• MADE IN MID1960s - YAMAHA NO G-160 -  AN EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARY CLASSICAL GUITAR

Please read my 3 days return policy at the bottom of the page.Yamaha Nippon Gakki NO G160  This guitar was made between years 1964-1966. It has an industrial standard mark printed on its label. This mark was mandatory on Japanese made industrial product labels from 1963 until 1967. Yamaha NO G160 is an all solid woods model that, has very little in common with G models launched by Yamaha in 1967. During years 1967–1972 only the top G model G170A had solid Spruce top. During years 1967-1970 Yamaha top models were GC3 (Solid Spruce/Solid Indian Rosewood), GC5, GC7 & GC10(all 3 models with Solid Spruce tops and Solid Brazilian Rosewood b/s). Models NO G replaced earlier NO models. Models NO G had more Spanish body outline, “onion” style headstocks and new design label (used by Yamaha for several years). The lowest in the NO G model lineup was NO G50. Most likely it was all laminated model. It was followed by No G60, NO G 80, No G100, No G120, NO G160, No G180 and NO G300. No G100 & No G120 were made with Solid Spruce tops and solid maple b/s finished with reddish or brownish tainted lacquer. Models NO G160 and NO G180 were made with Solid Spruce tops and solid Indian Rosewood b/s. The high end luxurious model NO G300 had Solid Spruce top and Solid Maple b/s, finished with clear high gloss lacquer, different headstock and some ornamental extras. Despite their “ordinary” looks these were quite “extraordinary” instruments. They were quite expensive too. In 1965 the Starting Yearly salary of Japanese College Graduate was 19 600 yen. Model NO G160 was priced 16 000 yen.  This particular guitar despite its age of 50+ years remains in at least very good condition for its age.  It has several small dents, light scratches and abrasions on its body. Only few of them can be described as conspicuous. This guitar however remains in excellent structural and working condition. The only “flaw” is that original tuners work rather tight. Since they have 35 mm roller spacing can be easily replaced with newer ones if you wish. It is undeniable beautifully sounding instrument that only confirms old proverb “don’t judge the book by its cover”. It sounds super sweet and charming, with lots of resonance, colors, overtones and impressive sustain. It’s loud, very responsive, and its notes are very well separated. It will surely satisfy the most demanding listener. It also plays so easy, that will satisfy the least skilled player.  Believe it or not, if you’d like to purchase a comparable grade brand new “hand made in Spain” instrument on US market you need spend at least $3000.   Specifications:  Top: SOLID AAA GRADE YEZO SPRUCE with 7 braces fan/lacquerBack & Sides: SOLID INDIAN ROSEWOOD (lacquered on both sides)Fingerboard: STRIPED INDIAN EBONY OR EBONIZED ROSEWOODNut and saddle: BoneScale: 658 mmNut width: 52mmCurrent action is set to 3.50 mm under E6 and 3.00 mm under E1, with very little margin left on the saddle. Guitar will be shipped in used hard shell case still usable, but of a minimal value.   Real Value of Japanese Vintage GuitarsThe key to understand value of vintage Japanese guitars is to acknowledge galloping devaluation of Japanese yen in 1960s & 1970s. This devaluation was somewhat slower in 1980s. The best measure of this devaluation is Starting Yearly Salary of Japanese College Graduate (SYSJCG).SYSJCG in 1965 was 19 600 yen, in 1969 – 34 600 yen, in 1970 39 200 yen, in 1972 – 62 300 yen, in 1975 79 200 yen, in 1977 86 200 and in 1980 - 123 000 yen.During 1960s and most of 1970s model numbers of Japanese guitars were strictly interconnected with their prices in Japanese yen. In late 1970s and during following decades model numbers were no longer strictly associated with their prices. Many Japanese guitar makers introduced model names instead of model numbers. Others were still using model numbers with addition of letter abbreviations or other symbols. The best and only logical approach while evaluating real value (real grade) of vintage Japanese guitar is to compare its price in Japanese yen with SYSJCG during the year guitar was made.Any guitar priced 100 000 in 1970 (labelled usually as No10) would be priced 200 000 yen in 1975 (relabeled to No20 or 2000), 300 000 yen in 1977 (labelled as No3, No30 or 3000). Starting in 1977 Masaru Kohno introduced his new models No40 priced 400 000 yen and No50 priced 500 000 yen. By 1984 Kohno started using model names instead numbers and was raising their prices as he was pleased. Model 50 became model “Maestro”, model 40 became model “Special”, model 30 became model “Professional-J”. Naturally other Master luthiers were doing the same name/price changes.Knowing all of that, you can bet on that Masaru Kohno No50 made in 1982 is practically the same grade instrument as Kohno No20 made in 1972, or Kohno no 30 made in 1976. Kohno No40 made in 1982 is exactly the same grade instruments as Kohno No15 made in 1972 or Kohno No20 made in 1975.  It is very important to mention that if modern era luthiers are using 40 years old woods to make a classical guitar, its price is at least $8000.ReturnsIf you are not happy with your purchase you may return the guitar for a full refund of original payment less any shipping charges. All you need to do is:1.    Notify me within 48 hours after receiving the guitar.   2.    Pack guitar the same way I do it, using the same box and materials and ship it back to me within 24 hours after "return notification". Naturally if you expect to receive a full refund, guitar has to be returned in the same condition as I ship it to you. P.s. 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MADE IN MID1960s - YAMAHA NO G-160 - AN EXTRAORDINARY ORDINARY CLASSICAL GUITAR

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