Asturias -Kodaira similarities

Posted by j. steel on Thu, 06/21/07 - 12:32:01.

I have an asturias look a like ina kodaira ecole guitare speciale model no 500. It has beautiful detailed features and the layered wood design onthe neck appears on the asturias standard - good quality woods are used too . For aschool guitar it seems the pupils were rather spoilt. Anybody got history?

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Re: Asturias -Kodaira similarities

Kodaira is a secondary or discount model that is manufactured by Asturias in Kobe, Japan.

Kodaira guitars are of the same quality as regular Asturias guitars, but they do not have the frills, adornments, and higher grade woods of Asturias guitars.

The Kodaira model number system is similar to the model numbers used by Asturias in the 1980s. The label does say Kodaira or Kodaira by Asturias. The current Kodaira line up starts with the AST 60 and ends with the AST 100.

During the 1970s & 1980s Kodaira models included the AST 40, 50, 60, 70, & 80. During that time Kodaira model numbers were tied to the Yen with the AST40 costing 40K Yen, AST50 costing 50K Yen, etc.

Asturias and Kodaira are great student workhorse guitars. These guitars were sold in a variety of scales: 650, 640, 630, 590, 550 and 530. There was also a 700mm bass model

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