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Takamine Countryside 100
This guitar was made in 1967 by Takamine Gakki, a year before it was taken over my Mass Hirade, who represented interests
of Masaru Kohno. Since 1968 Masaru Kohno became at least partial owner of Takamine Co. and directly supervised its classical
guitar production untill late 1970s/early 1980s.This particular guitar has only few very minor signs of usage and remains in truly
Its price in 1967 was 10 000 yen, an equivelent of 40% of yearly salary of japanese college graduate.
Real Value of Japanese Vintage Guitars
The key to understand value of vintage Japanese guitars is to acknowledge galloping devaluation of Japanese yen in 1960s & 1970s. This devaluation was somewhat slower in 1980s. The best measure of this devaluation is Starting Yearly Salary of Japanese College Graduate (SYSJCG).
SYSJCG in in 1965 was 19 600 yen, in 1969 – 34 600 yen, in 1970 39 200 yen, in 1972 – 62 300 yen, in 1975 79 200 yen, in 1977 121 200 yen and in 1980 - 163 000 yen.
During 1960s and most of 1970s model numbers of Japanese guitars were strictly interconnected with their prices in Japanese yen. In late 1970s and during following decades model numbers were no longer strictly associated with their prices. Many Japanese guitar makers introduced model names instead of model numbers. Others were still using model numbers with addition of letter abbreviations or other symbols.
The best and only logical approach while evaluating real value (real grade) of vintage Japanese guitar is to compare its price in Japanese yen with SYSJCG during the year guitar was made.
Any guitar priced 100 000 in 1970 (labelled usually as No10) would be priced 200 000 yen in 1975 (relabeled to No20 or 2000), 300 000 yen in 1977 (labelled as No3, No30 or 3000). Starting in 1977 Masaru Kohno introduced his model No50 priced at 500 000 (skipping theoretical model 40). Soon other famous Japanese luthiers did the same. By 1983 Kohno started using model names instead numbers and was raising their prices as he was pleased. Naturally soon other Master luthiers did the same.
Knowing all of that, you can bet on that Masaru Kohno No50 made in 1982 is practically the same quality as Kohno No15 made in 1972, or Kohno no20 made in 1975 or Kohno No30 made in 1977. I know it for a fact.
The lowest grade models currently made by Matsuoka workshop are M75 and MH75. They are commonly considered as “beginner guitars”. Matsuoka model M30 made in 1973 is simply far, far better instrument. It is naturally better than model M50 made in 1977, model 80 made in 1982 or model M100 made in 1990. At present, the highest grade Matsuoka models are M300 and MH300. They absolutely stand no chance in competition with model M150 made in 1975… or model M200 made in 1977.
It is very important to mention that if modern era luthiers are using 40 years old woods to make a classical guitar, its price is at least $8000.
Despite its "average" looks it is definitely a high grade guitar. It produces sweet, super resonant, well balanced notes with extended sustain, at pretty high volume. It plays easy too.
In terms of the sound and playability it easily competes with many $2000 guitars available at US stores.
Solid Cedar Top/ thin coat of tainted lacquer
Rosewood Doubleplate Back & Sides/ thin coat of Lacquer or Polyurethane
Calling this construction "laminates" would actually be very incorrect and quite misleading. This genuine Japanese invention has really nothing in common with modern era cheap particle-board laminates. This construction is nothing but 2 solid wood plates glued together, hence in fact nothing but a reinforced solid woods. Such plates perform no different from solid woods, while don't crack as easily, are much easier to work with, and allow for much lower prices of these instruments. Such guitars have always been and still are a true blessing for all guitar enthusiasts with limited funds.
Very well Ebonized Dark Indian Rosewood for Fingerboard
Scale 650 mm
Width at Nut: 51.5 mm
Natural Color & Gloss Finish
Original Tuning Machines
Bone Nut and saddle
Its action is set to 3.5 mm under E6 and 3.00 mm under E1
This guitar will be shipped in new soft gigbag, bubble-wrapped and boxed.