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15 Jun, 2014 20:11:50 BST
US $800.00
Approximately £468.81(including postage)
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Alpharetta, Georgia, United States


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Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
An item that has been previously used. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully operational and functions as intended. This item may be a floor model or an item that has been returned to the seller after a period of use. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab
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Purchase of this guitar is associated with:

Free Shipping to all 50 US states (UPS Ground) and all European Union countries (USPS International Priority Mail). 

$100 discount on international shipping rates to all other countries covered by USPS International Priority Mail or Global Express Guaranteed. Total shipping cost  to these countries will be no greater than $150.00

Victorious “Label Free” Guitar Series

This series include high quality vintage guitars made by less known or forgotten, but great guitar makers.

In case of many well established brands, seller can charge extra just because guitar has famous label and logo, no matter what is the quality of the instrument. In this case you pay for guitar only. I am sure that many buyers wouldn’t mind to pay much more for exactly the same guitars if they had “legendary” labels.

These guitars are great opportunity for devoted guitar students, who have limited funds (which is actually the most common situation) to acquire a high grade guitar at very moderate price. It is possible only because the label comes free.

I will do my best to keep this series well supplied.

What is the advantage of having a guitar with Jacaranda back and sides?

Brazilian Rosewood timber is the best known material for back and sides of any acoustic guitars. In comparison to majority of varieties of Indian Rosewood it gives the sound additional depth, sweetness, colors, resonance and sustain. All produced notes ring 50% longer than in case of a guitar with back and sides made from common Indian Rosewood.

The secret lays in its very tight wood structure of Jacaranda. It is the hardest among the hardwoods traditionally used in guitar making. Luthiers don’t like very much to work with solid Jacaranda plates because they easily break during cutting them to certain shapes. Highly figured Jacaranda is especially unstable and therefore very rarely used as solid plate on the back and sides of a guitar. Straight grain Jacaranda is far more stable. So in case of “all solid” guitars Jacaranda on their back & sides will be either straight grain or lightly figured. On 95% of guitars with highly figured Jacaranda back & sides, the second internal plate of solid Jacaranda is used and both plates are glued together either totally or only along the perimeter. These plates are usually very thin and when combined together create still quite thin plate. By doing so Japanese luthiers create a material with very much the same tonal characteristics as solid plates, but far more stable and resistant to cracking.  

But Brazilian and Indian Rosewoods are not the only two kinds of rosewoods used in guitar making. Since 1968 ban on harvesting of the true Brazilian Rosewood, luthiers around the world were on hunt for other rosewoods with similar tonal characteristics. Japanese luthiers were in the forefront of all these new discoveries. They have found out that Honduran, Madagascar Rosewood and Philippine Rosewoods have almost identical properties as Jacaranda. They have also discovered than in the jungles of Amazon River Basin, there is whole bunch of other Rosewoods that are very similar to true Jacaranda, however botanically different and hence not banned from harvesting. All these different trees were referred to as New Jacaranda or Latin America Rosewood. All these rosewoods can have quite different look and grain patterns.

True Jacaranda timber is currently available only from an old stock and is super expensive. So only for that reason any brand new guitar with such rosewood for back and sides will always cost way more than any other guitar.

Finally among the trees in general classified as Indian Rosewood there are dark wooded (very tight-grained) subspecies that have very much the same tonal properties as Jacaranda. These subspecies if grown in certain sites also produce highly figured grain patterns. Disregarding certain guitar with Indian rosewood only because it is “not Brazilian” is at least silly.


Nogami Saburo Classical Concert Guitar in near mint condition

It is quite difficult to find information about Saburo Nogami. He was for sure a great and highly regarded Japanese luthier and his guitars were sold in the range of $8000 - $12000. Used Saburo Nogami’s guitars are also highly priced, despite their cosmetic flaws. Saburo through his career has trained other great luthiers. The best known to World’s public is Kazuo Yairi. Nogami has been not only Kazuo’s teacher but also long time mentor. He cooperated with and supervised Kazuo’s guitar making projects until early 1980ties. For example Kazuo Yairi’s model Y505P was made under Saburo’s supervision.

Presented in this posting guitar was made in 1975 and remains in practically mint condition. It has only very few very light (almost invisible) scratches on the right bottom side. It was made for (or at) Nisshin Kogyo co. but was destined for Nibori Guitar Ensamble Organization, which was selling a great variety of guitars to its members. I don’t know how many members this organization had in the past. What I know is that Japanese Association of Classical Guitar players has on average one million members. Yes, I am not kidding.

Sound-wise it is simply gorgeous guitar. It produces very deep and highly resonant basses, sweet and rich trebles at very high volume. All notes are well balanced, well separated and with extended sustain. Guitar is also very responsive.

One element of the construction of this guitar is a mystery to me. It is a lack of vertical brace on the inside of the back panel. The inside of the guitar is painted with dark brown protective paint. Therefore there is no way to see any grain pattern. The lack of center brace suggests that back is laminated. Guitar however sounds like $5000 "concert" guitars available at US high end music stores.

I know it very well (this actually not a secret for many other experienced players) that high grade laminates made by great Japanese luthiers perform exactly like solid woods. But in addition they don’t crack like solid woods. This guitar is a perfect example. It survived near 40 years in near mint condition. It has been played for sure.

Almost all great guitars sold in US since 1975 with Alvarez Yairi label, highly regarded by many players, were made with laminated back & sides. Those players, who had a chance to own or play them, know exactly how great they are. They can easily imagine how Spruce top guitar made by Kazuo’s teacher sounds like.


Top: High Grade Solid Spruce/French Polish or very light coat of lacquer

Back & Sides: Philippine Rosewood (most likely high grade laminate)/lacquer

Neck: Mahogany

V- shaped mark visible on the back of the neck is a natural feature within the wood.

Fingerboard: Striped Indian (Macassar) Ebony

Scale: 650 mm

Nut width: 52 mm

Original action was set to 4.5 mm under E6 and 4.00 mm under E1. I have sanded ( and repainted) the slotted part of the bridge allowing for lowering the action to 3.00 mm under E6 nad 2.5 mm under E1. This low action can however lead to buzzes in case of more aggresive playing thechnique. This problem can be mitigated by higher saddle.

Guitar is equipped with original used hard case in very good condition.



If you are not happy with your purchase you may return the guitar for a full refund. All you need to do is to:

1.    Notify me within 5 days after delivery

2.    Pack guitar the same way I do it, using the same box and materials

3.    Ship it back to me within next 2 days

Another words I expect this “trail” period to occur within +/- 7 days. Naturally guitar has to be returned in the same condition as I ship it to you. This is simply honest offer for honest buyers. My goal is to make your purchase as risk free as possible. I know very well that spending $1000 of hard earned money is not emotionally easy undertaking for majority of guitar lovers. I am sure that reading my feedback can ease a bit your “purchase anxiety” but it still will be there no matter how hard I try. Please believe me I have been “in your shoes” many times before.


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