(SOLD) Kawai GT662 Classical Acoustic c1965
Kawai GT662 classical guitar, made in Japan mid-1960s, natural finish. We always post a front-on photo as the first shot of a guitar, but in this case, it really was tempting to show the back first. The back and sides are a gorgeous flame maple, and while it's hard to 100% verify, I think the guitar is all solid. It's a very beautiful item, the grain on show is amazing. The spruce top is no slouch either, with six decades of yellowing and mellowing it's a gorgeous warm yellow hue with tight parallel grain lines. The neck is a chunky D-shape, typical of the genre, and carved from another piece of lovely vintage maple; it feels great in the hands. The tone on offer is snappy, bright and rich, with a pleasing understated natural bass and plenty of warmth and balance through the midrange. This is a really lovely vintage classical, it's in great order and is made from materials modern builders can only dream of.
Model: Kawai GT662
Made: Japan, mid 1960s (no serial)
Finish: natural, gloss poly
Body: spruce top, flame maple back and sides, possibly all solid but can't 100% verify
Neck: maple, rosewood fingerboard, D-shape
Case: basic non-original vintage hard case
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. The headstock has some minor marks on the end and back, the front has a couple of light scuffs. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, just some rub wear and dimples on the back. There's a crack in the finish only at the top of the neck joint, the woodwork is not cracked. The back has widespread light scuffs and minot dimples, no major marks. The sides have soem minor dimples and scuffs in the elbow area and along the whole bottom edge. The front has some scuffs on the top horn and rub wear on the bottom horn, some rub wear on the elbow area, some dimples on the back edge and behind the bridge, no major marks. Overall: very good condition (8/10).
Playing condition notes: action is moderately, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. Frets look great, 8/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh Augustine high tension strings.