Anyhow, fast forward to today, I get to messing with it tonight and decide to look it up online and get some info about it. Turns out it was only made between 1972-75. It has a solid spruce top and rosewood back and sides, which wasn't unheard of at that point in time, but apparently not all that common. Costed $375 new. There were two runs of that guitar in those few years. One was hand made in Japan and was pretty rare. The other was made in Taiwan and is even more rare and was never distro'd in the US. The one in my possession is a Taiwan model made July 8th in 1975 according to the serial number and how it *should* be interpreted. I can't really find any other info on it because Yamaha wasn't exactly adamant about keeping many records back then.
How the hell my Dad wound up with this thing is a mystery to me.
He apparently didn't know anything about it either, he just passed it on to me when I started playing and never said anything else about it. Not to mention he's never been the type to collect things. I've yet to talk to him about my latest findings, but hopefully I'll be able to figure out how he wound up with it.
It's still playable and sounds incredible. The only thing is I need to take it to a luthier to get it checked out and see if they can lower the action a little and install a bone nut and bridge. If they can't, then I'll drop the tension on the strings, put it away and get something else, maybe another Yamaha.
Thoughts, suggestions, anyone else got one of these? I did a search on the forum here and couldn't really find anything on them other than reviews. What other little info I've found was on other sites.