condition: excellent make / manufacturer: Tama model name / number: TG-80
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Tama dreadnoughts are well-known in certain circles, and make tremendous "players" guitars. They offer superior quality at their price point, and traditionally out preform guitars selling for over twice their price. This model TG-80 is essentially a Martin D-18 clone, and feels and sounds like a '60's D-18. There are refinements over a D-18, however, in that the back of the headstock has a diamond "volute". The binding on the body is also a little fancier than the Martin. The lower bout is a full 16", like on a Gibson jumbo. Tama guitars from this period also have a very cool and instantly recognizable pickguard and bridge.
The top is solid German spruce, and x-braced. The top does have one professionally repair crack below the bridge. The back, sides, and neck are solid mahogany. The fretboard is rosewood and the bridge is ebony. The lower bout is 16" across and the maximum depth of the body is 4 3/8" at the endpin. Its neck is totally 1960's Martin in feel with a mild-medium soft C/V hybrid shape, shallow radius to the fretboard, and 1 11/16" nut width. Its 25 1/4" scale length is comparable to a Martin dreadnought.
Tama guitars came with their in-house "locking tuners." This guitar appears to be 100% original, with no alterations. The rosewood headstock veneer is "stacked" with a couple of layers under it, making the trim a little more deluxe at the headstock. The "T" logo inlay is abalone. The dots are pearl and note that the binding has multiple laminations both on the top/back and at the sides. The neck has a non-adjustable truss rod, just like a '50s-'70s Martin. The neck is dead straight and would take mediums just fine. It's currently strung with 54-12 lights right now and sounds great. This guitar is equipped with a brand new Martin hard shell case.