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Yuichi Imai / Limited Model 2017 Classical Guitar Cedar/CSA Rosewood / 2017 / French Polish / Guitar For Sale


  • Year: 2017
  • Country: Japan
  • Back & Sides: CSA Rosewood
  • Top: Cedar
  • Scale Length: 650mm
  • Finish: French Polish
  • Nut Width: 52mm
  • Case: Yes


Yuichi Imai is one of Japan's most revered and experienced luthiers, being an independent maker since the opening of his own workshop in 1971. Several top players including Aniello Desiderio, Frank Bungarten and Alvaro Pierri have played Imai guitars. Very few of his guitars are exported due to the high demand in Japan, so it is a pleasure to have one for offer here in the United States. This particular instrument is built with stunning materials including a gorgeous set of CSA rosewood for the back and sides, rich in dark grain lines, particularly in the upper bout.

The craftsmanship is exquisite as well - of note, it has a lovely and elegantly carved head relief, and tasteful inlay work, particularly the rosette which is banded by alternating yellow and red herringbone - exquisitely executed. Sound-wise, this is a powerful concert guitar with ample volume and weighty presence that is reminiscent of the great Madrid instruments from the 1960's and 70's. The basses are firm and steady while the trebles are thick, balanced and cleanly separated, making this an incredibly versatile instrument for any musical setting.

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Founded in 1983, Guitar Salon International (GSI) is the world’s largest dealer of concert-level classical and flamenco guitars. For over 35 years now, we serve players, collectors and aficionados by offering the best hand-built instruments of leading young guitar makers as well as those of established historical masters. In this process, we acquire and sell many of the most desirable instruments in history, and we subsequently help to assemble important private collections. With the involvement of top concert artists (including Pepe Romero, Scott Tennant, Marc Teicholz, Andrew York and others), GSI showcases several exceptional guitars through audio, video, studio-CD and live concert recordings.

Guitar Salon International established the GSI Foundation in 2011 after receiving public donations aimed at community development. The Foundation’s mission is to help develop the local community by raising money to support music education in public schools. These local schools are then offered assistance to pay teachers, provided with instruments for students who cannot afford them, and supplied with musicians for performances that can inspire kids to play a musical instrument.


GSI will gladly send a guitar anywhere in the world for trial and approval. Our approval period is 48 hours from the time the instrument is received. If a return is requested within 48 hours of the guitar's arrival, a full refund will be issued*** (less shipping charges and assuming original condition), or another guitar can be sent on trial.

30-Day Guitar Exchange: Within 30 days from the date of purchase, GSI will exchange any guitar toward the purchase of any other instrument of equal or greater value. Providing the instrument is returned in original condition, the full purchase price will be credited.

2-Year Guitar Exchange: Within two years from the date of purchase, GSI will exchange any guitar toward the purchase of any other instrument of equal or greater value. Providing the instrument is returned in original condition (less normal wear), 70% of the purchase price excluding tax will be credited.

***Note: B-Stock, New Old Stock, and used items are not subject to an approval period. They are sold "as is" and are eligible for exchange only if the item arrives damaged or not as described.


We will ship this item worldwide, within one business day after receiving payment. All shipments are insured.
Domestic purchases will be sent via UPS and can be sent either ground ($39) or overnight ($150). International purchases are sent by either UPS or DHL, and price varies depending on location. Please contact us directly for a shipping quote.

GSI is not responsible for local import taxes or duties. Local pickups are not available.



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