Hiroumi Yamaguchi – Cervantes Classe 500 1979 – Handmade Vintage Classical Guitar

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Hiroumi Yamaguchi CERVANTES Classe 500 1979 – Handmade Vintage Classical Guitar

A stunning Cedar-topped guitar with a sweet and romantic tone. Deep, cello-like basses and rounded trebles.

Very responsive with great dynamic range, excellent volume and sustain.

This beautiful guitar was built by luthier Hiroumi Yamaguchi who was an associate of the founder of ASTURIAS guitars Masaru Matano. This Cervantes guitar is identical in appearance to the majority of Matano Classe 500 and 600 guitars built between 1974 and 1978, like the Matano guitars it is also built on the Ramirez blueprints. This is the first CERVANTES guitar I have some across that was signed by the luthier himself.

The original price of the guitar was ¥50,000 (Approx. US$500) in 1979.

I have owned and played several Masaru Matano guitars from 1969 - 1978, and sound-wise the Cervantes has a slightly clearer and cooler tone, better volume, dynamic range and note separation.

The guitar has been taken care of extremely well but it obviously has not been sitting in a closet all these years, the open voice of the soundboard suggest that it has been regularly played. A truly beautiful guitar with a regal presence.

Videos of this same model below:


Top: Solid Cedar

Back: Double-plate Rosewood

Sides: Double-plate Rosewood

Neck: Mahogany with Walnut Strip

Fingerboard: Ebony

Scale: 655mm

Nut width: 50mm


In exceptional structural condition for its age. There are no splits or cracks or any signs of dehydration. Tuners are original and function smoothly and accurately. The neck is straight, the frets are in excellent condition which along with the low action allow you to play comfortably and enjoyably. The guitar has been stringed with a brand new set of Savarez Cantiga Premium strings and the intonation throughout the guitar is correct.

Cosmetically also in excellent condition with only very minor dings, scratches which is rare for a guitar of this age. A picture is worth a thousand words so please see all pics for best understanding of condition.

Please contact me if you would like larger versions of the images or photos of the guitar taken from different angles.


1st string @ 12th fret: ~3mm

6th string @ 12th fret: ~3mm


1st string side: ~2mm

6th string side: ~1.5mm


Guitar will be posted in a hard case that will protect the guitar during transit. It is not of considerable value though so please consider it as a bonus. Depending on your location the hard case used may differ from the one pictured.

Parcel will be shipped with tracking and insurance for the full value of the item.

Guitar can also be picked up in person from Camberwell VIC.

International buyers please contact me for shipping costs and also please note that import duties, taxes and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost, these charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what additional costs and procedures are required to import the guitar before purchasing.


Interested parties able to make it to Camberwell VIC are welcome to come and try out the guitar, please message me to arrange a date and time.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask and please check out my other guitars =)

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This item is sold As-Described and cannot be returned unless it arrives in a condition different from how it was described or photographed. Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging.

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