We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

Construction and repair of Classical Guitar and related instruments
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Re: We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

Post by rinneby » Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:07 am

Here's the Hideo Ida in action:



When listening to the recording I find the guitar more soft sounding than what it sounds like in "real life". Most likely because of the room I record in. It's very "dry" and acoustic treated, so there are no reflections. For good and for bad.

All the best from Sweden
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Re: We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

Post by William Byrd » Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:53 am

Very sweet sounding instrument. A worthy addition indeed.

BTW...what strings?
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Re: We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

Post by rinneby » Sun Nov 25, 2018 12:55 pm

William Byrd wrote:
Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:53 am
Very sweet sounding instrument. A worthy addition indeed.

BTW...what strings?
Thank's William. It's D'addario EJ45. However, I think this guitar would benefit from an Alliance g-string.

/Jon
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Re: We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

Post by Jorge Oliveira » Sun Nov 25, 2018 1:53 pm

rinneby wrote:
Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:07 am
Here's the Hideo Ida in action:

...

All the best from Sweden
/Jon
Indeed, a very nice guitar and a very nice composition, Jon. Is it yours?

All the best,
Jorge
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Re: We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

Post by rinneby » Mon Nov 26, 2018 6:26 am

Jorge Oliveira wrote:
Sun Nov 25, 2018 1:53 pm
rinneby wrote:
Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:07 am
Here's the Hideo Ida in action:

...

All the best from Sweden
/Jon
Indeed, a very nice guitar and a very nice composition, Jon. Is it yours?

All the best,
Jorge
Thank's Jorge. I wish I wrote that song ;) It's "Torija" by Federico Moreno Torroba. A pice well worth learning!

When listening to the recording I find the guitar more soft sounding than what it sounds like in "real life". Most likely because of the room I record in. It's very "dry" and acoustic treated, so there are no reflections. For good and for bad.

/Jon
1964 - Masaru Kohno No.7
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Re: We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

Post by dmax745 » Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:19 pm

Yes, great sounding guitar! Thanks for posting that sound-bite. I always enjoy hearing the various tones that come from these vintage guitars.

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Post by KenO » Tue Nov 27, 2018 1:38 am

dmax745 wrote:
Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:19 pm
Yes, great sounding guitar! Thanks for posting that sound-bite. I always enjoy hearing the various tones that come from these vintage guitars.
+1, ...and Rinneby-san has a certain "touch" when he plays. Really want to learn to play "Torija" by Federico Moreno Torroba! Thanks for the inspiration!
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Post by andreas777 » Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:52 am

rinneby wrote:
Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:07 am
When listening to the recording I find the guitar more soft sounding than what it sounds like in "real life". Most likely because of the room I record in. It's very "dry" and acoustic treated, so there are no reflections. For good and for bad.
Congratulations to you newest guitar, it really looks like a beauty.
I wonder if you also play e-guitar because of your sitting position?!?
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Post by rinneby » Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:00 am

andreas777 wrote:
Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:52 am
rinneby wrote:
Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:07 am
When listening to the recording I find the guitar more soft sounding than what it sounds like in "real life". Most likely because of the room I record in. It's very "dry" and acoustic treated, so there are no reflections. For good and for bad.
Congratulations to you newest guitar, it really looks like a beauty.
I wonder if you also play e-guitar because of your sitting position?!?
Thanks. Well yes, I sometimes use the standard classical position too, but most of the time I find it more comfortable for me sitting this way. It works for me and has it's benefits and drawbacks, of course :) I feel relaxed when crossing one leg over the other.

/Jon
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Re: We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

Post by William Byrd » Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:22 am

Greetings All,

Several weeks ago, I popped into a local second store that I frequent from time to time to check out various things of interest to me, to include Japanese classical guitars. Generally speaking, usually there isn't much of interest. This particular Saturday, I spotted something new on the shelf, with a tag hanging off of it that said K. Yairi. That caught my attention so I decided to have a closer look. I pulled it off the shelf and immediately noticed it had a kanji label. I had never seem a Kazuo Yairi classical guitar with a kanji label. This was indeed a rarity. I pulled out my phone and tried to locate a Kazuo Yairi classical with a kanji label online to compare, but I couldn't find anything. I took the guitar up to the sales guy and using Google translate, asked if this was indeed a Kazuo Yairi guitar. He confirmed it was but couldn't tell me the year it was built. In my experience, most Japanese classical guitars with kanji labels are generally pre-1970. The price was right, in fact I was a bit shocked at how cheap they had the guitar advertised for. I told the salesman I would take it. He disappeared to the back and brought out the case. Inside the case was the original documentation that came with the guitar. To say I was surprised as well as excited by this would be a massive understatement. I got the guitar home and removed the strings and cleaned it up. I took pictures of all the items that came with the guitar to establish its provenance. I brought it in to my Japanese friend/guitar playing buddy and asked if he could translate it for me. He said he would need to take it home and work with his wife and some other friends and it was written Kazuo Yairi's hand and was an older form of kanji not easily understood these days. Once the translation was done, I still had some questions, specifically, what the 11.4 on the label meant. I asked my friend what he thought. He said,"why don't we call the workshop and ask." My jaw dropped and I said YES! He made the call and got a receptionist, who ask him to hold. Within a minute, my friend was talking with one of Kazuo Yairi's sons about this guitar. The son had pulled out a ledger from the 1960s and verified that it was indeed built by his father as a special gift to someone. They weren't allowed to share the name. I had my friend ask about the 11.4. The son had no idea what it meant. He indicated to my friend that back in those days, they were not that concerned about serial numbers and such as they never thought the business would last as long as it has. The other interesting thing about this guitar is that Kazuo Yairi actually named this guitar "utzuki" which translates to April.

With all that said, I would like to present the 1966 custom built and named guitar from Kazuo Yairi, with all of the provenance.
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Re: We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

Post by William Byrd » Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:23 am

A few more.
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Re: We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

Post by dmax745 » Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:47 am

Wow! That looks like such a great find! Hope you let us know how it sounds.

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Re: We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

Post by William Byrd » Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:50 am

dmax745 wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:47 am
Wow! That looks like such a great find! Hope you let us know how it sounds.
I'll try and find someone who possesses a higher level of skill than I to record something. I'm still in my infancy with regard to classical guitar playing.
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Re: We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

Post by James A. Showalter » Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:58 am

William,
This is a most extraordinary find. The guitar itself is beautiful and I will await any commentary from those with a keener eye about it specifically but will say outright that the tale and the documentation that you have with this instrument are most interesting.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful creation with us.
James
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Re: We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

Post by William Byrd » Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:07 am

James A. Showalter wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:58 am
William,
This is a most extraordinary find. The guitar itself is beautiful and I will await any commentary from those with a keener eye about it specifically but will say outright that the tale and the documentation that you have with this instrument are most interesting.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful creation with us.
James
Thanks for the kind words James. It was indeed a spectacular find. I count myself as extremely fortunate to possess such an instrument.
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