The guitar is a signature model. It is signed, but it is also marked as a second. For the life of me, I can't figure out why they marked it a second. I have a Les Paul DC and a Martin Shenandoah D-3532. The Hirade is my favorite guitar. Sometimes, I just look at it. It is a work of art.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $2000.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar House of Tulsa
Hirade concert classics are crafted in Japan using Mass Hirade's original drawings. The HP5R features a
solid cedar top with solid rosewood backs and solid rosewood sides for a brilliant and rich classic tone. It is similar in appearance to the current model, HE5 except for the preamp system. A laser-cut "Rose Vine" pattern of padauk and maple inlayed on a bed of koa adorns the HP5R rosette. The tuning heads are dressed in fine gold and pearl. The neck is handcrafted to exacting tolerances out of cedar. The fretboard is solid ebony with no dots or inlays. The 20 frets are well-dressed and leveled. The Accuracoustic preamp with 3 band eq and palathetic pickup makes for what is a natural amplified nylon-string sound.
The action is higher than some classical guitar. This guitar is meant to be played loudly. I have adapted to the action of this guitar.
The acoustic sound and the amplified sound are excellent. To get a better acoustic sound you would have to spend $6000. A Jose Oribe sounds better. Some Ramirez's sound about the same.
Sometimes the preamp will start to buzz and I have to push it back into place.