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Kohno, Masaru: 1976 KOHNO 30

(Item ID: 1976 KOHNO 30    Serial#: 761011)

Masaru Kohno Guitars 1976 KOHNO 30 1976 Kohno Model 30 with Brazilian and Spruce

The Model 30 was debuted in 1975. It was the new top model Kohno guitar (he generally offered three), and it featured a number of significant cosmetic enhancements over his models 10, 15 and 20. Otherwise, all the models shared the same structural design, and thus, shared the superb performance characteristics that distinguished Kohno guitars generally.

The new look of the 1975 Model 30 included a much more ornate headstock design, and a mosaic strip matching the rosette's binding was incorporated into the top's purfling. The guitar also featured more highly figured Brazilian rosewood, and the European spruce commonly used on the top was not stained as was the practice with the former models. Finally, the instrument was fitted with premium quality Landstorfer tuning machines with real Mother of Pearl buttons.

With respect to this 1976 Model 30, it is in excellent condition, but it does have some general playing and handling wear to report and the seam where the top halves are joined - from the bridge to the butt - opened at some point. This condition may sound ominous, but the same thing happened to my own 1975 Kohno 30 more than twenty years ago when it got way too dry one winter - in fact, mine opened from the butt end to the sound hole! Back then I did not appreciate how important it is to keep one's guitar properly humidified. Consequently, I proselytize on the subject today. Nevertheless, the good news is, in the case of this guitar and mine, the top did not not crack - the plates are stable. However, like a crack, one would wish to close it and cleat it. But, because there is a fan brace positioned directly under the seam that cleats the seam, one cannot simply re-hydrate the instrument to close the seam. Thus, when the supporting fan brace is not loose, generally all one can do to help reinforce the joint is to bleed some glue into the open seam to seal it. This is the action I took with my guitar, and it appears that the same was done with this guitar, as there is evidence of glue that bled out along the sides of the center fan brace inside the guitar. In the case of this guitar, its top conformation has not been compromised nor has its structural integrity. Therefore, it still plays and sounds really good.

This guitar includes an archtop hardshell case. (used)

Our Price: $3750.00

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