2004-02-24 11:27:57 UTC
I own 3 Kohno guitars dating from 1976 to 1980. There is a 1976 #15 a 1980
#30 and a 1978 #50.
They all have a 660mm scale and a spruce top, which is what I prefer.
I use the following strings on all my guitars: Augustine Blue for the Bass
set and Savarez Yellow Card for the treble set.
I know most people don't like the rough feel of the rectified Savarez
strings, but I'm addicted to it...
Anyhow, my first question here is whether I should use Yellow Card (Very
Hard Tension) on 660mm scale Kohnos.
Some say that too much tension will prevent for the soundboard from
vibrating and some say that since
Kohnos are braced very strongly you need the extra tension to make them
I have tried both Red and Yellow Card treble sets and it's hard to determine
which is better.
But maybe the guitars need more time to get use to the tension.
Any info appreciated on this matter.
BTW, can it hurt the guitar and/or the sound to switch from one tension to
These guitars all sound different, the #15 is a bit less powerfull of the 3.
However, she has a rounder and mellower tone.
The #50 and #30 are very similar (not to say the same) and just a tiny bit
more powerfull than the #15.
The sound is a bit brighter as well.
This may be due to the fact that these 2 guitars have taller frets and thus
the saddle is higher, hence making
them a bit more powerfull and brighter. Oddly enough, although they're
"supposed" to be better guitars,
they seem to "sing" less than the #15.
They are "stiffer" in a way, with a tiny bit more guts and character. FWIW,
my wife prefers the sound of the #15.....
I guess I'm addressing a lot of issues here, but any opinions on these
topics are very welcome.
I'm having a hard time making up my mind on these guitars.
As you all already know, they have been handmade by one of the most renown
luthier in the world, and yet,
some days I just love them, and some days, well....
Since I'll be traveling to Spain this coming summer maybe I'll by something