Thanks for putting up your blog. My first guitar was a Suzuki. I was ten years old in 1971. My parents bought it for me for either $30 or $60, I can't remember which. It was low quality and high action but I didn't know anything about guitars and was happy to have it. My next guitar was a Takamine. It was also made in Japan, but in 1978. You mention a "lawsuit" model guitar in your blog. The Takamine F360S was that guitar. It was an exact copy of a Martin. The ads for it stated that if you covered up the name nobody could tell the difference. Martin did not bring a lawsuit. What actually happened is they complained to Takamine because the lettering on the headstock was identical to the lettering Martin used. One said Martin, the other Takamine. Martin may have had the lettering copywrited or registered as a trademark, I'm not sure. Anyway Takamine agreed to change the lettering. They also changed the shape of their headstocks. No legal action was taken but the legend of the "lawsuit" model was born and the story is still circulated. Thanks for you excellent site.