Emboldened by my experience fixing the lifted bridge on my camp guitar, I ordered out another old Takamine off the Guitar Center used gear pages. It's an F-340SD, a solid-topped, mahogany-backed "lawsuit" dread made in 1977. The D in the model number somehow indicates a sunburst finish; I've always thought I'd like to have one of these. The website listed the instrument's condition as "fair", but the pictures looked pretty good, no "relicking" that I could see. The price was well below what I've seen for others, so I hit the buy button without calling the store to ask about it, although I knew there would be issues. . . . The guitar arrived yesterday, before we arrived home from a short trailer trip to the redwoods. It's really beautiful, looks-wise. It has a very visible crack on its top, but beyond that it doesn't look like it's been played much in the 42 years since it was built. That doesn't surprise me, because it would explain the "fair" rating, and I'm pretty sure I can cleat that without any trouble. I tuned it up, and despite the fact that the strings are obviously past their prime, it plays nicely and sounds great. I took off the strings and discovered a new "perfection", as my favorite poet would call it: the bridge plate is all chewed up. I don't know what must have caused such a mess, but it's going to need fixing. Time to study up again on my guitar-repair skills. I guess I'll string it up one more time while I do that, in case it's years before I get up the confidence to attack the repair job. I don't think that will make it any worse, and as I said before, I've always wanted one of these. . . .