1976 Masaki Sakurai No. 5 Vintage Classical Nylon Acoustic Guitar. This guitar weighs just 3.74 pounds and has a 2.049" nut width. The E-to-E string spacing measures 2.249" at the bridge. The string action height measures 3.43mm at the low E string on the 12th fret and 2.5mm at the high E string on the 12th fret; There is plenty of saddle to lower the string action height if desired.
Masaki Sakuri is the nephew of the late, renowned Japanese luthier Masaru Kohno, and as customary, is the heir to the Kohno shop. The Sakurai No.5 was one of his early instruments designed and built during his apprenticeship beginning in 1976. The M. Sakurai No. 5 classical guitar is based closely on Kohno designs, and construction of these early models would have been closely supervised by Kohno himself. Some versions of this model apparently used solid Indian Rosewood for the back and sides, with Cedar for the top and a Brazilian Rosewood bridge, and this appears to be one of those leading examples. The top is solid cedar, the neck mahogany, and the fingerboard ebony. The guitar is constructed in the Spanish manner, meaning the sides fit into slots on the sides of the neck block. This is also known as a ‘Slipper Heel’. These are not common guitars, but are very interesting and good sounding, built by a motivated pupil under the watchful eye of a master luthier.
Overall in good condition with the only noticeable imperfection being a crack in the top near the lower bout. This crack looks worse than it really is and can be glued down by anybody familiar with sealing cracks like this. It does not reach the binding and the clear coat is present, so it shouldn't be very noticeable after stabilizing it. Other than that, the guitar is in excellent condition for its age. The top is glossy with minimal handling wear. The bridge is perfect with no signs of lifting. The binding is perfect. The back of the body shows no major worming, just light handling marks. No issues with the neck joint. The back of the neck is clean and smooth with no noticeable marks. The ebony fingerboard has light finger marks but no indentations. The frets have no fretwear and all frets have been polished to a bright shine. The headstock is in great condition. The original tuners work perfectly.
Includes what looks to be the original hardshell case, but there is no branding on it. All latches work, as does the handle. The exterior of the case has light scuffs from storage. The interior of the case is in very good condition.
|Dimension (L x W x H)||50 x 20 x 10 Inch|