Masaki Sakurai, nephew of the great Japanese luthier Masaru Kohno, was born in 1944. He studied electrical engineering at the Sophia University and joined “Kohno Guitar Manufacturing” after graduating in 1967. 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 ease of playing and great volume of sound.
The Masaki Sakurai Special model is a beautiful instrument in the purest Japanese handcrafting tradition and impresses with extremely meticulous workmanship, a great piano-like fundamental sound and remarkable sustain. This model differs from its sister model, the Sakurai Kohno Special, in the bracing and design. Nevertheless, both guitars are of equally high quality. Masaki Sakurai’s guitars can be recognised by the design of the headstock, which is a combination of the head shape of Robert Bouchet’s and Masaru Kohno’s guitars. It is a great sensation to play a Masaki Sakurai guitar, as the setup is perfect, the playability effortless and the tone production a real delight.
|Back and sides:||Madagascar rosewood|
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