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$150.00

Vintage 77 Takamine F340 Made In Japan Martin “lawsuit”


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vintage acoustic guitar 306551605680334150 Vintage 77 Takamine F340 Made In Japan Martin lawsuit

For sale is a vintage 1977 Takamine F340 Acoustic Guitar, made in Japan. This is the so-called "Martin Lawsuit" era, where Japanese companies were copying the D18 design. You can see even the Takamine in the headstock is nearly identical to the Martin style. The specifics are as follows (per http://www.takamine.com/archive/acoustic/f340):


Body Shape:
Dreadnaught

Top:
Laminated Spruce

Back:
Mahogany

Sides:
Mahogany

Fingerboard:
Rosewood

Tuners:
Nickel Plated

Rosette:
Padauk

Inlays:
Dots

Finishes:

Electronics:
None


This is in great condition. The original owner must have kept this in the closet because the only cosmetic issues are a few knicks in the laquer that I tried to show in the pictures. But I cannot find any scratches or dings which are down to the wood grain.


The playability is fantastic, with low action (hair over 3/16" at 12th fret), as is the volume of this guitar. The tone is mellow on account of the laminated spruce top. It does not have the richness and complexity of a $2500+ Martin because, well, it's not a Martin and it will not cost you a small fortune.


Beginners, this is an excellent starting point. It is affordable, very playable, and it will sound fantastic to you with this fresh set of Martin Marquis strings. If you buy a crap guitar it will sound terrible and be nearly unplayable due to misaligned frets, high action, or a myriad of other woes. Invest in something that you will enjoy learning on. For the price, I think this is a fantastic option for you.


If you are in intermediate looking for a back-up guitar, or are interested in these Vintage Japanese guitars, give this a look. Note that it has an adjustable bridge. If you want to optimize the intonation and action to your liking, your local luthier can adjust this bridge easily. This guitar also has a truss rod, but you probably do not need to use this as the current action and intonation is very good in my opinion. (This guitar does not need what some might call a "neck reset.")


US bidders only. Shipping below is to 48 lower states. Note this will ship in a gig bag (not hard case) for protection.


I am confident you will enjoy this guitar. Thus returns will be accepted, but you are responsible for any shipping costs.


Happy bidding!

vintage acoustic guitar 306551605680334151 Vintage 77 Takamine F340 Made In Japan Martin lawsuit

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