Re: Takamine F349
: : Can anyone tell me if the F349 is a solid or laminated top and what kind of wood it is made of? Thanks
: Patrick, of you're still interested:
: The following is from Kaman's web site; they own Takamine, Hamer, etc. You can get the whole history there direct from Takamine Mountain, Japan...
: Body Shape: Dreadnought
: Top: Mahogany Top
: Inlays: Dots
: Back: Mahogany
: Sides: Mahogany
: Fingerboard: Rosewood
: Electronics: None
: Tuners: Chrome
10/25/04 Forgot the other questions;
Mahogany tops (I believe) were 2-piece or laminated... the higher models were mostly solid spruce/laminated spruce.
F349 vintage, from looking at the picture on above site, would probably be 1977-78. This was the "Martin Lawsuit" headstock, when Takamine managed to make a Takamine logo that looked like "CF Martin" from a distance; The F360 dreadnaughts were basically exact D-28 copies that often sounded better than Martins, F370's essentially D-35's... RESPEK, EdW.