Tahara Guitars

I am looking for any information on this guitar maker.

I have a Tahara guitar that carries "Nashville" on the headstock. It is a copy of a Guild D-40. Purchased new in 1979. Workmanship is very good and materials all appear to have been prime when built. After 30 years, some of the edge moulding is showing some shrinkage but otherwise it is aging well and consistent with premium builder's work. I would like to learn any additional information about this builders work, or other's experience with the products. Mine sounds better every year. : I just found the comment about the Tahara Guitar. I have a mandolin which also has the words "made by Tahara", It has the name "Maya" on the kneck. I also have a Maya banjo which must be the same company. Both were bought about 20 years ago and I can't find any now. Does anyone know any more about these instruments?



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Tahara 'Jumbo' brand archtops -

Bought a 'chancy' purchase on E-Bay last Winter from Japan - on-line pics led me to believe I was buying an interesting, quality-looking but unbranded old Japanese ES-175 copy - but (gasp !!!) on opening the carton, it turned out to be a remarkably G*bs*n-esque full-size L5C Florentine-type acoustic archtop by Mr Tahara-san, under his factory brand of 'Jumbo' - probably a model JP-38 (380,000 Japanese Yen back then). And, because it's non-electric and a dot neck, it's not actually a copy of any particular G*bs*n model (clever!). I looked for months all over the Internet and only ever found 2 other Tahara-Jumbo archtops - both the same model JP-38, but with lighter, slightly redder sunburst finishes (mine might have been refinished to make it look exactly like an old 50's G*bs*n).

The initial Jumbo catalogue listed 8 archtops, of which only 2 were ever photographed. It seems these 'Jumbo' archtops - and maybe only a handful were ever made? - were dropped from the 'Jumbo' line (extant 1969 - 1976 approx., I think) very early on, whereas the far more numerous flat-top acoustics & mandolins were apparently made throughout the lifetime of the company.

If anyone has any more definite info. regarding the archtop line (like what happened to the other models - were they ever actually made?), I'd be pleased to hear from them. Mr Ryohei Tahara's then-apprentice Mr Eiichi Sumi went on in later decades to form Sumi Guitars, a thriving, very upmarket Japanese custom shop, successful to this day, I believe.

Tuners of your N-44 D

You changed the tuners since ? I look one in good condition big strings side, I also have the same model, with solid cedar top and laminated bird eye maple.
Thanks,
Woodie

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