1991 Yuichi Imai
1991 Yuichi Imai
Make: Yuichi Imai
Model: 1a Concert Classical Guitar
Model Year: 1991
Top: German Spruce
Back & Sides: Figured South American rosewood
Condition: Used - Excellent
Location: Tucson, Arizona
We are selling this wonderful 1991 Yuichi Imai concert classical guitar for the Tucson Guitar Society (without commission). All proceeds will go to the society.
Yuichi Imai was born in Tokyo in 1949. When he was eighteen he apprenticed with Akira Akira Nakade, and studied with him for three years, before opening is own workshop in 1971. By 1975 he was beginning to export his guitars. He is now consider to one of Japan’s best luthiers, and as a growing international reputation. He makes about 30-40 guitars per year. Although this huge number for an individual luthier, the quality of his craftsmanship is exceptional. His guitars are in high in demand in Japan, so relatively few are exported, going mainly to Germany and the United States. This guitar is generally in excellent, and requires no work. There areno cracks or structural repairs, the neck is straight, and the actioncorrect. There are a few flakes of varnish have chipped off the binding, some minor nail marks on the top, and there is some evidence that these where French polish over to improve its appearance.Sonically, this is a concert instrument with great volume and presence that sounds like a Madrid School guitar. The basses are crisp and firm. The trebles are full and polished, and do not become plicky in the highest registers. New this model if you were to order it directly from the maker would set you back $11,000.