Takamine F-345

by Rose Mamaghani
(San Diego)

My son just inherited a Takamine F-345 from his uncle, who purchased it in 1977. It just arrived today and is in pristine condition and the pegboard has gorgeous mother-of-pearl inlay.

I haven't been able to find a photo or information on an F-345 with the mother-of-pearl inlay. Can anyone provide any further information on this model and its potential value?

As far as performance -- we're getting it restrung tomorrow, but we're hopeful!

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I own as well NEW
by: K.murphy

Very beautiful instrument. I have been playing for a number of years. I payed 50 bucks for it at a yard sale. Mine also has mother of pearl dot inlays. The Takamine archives has no description of this guitar. The neck back and side are mahogany, the top is pressed japanese spruce, and the one thing on mine that came as pleasant surprise are the ivory upper and lower bridge supports, yes ivory. Mine is missing 2 of high string tuning pegs which are nickel plated type and can be found on e-bay as they are still made in japan. I have no idea what the price then was, but if you own one in well kept condition the insurable estimate could easily be in the 1200 to 1800 price range. I like the headstock, which is the reason for the lawsuit and makes it truly a rare find for acoustic lovers like myself.

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Takamine F-345
by: Anonymous

Further research shows that this may be a 1976 Takamine F345 jumbo Guild Lawsuit copy MIJ (http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/1976-takamine-f345-jumbo-guild-134219169). The inlay on the guitar in the weblink is the same as that on my son's guitar.
Further specs on this guitar, where it was likely made, and its current market value would be appreciated.
Thanks!

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Takamine Guitars: F-345
by: Guitar Guru

Thanks for your question - but I too am coming-up empty-handed. Takamine indicates that this guitar is indeed discontinued, but the stock F-345 did not have mother-of-pearl inlay. Perhaps this was a custom-run by Takamine.

If you are looking to estimate its value, I would take it to a resale guitar shops and ask their opinion. Good luck!

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