Guitar - General/Tree of life


Steev wrote at 2007-05-06 16:25:01
I bought a Takamine Tree of Life 12-string new in 1977, the same year it was made. These are quite rare, and I've never seen another.  They were only made for a few years as I understand it, and were quite expensive at the time. The abalone inlay on the neck, binding, and around the hole is unbelieveably beautiful when the follow spot strikes it on stage, almost a rainbow effect. This particular 12-string I play in alternate tuning: a D-modal in the key of C.  So the low E is dropped all the way down to a C, and yet there are no buzzes. I've kept it in this tuning now for over 20 years. It's incredibly stable; I never have to tweak the truss rod even through season changes (and this is Indiana). No bridge lift, no cracks, no separations. All-in-all, a magnificent instrument. I'll be using it at the Great Licks festival next weekend in French Lick, Indiana.

Hope this helps your evaluation.

tuffycat wrote at 2008-09-03 09:47:34
I have one of these wonderful 12 string  guitars. I bought it used for $1395  26 years ago. I have used it live on stage,in the studio and for kitchen parties. I have never heard it equaled in playability and sound. .I am always  getting questions about it. I have a Guild f 512 12 string and a Martin Hd 35 6 string  but I most always  play the takamine.  I think it would have ruled the world if not for the legal mess with martin. Takamine also made a sister 6 string it is also world class. Hold on to it!!!! Cheers

Carrie wrote at 2012-11-27 06:33:44

I owned a 6-string Tree Of Life acoustic Takamine guitar that I bought in Cambridge, MA during the late 1970's.  It was an absolutely beautiful guitar that I loved.  I gave it to a friend on Martha's Vineyard in the early 1980's after he destroyed his Martin D-41.  Haven't played much since that time as I turned to the harp (Cetic 38-string and you think YOU have a hard time tuning up?!). Hold on to those guitars, guys - you won't find anything else like them...

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