Acoustic Guitars/takamine guitar

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Can you tell me anything about a guitar I just picked up? Takamine & co. Inside is stamped f 3608.
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Takamine F-360S
Takamine F-360S  
Hi. Thanks for the question. I DO think I can help somewhat and steer you in the right direction to learn more about your Takamine. First off, let's clarify EXACTLY what you have. I am going to work on the assumption that the guitar you have is a Takamine F-360 'S' NOT an '8'. The 'S' denotes a solid spruce top and this is a good thing. If this is so and your guitar is in good condtion, you have a real find. These F-360's were made from sometime in the 1970's until the early 1980's and are termed 'lawsuit guitars'; becuase Takamine so closely copied Martin guitars, down to the headstock shape and nearly exact logo script that around 1980, C.F. Martin & Co. wrote a letter to Takamine expressing displeasure and as a direct result of this and other models were discontiuned and both the headstock and logo script were forever changed on all Takamine guitars.These full size D-28 sized dreadnaught guitars were made with a Spruce top (the 'S' had a solid top, as I said earlier, those F-360's without the 'S' designation were constructed of solid core same species laminate) laminate rosewood back and sides and were excellent guitars both in terms of quality construction and in tone. These guitar continue to get better in terms of tonality as the years progress. These lawsuit guitars are highly sought after and command premium prices in todays market place... E Bay sales of F-360S Takamine's in the last few weeks (today's date is 8/12/14) have brought anywhere from apprx. $250.00 to $800.00 USD. Check complete listings on e bay for more details. I have included a forum thread link on this page along with other links to help you gain a more well rounded knowledge of your instruments and to help you along your journey.

http://www.acousticguitarforum.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-214693.html

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=takamine+f360s&_in_kw=1&_ex_kw=&_s

https://reverb.com/item/73967-1978-takamine-co-pre-lawsuit-f360s-lh-martin-d28-copy-lefty

http://www.harmonycentral.com/forum/forum/guitar/acapella-42/1317471-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClS6kghs0-A

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

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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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