2003 Masaki Sakurai "Special 640" SP/CSAR
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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, classic design - perfectly executed. 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. The stiffer neck also improves sustain. The spruce top has a clear and clean sound while still retaining the depth and warmth of its cedar counterpart. There is plenty of power here for any concert situation, including ensemble settings. This model is a step up from the Concert-J in detailing (especially in the purfling and rosette), and choice of materials. It has thick back and sides, and the double-ebony reinforced neck makes this a very stable instrument for travel. Overall, a very unique and charming instrument which we can recommend to anyone looking for a top-quality concert instrument. This is a shorter-scale guitar with comfortable 640 mm string length, and slightly narrower neck with 51 mm nut width. Although used, it is in great shape with only some mild wear in the finish. Materials are spectacular including a very dramatic set of CSA Rosewood for the back and sides.
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