Masaru Kohno (1926-1998) is an essential figure in Japanese guitar making history and visionary luthier. Born in Mito City, Japan, he started his career as a luthier after graduating from the Tokyo College of Arts and Crafts. In 1959, Masaru Kohno traveled to Arcangel Fernandez’s workshop in Spain, where he stayed six months for an enlightening apprenticeship. A turning point in his career was winning the Gold Medal at the Elizabeth’s Concourse International Guitar Building Competition in Belgium in 1967, which brought him worldwide recognition. The list of players having recorded and performed on Masaru Kohno’s guitar is substantial, and to name a few, Julian Bream, Oscar Gighlia, and Sharon Isbin.
This Masaru Kohno is a beautiful guitar, made from the oldest and highest quality fine woods from the Kohno stock. This guitar responds very well and has an excellent volume of sound. Furthermore, the tone is precise and projects excellently. It is an excellently balanced instrument with a very malleable tone. Due to many years of intensive playing, the guitar is wonderfully in tune and has a great response. It has a few small dings and signs of play.
|Back and sides:||Indian rosewood|
|Air body resonance:||G|