How to Identify the Model of a Takamine Acoustic/Electric Guitar

By Carl Hose

Takamine guitars are Japanese-produced guitars of mid-level quality and affordable prices. The Takamine Guitar company came into existence in 1962 and in 1978 became one of the first companies to produce acoustic/electric guitars. Rather than model names, Takamine guitars are given numbers for identification. Finding and identifying these numbers can help you determine the model of your Takamine guitar, as well as important information regarding the date your guitar was created.

Find well-lit area where you will be able to see inside the body of your Takamine. You will look through the soundhole beneath the strings. There should be an ink-stamped label with information regarding your guitar.

Identify the top set of numbers inked on the label inside your guitar. You will see an eight digit number located here. The first two digits indicate the year your guitar was made, the second two digits represent the month, the third set of digits represent the day, and the last two digits indicates which number your guitar was manufactured as on that particular day. This information can be helpful in determining the model of your guitar if the model number is unclear.

Look immediately following, or just below the information regarding manufacture date of your instrument, and you will see the model number. Takamine guitars have only numbers to indicate model. These model numbers usually consist of five digits, followed by a hyphen, and ending with another letter. The five digits preceding the hyphen may be a combination of letters or numbers. An LH in the model number indicates a left-handed model guitar.

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Visit the offical Takamine website for PDF catalogs that include pictures and model numbers as well as manufacturing information about Takamine guitars.

About the Author

Carl Hose is the author of the anthology "Dead Horizon" and the the zombie novella "Dead Rising." His work has appeared in "Cold Storage," "Butcher Knives and Body Counts," "Writer's Journal," and "Lighthouse Digest.". He is editor of the "Dark Light" anthology to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities.