My Takamine Guitars

Converted Guitar and Lawsuit Takamine

I love gospel music!  The song I learned recently is Worthy Is the Lamb, sung on Youtube by Miriam Webster from Hillsong.  It is so worshipful.  I played that song, When I Look Into Your Holiness, and Until Then in my devotion this morning.  Until Then, written by Stuart Hamblen was one of the tribute songs for the Japanese tsunami victims of March 11, 2011.  It was heart wrenching to hear this song for weeks after the great tragedy in Fukushima, Japan.

I have a Takamine C132S classical guitar that was ‘converted’ from a pagan to a Christian guitar.  (For real!)  At one time I had 3 guitars- a Yamaha, Washburn steel and Epiphone folk guitar, but when I moved from a large home to a condo in the city, the Yamaha and Washburn were sold in our downsizing.  Anyway, I was passing a pawn shop one day and went in to look around.  I asked the guy if he had a classical guitar; he showed me a couple in his store front that were worn and cheapies.  I persisted and asked if he had any other classical guitars.  Maybe he thought I wasn’t a serious buyer and I would walk out.  Well, he went in the back and came out with a Takamine classical which came in a tan hard cover case with heavy plush padding.  It was in mint condition; the case was covered with New Age decals.  I called my professional guitarist son to come down and check it out. Long story short, I bought the guitar which used to play in a rock band and now plays gospel music!  The kid who sold the guitar wanted to play heavy metal and needed  money to get a steel guitar!

The story of what I call myMartin Taka goes like this:  A friend in my ukulele group collects all kinds of musical instruments and I like the small neck of the steel string guitar which I missed when I sold my classic Washburn.  It was a beauty with brown tones,  had a cut out and equipped with amplifier jack.  I used to play for morning devotion and in our school assemblies when I was a teacher and accompanied my fourth graders.  After I retired I thought I would never need a steel string guitar again.  I was mistaken because I do enjoy the steel string sound.  When my friend showed me two steel string classic collector guitars, an Alvarez and Takamine, I got the Takamine for a steal.  It is very old but plays well; it is an F310S, known as the lawsuit model because Takamine used the Martin design for this model.  That’s the story of my two guitars!

I also play the ukulele and have a Yamaha keyboard.  I play my instruments by ear, and for mostly my own enjoyment.  I cannot compete with the accomplished musicians in my family!

 Note added 4-4-13-  You can read about my style of guitar playing and see photos of my guitars:

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About Shofar/Liz

I have a Christian blogsite-'God's Enduring Love' at with 'Words of Encouragement from the Bible and Liz's Journal'. Also, an art blogsite-'Art with Aloha' at 'A Journal About Art and Life. I use acrylic and oil paints, graphite pencils and pen and ink.

Posted on June 7, 2012, in Created to Praise God and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Love this story! My “Grace” was dubbed “The Beast” because the serial numbers end in 666. Martin has a letter regarding my guitar in a frame on their office wall! Once I realized that it was my lesson in grace, I renamed her on the spot. I wish I was extravagant. I’d pay to have that embedded on the face in mother of pearl! Alas, that’ll have to wait ’til heaven. People are hungry, this is no time to spend money on such frivolities.

    Thank you so much for pointing me to your story. I’m looking forward to reading more from you. I also play “by ear” – having had lessons only on my clarinet. Abba gives us such fun gifts, doesn’t He? My desire is to use what He’s given me for His glory = and His pleasure.

    May He bless you as you exalt His name through music and your blog.

    Love in Christ,
    Praise Jesus!

    • I’m glad for the name change of your Martin and your desire to give God glory by praising Him! Your guitar would lose its value if you embed any ID on it of sorts. A collector told me that when I bought my Martin Taka. He said to leave the body in its original condition. Anyway, it will cost you big bucks every time you change your 12 strings!
      God’s blessings to you, too,Tami! \o/

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