Acoustic Guitars/Questions

SubjectDate AskedExpert
Takamine accoustic guitar12/11/2016Kevin Dunham
  Q: My father has left me a Takamine electro accoustic guitar serial number 86020752 just wondered if it ...
  A: What you have here is a pro built Takamine EC132SC Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar. It has long ...
K Yairi Classical with no model number..12/2/2016Kevin Dunham
  Q: was hoping I could get some information on a classical guitar I came across at an antique shop. The ...
  A: or shall I say at his factory (gakki). K. Yairi is brother to S. Yairi, both guitar builders of some ...
Hohner acoustic guitar12/1/2016Kevin Dunham
  Q: My grandfather recently gave me an old Hohner acoustic guitar. Inside on the label it says Hohner ...
  A: This guitar, and many similar models from this era, are generally lower quality, entry level, and ...
Orpheum Guitar Info12/1/2016Kevin Dunham
  Q: I have this archtop, Orpheum No. 1 that I am trying to get info on. The guitar is in great ...
  A: Current contemporary thought is that your guitar was made by the Untied Guitar Company of New ...
Alvarez artist 5014 six string11/29/2016Kevin Dunham
  Q: So, I have a guitar I bought a while back at a garage sale that sadly I must part with. I am ...
  A: what you have here is a mid 1990's Alvarez Artist Model 5014 acoustic guitar, Grand Concert or OM ...
Sigma DM-4C3/4/2016Kevin Dunham
  Q: Can you tell me what the facing of the headstock is covered with? It appears to be something made to ...
  A: The headstock plate is laminate Indian rosewood. The Sigma by Martin DM-4C was put on the Sigma ...
Acoustic Bass Pickguard?1/15/2016Kevin Dunham
  Q: I'm buying an acoustic bass for my boyfriends birthday. I think I've found the one I want to buy ...
  A: It is really up to the player. I like a pickguard on my acoustic bass because I use a pick, many ...
Yamaha cpx 15na12/15/2015Kevin Dunham
  Q: I have the opportunity to buy a brand new Yamaha CPX 15NA. I was wondering what a brand new one is ...
  A: These usuualy sell for around $950.00 to $1500.00. A picture would have been good but these ...
Find a Guitar, need help I.D.10/19/2015Kevin Dunham
  Q: I found this old looking guitar in my grandfathers closet. This guitar has no names on it what so ...
  A: I wouldn't worry too much about regretting any decision you may make regarding divesting yourself of ...
Sigma DR-359/13/2015Kevin Dunham
  Q: What might you tell me about my DR-35, with a head-stock serial number 905055, and another number on ...
  A: SIGMA BY MARTIN GUITAR INQUIRY Hi. Thanks for your inquiry. I do think I can help you but I am ...
value of sigma Martin dr28n8/3/2015Kevin Dunham
  Q: Thru research I found I have a dr28n in original condition & in very good condition . Can you ...
  A: Sigma DR-28's usually sell from $200.00-$400.00. I have a website www.nossigmamartinguitars.com and ...
Japanese guitar dating systems7/14/2015Kevin Dunham
  Q: Cheers Nick. ANSWER: Hi Nick. I guess my 1st question is how do you know it is pre 1960? Is it ...
  A: Shiro was made by he Aria company in the 197os...here are some links to help you educate yourself: ...
Mid-Late 80's Sigma Guitar6/26/2015Kevin Dunham
  Q: I bought a solid top Sigma Guitar in the 80's while I was working part time at a music store. I'm ...
  A: Yeah, I think I can help. Why don't you send me a couplpe of pics, one of the whole front of the ...
Shiro A5506/10/2015Kevin Dunham
  Q: Kevin don't mean to be a pain, does a A550 look the same as the A551 as the picture's i've seen of ...
  A: Yes,Jose Ramirez, et al, etc.. would print labels under Shiro's name on his request as he was ...
Shiro Guitar6/9/2015Kevin Dunham
  Q: I have a Rare classical guitar 6 string, 650mm long,label reads Contruccion Artistic De Guitarra, ...
  A: Your guitar was marketd by Aria in the 70's. It is probably made Aria Model No. A562, construccion ...
Alvarez 5078 Laser Cut4/15/2015Kevin Dunham
  Q: Kevin, I have a 1983, Alvarez 5078 thin line laser cut guitar. I bought it around 1984. Maybe ...
  A: I hope this helps steer you towards learning more about your Alvarez. Yes, refinishing does ...
National wooden body resonator4/14/2015Kevin Dunham
  Q: first up I'd like to thank you in advance for any help you may give me in identifying this for me. ...
  A: Please send a picture of the full front and back, headstock front and back with a clear view of the ...
value2/3/2015Kevin Dunham
  Q: I have a 69 or 70 Guild acoustic guitar. model # G 37 bl mint condition/original case(handle ...
  A: If it is in mint condtion I wouldn't be surprised to see a $1000.00 price tag on a late 60's early ...
Vintage takamine?2/1/2015Kevin Dunham
  Q: I am curious as if I'm getting a good deal on a guitar or if there is a reason it's being sold for ...
  A: Well, from my research I see that it is a classical guitar and that may be one reason it is a low ...
1982 Alavarez1/26/2015Kevin Dunham
  Q: Curious about my new favorite guitar. Alavarez seems to be a difficult firm to research. Got this ...
  A: not laminate. The current value of the collectible guitar in excellent condition is in the ...
Learning gui9tar12/1/2014Kevin Dunham
  Q: I think I may have submitted a question recently. I am trying to learn guitar in my own and have ...
  A: Yes, I do remember your question from a while back and I shared with you some tips about your wrist. ...
Century Quality guitar11/14/2014Kevin Dunham
  Q: I would be greatful to you if you could help me find more information about the acoustic guitar ...
  A: I will probably not be of much help here but I will try. There is a little buzz about very ornate, ...
Yairi Gakki11/12/2014Kevin Dunham
  Q: I have just found/bought a Yairi guitar. It has a round label which says handmade in Japan by Yairi ...
  A: I am sorry to say that this Yairi guitar was not made by the same Yairi of Alvarez fame,Kazuo Yairi. ...
1972 Alvarez Yairi Model 503611/8/2014Kevin Dunham
  Q: We have a 1972 Alvarez Yairi Model 5036, Serial 4846 or 4946 in Good to Very Good Condition. This ...
  A: The 5036 Yairi Virtuoso was second from the high end classical in the early 1970's. You already ...
alvarez guitar model 5056/sn47146311/3/2014Kevin Dunham
  Q: i recently came across one in a shop. asking price is $175.00. do you know what it is worth?
  A: Sorry for the delay-I didn't get the original message. These are nice intermediateguitars and they ...
Guitar question11/2/2014Kevin Dunham
  Q: I have a starter Fender guitar that I have been teaching myself with the Hal Leonard series (book ...
  A: You have asked a very good set of questions and I think I can give you a few pointers. I also play ...
Guitar appraisal10/21/2014Kevin Dunham
  Q: Do you know what we can sell a Takamine Company Guitar, stamped inside, Est. 1962, F385 with it's ...
  A: These 12 string all laminate guitars usually sell for between $150.00 to $350.00 depending on ...
Alvarez 12 string10/19/2014Kevin Dunham
  Q: I have a Yairi DY76, serial #21246. I'm trying to get an approximate value and any information on ...
  A: Your DY76 12 string was probably made in the mid 1970s but as the serial number is incomplete (they ...
XL excel series made by dixon10/4/2014Kevin Dunham
  Q: what is the value of my XL excel series electric guitar? is made by dixon its in excellent shape ...
  A: I mean no disrespect and please do not take offense, but these are entry level, beginner's ...
Tacoma model DM9 SN#D173011010/2/2014Kevin Dunham
  Q: Found this guitar in an estate sale and was wondering if you can give me an estimate of the value? ...
  A: Hi. I might be able to help and I will certainly try. The early Tacoma's were very good and made in ...
1978 Takamine F340SD9/28/2014Kevin Dunham
  Q: What level of quality were these guitars built? I've found one in excellent condition that I am ...
  A: These 1970's F-340SD instruments were pretty good quality Martin copies and have solid spruce tops, ...
Old Silvertone Guitar9/24/2014Kevin Dunham
  Q: I have my mothers old Silvertone guitar, now I do not know how old it is, the numbers on it as far ...
  A: I think I can help you but I would like for you to send me a full front and full back picture. Also ...
Vintage Morris Tornado guitar9/23/2014Kevin Dunham
  Q: I have already asked you a question about this guitar, but I have just received some information : - ...
  A: I doubt that it is a fake. Morris was/is Moridaira Gakki and is one of the oldest string musical ...
Vintage Morris acoustic guitar9/23/2014Kevin Dunham
  Q: I have seen the following Morris acoustic guitar which will be on auction this week (in France) : ...
  A: Morris was/is Moridaira Gakki and is one of the oldest string musical instrument factories in Japan. ...
HOKADA 12 Strings - Japan9/17/2014Kevin Dunham
  Q: Here are the pictures. Anybody knows about its quality, and the year it was made? Thanks a lot.
  A: While I cannot tell you the manufacturer, it looks to be an late 1960's or early 1970's made in ...
S. Yairi flamento Model F-29/8/2014Kevin Dunham
  Q: I've had a Yairi flamenco for about 10 years that I'd like to find out more about. I'm hoping ...
  A: headstock and rosette as well as a full body shot front and back. S. Yairi (Not to be confused with ...
help8/30/2014Kevin Dunham
  Q: how can I now, if a Takamine 12 string guitar in an original 1962 guitar? I have a serial number ...
  A: The serial number you have mentioned is invalid-It should contain 8 numbers and no letters. It think ...
Antique Acoustic Guitar8/17/2014Kevin Dunham
  Q: We have a very old acoustic guitar that was my wife's great grandmothers. It does not have a brand ...
  A: Your guitar looks to me like a 1930's, 1940's or 1950's Supertone (precursor to Harmony Instrument ...
takamine guitar8/12/2014Kevin Dunham
  Q: Can you tell me anything about a guitar I just picked up? Takamine & co. Inside is stamped f 3608. ...
  A: I DO think I can help somewhat and steer you in the right direction to learn more about your ...
S. Yairi ID help7/27/2014Kevin Dunham
  Q: I do hope you can help me a little. I am trying to find out as much as possible about my guitar ...
  A: Your guitar is made by Sadao Yairi. It is a classical style & has a spruce top and rosewood back and ...

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Sigma by Martin guitars, Vintage Asian Import Guitars, acoustic guitars, american guitars, vintage music gear and vinyl record albums

Experience

I am a scholar and researcher of vintage Asain Import guitars and my area of expertise is Sigma by Martin fretted instruments imported by C.F. Martin & Co. from 1970-2007. I have been compiling materials and studying Sigma since 2008.

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I have my own website, www.nossigmaguitars.com, a blog, Sigma Martin Memo's, I am a consultant on the Vintage Sigma Guitars Facebook page and am an editor of the Sigma Guitars Wikipedia page. I am also writing a book on the sigma line and have just returned from MArtin in NAzareth where I was granted access to and permisiion to reproduce Sigma by MArtin materials by Dick Boak, Archivist at Martin. Martin customer service representatives now refer Sigma by Martin inquiries that they cannot answer to me.

Publications
My book propsal is currently under review by Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publshing group and an article I wrote for Vintage Guitar Mazine is under advisement.

Education/Credentials
Studied at Linn Benton Community Collage in Albany Oregon and Marylhurst University in Portannd, Oregon. I have been a lifelong musician and student of guitars and am a guitar tech.

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