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Old 06-05-2020, 07:35 PM
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Default Japanese vs Spanish

I was looking at handmade models. Around the $2000-2500 Canadian range. I love the look and sound of Cordoba, Raimundo, Takamine and Yamaha.

I was wondering what the general community consensus is. Do people feel that Japanese models sound and feel as good as Spanish models? The price points are similar. Thank you.
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Old 06-05-2020, 08:22 PM
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The Japanese learned from the Spaniards, beginning in the 1950s, and became world class builders by the 60s.
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Old 06-05-2020, 08:29 PM
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I suggest looking at used handmade Canadian guitars in that price range.
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Old 06-05-2020, 09:40 PM
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I suggest looking at used handmade Canadian guitars in that price range.

Agree- it's down to the particular guitar, and there are *lots* of fine makers
up that way..
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Old 06-06-2020, 12:25 AM
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I think vintage japanese classicals are a very good choice. Look for a late 70s Sakurai, around your budget. I had few and my luthier, who builds classical and is considered one of the best in southern Europe, always considered them concert grade instruments on par with 7000-8000$+ guitars... find a cedar top and you’re in heaven
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Old 06-06-2020, 05:24 AM
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The current Orfeo magazine features Japanese luthiers, providing lots of info on which Spanish makers inspired them back in the day.

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Old 06-06-2020, 01:52 PM
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Default Thank you so much for the replies

Here are the three I like the most now.

https://www.mojomusic.ca/products/ta...-natural-w-hsc

https://www.guitarfromspain.com/en/c...al-guitar.html

https://www.cordobaguitars.com/guitars/45-limited/
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Old 06-06-2020, 03:25 PM
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The current Orfeo magazine features Japanese luthiers, providing lots of info on which Spanish makers inspired them back in the day.

Jonny
Here's a link to that very nice issue's online edition:
https://issuu.com/orfeomagazine/docs/orfeo_15_ang
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Old 06-06-2020, 04:31 PM
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Here's a link to that very nice issue's online edition:
https://issuu.com/orfeomagazine/docs/orfeo_15_ang
I saw that but it looks like you can't buy the issues separately.
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Old 06-06-2020, 05:25 PM
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I saw that but it looks like you can't buy the issues separately.
As far as I know you're right. I just received the bundled hard copy of 11-15 today.
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Old 06-07-2020, 09:43 AM
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Me too, I have a printed copy of 11-15, good quality, but a shame it's not hardback. One of my guitars does feature in issue 11 though.

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Old 06-07-2020, 01:25 PM
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Me too, I have a printed copy of 11-15, good quality, but a shame it's not hardback. One of my guitars does feature in issue 11 though.

Jonny
Agree- it's such a nice production otherwise that it really should be HC.
Beautiful work from the people at Orfeo.
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Old 06-08-2020, 01:39 PM
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don't overlook Alvarez Yairi, particularly the masterclass all solid wood models.
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