#1
I knew it was a nice guitar but I didn't realize it was *so* nice. I have the EXACT SAME one (signed and everything), which I watched my dad play throughout my childhood...he got it from a neighbor of ours, in the early '70's. In the ad it says it's one of only 4 made at that time. That can only mean mine is one of the 4! Kind of exciting to me.

http://www.finefretted.com/html/1970_tamura_p_150.html
#2
Quote by Theresse
I knew it was a nice guitar but I didn't realize it was *so* nice. I have the EXACT SAME one (signed and everything), which I watched my dad play throughout my childhood...he got it from a neighbor of ours, in the early '70's. In the ad it says it's one of only 4 made at that time. That can only mean mine is one of the 4! Kind of exciting to me.

http://www.finefretted.com/html/1970_tamura_p_150.html

Congratulations. Be sure to keep it properly humidified and maintained, and you'll have a lasting investment (even one that you can pass on to your children).
Sincerely, Chad.
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#4
Very nice guitar Solid Brazilian rosewood back and sides is the top of the line stuff nowadays.
#5
Thanks guys. Well you're going to be disappointed in me...

Unfortunately mine isn't worth much monetarily because it's been a little to a lot abused, depending on how you look at it (most likely, the latter!). My dad (who to this day still can't forgive himself) used it as a flamenco guitar and tapped and scratched it during playing...all in one spot. And then -- here's the real killer -- my dad wanted to keep his nice hard shell case so gave it to me in a cheap cardboard type case (with pretty much no liner - just some thin, thin, thin foam) which I was stupid enough to leave it in since my hard shell fit my steel string. When I wasn't using the Tamura it was propped up in a corner of the living room and three years ago my (then) three year old accidentally knocked the case over when the guitar was in it. The result was that there's a nice clean horizontal crack/break between the bridge and the top of the neck. That's why I looked up the value of one in good shape, because I'm taking it in today to get "fixed" by a place that deals solely with repairing guitars and nothing else and I guess it got me curious about its value (not that it will ever be remotely the same).

It's a nice enough break that it will be playable again easily, even if it will be valuable only sentimentally. Definitely worth fixing though as I've played it my whole life and my my dad played it throughout my childhood and it's got a lovely, lovely sound and is a pure joy to play. I figure I'll play it to the ground. That said, after it's been repaired, I'll make sure to keep the case in another room where the kids can't get to it, and I'll care for it more like you care for the frail and dying. Old and a little ugly, with a surgery under its belt, but still lovable (to me) and good to have lots and lots of conversations with - just like my grandmother was. I've always played more classical than rock/folk/blues so it'll be great to get back to playing classical again, and at least it's a "gentler" kind of music to play on it (one could argue - for the most part).

Still...such a cryin' shame....

(this post was edited: originally I wrote that my 2 year old had taken it out of the case and knocked it over but I thought about it and remembered two things: he was 3, and he never took it out of the case!)
Last edited by Theresse at Apr 4, 2008,
#6
Chad, how do I keep it properly humidified? Do you actually mean to use a humidifier?
#7
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Chad, how do I keep it properly humidified? Do you actually mean to use a humidifier?

Yes. I'd also wipe it with a microfiber cloth and keep it in a case. Use the search bar or Google to find information on properly humidifying a guitar. Also might want to use lemon oil on the fretboard and bridge to condition it properly and keep the wood in good condition.
Sincerely, Chad.
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#8
Thanks. I have some sort of guitar oil/cleaner but it's been about 9 or 10 years since I got it so it might need to be replaced. I'll look up the other info...
#9
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Thanks. I have some sort of guitar oil/cleaner but it's been about 9 or 10 years since I got it so it might need to be replaced. I'll look up the other info...

Just buy a bottle of lemon oil. It's great for all unfinished wood, and a bottle will last you a lifetime.
Sincerely, Chad.
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#10
when buying lemon oil, do you need to get a special one for guitar or any furniture kind?? and what kind of oil/spray do you use for the body??

sorry for taking over your thread, just thought I should ask since I didnt know...
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#11
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when buying lemon oil, do you need to get a special one for guitar or any furniture kind?? and what kind of oil/spray do you use for the body??

sorry for taking over your thread, just thought I should ask since I didnt know...

I buy a bottle of regular lemon oil for use in any unfinished wood. I know that Pledge has a brand of this, so do many mom and pop places. Bottom line, you do NOT want diluted polish. You just want lemon oil; it should say this on the bottle.

I do not use any oil or spray on the body. I only use my breath and a microfiber cloth. This works perfectly and does not harm my finish.
Sincerely, Chad.
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