Anybody seen one of these?

I have an acoustic guitar I bought in 1974 that is Japanese in manufacture, but there is no manufacturer name in or on the guitar. The sticker inside the guitar says it was imported by Crown City Imports, that it was made in Japan, and has a model # of FW618R. The logo on the head piece is the letters "IC" or "CI" overlayed one on top of the other -- looks kind of like a cent sign. The guitar is a very dark walnut-looking finish on top, back, and sides with pearl inlay along the edges on top. Still sounds great with nice action. Paid $300+ for it originally (in 1974), so it was not a cheapie. I am trying to find out who made the thing -- what it really is. Anybody have any clues?


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Cheers for the info tg. Thread's been dead for a couple of years but these things are always useful for the search engines, saves people having to go to the lengths you did!

Thanks, and welcome BTW!

I bought one new at Betnuns music in Los Angeles in 1975 for 175.00. mine is a Crown City Imports FW-620 6-string Acoustic Dreadnought (Martin Copy), Vine-of-Life design. (has a mother of pearl vine going up the fretboard) It sounds pretty good like a Takamine and will never be worth much. It does have a really smooth, small neck. Great for smaller hands. I have kids and i can leave it out and dont have to worry all the time about it being damaged. My mac will not post pics but I'll keep trying. [/img]

I tried many guitars at the Guitar Center in the $350 range, but none sounded as good as the Crown Import I happened across from Craigslist. I paid $200 and it came with a nice hard case. The label is FW618. It plays well, no fret buzz, and stays in tune pretty well. I think I'll keep it for a good long time.

Just acquired a Crown City Imports 12 String. It is probably a 1970's Takamine. It has a spruce top, rosewood sides and back with a walnut triangular inlay just like a Takamine 353. It has the "Vine of Life" Mother of Pearl Rosewood fretboard. Has the Pearl beading and "Crown Logo" pearl inlay on the headstock. The serial # is 5001 written in pencil, suggesting that is was the first and maybe the only one. The model # TW 60M-12. Anyone got one? You can. Beautiful condition. 350.00 free shipping.

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