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Sakazo Nakade and his brother Rokutaro are said to have been the very first Japanese luthiers to have traveled to Spain in the 50s in order to study traditional Spanish guitar making in the workshops of José Ramirez and Hernandez y Aguado. Sakazo Nakade is therefore considered the founder of the Japanese school of Spanish lutherie. Many Japanese luthiers (Masaru Kohno among them) trained with the Nakade brothers.
This 1965 guitar testifies to consummate craftsmanship. It is well-balanced, with a rich and expressive timbre and a lyrical musicality. This is a handsome and endearing instrument. (And if you wonder what’s written on the label, it’s the name of the player for whom this guitar was made.)