C F Mountain W500D – 1970s – Ikuo Momose
This terrific guitar was made in the 70s and is the very top model in their acoustic guitars line made by Hayashi Gakki under personal supervision of Master Luthier Ikuo Momose.
Mr. Momose in Japan has the same high status as Terry Nakamoto (long time head master luthier at Yamaha’s Custom Shop).
Top: Solid Spruce bracing with non-scalloped braces/ thin coat of lacquer
Back & Sides: 3-piece “non-solid” Brazilian Rosewood
Scale 645 mm
Width at Nut: 43 mm
The guitar you are looking at, although inspired, is more of Momose’s own creation. Soon after you start playing this guitar, you’ll know why Ikuo Momose and his Headway guitars are so highly regarded in Japan, Europe, Australia and Asia.
It offers immense volume and superb response. Its sound is deep yet ultra-rich. Basses are deep, rich with overtones but relatively “clean” at the same time. Trebles are steely yet sweet and colorful at the same time. All notes are clear and super well separated. When chords and arpeggios are played guitar releases plenty of overtones and harmonies. All notes are magnified by very impressive sustain.
This guitar has survived over 40 years in very good condition. Most importantly its neck is straight, smooth fingerboard, and its frets are in excellent shape. It has low action and plays super easy. Its original Grover tuners still look like new.
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