Acoustic Guitars/Vintage takamine?


Hello,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 so low. The piece in question is a 1980 classic Takamine EC136S and I have the chance to buy it for $70. I believe this is "the lawsuit" era but I'm for sure. It's in amazing condition, no dents or damage. It seems to me like a really good price but just leery that it could be too good to be true. Please help. I can attach a picture if needed. Thank you.

Hi. Well, from my research I see that it is a classical guitar and that may be one reason it is a low price...while it may have been made in the so called 'lawsuit era' these are not condsidered lawsuit guitars as they niether had the Martin copied headstock or body design-the lawsuit guitar were generally the F-series steel string guiotars from the 1970's until the early 1980's. Not to put down the little classical guitars that Takamine made back then..they were superior quality and great little guitars. If the guitar is in good condtion I say go for it.  

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Kevin Dunham


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


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.

I have my own website,, 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.

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.

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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