2011 Masaki Sakurai "Maestro RF" CD/CSAR
|Back & Sides:
Mr. Masaki Sakurai
is the nephew of the greatest luthier from Japan, Masaru Kohno, with whom he worked with, and learned the craft of guitar making. Although clearly influenced by his uncle, Sakurai also infuses his own personality into his guitars. A modest look at this instrument reveals a beautiful design and exacting execution. One notable feature is the "RF" (raised fingerboard) which was designed to allow the player greater access to the upper registers of the fingerboard. Additionally, the double ebony reinforcing strips in the back of the neck allow for a very accurate setup, so the action is low and easy without buzzing. Many of the design elements including bridge shape and head design are Sakurai's. This eclectic combination of styles produces what we believe to be a very tasteful, yet modern instrument. The cedar top has a deep, open sound while still retaining the clarity and definition of its spruce counterpart. There is plenty of power here for any concert situation, including ensemble settings. Overall, a very unique and charming instrument.
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