Re: Asturias C140S Classical Guitar
: : I have an Asturias C140S that I purchased used about 20 years ago. I was wondering if anyone can provide me with any information on this model and its approximate age. Guitar has a cedar top, mahogany neck, beautiful rosewood sides and back. The label say: Asturias and below is written "Handcrafted by M. Matano." And below that the model number.
: : Thank you,
: : Greg
: Hmmm... I have a 1978 manufactured WASHBURN Hauser copy, model number C-140S. It's a fabulous classical, and I've played it for all these years....great for those Villa Lobos etudes, etc. Definitely a "concert instrument"!
: The Japanese corporation that purchased the Washburn name in the late 1970s supposedly used one of the better Japanese plants when they started their acoustic line, and they put out a Ramires, a Hauser, and a Fleta model. Great "top of the line" type stuff. I've been looking for a used Fleta or Ramires copy of the same vintage and quality.
: So my guess is your Asturias might be the same model as my Washburn, just sold under a different name? Rosewood sides and back and solid spruce top, for sure.
I have an Asturias guitar which I bought second hand in the mid 70's. I dont have a clue what the wood is by it was made by Masaru Matano and it shows Model 3452. I was told when I bought it that is was an AST80 - but it is a lovely instrument - unfortunately much neglected of late.