Re: K.YASUMA GUITARS
: I am looking at a K. Yasuma Guitar that I believe may be a model 130. It has the Newance logo on the headstock and a serial number. There is no model number but the word Lackeys is on a label on the inside. Does anyone have any info about this guitar.
Uncle Brisel says:
I have a Yasuma Newance D-18 copy I bought from Harry Lackey's shop on Mercury Blvd. in Hampton VA in 1972. Harry was quite a character - had lots of old string band instruments in the glass counters out front and photos of Bill Monroe and other greats as they passed through the Tidewater area "back in the day". Harry had sold my mom a little GHI guitar that got me started playing and the Yasuma was my first "grown-up" guitar. I still have it and it is only now getting to where it needs a neck reset. Most of my friends bought or traded-up to the fancier D-28 style, but I have always liked the simple business of the one I have. The Yasumas were certainly priced right - I think I paid $85-90 for the guitar and $30 for a decent case for it. The pricier ones ran to just over $200. I have currently 5 guitars and I still think it is a sweet sounding thing. That guy in Japan picked out some nice wood and put it together quite well - I think it sounds better now than new.