Vintage Ryoji Matsuoka Classical Guitar Japan Rare


  • Hello, up for auction is this Vintage Ryoji Matsuoka No. 30 Classical guitar, handmade in Nagoya, Japan. Handsigned by Ryoji Matsuoka. It doesn't have a manufacture date, but it was certainly built before the M series came out in 1976. Matsuoka started his workshop in the 60s and became one of the most respected luthiers at the peak of the Japanese guitar rush in the 70s and 80s, and he still heads the company making classical guitars today. His guitars always have received rave reviews in small circles but these days with the explosion of the Japanese vintage market and the help of lots of positive reports on forums and threads, his guitars' reputation is growing and they are becoming more sought after - especially the older ones. This particular guitar is from one of his earlier series' which came out before the exported "M" Series (the bulk of Matsuoka classicals that have been produced are "M"s) in 1976 and which is still the current series today, so it has that extra bit of rarity value. It is in great condition, has a great vintage sound and plays REALLY well, almost effortlessly. At first glance the level of craftsmanship is evident, as is the quality of the finish. So grab this chance to grab and early Matsuoka Classical while you can and watch the value rise over the years while you enjoy this quality instrument!
    • Excellent playing condition. The neck is straight, the soundboard is flat and no lifting of the bridge. There is one hairline crack in the soundboard, showing on both sides of the upper waist, one side about 1cm and the other about 3cm. Very minor crack, and not affecting the stability or tone at all. This is the only fault on this otherwise perfect guitar. We'd normally start the bidding at $650 for this guitar, and the lowered price reflects this minor crack. For the player, but perhaps not the collector! Someone will pick up a bargain! The fingerboard and frets are in good condition. The binding and heel joint are solid, and the tuners work well and the intonation is good. The guitar plays very nicely and has an overall feel of quality about it. 
    • Excellent cosmetic condition. A few marks, see photos, but overall in excellent clean condition. Tuners are in good condition, no rust or tarnish. The finish is in excellent condition, beautifully applied, and is a real feature on this guitar! Looks really lovely. The Cedar top is awesome! It has some beautiful figuring, nice tight grain and is a lovely rich colour.  
    • Bookmatched timbers, solid Cedar top, Indian Rosewood back and sides, Mahogany neck, Rosewood bridge, fingerboard and headstock plate. The intricate "Flower" mosaic rosette and binding are expertly done, and the fit and finish is quality and precise. 
    • Sweet tone, not short on volume! Good bass response and dynamic, and sounds clean and even.
    • Serial # 15467. Doesn't come with a hard case. You can add a brand new high quality hard case for $75 (rrp $120) otherwise it will be well wrapped and packed suitable for domestic shipping. International bidders must purchase the hardcase as well, we won't ship a guitar overseas unless it is in a hard case.
    • Please read EVERYTHING below before bidding. Good luck!

      local pickup ok. 
      $40 handling and courier 3-10 days to metro cities (usually within 7 days of payment) Email for a quote to rural/remote locations. 
      International bidders welcome! Shipping 7-14 days AUD$190 to US, Canada, UK, Europe, AUD$140 to Asia/NZ fully insured and registered. We know this seems expensive but this honestly is the best price we can offer. International courier from Australia is expensive due how remote we are here and our national carrier Australia Post's 100cm parcel limit. You are welcome to organize shipping from your end if you can get a better price. In this case we charge a AUD$20 fee for handling and transport to depot.
      Guitars may need a change of strings. Please have a set of your favourite strings ready. Although the guitar hasn't had a recent set up, it will be in good playing order. The professional or advanced guitarist may need a set up to suit their particular playing style.
      This is a flat rate shipping price, regardless of where you live in your country, so please don't ask for shipping to your town or city! Every auction we get that question many times, and it takes too much time to respond to each email personally. Other countries feel free to email.Questions may not be answered within 24hrs.

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