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Hammond101
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Aug 29th, 2016 10:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought this guitar used in the mid '80s from a local shop. A few years back I traded it to a good friend who has taken excellent care of her while they were "dating".

I bought her back last Saturday and she has returned home.

The F360S has a solid spruce top and Brazilian rosewood back and sides. Very comfortable "just right" bound neck. It is pretty much D35 spec except for its two piece back. This example sounds very sweet and balanced. Not real big in the low end unless you plug it in. I added a Martin/Fishman under saddle PU when I owned her the first time. I may upgrade this to a Fishman Aura Matrix.

I quite pleased and hope she is now home for good.

'81 Takamine F360S

SandBagger
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Aug 29th, 2016 12:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Good lookin' and sexy as hell for 35 years of age.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

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Aug 29th, 2016 12:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice. I often wonder what happened to my former guitars. Glad you got one of yours back.

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Aug 29th, 2016 12:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Reunited, and it feels so good...

Don't let her out of your sight again!


Hammond101
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Aug 29th, 2016 02:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It does feel good. Trading away this one had always bothered me. I thought the "need" would go away when I bought my first Taylor in '07. Not.

(This message was last edited by Hammond101 at 11:31 AM, Aug 30th, 2016)

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Aug 29th, 2016 03:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very nice. Those lawsuit Taks are really nice guitars.

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

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Sep 2nd, 2016 06:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Glad you got her back!

For some reason I can't explain the 'Takamartin' logo on the headstock always makes me smile.

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Sep 2nd, 2016 11:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had a 360 and I traded it to one of my bandmates. He is a plinker and will probably never appreciate it. He just wanted it because it the headstock looks like a Martin.

Foggy1
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Sep 4th, 2016 10:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Good looking guitar, hope the new one's are made well too. I just ordered a Gd93CE

Hammond101
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Nov 8th, 2017 12:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Reviving this thread.

I had an amplified acoustic duo gig last night and I brought the Takamine F360S. The only acoustic I brought to the gig.

I have to say that the old Martin dread clone did a fine job. After only playing my Taylors and Gibson SST at these things for years it took a bit of getting used to the sound (and the narrow nut!). I did do the Fishman Aura Matrix upgrade mentioned above and it was awesome plugged in. I need to do a bit of setup work but nothing major. I was stunned at how well it played and sounded through a Fishman Loudbox 100.

Now I'm stuck with the fact that yes I still want a Martin dread but this guitar covered the slot so well I'm reconsidering. 36 year old wood is sure fun to play. The top has become a bit flamey in appearance and the finish has taken on a nice amber tint over the years.

As I continue my search continues for the dread of my dreams, I'll be bringing this gal with me as I audition a new lady for the harem. I may already own the guitar I want. The Tak may be "good enough".

BTW my bandmate played a Yamaha bodyless A/E nylon last night exclusively. The two guitars sounded great together.

(This message was last edited by Hammond101 at 04:00 PM, Nov 8th, 2017)

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Nov 9th, 2017 07:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Those lawsuit Taks are really nice guitars."

+1 My college girlfriend's (now wife's) roommate had one, and I always thought it was a nice guitar, even if it wasn't the "real deal."

Glad to hear yours is gig-worthy! And you won't find anything today made with Brazilian Rosewood that isn't a "Bazillion" bucks?

But do check out the newly updated 2017 Martin D-28; they have great specs. Also the D-18, which was updated in 2012...I have one of these; very nice! (Both of these now have a 1 3/4" nut.)

And if the D-35 still floats your boat (bound fingerboard, lighter top braces), I also have a 2015 D-35/50th Anniversary - great guitar with a very balanced tone and incredible trebles!

Have fun testing out the "new" old Martins!

Hammond101
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Nov 10th, 2017 10:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"+1 My college girlfriend's (now wife's) roommate had one, and I always thought it was a nice guitar, even if it wasn't the "real deal."

This is exactly how I was turned on to these guitars back in the mid '70s. My girlfriend had one she bought at the local guitar shop and I though it was outstanding. It blew the Epiphone I had at the time totally away.

I like and had an F400s 12 string for years too but gave it to my stepdaughter when I made her mom an ex...

reverend mikey
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N of I-90, E of I-29

You're old. Then vintage. Then good!
Nov 10th, 2017 11:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"This is exactly how I was turned on to these guitars back in the mid '70s. My girlfriend had one she bought at the local guitar shop and I though it was outstanding. It blew the Epiphone I had at the time totally away."

Yep - same time frame: we were in college together in '79-'81 (I graduated H.S. in '76).

BTW, my D-35/50 is the Standard version, not one of the upgraded ones. Still a great sounding guitar - I think it was the best sounding dread in the store when it came in (brand spankin' new). IMHO, of course.

(This message was last edited by reverend mikey at 02:46 PM, Nov 10th, 2017)

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