Hofner Solid Cedar Top Laurel Body Classical Acoustic Guitar High Gloss Natural
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VINTAGE 1987 LUTHIER RYOJI MATSUOKA CLASSICAL GUITAR JAPAN Model M-50.
Comes with hard case and brand-new strings set (Matsuoka Classic strings MC1000MT).
Top : Solid Cedar (or Pine)
Side and Back : Rose wood
Original price : 50,000 yen (about $590 now).
One string is missing.
Please note that this is a used guitar.
There are some handling marks on the surface. These are scraches. Not cracks.
Sounds very good.
These handmade luthier guitar are gaining popularity almost entirely from word of mouth. Excellent value for money and craftsmanship comparable concert quality guitars costing in the thousands.
Shipping cost is $99 (USA, Canada, Oceania) , $115 (Europe) by EMS.
Shipping cost to Africa and South America is different. Please ask us.
Ryoji Matsuoka is a well known Japanese guitarmaker who has been producing guitars in Nagoya, Japan since the 1960s. Nagoya is Japan’s 4th largest city and a major industrial port city located on the main island of Honshu in Aichi prefecture..
The Nagoya/Aichi/Kani area (Kani is the prefecture next to Aichee) is one of Japan’s major musical instrument making centers. The city and the outlying areas have a long classical guitar making history with many small shops producing guitars. Major guitar and violin makers include Matsumoku Industrial, Suzuki, Takaharu, Sada Yairi, Kazuo Yairi (Kani), Daion, Yamaki, Ibanez/Hoshino, and Ryoji Matsuoka. Additionally, there are numerous small guitar shops and factories that contract to larger firms, such as Yamaha in Hamamatsu.
Matsumoku (not to be confused with Matsuoka) was the largest guitar maker in Nagoya for many years, until it ceased operations in 1987. Matsumoku manufactured guitars and guitar parts for many well-known labels including Epiphone, Yamaha, Westone, Aria, Vantage, Ventura, Washburn, Greco, Lyle, Electra, and Skylark.
Unlike Matsumoku, the Ryoji Matsuoka guitar works was a small scale guitar manufacturer with under 15 employees. It is still in operation and sells low to mid-priced classical guitars. The current operation is overseen by Ryoji’s son: Toshiaki Matsuoka. The last that I have heard is that Ryoji is still involved with the company and is the chairman of the board.
For a few years during the 1960s and early 1970s , Matsuoka produced the higher end Aria guitar models for Shiro Arai, founder of Aria . These Aria models either have Ryoji Matsuoka's name on the label or are marked RM with a red stamp on the neck block. Matsuoka also made some models for Ibanez, including a few steel string flatop and archtop models.
During the early 1970s, Matsuoka produced Fleta, Hauser, Kohno and Rubio (David, not GV Rubio) models. From 1975 to 1980 the company produced their own line of guitars: the concert, artist and artisan series.
The Concert series includes the M20 ( lam spruce top, nato neck), M30 (solid spruce top, mahogany neck), M40 (solid spruce top, mahogany neck). All 3 models have laminated rosewood back and sides and rosewood fingerboards.
The Artist Series includes the M50 and M60. These guitars have better quality spruce tops, laminated Jacaranda back and sides, and ebony fingerboards.
Shipping by SAL takes 2-5 weeks delivery time. By Air mail takes 7-11 days. On the faster side during off peak traveling seasons and slower and more unpredictable during high traveling seasons.
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