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15 Jun, 2014 19:24:27 BST
US $1,500.00
Approximately £903.78(including postage)
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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
Seller notes: It survived in excellent condition. It has some cosmetic flaws ...
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ARANJUEZ No6 AD1973 in excellent condition

This Aranjuez No.6 was made in 1973 by Takamine Co. not only under Masaru Kohno supervision, but with the soundboard made by Masaru himself. This fact is confirmed not only by the Kohno’s stamp on the label but gorgeous sound that this guitar produces. It is from totally higher shelf than Aranjuez #6 from my other posting that was made in 1978. This guitar belongs to the same league as Masaru Kohno guitars. It however has its own unique sound and can’t be directly compared to any of Masaru Kohno models that you may currently find within Victorious Guitar Gallery.

The whole beauty behind Aranjuez guitars line is that these guitars “were designed” to offer a player very high value for the price, while top models offered almost identical sound quality as Kohno guitars, but at the same time, were far more affordable. This tradition is continued until today.

Players of Aranjuez guitars should be very thankful to ideology and hard work of Juan Orozco, the founder of Aranjuez guitar line, and later on a factory making Aranjuez and Luthier strings. These guitars are simply Juan’s gift to every reasonable player.

For so many people, what comes easy is not appreciated. Lucky are those, who learned to appreciate such gifts, the easy way.

Aranjuez guitars line was founded by Juan Orozco in early 1970 ties with a designation mostly for Japanese market. They are made until today, simultaneously by Takamine and R.Matsuoka workshops. Top model No.720 has sound board made by Masaki Sakurai. In the 1970’s and 1980s the sounboards of top Aranjuez models were made by masaru Kohno and this fact was confirmed on the label with “Kohno” stamp.

This guitar is still in overall excellent cosmetic and perfect working condition. The only conspicuous cosmetic flaw that I’ve found was a small dent (already sealed) and few fine marks on the top. There are also couple fine scratches on the back. It also looks like sometime in the past this guitar had been re-fretted, but this project was never finished. There were several tiny marks left right next to individual frets and along the very edges of the fretboard. Frets were left not levelled. I have finished this project for you and guitar is ready to play. I left these marks unsealed, knowing that this guitar will be appreciated by a player. It is not a good choice for a “furniture collector” for sure.



Top: High Grade Solid Top with Kohno style Bracing/lacquer

It is most likely Cedar

Back and Sides: Solid Latin America Rosewood /lacquer

Brazilian Rosewood doesn't have one universal grain pattern and it depends on the area the tree has grown, as well as on exact location of the individual tree. There are other rosewoods with very similar tonal characteristics that grow in Amazon River Basin, that have local names and are referred to as Latin America Rosewoods. They are also being described as New Jacaranda. They have different grain patterns and even the greatest expert will not be able to determine what exactly species of tree produced such wood

Neck: Mahogany

Fingerboard: Ebony

Tuning Machines: high grade gold plated

Scale: 660 mm

Nut Width: 52 mm

Nut & Saddle: Bone


Current action is set to 2.80 mm under E6 and 2.50 under E1.

It will be shipped in brand new black Takabe Hard Shell case

Some important info:

Juan Orozco, Masaru Kohno, Masaki Sakurai, Mass Hirade (who learned guitar luthiery under Masaru Kohno, before he joined Takamine Co. in 1968) and Ryoji Matsuoka were good friends and cooperated on many J.Orozco guitars,finished either at Tama factory, Ryoji Matsuoka workshop or Takamine factory.

“Aranjuez” brand has been created from the initiative of Juan Orozco in early 1970-ties and initially made only by Takamine co. led by Mass Hirade. In early 1980–ties Ryoji Matsuoka’s workshop joined the effort of making Aranjuez guitars. Traditionally the top models were made in cooperation with Masaru Kohno and later on with Masaki Sakurai, who personally were making their super quality soundboards. This cooperation continues until today and Aranjuez guitars are still sold in Japanese music stores. All these guitars are of exceptional quality and great value for the price.

The top model is Aranjuez 720 (still being made by both workshops) with soundboards made by Masaki Sakurai.

Juan Orozco guitars were sold in 1970-80 ties in USA at prices between 600 – 1200 USD. These prices absolutely don’t reflect actual value of these guitars, but quite beneficial for US buyers, money market exchange rates at that time. For example the exchange rate between USD and Yen in 1975 was around 300 yen per dollar. With current exchange rates the same guitars would be priced at $1800 - $3,600.00. If these guitars were made in Spain their prices would be 3 times higher. It is also worth to mention, that since spruce tops produce louder and sweeter sound as they age, this guitar being 40 years old is a true gem.


Wikipedia .com

Juan Orozco (born 14 April 1937) is a Spanish luthier[1][2] and guitar impresario, who lived in New York from 1965 to 1995, where he had a famous guitar shop at 156, 56th Street in the 1970s to 1990s.

He is the third in a family of guitar makers (his father, Juan Orozco, built guitars in Spain, Uruguay and Brazil). He was actively involved in the development of classic guitars in the mid-1970s (starting as early as 1969) together with great Japanese luthiers like Matsuoka, Tamura, and Yairi, who then developed guitars for TamaIbanez and Aria (at that time the small workshop where they worked was in the company Hoshino Gakki who own Tama and Ibanez). They also built guitars in the Kohno-Sakurai style (models #8, #10, #15) that were sold with the "Juan Orozco, Luthier" label. Later the Orozco guitars were equipped with a very characteristic headstock, different from the Fleta-style headstocks they had first. In the majority of user reviews, the majestic volume and sonorous bass sound of Juan Orozco guitars are emphasized.

Juan Orozco III is still active in the guitar business, in particular with the "Aranjuez" strings that he developed, but also with his guitar series "Artesano" (that are built today in Spain) and with guitar cases. He also organised guitar concerts and is well known by many great guitar players and luthiers.



Orozcoguitars.blogspot. com

(for additional info you may visit this website, where you can also see pictures of top Aranjuez models)


New information about Juan Orozco's 
moves in Japan during the seventies

Juan Orozco & Masaru Kohno Friendship

 Around 1969 the first Japanese company Aria guitars arrived in the United States. Orozco is so impressed by the high quality that he booked a trip to Japan with the aim to have his high end classical guitars produced  there for his shop. Three days before the trip, a customer enters his shop and asks for new strings for his guitar. That guitar was produced in Japan, and on its' label the name "Kohno" is written. Mr. Orozco is again impressed by the quality of that guitar. He writes down the address that is on that label. Without speaking a word of Japanese, Orozco visits a few days later Kohno. The two become friends. Kohno used henceforth Aranjuez strings on his guitars and is selling them in Japan as well. Orozco exchanged valuable expertise with Kohno at that time from which later the best classical guitars of the time emerged. During this trip to Japan Orozco also participates in an exciting experiment in which the sound characteristics of 15 guitars are compared with each other blindly, including instruments of Fleta, Hermann Hauser, Jose Ramirez and Kohno. This comparison confirmed Mr. Orozco that he has to collaborate with Mr. Kohno.

Juan Orozco & Mass Hirade Frienship

 On another trip to Japan 1976, the Spanish guitar-maker meets Hirade Mass., who at this time for several years contributed to his great guitar expertise to make the company Takamine to international success. Orozco acquires the original machines and devices that Hirade used for the construction of its prestigious concert guitars. Until today they are in possession of Juan Orozco, now in Puerto Rico.1977 - Orozco guitars - forerunner of today's guitars Artesano

 In the years 1977 to 1981 Mr. Orozco began importing prefabricated high-quality guitars, according to his specifications from Japan where he had an office in Tokyo as well. Probably he then refined them in his own workshop though I do have my doubt about this. The factory, which takes care of basic guitars, Hoshino Gakki is the founder of Tama Drums. There are 120-130 precious guitars made in the month, of which 75 pieces each for Juan Orozco. Here is his most famous models are created with the numbers 8, 10 and 15. The other models are built for the production Kohno and Sakurai. Orozco guitars from this era are now collector's items. In 1980, the model 8 will cost about $ 280, Model 10 is available for around $ 450, and 15 for the top model with rosewood back and sides to be a musician back then 500 - spend $ 600. Today, these instruments, depending on the condition that be worth up to ten times. Orozco initially used a head profile in the style of Fleta, but later he added his own design, which bears the famous diamonds and are used again on the present produced Artesano guitars. The importer for Europe is Martin Meckbach. Typical for the instruments of that time are the slanted bridge sides, the roses engraved tuners, the thickening around the soundhole and last but not least,  the unique wood inlay around the sound hole, the so-called  rosette.



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.


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