Masaki Sakurai, the nephew of the great Japanese master luthier Masaru Kohno, was born in 1944. He studied electrical engineering at Sophia University and became part of ” Kohno Guitar Manufacturing” in 1967, after graduation. In 1988, he won the prestigious first prize at the Fourth International Paris Guitar Making Competition. Masaki Sakurai’s guitars are of impeccable craftsmanship and are known for their easy playability and great volume of sound.
The “Maestro RF” is the most advanced model made by Masaki Sakurai. It is a stunning guitar crafted from the oldest and most precious tone woods from the Kohno stock. This model can be recognized by the head decorated with fine marquetry and the significantly raised fingerboard. It is built with seven fan bars and extremely asymmetrical bracing typical of Masaki Sakurai, combined with three very thin crossbars. Masaki Sakurai built this guitar in the same tradition and manner as his uncle Masaru Kohno used to, hence Kohno’s name as an homage on the label, resulting in an instrument very similar to the Masaru Kohno Model 80 from the end of the 1970s.
This brand-new guitar from 2022 is very responsive and has an excellent volume. In addition, the tonality is very precise and articulate. It is an instrument with optimal balance and a pristine and very malleable tone that allows to move and express freely in many different genres. It is rich in timbres, pleasant to play and capable of bringing any concert hall to life. The tonal nuances in all voices endow this guitar with a distinct individuality that can only be found in concert guitars of the highest level.
Watch the presentation video of this particular guitar below, where you will find a lot of additional information about its playability and sound.
|Back and sides:||Madagascar rosewood|
|Air body frequency:||G#|
|Strings:||Knobloch EDC 34.0|