This guitar was custom made in 1992. It was
used on the first two CD's by the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
as well as in concerts across the U.S. It is a one of a kind
instrument by one of the top builders in the United States; Soundboard
Magazine had an article on him about two years ago. Even though
this instrument (# 144) was made in 1992, it cannot be considered
the early work of a well known luthier; Kakos has been building
classical guitars fulltime since 1975.
The scale length is 61 cm, the equivalent
of a terz guitar. It is great for lute music (tuned up a minor
3rd), however, I used it mostly as a standard 8 string guitar
in E. It is a fantastic guitar with gorgeous singing trebles
which are very accessible up to the highest position with the
cutaway on the treble upper bout. It also has rich penetrating
basses which may vary somewhat in character depending on the
tuning and string diameter chosen.
The back and sides are Honduran Rosewood,
with a very striking design on the back. The soundboard is white
spruce. The condition is excellent. There is an inconsequential
and barely visible 3/4 inch crack on the back, high up on the
bass side of the upper bout which Kakos cleated some years ago.
He recently re-french polished the body of the guitar and it
hasn't been played since. Even so there are a few very subtle
marks where the polish failed to completely hide some very minor
playing wear by the 1st string, but it looks almost brand
new. The neck was not refinished but is in good shape with minimal
playing wear, including some superficial thumbnail scratces on
the back. The frets are in great shape, and it is very easy to
play. I include a good hard shell case which is beat up but
structurally sound. This is a really great guitar waiting for
the right player. I sell it reluctantly to pay for the acquisition
of a new 6 string guitar.
Buyer within continental U.S. pays $45 for
insurance and FedEx ground shipping. Potential overseas
buyer: contact owner.