Yukinobu Chai Classical Concert Guitar No10 1976

This guitar was made in 1976 by Master Luthier Yukinobu Chai. Yukinobu’s career started in late 1960s and over the years he became one of the highest respected luthiers in Japan. Most likely the major reason for that were very moderate prices for his wonderful instruments.

In that respect Yukinobu had business philosophy very similar to that represented by Ryoji Matsuoka, Kazuo Yairi or brothers Hiroshi and Mitsuru Tamura. In 1983 top Masaru Kohno model 50 or Sakazo Nakade Master 50 were priced 500 000 yen. In 1984 top Masaru Kohno model Maestro or Sakazo Nakade Master 80 were priced 800 000 yen. By 1985 Yukinobu Chai and Tamura brothers were still pricing their top models at 500 000 yen even though their instruments sounded no different than those made by the “elite” luthiers. In 1985 top R.Matsuoka models were M200 & MH200. Kazuo Yairi's top model was YC200.

In early/mid 1970's Yukinobu was still relatively unknown luthier and his prices were actually lower than those proposed by Tamura brothers for similar grade guitars. Until 1974 Yukinobu's model 10 was made with solid figured Brazilian Rosewood b/s. In 1976 his model 10 was made with straight-grain Brazilian Rosewood b/s. Exactly same construction guitar made between 1977-1984, was labelled as model No15 and starting in 1985 as model 20.  

This guitar remains in overall very good structural and functional condition. Its body bears several minor dents, scratches and abrasions. The "fingertip-like" discolorations within the finish on the back are greatly exaggerated on the pictures. In regular light they are rather mild, and guitar's back is deeply brown and glossy. Such discolorations are quite common on Japanese made guitars of that era. They are however limited to guitars made with Brazilian Rosewood and finished with commonly used by Japanese luthiers (shellac-like) Cashew lacquer.

On the left lower bout of the soundboard there is a discoloration within the finish surrounding a scratch-like wavy mark. Finish itself looks like original. I have not found any signs of crack on the inside, just a diagonal brace. It is possible that someone has repaired a deeper scratch or surface crack in the finish by applying glue form the top. No matter what it was it is fixed now and all that's left is a very light scar. Although its tuning keys are somewhat bent, they work fine. Besides all of these mentioned above imperfections, guitar is ready to be played "out of the box". Very importantly its neck is straight, fingerboard and leveled frets are in very good condition and action very "player friendly".

This guitar offers immense volume and super response, combined with deeply charming (characteristic to BR) and colorful tonality: sweet, very colorful & ringing trebles, somewhat metallic & deeply resonating and full of overtones basses, all well balanced, with superb note clarity and separation, and all with very impressive sustain. With its current action it is simply a “joy to play”.

 

Specifications:

Top: Solid Spruce/Cashew lacquer

Back & Sides: Solid Straight Grain Brazilian Rosewood/Cashew lacquer

Neck: Mahogany

Fingerboard: Ebony

Scale: 650 mm

Nut width: 51 mm

Its action is set to 3.50 mm under E6 and 3.00 mm under E1, with still extra room on the saddle.

This guitar will be shipped in brand new Musician's Gear hard-shell case.    


Product Specs

Condition:
Excellent (Used)
Brand
Yukinobu Chai
Model
No10
Finish
Lacquer
Categories
Concert
Year
1976
Made In
Japan

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MADE IN 1976 - YUKINOBU CHAI No10 - SWEET AND POWERFUL CLASSICAL CONCERT GUITAR
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