Description: Acoustic Guitar - 1994 Masaru Kohno Model Special Classical Guitar, Brazilian Back & Sides
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I am listing this gorgeous looking and beautiful sounding guitar for my brother-in-law who is a semi-professional musician. Like me, he has many guitars. He mainly uses them to accompany his singing and to write song. But he told me that he has used this fine Kohno guitar only for playing classical guitar music, which he does not do often.
This 1994 Kohno model Special is in excellent condition. It has no structural damages and no cracks. Cosmetically it is in fine condition as well. There are only some very slight scratches, which are not noticeable, on the top that were caused by fingernail. The neck is straight and the fingerboard has no wear at all.
This guitar has typical Kohno sound: robust and clear. The harmonic sound is very strong and bell-like. This is one of the best Kohno guitars I have played.
It looks to me that the back and sides of this Kohno are true Brazilian rosewood, not Central South American rosewood. As expected, Masaru Kohno only used the best woods for his Special models.
This guitar has fine German spruce top, 650mm scale length, 52mm nut width, and excellent playability. The action at the 12th fret is 2.5mm for the first string and 3.4mm for the sixth string.
This guitar comes with a Protege case that has an arch top and is almost new.
Some people I know have asked me whether the finish on Kohno guitars is lacquer like Ramirez guitars.
My reply is "No, the finish on Kohno guitars is not lacquer." Masaru Kohno, like Masaki Sakurai and many other Japanese luthiers, used cashew finish on all of his guitars. As the name implies, cashew finish is derived from the cashew nut. Cashew finish is as organic as French polish; but it is more durable than French polish and so much softer than lacquer. Actually if you try to lightly press your fingernail on the top of a Kohno guitar, you would make a slight dent on the surface just like you would make on the surface of a guitar's top with French polish.
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