The Taka was purchased for a song in 1979, when I was pregnant with our first child. My husband was working for the Sunset-Gower movie studio at the main desk, and someone came in who wanted to unload it in a hurry. (Suspicious, anyone?) He told Bruce he'd sell it to us for $65, and I hurried right down with cash in hand and asked no questions. It's been a dreamy instrument to play, great sound (if imperfect action) and pretty styling. It looks like a Gibson J-185, but I'm not expert enough to know exactly which jumbo version it was modeled after.
|Photo found online, I don't have the box or songbooks.|
The other mini guitars are a motley crew: there's a Russian mini guitar (the one with the birds), a Mexican souvenir guitar (the one with the flowers). I also have my original, first instrument ever: a Harmony ukulele, which I bought with Blue Chip Stamps when I was 12. It's in pretty rough shape, but I can't bear to part with it. The last instrument is a toy guitar or ukulele- it's made of tin, painted red, and has a cardboard fretboard. I love it, it's so cute!