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Vintage Kohno Guitars

What our buyers have to say.


Hi Bill

I'm enjoying the 1962 Kohno guitar very much.  It has a great sound and really projects with great sustain. I initially thought,  before the guitar arrived that it might be small... but I'm happily surprised in the way that it fits my hands.  I'm very happy with the guitar.  Thank you so much.   Rick


Hi Bill,

I'm very happy with the 69 no 10 Kohno. It has that characteristic resonance and lively trebles I've seen in other Kohno and Sakurai guitars. It's closer to my 74 Ramirez in tone than to my Fleta. That is just fine since I love them both. I've thrilled with the guitar's woods and the condition. It's a collector's dream. This one is not going to a student, I'm keeping it.  Thanks for a very smooth and satisfying transaction. 
Eric G.



Hi Bill,

Now that I have had the 1967 no 5 you shipped to me in Germany I would like to give you some feedback:
I like the 1967 no 5 very much It has clarity and strength, a great instrument

Achim Bomelburg


Hi Bill,

I couldn't be more pleased with the 630mm 1962 Kohno guitar.It surprises me in a good way. The top is really light and responsive. The upperfretboard is the most fun. Overall, for me - very intrriguing and approachable instrument with a distinctive voice.  Of all my guitars I want to play this one. This is the one that will continue to be played.. I'm a lucky guy. 

Mike Billou


Hi Bill,
After a few weeks of enjoying the Kohno 1973 No 8 guitar I purchased from Vintage KohnoGuitars, I think this may be the finest concert guitar I've owned. The sound is clear and open, certainly in part due to the fine french polish restoration work done. It absoutely sings! The action on the guitar is quick and the response is immediate.  I have played and owned fine concert guitars from around the world, it is my opinion that handmade Masaru Kohno guitare are head and sholders avove the value of any other world know maker at the time. Special thanks to Bill Baker for making my purchase absoutely seamless!  Best wishes.

C. Harvin


Guitar arrived safe and sound.  I love the 640 scale and the neck profile.  This is possibly the best guitar I've ever owned.  There's no substitue for a 37 year aged spruce top. Big rich base, clear trebles, with both substance and volume, and perfectly balanced throughout it's full tonal range.   Magnificent!  Many thanks, 
Steve J. 



The guitar arrived late in the afternoon yesterday.  I find it quite beautiful.  At the first the sound was a bit dull (as you predicted) but is already brightening after just a few hours of play)  I am very happy with it, the tuners are great!

Thank you for making such a great guitar available.  As I said before I amquite happy with it and evem considering selling some other guitars in my collection as I am not going to be playing them very often at all.

Claude S.


Bill, I'm sure I'll have more to say later, but for now: what a jewel.  This guitar is what I was hoping it would be and more.  It's my first time playing a 60s Kohno.  Thank you and your luthier for the beautiful job on the nut, and the action is perfect "though I did raise the treble side a little".  It looks like he (or you) cleaned up the fretboard as well, and the tuners work great.  I appreciate those details. By the way I used to go down to GSI when I lived in Santa Barbara, and got to play all their instruments.  I've played Hauser I and II's, a couple of Torres', Bouchet, and most of the guitars of majors luthiers of the 20th cent. on those visits and elsewhere.  If this '65 is a representative of Kohno's work in the '60s, I'd put him up agaist Hauser, or anything of the others easily, and I'd probably prefer the Kohno.    

James Bishops-Edwards

Terz arrived safe and sound.  It's really wonderful, and I'll be playing it Saturday; fun!  I immediately changed the strings to Savarez light tension basses and normal tension trebles.  Sounds great.  It's cute how he even made the rosette to scale.   I just got through rehearsing for tomorrow's guitar quartet concert.  The Terz is being used in a big Carulli Sonata and it worked beautifully; coming through sweet, strong, and clear with no problem of balance with the other 3 standard guitars.  You would have enjoyed hearing it perform, and I think Kohno would have been smiling too; I was. :)  

James Bishops-Edwards




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