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1979 Ryoji Matsuoka M30 Vintage Classical Guitar Cedar Top w/ Case, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1979 Ryoji Matsuoka M30 classical acoustic guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. Expertly handcrafted in Japan by Ryoji Matsuoka, this Model 30 boasts a solid cedar top, jacaranda (rosewood) back and sides, a thick slab ebony fretboard, and a one-piece mahogany neck. This vintage classical has a broad, relaxed sound consistent with age, offering noteworthy sustain and midrange prominence. The guitar offers excellent clarity with a dulcet, harp-like midrange character, crisp note attack, and a touch of treble sparkle. The guitar is featherweight at 3lbs 8oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with D'addario strings.

The mahogany neck has a full D shape with rounded shoulders and subtly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .895” deep at the 1st fret and .975” at the 9th. The thick slab ebony fretboard features pristine stock slender fretwire, and the guitar plays well up the neck with medium action, measuring 8/64" on both the treble and bass sides, measured at the 12th fret. The scale length is 25 5/8“, and the original hand-carved bone nut measures a full 2” in width. String spacing at the bridge measures 2 5/16”. The slotted headstock features a rosewood veneer with original gold-plated tuning machines that turn smoothly and hold pitch well.

On the body, the rosewood bridge sits flush with the top and the saddle has room for adjustment. The solid cedar top features multi-ply rosewood and maple purfling, and the soundhole rosette is ornately inlaid. Visible through the soundhole, the original label is present, with build date, luthier signature, and model information. The bookmatched grain on the back is divided by a center strip of purfling, and the guitar is crack-free. Cosmetically, there is strum wear through the finish near the treble side of the rosette, and light scattered marks on the cedar top. The neck sports a pristine smooth gloss finish.

A hardshell case is included.