older Kono's I've seen all had it.
Yes, Kohno did start to use the Spanish heel construction in 1965-1966 I believe. All guitars he and his factory built after this period use 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.