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  • Older Takamine? (Martin Style)

    I found an older Takamine at a pawn shop for $170. F340SD. Serial #77051769. From the serial number I found that it was the 69th guitar built on May 17 of 1977. It has the martin style headstock and logo and a dark sunburst finish and black binding. It has a solid spruce top and laminated mahogany b/s. It seems like an alright guitar, nothing too fancy, but I can't seem to find it in any of the musical instrument value books. I emailed takamine and they said that this model number does exist but that is all they would tell me. I called and talked to some people at the Guitar Center Hollywood Vintage Room and they had never heard of that model number. I even called Gruhn Guitars in Nashville. (they are the guys who write the value books.) They had never heard of it either. Funny thing is, they referred me back to this forum.

    If anyone knows anything about this guitar, I would love to hear about it.

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    I've got a Tak EF-340, which is (I think) the F-340 series with electronics in it. The "E" stands for electric. I wonder what the "SD" stands for in your (soon-to-be-yours) Tak.

    Great guitar. Nice and loud. Great neck. Only thing I don't like about it is I have to take the strings off and reach into the soundhole to change batteries.

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    • #3
      I'm pretty sure that the S stands for solid top.

      Maybe the D stands for Dark sunburst?
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      • #4
        Originally posted by slapthefunkyfour
        I'm pretty sure that the S stands for solid top.

        Maybe the D stands for Dark sunburst?


        Your guess is as good as mine. I was thinking D for dreadnought?

        Eventually I'm going to get the Blue Book for Acoustic Guitars so I can have some of these answers on my bookshelf.

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        • #5
          The HC database is a great resouce (I have it bookmarked). It shows an F-340 and 340S, but no SD. Here is what it says about the 340S

          http://reviews.harmony-central.com/reviews/Guitar/product/Takamine/F-340S/10/1

          Like any other older guitar the one thing I would be cautious of is the neck angle - if it needs a reset you are looking at 300 bucks minimum. My "Sick" sticky tells how to measure. Otherwise, this should be a winner.

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          • #6
            Freeman's right--check for structural soundness on any older guitar--but I can say i have played several Taks from back in the copycat era, and I really like all of them. My 12 is a Tak F395, late 70s I believe, and it's a carbon-copy of a Guild jumbo 12. Every bit as tuneful and gorgeous as the guitar it was copied from.

            Too bad I never play it. Gotta sell it and buy something more useful--I know I keep saying that, and somehow haven't found time to do it.
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            • #7
              F-340 copies of D-18
              F-340 laminate top
              F-340S solid top
              F-340SD I think that is a burst but I've never seen one.


              F-360 copies of D-28
              Same as the 340 series

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              • #8
                I owned an F340S back in 1979/80. Nice guitars if you can find them in reasonable condition.
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                • #9
                  Doug,

                  Imagine my shock as I was doing a Google search for the same model guitar, when I find a link to this post, describing MY guitar. I first saw the guitar about the same time you were first inquiring about it, and told my brother-in-law that he should check it out. He did not do anything about it, and then began asking a couple of months later. I went back, and found the guitar. Obviously by October of 2006, you had decided not to buy the guitar. I put her on law-a-way, and purchased it in November. I found it bizarre, how little information there is about this model guitar. Even Takamine's website does not recognize the model number. In months of searches, I finally found one that was sold on eBay.co.uk in January. It sold for 285 British Pounds, which would be just above $500.00. It at least made me feel good about the $169.00 price that I paid for the guitar, although it still does not answer the value questions. IF you find out anything more, please let me know. Lastly, I must thank you for not picking the guitar up. I had a Seagull cedar top guitar, which I loved (and sold back to my brother-in-law), and have really grown to love the warmth of this guitar. If you ever find another for that low price, don't hesitate to buy it! Thanks... Sean

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                  • #10
                    I find all of the FG Martin clones to be good guitars, the sold tops (those that end in S) are better. They tend to be over priced in the used market. A good condition FG-340s (D-18 clone) or a FG-360s (D-28 clone) should go for around $200-300 but you see them at $500 up, way too much.

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                    • #11
                      . . . They tend to be over priced in the used market. A good condition FG-340s (D-18 clone) or a FG-360s (D-28 clone) should go for around $200-300 but you see them at $500 up, way too much.

                      I'm amazed at what those sell for. I saw a couple of F-series Takamines (new enough to have the current headstock but still older models) in a local mom & pop not long ago. They had an F349 (all laminated mahogany dread) that needed a neck reset going for over $350.
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                      • #12
                        I agree: $150 for a solid-top model is a great deal so long as the guitar didn't need a neck reset. OTOH, $350 for a laminated-top model one that does need a neck reset is ridiculous, especially since a neck reset averages about $250.

                        I still think they're great guitars for leaving around the house for easy access or taking outside without worry though.
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                        • #13
                          Now, I have only been playing for a few years, and still consider myself rather "wet behind the ears" when it comes to guitars. So tell me... what are the signs that I would need to have the neck reset?

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                          • #14
                            There'll be a crack in the finish or worst case a space between the heel of the neck and the body of the guitar. The symptoms are that the intonation would be way off and the action would be pretty bad with the strings getting higher and higher as you go up the fretboard.
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                            • #15
                              I am sopping wet behind the ears so is this something that every guitar will need to get done eventually? And why does it happen? Just stress over the years? Thanks!

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