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Sumio Kurosawa started to build guitars in 1958 with his uncle Tsunesaburo. He moved to Spain in 1963 where he studied with Aguado before returning to Japan in the early 1970s. Since then, he is one of the most respected luthiers in Japan. Sumio passed on his knowledge to his son Tetsuro Kurosawa who now perpetuates this legacy.
The woods used are of the best quality, like the cedar of the table and the very dark rosewood of the back and sides. The craftmanship, decorations and finishes are excellent, as the carved head, purflings and the rosette with its mother of pearl patterns.
The sound qualities are quite close to Kohno. The notes are clear, well defined with excellent sustain. A powerful and well-balanced instrument, with a good response.
The low setting of the strings and the good responsiveness make it a comfortable and enjoyable guitar to play.