Yuichi Imai is one of the most reputable guitar makers from Japan. He was born in Tokyo in 1949. At age eighteen, he started his apprenticeship with Akira Nakade and studied with him for three years before opening his own workshop in 1971. Today, he is considered one of the best luthiers in Japan and enjoys an outstanding international reputation. Yuichi Imai’s guitars are not so easy to find outside Japan due to the high demand in the local market. Several world-class players have played Imai guitars, including Aniello Desiderio, Frank Bungarten, Roman Viazovskiy, and Alvaro Pierri.
This instrument from 2006 is an outstanding concert guitar in all regards. With its huge volume, excellent projection, quick response, and eloquent voicing, it is the ideal versatile instrument for stage, recording, and home practice. One can tell the exceptional craftsmanship of Imai’s guitar through the highly decorated spruce soundboard, Indian rosewood back/sides, and beautifully carved headstock. This guitar is in excellent condition with only light playing marks. Furthermore, it has been played professionally, making it a well-developed and mature instrument. The firm basses and thick trebles, combined with an excellent balance and separation, make an incredibly versatile instrument for any musical setting. Overall, a concert instrument from a highly respected luthier at a very affordable price.
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:||Indian rosewood|
|Air body frequency:||A|
|Strings:||Knobloch EDC 34.0|