*** VTG LIVE & NOW SOLD! *** - Newly Offered - 12/01/2017 & Sold - 02/02/2017 to buyer in Paris!
....and his feedback!...."Hi Bob, I just got the guitar this late morning. It looks and sounds amazing !! Everything is going great, the guitar sounds beautiful.....I used to have a very similar one in the past but as long as it was a loan I've had to return it a few years back. I'm so glad I found this one, in this great condition. Thank you again Bob.
The following information is from the Takeharu Guitars Blogspot. the link to which is "Useful Link" #1 below:-
"Takeharu Guitars were a brand of the Kiso Suzuki Violin company made between 1973 and 1979. They were a result of a collaboration between composer Yamamoto Takeharu and the Kiso Suzuki Violin Company. What input Mr. Takeharu had in the design of the guitars is unknown, as well as why the relationship ended. But this much is known - the brand is well-liked by the owners.
The Takeharu brand guitar has a label signed with his first name “Yamamoto”
Yamamoto Takeharu (b. may 22, 1925) is a guitar player and composer who played a large part in the spread of the popularity of guitar music in Japan.
Mr Takeharu studied under composer Masao Koga (who was a famous Japanese guitar player and composer and pioneer of Japanese popular music.). Mr Takeharu was the winner in 2006 of the 48th Lifetime Achievement award from the Japan Music Award organization."
If you follow my listings you will know that, amongst all the other guitar types I sell regularly, Vintage Japanese-made guitars, both 6 string & 12-String, are a further speciality. Some years ago I sold an excellent Takeharu 12 string & I have a Takeharu classical in the store waiting for workshop time.
This is an excellent 1975 dated vintage Kiso Suzuki made Takeharu dreadnought acoustic, with superb mature sound, combined with great character and playability, offering so much more vibe, which you just don't get in any modern instrument.
Stock Number: VTG1484.
The physical description of the guitar, supported by photo images is the easy bit...what is not so easy is describing the performance of the guitar. Hence the following long-term owner's quotes from the Takeharu Blogspot are like gold-dust!
......"I have had one for over 20 years - WT100 - Got it for nothing in lieu of guitar lessons that someone decided to give up on - it is an amazing sounding guitar and very playable. Used to play it a lot years ago - now it is a backup guitar to a Guild and a Martin - Even moving from the UK to the dryness of Alberta Canada had had no impact on the instrument.".......
......."Purchased the WT 100 Folk model new 1n 1974, Stoke on Trent England. Used it in bands for the next 10 years.
This guitar has some times been confined to the loft to protect it from the kids but now it is back down with a pride of place, looking and sounding just the same as it was when it was new. some 38 years ago".......
......."My wife, gave me a WT 100 Folk model new 1n 1975. I have played it at endless private functions and, (after I had a pickup installed), with a band in the 80's. It has traveled cross country with me a couple of times and still plays & sounds as great as it did in 1975. Sorry they are no longer in production. Those that survive are great instruments."
The nicely coloured and grained book-matched Spruce top has smart Black-edged multiple binding, decorative soundhole rosette, and original Tortoiseshell effect pickguard, intact but the logo design has partly worn away. Like the top the back is slightly arched, with equally attractive book-matched Mahogany back and sides, with single Black binding. Scale length is 650mm./25.6" with Rosewood fingerboard, incorporating zero-fret and very smart Rosewood bridge incorporating adjustable saddle.
There is much discussion regarding solid/laminate tops, in relation to Vintage Guitars. I have to say that it is not a subject that exercises me greatly, preferring to take the judgement from my ears! I should just say that if this guitar did have a solid wood top, it would probably be no longer with us! The major advantage of the high quality laminate woods used by the Kiso Suzuki factory at this period, which was key to their success, is that they combined exceptionally good sound qualities with strength and durability; particularly the freedom from cracking which has affected so many solid topped guitars over the years.
The guitar is in overall very good condition for a little over 40 year old! Inevitably it does have little nicks and minor scratches from honest normal usage, but very, very little and nothing at all unsightly or detrimental. There was play wear to the frets and fingerboard, and I have completed a re-levelling of the handsome Rosewood fingerboard, which following completion of the complete re-fret also, now looks very nice indeed, and should be just like playing a new guitar.
As far as I can see, otherwise, it is all original, other than two strap buttons...the front one having been added many moons ago, in plastic, matching the rear one, but had deteriorated, so I have replaced/upgraded them both with more practical/better looking Chrome Mushroom Head Buttons.
There are no signs of any past repairs, and the guitar came from the original owner who bought it in a Midlands guitar shop early in 1976. The only other minor thing to note is that I have added a third dot inlay in the centre of the bridge, covering a small drill hole made long ago....the former owner could not remember the reason for this, but he did use a pickup for Folk Club use in the guitars earlier days, so I can only guess that it may possibly be associated with that. On re-stringing I have also replaced the bridge pins with a set of new white dotted black pins.
Following the fingerboard levelling & re-fret, the guitar has been set up, including slight adjustment of the trussrod, enabling a slightly taller insert to be installed in the adjustable bridge, giving the better break-angle of the strings over the saddle, needed for optimum sound transmission.
The original 3-on-a-strip open-geared machineheads with chrome winder keys show really no age-related discolouration, work fine, and are set on the most attractive, black-faced, distinctive headstock, carved to design individual to Takeharu guitars. I think you will see from the photos that this remains a very handsome guitar - but with that quality of sound, this is a player's guitar - it is no wall-hanging ornament!
For a full-size dreadnought guitar, it offers a really manageable, slim and comfortable, slightly "D" profile neck, with approx. 42.5mm. zero-fret/nut width, therefore a little narrower than most modern acoustics. It already played very nicely with an excellent action around 2.5mm./2.75mm. at the 12th fret, which has been maintained on set-up following the fingerboard levelling/re-fret and bridge/saddle adjustments. It has been re-strung with a set of Martin Bronze Light 12-54 strings.
There is no case included in the sale. I may have a traditional case in serviceable condition, or a gig-bag, which fits the guitar, or possibly I may be able to supply a virtually new Hiscox Liteflite hardshell case. If you need a case, and I can marry the guitar to a suitable one, I will be happy to discuss with you a combined price for the guitar and upgraded case, and to amend the invoice accordingly.