This is a vintage 1976 Tama 3563 “Rosewood Renaissance” flat top acoustic guitar. This particular example, serial number 5114387, is in fair original condition and includes the original hard shell case. This lawsuit-era acoustic was proudly boasted as Tama’s “finest dreadnought guitar,” and it’s ornate appointments are nearly identical to those of a Martin D-45. Produced by the (Tama) Seisakisho Co. in Aichi, Japan, this exotic hand-crafted instrument was made by a select group of master Japanese luthiers. Some enthusiasts feel that the refined craftsmanship of mid-’70s Japanese instruments was actually superior to concurrently produced American-made instruments, and has subsequently created a robust demand for the aforementioned Made in Japan (MIJ) instruments of all makes and models. In fact, the Tama catalog lists the 3563 with a retail price of $750 in 1974, which is partially why it is incredibly rare to find such a premium MIJ piece,.
While this guitar does display evidence of moderate playing wear and pick patina, it is in perfect structural shape, with no breaks, no repairs nor modifications. It has an added strap pin near the neck heel, a hole on the neck heel cap where a strap pin was installed and removed, and currently has a vintage acoustic pickup installed. Otherwise, it is all original.
This ’76 Tama 3563 Rosewood Renaissance (Martin D-45 copy) features; solid German spruce top, the body is entirely bound with Abalone inlay, laminated Indian rosewood back and sides, ebony bridge with pearloid leaf inlays, 3-ring rosette with Abalone center ring, Ebony fingerboard with “Ivory and Pearl” tree of life inlay, Martin D-45 style appointments, black plastic pickguard, gold-plated “smooth tuner” machines like those found on Ibanez guitars from the same era and the original hard case.
With rich and balanced projection, this guitar is quite good sounding. The hand-carved neck feels great, and the overall performance is fantastic. The bridge saddle is slightly too low, and while it feels great when being played in open and lower positions, it begins to fret out when played higher. The neck is perfectly straight, and with a very uninvasive budge setup, this guitar will play better than new. This Tama 3563 does not display any bridge bellying, bridge lifting, nor neck bowing. It will make a great addition to any existing arsenal, don’t miss out!