Monday, 24 August 2015

Rare Carved Shiraki Acoustic made in Japan 1981

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I'd never heard of Shiraki Guitars. They were apparently part of the Matsumoku fold in the early 1980s, so you know that it is likely a quality instrument. It also seems that they did some level of collaboration with Alvarez as well.

Though it's really not my taste with the intricate carving and lack of a sound hole ( I wonder if projection through the carved area is any good ), I'd gamble that this cedar top dreadnought from 1981 plays and sounds quite nice. Note the neck joint. Is it glued in, bolted on the inside, or a different kind of joint?

I'm reminded of Blueberry Guitars and wonder if there was some influence from these Japanese rarities.

R.W. Haller


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4 comments:

  1. Hopefully, those would create a realistic sound.

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  2. I would like to hope so as well. Though as a repair guy I hope to never get one of these on my bench for internal work.
    Cheers.
    RW

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  3. I have one that looks a lot like this. Same type of carving. I love the sound. Says lone eagle on the headstock and has a German stamp on it and then on the back of the head stamp says hopf. I'd love to share picks.nlet me know. John.conklin83@gmail.com

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  4. I have one & have yet to hear a better sounding acoustic guitar. If you're after soft boring sound buy a Martin, this guitar is sharp and exhilarating!

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