Please read my 3 days return policy at the bottom of the page. Youhei Nishino No20 1999Youhei Nishino was a Japanese luthier pioneer, obsessed in his search for the best possible sound of the guitar. He was born in 1937 and after graduating high school he apprenticed at Tsunesaburo Kurosawa’s workshop, working side by side with Sumio Kurosawa, Katsumi Arai and Takashi Yamano. In 1965 he established his own workshop with his brother Shunpei. However soon after both brothers went their separate ways. While Shunpei’s guitars are not very hard to find on Japanese second-hand market, Youhei’s are very rare. The major reason for that is that Youheii preferred to work just by himself and was making very limited number of guitars, many of them of unique construction and many just “one of their kind”. Construction of his guitars was initially based on Spanish and German blueprints. He however innovated a lot, making all kind of double-structure models and very rare aluminum backed guitars. He had no problem selling his masterpieces at very high prices. Seasoned players who tried Youhei’s guitars guitar had no problem to pay for them. The greatness of Youhei’s guitars might be the reason their owners don’t part with them easy.Guitar you are looking at was made in 1999, when Youhei already had nearly 40 years of experience as the luthier. I hope you can imagine what such experienced luthier could do with few pieces of high-grade woods. This guitar sounds simply fantastic. It offers great volume, warmth and sweetness of cedar top guitars, however with richness, superb note clarity and separation resembling fine Spruce top guitars. All notes are magnified by very extended sustain. This combination of tonal traits is surely very hard to achieve, even for very experienced luthier. Experienced players know this truth very well. Overall condition of this guitar is at least very good for its age. Besides very few minor dents and scratches the body of this guitar doesn’t bear any conspicuous cosmetic flaws. Guitar doesn’t have any structural problems, it neck is straight, fingerboard and leveled frets are in very good condition. With its current action guitar plays very easy. Specifications:Top: High Grade Solid Cedar Top / lacquerBack and Sides: Solid Indian Rosewood/ Flamed Maple center strip/ urethaneNeck: MahoganyFingerboard: EbonyNut and Saddle: BoneNut Width: 50 mmScale: 650 mmAction is set to 3.30 mm under E6 and 2.80 mm under E1, with still a bit of extra room on the saddle. This guitar will be shipped in used Hard Shell Case in usable condition. Real Value of Japanese Vintage Guitars The key to understand value of vintage Japanese guitars is to acknowledge galloping devaluation of Japanese yen in 1960s & 1970s. This devaluation was somewhat slower in 1980s. The best measure of this devaluation is Starting Yearly Salary of Japanese College Graduate (SYSJCG). SYSJCG in 1965 was 19 600 yen, in 1969 – 34 600 yen, in 1970 39 200 yen, in 1972 – 62 300 yen, in 1975 79 200 yen, in 1977 86 200 and in 1980 – 123 000 yen. During 1960s and most of 1970s model numbers of Japanese guitars were strictly interconnected with their prices in Japanese yen. In late 1970s and during following decades model numbers were no longer strictly associated with their prices. Many Japanese guitar makers introduced model names instead of model numbers. Others were still using model numbers with addition of letter abbreviations or other symbols. The best and only logical approach while evaluating real value (real grade) of vintage Japanese guitar is to compare its price in Japanese yen with SYSJCG during the year guitar was made. Any guitar priced 100 000 in 1970 (labelled usually as No10) would be priced 200 000 yen in 1975 (relabeled to No20 or 2000), 300 000 yen in 1977 (labelled as No3, No30 or 3000). Starting in 1977 Masaru Kohno introduced his new models No40 priced 400 000 yen and No50 priced 500 000 yen. By 1984 Kohno started using model names instead numbers and was raising their prices as he was pleased. Model 50 became model “Maestro”, model 40 became model “Special”, model 30 became model “Professional-J”. Naturally other Master luthiers were doing the same name/price changes. Knowing all of that, you can bet on that Masaru Kohno No50 made in 1982 is practically the same grade instrument as Kohno No20 made in 1972, or Kohno no 30 made in 1976. Kohno No40 made in 1982 is exactly the same grade instruments as Kohno No15 made in 1972 or Kohno No20 made in 1975. It is very important to mention that if modern era luthiers are using 40 years old woods to make a classical guitar, its price is at least $8000. ReturnsIf you are not happy with your purchase you may return the guitar for a full refund of original payment less any shipping charges. All you need to do is:1. Notify me within 48 hours after receiving the guitar. 2. Pack guitar the same way I do it, using the same box and materials and ship it back to me within 24 hours after “return notification”. Naturally if you expect to receive a full refund, guitar has to be returned in the same condition as I ship it to you. P.s. If you’d like to check my “modest” playing skills click on the links below:http://youtu.be/ExVwfhLy1gQhttp://youtu.be/XNdeSWxb2nUhttp://youtu.be/mecVgriaKJ0http://youtu.be/O9ErnhZhDxwhttp://youtu.be/ceVTybPnq7chttp://youtu.be/Zyz8eZeTSRQhttp://youtu.be/T8bkPi4jhsshttp://youtu.be/W1FaCjodgZM