We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

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

Post by Geordie » Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:19 am

dandan
Have you tried the old dodge of shining a light into the sound hole? Doing this in a darkened room will show up the bracing if it's spruce. If cedar, the wood is too dense to be able to see the bracing.

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Re: We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

Post by dandan » Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:24 am

Geordie wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:19 am
dandan
Have you tried the old dodge of shining a light into the sound hole? Doing this in a darkened room will show up the bracing if it's spruce. If cedar, the wood is too dense to be able to see the bracing.
I'd forgot about this trick. I'll give it try next time I change strings. Thanks!
1966 Sakazo Nakade D
1969 Rokutaro Nakade A9
1977 Aria AG80 (Masaru Takeiri)
1997 Hiroumi Yamaguchi A-I

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Re: We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

Post by dandan » Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:43 am

After performing the torch test I have concluded the top is in fact cedar. Thanks for the tip!
1966 Sakazo Nakade D
1969 Rokutaro Nakade A9
1977 Aria AG80 (Masaru Takeiri)
1997 Hiroumi Yamaguchi A-I

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Re: We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

Post by Geordie » Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:20 pm

Glad to help.

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Re: We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

Post by bellemeade » Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:33 pm

I own a Kohno 15 which is powerful deep, clear and beautifully articulated. Also I keep as a "beach" guitar a little jewel, a Yairy Soloist from the early Sixties, the sweetest thing. I am a great admired of these two luthiers.

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StuMayes
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Re: We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

Post by StuMayes » Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:14 pm

Some lovely Japanese wood in this thread! 8) :D

My own are more modest value-wise, but love each for their specific qualities.
The 80's Kasuga has a dark, strident timbre and seems to prefer tuning to E-flat, lovely ebony neck which must be unusual to get on a sub £200 2nd-hand guitar. Top right is a 1974 Takeharu with a very nice solid spruce top, the tone, neck angle and action seems more flamenco negra than classical to me, but it's still labelled as a G120, so who knows what's going on there.....in the foreground is a 1976 Takeharu with a cedar top and a lovely rosewood fretboard. Altogether, I think I paid under £500 for the lot.

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Re: We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

Post by Beowulf » Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:48 pm

A nice collection. It is Interesting that Kasuga apparently made guitars for Yamaha in the 80s/90s. The headstock is quite similar to the one on my 1971 Yamaha GC-10:
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1971 Yamaha GC-10 (Hideyuki Ezaki)
2017 Yamaha GC82S (Akio Naniki/Naohiro Kawashima)

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Re: We who love Japanese classical guitars - Delcamp

Post by StuMayes » Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:56 pm

Beowulf wrote:
Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:48 pm
A nice collection. It is Interesting that Kasuga apparently made guitars for Yamaha in the 80s/90s. The headstock is quite similar to the one on my 1971 Yamaha GC-10:
Hmm that's interesting indeed, perhaps tht's why this one has an ebony fretboard.....surplus Yamaha wood stock?

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