What Takamine is this?

Posted by David Tamayo on Wed, 11/13/02 - 06:16:06.

Help! I'm looking for information about a Takamine F-363. I can't seem to find any information about it. I emailed Takamine customer support, and they said they do not have it listed. It was apparently built in '83, but I can find no information about it anywhere. Does anyone know anything about the F-363? Was it a fluke? Was it some sort of experimental model? Did Takamine actually make this model, or is it a copy? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! -David

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Takamine F363D

I have one as well, Brought it in Melbourne Australia 1983 model 82101015 15th guitar built 10th October 1982
beautiful guitar sounds great always wondered why there is not much info about it

Takamine f-363 is rear guitar!

Hi guys I see that you are talking about Takamine F 363 model from the 1962. til 1986.
This guitar is identical as a Martin from that period, this model was a copy of a legendary Martin D-28 that was one of the best guitars in that time...
What the Japanese did was amazing..Their F model in some series was even better then original Martin D-28, price was cheaper more then to times...What happened then was the Martin Law suit against Takamine...They reduce production of the F363 also they stopped exporting them in the period..So if you say F 363 made in Japan from that period you actually have a very good and rear guitar...
To collectors this model is very interesting because today I think you can not actually find it that easy...
Price as a guitar if it plays well is a 400 to 800$ with case sometimes up to 1000$, but as a collectors piece goes up to 1500$-2000$ maybe more..
My advice to you is to keep it because you will never buy it again that is for sure!
Kind regards from me!

what do I have

I have 2 takemine guitars a gx200 solid body electric serial # 83080939 and an f-340 acoustic serial #85090904 I love these guitars great sound ,playability always in tune like to know more about the gx200 electric

net bullshit

i have a takamine serial number 89120062 what model make is it and whats its value so simple im tired of all these websites sending u here and there and still no results

net bull

thanks for your time ..... so what u are telling me is i have a f363 but u have n o information on it??? i know it sounds good but what is the value of it mine is in very good shape i would say a 9.5 on a one to ten scale would u like a picture of it ???

62nd guitar built in

62nd guitar built in December 1989 - according to Takamine's dating method.

Re: What Takamine is this?

I was a Takamine wholesale salesman from 1980 to 1985 when the Takamine F-363 came about. The CF Martin Company in Nazareth, PA, had commissioned the Takamine Company to develop a line of guitars that could be sold as an underneath line to the Martin guitar that were becoming very pricy. The F-340 is a copy of the Martin D-18, the F-360 is a copy of the Martin D-28, the F-375 is a copy of the Martin D-35 and so forth. When the line was ready to be marketed, Martin demanded that Coast Wholesale Music, the company I worked for, also sell Rogers drums, horns, and etc. Coast was already selling Ludwig drums and other horns so there wasn't the need. Martin pulled out of the deal and left Coast/Takamine with a line of guitars. The F-363 is a F-360 with an altered headstock and a mustache bridge, changes in the appearance from the D-28 look-alike. In fact, there were ads on TV and in magazines with bags over the headstocks asking the customer to compare the Martin with the Takamine. Changes continued to occur up to the present where the Takamine headstock now has its own distinctive shape with the brand name, TAKAMINE, written so a person can read it from right to left as an artist is playing it. I also have a Takamine F-363 along with a couple of D-28 and other guitars. I enjoy playing a lot. It does have a ply top rather than solid but the back and sides with the veneer rosewood are generally very beautiful to look at.

I hope this information is helpful.

Re: What Takamine is this?

I too have come across a F-363D Tak with a dark sunburst finish. Have you found anything out? It certainly is a beautiful sounding instrument. The guy I got it from preferred to play it as his everyday guitar over about 10 others he owns, including a couple of pricey Martins.

: Help! I'm looking for information about a Takamine F-363. I can't seem to find any information about it. I emailed Takamine customer support, and they said they do not have it listed. It was apparently built in '83, but I can find no information about it anywhere. Does anyone know anything about the F-363? Was it a fluke? Was it some sort of experimental model? Did Takamine actually make this model, or is it a copy? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! -David

Re: What Takamine is this?

: I too have come across a F-363D Tak with a dark sunburst finish. Have you found anything out? It certainly is a beautiful sounding instrument. The guy I got it from preferred to play it as his everyday guitar over about 10 others he owns, including a couple of pricey Martins.

: : Help! I'm looking for information about a Takamine F-363. I can't seem to find any information about it. I emailed Takamine customer support, and they said they do not have it listed. It was apparently built in '83, but I can find no information about it anywhere. Does anyone know anything about the F-363? Was it a fluke? Was it some sort of experimental model? Did Takamine actually make this model, or is it a copy? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! -David

Other than the two follow-ups to my original question, I haven't received any further information about it. Admittedly I'm disappointed that Takamine has no answers. Dave, I'm curious about the the 363D sunburst. I've never seen anything like it. Would love to see a picture. In any case, if either of you hear anymore, I would love to know! Thanks very much for responding. -David

Re: What Takamine is this?

: : I too have come across a F-363D Tak with a dark sunburst finish. Have you found anything out? It certainly is a beautiful sounding instrument. The guy I got it from preferred to play it as his everyday guitar over about 10 others he owns, including a couple of pricey Martins.

:
: : : Help! I'm looking for information about a Takamine F-363. I can't seem to find any information about it. I emailed Takamine customer support, and they said they do not have it listed. It was apparently built in '83, but I can find no information about it anywhere. Does anyone know anything about the F-363? Was it a fluke? Was it some sort of experimental model? Did Takamine actually make this model, or is it a copy? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! -David

: Other than the two follow-ups to my original question, I haven't received any further information about it. Admittedly I'm disappointed that Takamine has no answers. Dave, I'm curious about the the 363D sunburst. I've never seen anything like it. Would love to see a picture. In any case, if either of you hear anymore, I would love to know! Thanks very much for responding. -David

I also have a Takamine F-363D sunburst that I acquired from a friend about 7 years ago who was not playing it. It is a nice sounding instrument that I use as my main acoustic guitar, but I also cannot find any information about it. I have always wondered how old it is. RJ

takamine guitar

I have a takamine 12 string that says: est. 1962 below Takamine & co. The only other writing i find is a number inside which must be the serial number. 75092058 , and f-385. My husband bought it for me in honolulu in 1976. Anyone know the value now? Think he paid 350.00 for it then.

Re: What Takamine is this?

I managed to find some info on the Takamine web site (http://www.takamine.com/?fa=detail&mid=1067&sid=351), where it lists the F-363 and the F-363S. I suspect the F-363D is the sunburst version of the F-363, which is described as a laminated body, whereas the F-363S is a solid wood made body.

Re: What Takamine is this?

Hey, I have a Takamine F-363, similar to most of yours. Mine has: est.1962 printed in gold in below the brand label. F-363 is also labeled on mine on the support peice inside of the guitar. This is probably one of the older takamines judging by previous posts. I hope this satisfies some inquisitions about guitar age. By the way, does anyone know how much a vintage F-363 would be worth?

Re: What Takamine is this?

I also have a F-363 D, which judging from teh serial number seems to be made in 1982. My brother gave it to me as a gift in '84.
Interestingly, I also had a F-360 S made in 1981.
Back in '84, the 363 looked and sounded much better than the 360. However, as the years went by, the 360 has become better with age whilst the 363 is roughly the same.
When I had an appraisal done back in the early '90s, the F-363 was known about, but was valued less than the F-360. The reason given is that the 363's body is made from laminated or ply wood, whilst the 360's body is made from a solid piece. As a result, it is expected that the 360 would develop over time whilst the 363 would not.
However, I have not had this corroborated by anyone else, and I am not about to cut into the 363 to see what the body is made of ;-)

Re: What Takamine is this?

Hey, i actually just got that exact guitar from my buddy's dad. He gave it to me for free. Good deal Eh? But anyways, if you look into the sound hole, printed in ink on the actual wood bracing itself mine has the date Dec 1978 stamped on it. Maybe yours does too? that might help figure out how old it is?

Re: What Takamine is this?

Came across this thread when I googled to find out something about my dark sunburst F-363D Takamine. If it adds to the collective information, mine was bought in Canberra in October 1980. PC

F363D

Hi, Just been looking for info and thought i would leave something. I have a 1981 sunburst F363D that i bought for $229 at Cash Converters, just east of Melbourne in 1999. It is my favorite possession and plays like a dream. I also have a 1976 F400 12 string(Martin lookalike) which is pretty good too.

Re: What Takamine is this?

Oops, I somehow reposterd someone else's message as mine. However, I also have an F363D. It belonged to my brother who got it as a gift.
It was new, but i'm not sure when he got it. Maybe around 1980? Just a guess.

Re: What Takamine is this?

I was a west coast sales rep for Takamine Guitars in the early 1980s. In the late 70s the decision was made that Takamine would not become the cheaper line sold underneath the Martin. Originally, Martin commissioned Takamine, complete with blueprints of the entire Martin line. Because Coast Wholesale also sold Ludwig drums, they chose not to sell Rogers drums and horns. Martin stated a condition of Coast selling Martin/Takamine, was the Rogers deal. Takamine ventured out on their own and had to change the appearance of their line. The F-363 is the first model with changes. The headstock and the mustache bridge made this model significantly unique. The headstock on this model was not used on other models and I'm not sure the bridge style was used again also. Not many F-363s were made/sold. They're, in essence, a Takamine F-360 with the noted changes. Mine was made in 1979.

Bob

Re: What Takamine is this?

Bob- What would you assess the value of F-363s ?? Since fewer were made, at the time.

Thanks,
Thom

: I was a nwest coast sales rep for Takamine Guitars in the early 1980s. In the late 70s the decision was made that Takamine would not become the cheaper line sold underneath the Martin. Originally, Martin commissioned Takamine, complete with blueprints of the entire Martin line. Because Coast Wholesale also sold Ludwig drums, they chose not to sell Rogers drums and horns. Martin stated a condition of Coast selling Martin/Takamine, was the Rogers deal. Takamine ventured out on their own and had to change the appearance of their line. The F-363 is the first model with changes. The headstock and the mustache bridge made this model significantly unique. The headstock on this model was not used on other models and I'm not sure the bridge style was used again also. Not many F-363s were made/sold. They're, in essence, a Takamine F-360 with the noted changes. Mine was made in 1979.

: Bob

Re: What Takamine is this?

I was a west coast sales rep for Takamine Guitars in the early 1980s. In the late 70s the decision was made that Takamine would not become the cheaper line sold underneath the Martin. Originally, Martin commissioned Takamine, complete with blueprints of the entire Martin line. Because Coast Wholesale also sold Ludwig drums, they chose not to sell Rogers drums and horns. Martin stated a condition of Coast selling Martin/Takamine, was the Rogers deal. Takamine ventured out on their own and had to change the appearance of their line. The F-363 is the first model with changes. The headstock and the mustache bridge made this model significantly unique. The headstock on this model was not used on other models and I'm not sure the bridge style was used again also. Not many F-363s were made/sold. They're, in essence, a Takamine F-360 with the noted changes. Mine was made in 1979.

Bob

Re: What Takamine is this?

: : : I too have come across a F-363D Tak with a dark sunburst finish. Have you found anything out? It certainly is a beautiful sounding instrument. The guy I got it from preferred to play it as his everyday guitar over about 10 others he owns, including a couple of pricey Martins.

: :
: : : : Help! I'm looking for information about a Takamine F-363. I can't seem to find any information about it. I emailed Takamine customer support, and they said they do not have it listed. It was apparently built in '83, but I can find no information about it anywhere. Does anyone know anything about the F-363? Was it a fluke? Was it some sort of experimental model? Did Takamine actually make this model, or is it a copy? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! -David

: : Other than the two follow-ups to my original question, I haven't received any further information about it. Admittedly I'm disappointed that Takamine has no answers. Dave, I'm curious about the the 363D sunburst. I've never seen anything like it. Would love to see a picture. In any case, if either of you hear anymore, I would love to know! Thanks very much for responding. -David

: I also have a Takamine F-363D sunburst that I acquired from a friend about 7 years ago who was not playing it. It is a nice sounding instrument that I use as my main acoustic guitar, but I also cannot find any information about it. I have always wondered how old it is. RJ

Re: What Takamine is this?

I got one of these guitars around 1979 and it is by far the finest guitar I've ever owned! Better then any Taylor I've played. It will be with me the rest of my life! I've never had to have it adjusted and it just keeps getting better with age. It's my baby! It was a gift from a boyfriend that gave me, besides this guitar, nothing but grief! I got it in Monterey California.

: : :
: : : : : Help! I'm looking for information about a Takamine F-363. I can't seem to find any information about it. I emailed Takamine customer support, and they said they do not have it listed. It was apparently built in '83, but I can find no information about it anywhere. Does anyone know anything about the F-363? Was it a fluke? Was it some sort of experimental model? Did Takamine actually make this model, or is it a copy? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! -David

: : : Other than the two follow-ups to my original question, I haven't received any further information about it. Admittedly I'm disappointed that Takamine has no answers. Dave, I'm curious about the the 363D sunburst. I've never seen anything like it. Would love to see a picture. In any case, if either of you hear anymore, I would love to know! Thanks very much for responding. -David

: : I also have a Takamine F-363D sunburst that I acquired from a friend about 7 years ago who was not playing it. It is a nice sounding instrument that I use as my main acoustic guitar, but I also cannot find any information about it. I have always wondered how old it is. RJ

Re: What Takamine is this?

: : : I too have come across a F-363D Tak with a dark sunburst finish. Have you found anything out? It certainly is a beautiful sounding instrument. The guy I got it from preferred to play it as his everyday guitar over about 10 others he owns, including a couple of pricey Martins.

: :
: : : : Help! I'm looking for information about a Takamine F-363. I can't seem to find any information about it. I emailed Takamine customer support, and they said they do not have it listed. It was apparently built in '83, but I can find no information about it anywhere. Does anyone know anything about the F-363? Was it a fluke? Was it some sort of experimental model? Did Takamine actually make this model, or is it a copy? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! -David

: : Other than the two follow-ups to my original question, I haven't received any further information about it. Admittedly I'm disappointed that Takamine has no answers. Dave, I'm curious about the the 363D sunburst. I've never seen anything like it. Would love to see a picture. In any case, if either of you hear anymore, I would love to know! Thanks very much for responding. -David

: I also have a Takamine F-363D sunburst that I acquired from a friend about 7 years ago who was not playing it. It is a nice sounding instrument that I use as my main acoustic guitar, but I also cannot find any information about it. I have always wondered how old it is. RJ

There is one one Ebay that I placed a bid on..Supposedly made in 79' but trying to find out if its made in Japan or Korea...I've seen another Sunburst Takamine that was made in Korea a Lawsuit model....Myles

Re: What Takamine is this?

Could somone help i have a 1983 TAKAMINE The person i bought it from owned it from new but idont know what model it is, it came with the yellow fake fur apolstry,std tak case. the guitar is not what you would call a large guitar,but the the workmanship on this guitaris unbelievable. it is about the same size as say a cort 100 earth. it is built more like a violin imean like the bends on a say 335. pearl dot inlays,inc 2 on the bridge one each side of the bottum and top string. ibelieve the guitar was $875 AU in 1983 the serial no is 83040374 also the bridge has like a swollow tail and has asort of skunk srtipe at the button where the strap goes on, i have never seen aguitar built so nice,it looks like a maple top the rest looks rosewood of couse made in japan, the battery is hard to find,it is right up the start of the neck tight. if this gives any clue to anyone, please let me know what model it is THANKS NEIL

Re: What Takamine is this?

I can not help you with info about this guitar but i can tell you that I have a Takamine F-363D guitar. If you have got any info please email me at Clark22Ford@aol.com

Re: What Takamine is this?

I own a Takamine F-363 dated 5-2-79 so they must have been made for a while...I always want to gete another acoustic but just can't aprt with this baby...good tone, great playability. I threw a fishman pickup in it and it sounds reat amped up. Good luck!

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: : : Help! I'm looking for information about a Takamine F-363. I can't seem to find any information about it. I emailed Takamine customer support, and they said they do not have it listed. It was apparently built in '83, but I can find no information about it anywhere. Does anyone know anything about the F-363? Was it a fluke? Was it some sort of experimental model? Did Takamine actually make this model, or is it a copy? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! -David

: Other than the two follow-ups to my original question, I haven't received any further information about it. Admittedly I'm disappointed that Takamine has no answers. Dave, I'm curious about the the 363D sunburst. I've never seen anything like it. Would love to see a picture. In any case, if either of you hear anymore, I would love to know! Thanks very much for responding. -David

Takamine F-363

I found mine on E-bay 2 or 3 years back. I noticed the Brazillion Rosewood back and sides and how the headstock was different than any other Tak. I could tell by looking at it that it had to be a fine acoustic and somewhat rare. I was not disappointed when I recieved it. It is not a solid wood as I would prefer however the neck is. It sounds great for being laminated. Has a loud voice. Plays well. Just wanted to join the team here as part of a crowd wondering about this rare instrument. I guess it just fell out of the sky??? If Takamine knows nothing then who would ?. :)

Re: What Takamine is this?

David,

I have the same model, Takamine F-363, built on May 1, 1979. I too have been unable to find any info. Just curious to know if you've had luck?

Thanks, Aaron

I have one built on May 2 , 1979!

I have one built on May 2, 1979!

: David,

: I have the same model, Takamine F-363, built on May 1, 1979. I too have been unable to find any info. Just curious to know if you've had luck?

: Thanks, Aaron

I have one too

I have an F363 too. Don't know about the date but the serial number is 79031333. Not sure if that indicates the date or not. Anybody have any info on these?

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