- Italo Rodriguez
helloooo im from peru, sorry if i wrote bad... by the way, Ive got a kiso suzuki guitar, it is a replica of a guild d 40, I read your blog ...and the model says WH150, kiso suzuki I search in the web and other places, but cant find info about this guitar, it sound very well! only need a change of tuners
- Italo Rodriguez
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.
I just acquired an F-100s Suzuki guitar from a Toronto pawn shop for $130.00 after taxes. It's little beat up but it sounds wonderful with a well balanced tone and excellent intonation....
Plain as it is, I like the style and feel of it. A truly enjoyable guitar to play.
Hello, I am the proud owner of a Suzuki Guitar #12 I bought at a yard sale when I was younger....I was a child when I bought it for $5.00 I am now 49 years old. I still enjoy playing it I truly like the sound. I have other guitars as well but I always come back to the Suzuki and this guitar has made it back to me 4 times. I gave it to a friend about 31 years ago and she gave it back to me about 27 years ago. I had it for awhile and then I gave it to my sister in law and she gave it back decided she didn't want to learn the guitar. Then about 20 years ago I gave it to one of my daughters who thought she wanted to learn to play and didn't so she gave it back. I gave it to my youngest daughter and she has not tried to learn to play so once again I have it and with me it will stay. I guess it is meant to be that we stay together so I have had this guitar for 44 years now I guess.
- Wayne Hall
Hi,I have attached some pictures of my guitar. It is a beautiful instrument. I purchased it in 1978 - the same year I saw Segovia play in Bletchley Leisure centre! The same town I bought the guitar. I gave up playing soon afterwards due to family, business and frustration - also week fingernails!
I have just started playing again after 32 years! I now live in the Spanish village where Segovia had his summer home (by chance!) - now owned by a good friend. I am now involved with the yearly International Guitar competition (Certamen) and get to meet and entertain the guitarists.
...The top is solid and the back/sides are rose wood - not sure what wood the top is made from - assume its spruce. The grain under the lacquer is quite pronounced. The back is made in 2 pieces - there is a joining strip inside around 15 mm wide. The two pieces are identical! The grain and colouring are a perfect mirror image. The back also has a slight double curvature. There is a serial number printed on the end of arm the inside inside the guitar - 760628. Could this be the date of manufacture? I have a friend who lives in our village - he is a Luthier, so at some stage I will ask his opinion - his name is Stephen Hill - you may of heard of him.
- Mike Ransom
I'm 55 now, and I have a 95 Taylor 410, and 6 other guitars. The Suzuki gets played more than all of the others combined. It's a beater. Years ago a guy knocked it over, and the head broke off. It's firmly re-attached (4th time was the charm + reinforcement rods inserted) and still plays great. I replaced the bone in the bridge a while back, and filed it for perfect intonation. I had to offset a piece on the high E string to get it right. Then I replaced the tuners, and bridge pegs. It reminds me of that guitar Willie Nelson plays with the hole in it. It's just got that feel that you like. When it was new I filed down the 0 fret a little, and the bridge also. It's got a geat action, with no buzzing. I'll send you a pic. It's not much to look at, but a joy to play. I guess they don't make them anymore? It's a shame. Most people have never heard of them, but I think they're much better than the Yamahas, and Epiphones in the same price range.
Take care, FJ
I have had a Suzuki guitar my dad bought me when I was around 12 so made in about 1980 or late 70’s. Had it now for 30+ years. Classical style with cut away. NO. SC-3000. It still plays awesome. Always my favourite guitar. Action still great.
Couple of pics attached. Pick guard is not original of course. I think I changed the keys about 20 yrs ago. Can’t remember exactly. Guitar was a damaged item. Dad paid $10. Reckons the retail was approx 5 weeks wages at the time …about $300 so in todays money maybe $3000 but that sounds like a lot for a guitar. Apparently an insurance claim. Might notice the ding near the bridge.
I asked a guitar teacher why my classical had markings on frets 5 7 10 and 12, rather than conventional 3 5 7 9 12 of the steel acoustic/electrics. I thought it was a classical thing. Off putting when doing the scales. He says it should be on the 9th , any ideas?
- Ben Wallis
I wrote you in August last year ... about my Nagoya Suzuki...
It´s a really a nice guitar, but I am not so happy with the sound. It sounds a bit “cold”.
What I read about the stories about other Suzuki Guitars it should be a great sound, but I am not sure what the problem is. Maybe the strings I am using at the moment. I have to ask other players what they think and maybe go with it to a guitar shop...Besides the unsatisfying sound at the moment I really like it....(reply) I bought some other, medium light (in compare to extra light I had before) strings today and already helped a lot. Also they are a different brand and have been a bit more expensive. It´s much better now.
Also I am glad that I am not the only one with that kind of experience. After all I read so far everybody loved the sound of their Suzukis.
- Steve Appenowitz
I bought an old arch-top guitar, and I love it. On the inside of the guitar there is a label from the Suzuki Violin Co.Ltd. The guitar's no is P-15.
...I really like this guitar a lot.
- Flip Vermaak
I'm living in Hong Kong of China ,I've just got this Kiso Suzuki guitar in local second hand shop but I surfed through the internet and couldn't find much detail information about this guitar .So I want to the share the photos to figure out what the serial no .means inside the gtr.(which is labeled W-65DA )
The sound of the guitar is quite good that the action and intonation is in perfect condition .but it doesn't look like the top model.
I played over night the first day i got it ,which means it sounds great although it may not compete with my another Epiphone FT 145 ,it has special sounds ,like to know more soon ,thanks!
- Alfie Huen