This is one of the very earliest surviving guitars by the legendary Japanese master Masaru Kono. This guitar was built before his 1960 travel to Spain to study lutherie.
He was born in 1926 in Mito City, Japan, and in 1948 he graduated from the Tokyo College of Arts and Crafts with a degree in woodcraft. It was during this time that he became interested in guitar construction, and in 1960 he traveled to Spain to learn the craft. Kohno apprenticed for six months at the workshop of Arcángel Fernández.
His international debut came in 1967, when he was awarded the Gold Medal at the Elizabeth’s Concourse International Guitar Building Competition in Belgium. On the judge’s panel were, among others, Ignacio Fleta, Robert Bouchet, Joaquín Rodrigo, and Alirio Díaz. He placed ahead of legendary luthiers such as Daniel Friedrich in the competition.
This guitar is in very good condition condition for the age. It has an unusually brilliant sound with an attack that is fast as the lightning. It is very easy and enjoyable to play. A true piece of history.
This is the translation of the Japanese text under the label: ”I certify that this instrument is a masterpiece made by Kono Masaru.
Back and sides: Rosewood
Condition: very good for the age; no cracks or repairs. The tuners are a raplacement.
Scale length: 65 cm
Upper nut: 47 mm
Price: 2400 Euro (including original case)