Tom Wimsatt wrote: ↑
Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:44 pm
eno wrote: ↑
Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:49 pm
Another Takamine lover here. I played C128 for many years and loved it. Then upgraded to quite a few other guitars including 1976 C136S (bought it for $650, that was a bargain). Although Bernabe is my primary guitar I would still rate the C136S to be the second after Bernabe. It has beautiful and strong sound, excellent playability and workmanship, beautiful BRW patterns (see here
). I also refinished it with shellac and it noticeably improved the sound.
Hello eno. I've wondered how these models (128, 132, 136) differ. I'm impressed with your decision to refinish your 136. Was this done to the soundboard only? I've thought about doing this also. What type of finish was originally on it? Did you strip it off?
I don't think C128 model even existed in 70s, mine 128 was from 2001. C128 is different from 132-150, it sounds quite different, 128 is spruce, 132-150 are all cedar, etc. Here is the info
that I found on the net about the Takamine guitars and the differences within 132-150 family, I'm not sure that all it says it true, it's just what I found. This text says that C136S is a copy of Ramirez 1A but it's not exactly true, C136S has Kohno-style parallel bracing (as opposed to fan-style Ramirez bracing).
I only refinished the soundboard and yes, I stripped the old nitro polish. French polishing was fun (as long as you have some skills to do that) but stripping the nitro was NOT fun. If you ever decide to do that make sure you do it outside and wear a good face mask, it's toxic.