Masaru Kohno

  • Year: 1966
  • Scale: 650/51 mm
  • Top: Spruce
  • Back and sides: Indian rosewood
  • Condition: A
  • Price: on hold

A beautiful Masaru Kohno (1926-1998) made during his golden years. In my opinion Masaru Kohno’s guitars from the early to mid 60s are his best sounding. The early Kohno’s up until 1967 are the most sought after not only because of their great looks and excellent playability, but also because they sound different (more traditional if you like) than the later models. This guitar has soul, like an old wise tree. It’s warm and mysterious. However, if you are looking for a modern instrument with crystal clear and super loud sound, this is not the guitar for you. The action is set to 4 mm on the bass side and 3 mm on the treble with saddle remaning. The condition is truly amazing without any apparent scratches or dings, except two professionally repaired and virtually invisible separations on each side of the fingerboard. Due to this, I have set a very competitive price. With that said, I find it hard to believe that you will come across a mid 60s Kohno in such great looking and playing condition such as this. Original well working and nice looking tuners.

Masaru Kohno’s international debut came in 1967, when he was awarded the Gold Medal at the Elizabeth’s Concourse International Guitar Building Competition in Belgium. On the judge’s panel were, among others, Ignacio Fleta, Robert Bouchet, Joaquín Rodrigo, and Alirio Díaz. Since then, many players of world renown have used Kohno guitars; among them are Julian Bream, Oscar Gighlia, and Sharon Isbin, to name a few.