Masaru Kohno 1992 “Special” Spruce/CSAR Back and Sides

$ 4475.00


Top: Gorgeous Spruce
Back: CSA Rosewood
Sides: CSA Rosewood
Fretboard: Ebony
Neck: Mahogany
Bracing: Kohno Bracing
Scale: 650mm
Nut: 52mm

This is a wonderful guitar from the Masaru Kohno workshop from 1992. Kohno is without question the most important maker in Japanese history, and arguably stands shoulder to shoulder alongside some of the other great makers in history as a key figure in classical guitar lutherie. The “Special” was one of the highest models made by Kohno at the time, along with the “Maestro” model. This guitar is signed by Kohno himself.

The sound and tone of the guitar is absolutely wonderful and very traditional – silky, shimmering trebles with punchy, dark basses. It reminds me of some of the best Ramirez 1a guitars I have heard, though with its own unique character, as well as being much easier to play. The balance is excellent, and the tone is phenomenal if you are looking for a guitar that has a traditional, beautiful, classical guitar sound. It’s so different from modern double-top or lattice braced guitars; so much more beauty in the sound.

I have performed with this guitar in small to mid-sized halls and its projection has been great for those settings!

Condition is great – no cracks or repairs, just some very mild play-wear in the top. The finish is clean all the way around, and it is a beautiful to guitar to look at as well as listen to. The spruce top is a gorgeous golden amber color, perhaps due to Kohno’s unique finish. Have a look at all of the pictures to see the complete condition. I can take pictures at request too. 

The guitar is VERY comfortable to play with a wonderful neck and low action. I haven’t measured it, but it is nothing like my old Ramirez guitars where you almost had to fight with the guitar just to play it.

Please check the pictures to see the detailed condition, and ask any questions! Please message me when interested in buying!

Includes very good condition hardshell case. I love this guitar and am sad to let it go, but have acquired too many guitars and it’s silly for a guitar of this caliber to go unused. My hope is that it goes to someone who will play it everyday and enjoy it as much as I have!