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Subject: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Naemanson
Date: 25 May 02 - 11:12 AM

Well, I've been a bad boy. I made an early trip to the dump this morning and stopped at a yard sale. In the garage I found a T. Haruo 12 String guitar for $70. The neck seems nice and straight, the action seems good and when I played it hard (as hard as I ever play) I heard no buzzing of strings. I saw no cracks in the body.

The label inside has the maker's name, T. Haruo, and a serial number and the model number, T-20-12. there are 20 frets and between the 19th and the 20th is a mother of pearl inlay with T. HARUA engraved on it.

So I bought it.

Now I'd like to know something about the guitar. My internet search located two old bulleting board messages one of which indicated the T. Haruo used to work for Yamaha but left to build guitars on his own. The guitars mentioned in the messages were both purchased in the 70's.

The family I bought the guitar from is apparently a Navy family. I believe they might have purchased the guitar while in Japan.

So, what do we know about this?


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Naemanson
Date: 27 May 02 - 08:13 PM

Refresh.

I do have some more information. The guitar was purchased at a Sam Goody in New York about 10 years ago. I still don't know anything about these guitars nor does it appear does anyone else.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 28 May 02 - 12:33 AM

Naemanson, a search revealed this comment on Haruo Guitars. If you click the guy's name, you can send him an e mail about his. Maybe he has some info by now.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: little john cameron
Date: 28 May 02 - 01:13 AM

Not too much to be had.It seems that everyone who has one of these it pleased with it.Here's what I could fine.Maybe the same as fou got.guitar


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Haruo
Date: 28 May 02 - 01:23 AM

You might PM masato and ask him if he can find anything; my guess is the real scoop is somewhere on the Web, but all written in Japanese.

Liland


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Naemanson
Date: 28 May 02 - 03:10 PM

Thanks guys, I'll start my Japanese lessons when I finish with Italian [Grin].

This is probably not much of a guitar to those who know guitars but I like it and that is really what it's all about.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Mudjack
Date: 29 May 02 - 03:36 PM

If you think you might want to sell it, oh! let me have a shot at it. I acquired my six string in the mid eighties. I have searched and searched the web and have no more information that has been previously offered in this thread. My T Harua is made of an African hi-brid rosewood also called jacaranda and trimmed out with abalone inlays. I really get favorable comments when people hear it voiced. Even more impressive is how it feels when played. I think you have acquired a wonderful instrument and like mine will never be monetarily appreciated as well as the well known brand names. Who cares about that kind of value, If it plays and sounds good, Its a keeper to me .
Mudjack


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Francy
Date: 29 May 02 - 04:31 PM

I had a 6-string Haruo in the 80's and it was a wonderful instrument....The only reason I didn't keep it was I got a Martin D35..........Like Mudjack.....If it sounds good, it's it's solid,,,, no cracks or anything....It's a player........My second guitar is an Alvarez solid top and I put the sound of the Haruo as good, if not better than the Alvarez............ Frank of Toledo


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Naemanson
Date: 30 May 02 - 10:28 AM

Here is what I have received for information on my inquiries from the people who posted to that bulletin board:

Esmond's message
Here's the message I got from my query which clears up the mystery, except where the master is now. I hope you enjoy your guitar as much as I have mine. So that's five of us so far. I've e-mailed Fred to let him know there's another lucky person in the club.

(Fred's answer to Esmond)
Here's what I've learned about the T. Haruo axes. A post on the vintage guitar site by Peter Berge was asking the same questions we are and mentioned that he heard a rumor that the builder used to work for Yamaha. I followed this up and called Yamaha, finally connecting with a guy named Ken in Hollywood, CA who has worked with Yamaha for some time. He confirmed that "Terry" Haruo was one of the best builders that Yamaha ever had and that he tried to make a go of it by himself but ultimately didn't succeed financially (where's the justice in that?). Ken told me that he also has one of Terry's axes, known for their quality and tone. So, that's about it; Ken isn't sure where Terry is now or what he's doing. We're lucky to have found what we have.

Alfred's message
as i had posted, i had heard (can't remember where) that T. Haruo guitars were made by someone who used to work for yamaha. i subsequently followed that lead and spoke with a manager who worked for yamaha guitars in hollywood, ca. he confirmed that "terry" haruo had in fact been one of yamaha's best guitar builders and had made a go at starting his own company. i'm not sure how long he lasted on his own until he encountered money/business problems. in any event, his guitars were of very high quality and i agree that you probably got a great deal. have fun with it.

Bob's message
Brett, good luck finding out anything about your Haruo, it's completely impossible. Nobody on Earth can find out anything. If I told you the extent to which I tried to find out about the guitar, you would laugh! I've contacted every major music hub in The US and elsewhere, New york, Nashville, L.A., Detroit etc. I 've contacted many people in Japan including the Japanese luthiers association. Nobody knows anything. So far, you are about the 5th person I heard of that owns one, we are all trying to find out something, anything and come up zero every time. So... good luck and if u do hear anything, please let me know. I still have mine, bought in a pawn shop in L.A. about 10 yrs. ago for $300. how much did u pay for yours? I think it's worth close to $1500, $1700 dollars. Because... it's as good as any guitar I've played that goes for that kind of money. But, you'd never get that for it if u sell it because nobody's ever heard of it. If you ever want to sell yours, please let me know. Thanx and keep me posted. – Bob
P.S. if u hear the rumor that Haruo worked for Ibanez and made a few of his own guitars, forget about it, Ibanez says... no way.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Naemanson
Date: 31 May 02 - 10:44 AM

Refreshed, not because I think someone is not telling me what they know but because people need to be on the lookout for these guitars.

If you find one and it is for sale, buy it! My Haruo is one sweet guitar and the few other owners I have found all agree with me. You will not be sorry.

Sure, Martin and Guild are nice guitars but for what you pay for that name you can buy a LOT more guitar if you can divorce yourself from the brand name.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,curcio
Date: 18 Feb 04 - 01:58 PM

I purchased a T. Haruo 12 string guitar new in 1978 at Sam Goodys in New York for $200. It is model T-10-12 and apprently was the 13th guitar off the line (I was told that the number 13, found under the pick guard which came off many, many years ago was the maker's identifciation for this).

I still have this guitar. It is beautiful, well actioned, well toned and seems to get better with age. Never a buzz or bad note. Most definitely one of the most under-valued and under-appreciated acoustic guitars out there. I have no idea how many were manufactered, what the history of the maker is or any of that information. I just know it is a great guitar that I will always keep.

I will continue to search for more information on this brand.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Naemanson
Date: 18 Feb 04 - 03:27 PM

Wow! You are the only person I've found with another Haruo 12. I'm curious. What is the serial number on the label in the sound hole? As I understand it the serial numbers given to instruments do not follow any set procedure. Some makers serialize all their instruments no matter what they are. Others have specific numbers for specific types of instruments.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 18 Feb 04 - 10:47 PM

CLICK HERE for a picture of same model Haruo 12 as Brett's.

Just judging by the headstock inlay on the guitar in the above link, I think Sam Bush has (or at least had) a Haruo 6-string D. I got to do a little backstage jamming with Sam and Bela Fleck back toward the end of the New Grass Revival days and Sam was playing what I thought was a Randy Woods guitar. I was familiar with Randy's guitars because a friend has one and the headstock inlay was very similar. When I asked Sam about the guitar he said that it was just a cheap thing he had picked up while on tour in Japan but he liked the sound so much that it had become his regular "road" guitar. If Sam's guitar isn't a Haruo, there's more than one Japanese builder using the same headstock inlay.

Bruce


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,curcio
Date: 20 Feb 04 - 09:51 PM

In response to your request, my T-10-12 12 string has serial number 57935 and the number "13" on the front under the place where the pickguard used to be. How about yours?

Have you been able to find out anything else about these guitars? I think mine just keeps getting better with age and I would never part with it at this point.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Naemanson
Date: 21 Feb 04 - 03:40 AM

I used to have the number memorized. I think it is number 212,5something. I cannot check it because I am in the office but I will try to get the right number on the thread.

Nice guitar, isn't it?


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Mudjack
Date: 28 Feb 04 - 01:28 AM

Okay Bee-dubya-ell,
You would have to post a clicky thing up there for me to go see. I bought the guitar pictured, expect delivery Wed. I need another guitar like I need another leg.
But I really have to say "Thanks" for alerting me to it. It is a good price for any 12 stg guitar. To buy off the internet is not my recomendation. I always tell folks they should listen to the guitar and hear how it voices before buying.
If it barks like a dog, I'll just have to let it go to the next " I just have to have a twelve string guitar", guy or gal.
Steve at his shop is really easy to work with. Answered any and all questions and was very quick to respond.
Mudjack


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 28 Feb 04 - 12:32 PM

Sorry about that, Mudjack. It wasn't my intention to give you a GAS attack. *G* Hope you enjoy it.

Bruce


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Naemanson
Date: 24 Mar 04 - 07:53 PM

I've been away and haven't followed the thread. Did you receive the guitar Mudjack? Do you like it?


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Don
Date: 08 Mar 07 - 10:48 AM

I am looking to buy or Trade for a T.Haruo 12 string Acoustic, I   have to sell or Trade a Alvarez Yairi Dy76-12 string.
Interested Parties contact: donsjohns@yahoo.com

Thanks Don


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Naemanson
Date: 09 Mar 07 - 05:43 PM

Sorry Don, but you can have one of my children but not my Haruo.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Steve Blakeley
Date: 12 Apr 07 - 02:13 PM

I also have a model 100 6 string Harou, I am in Arizona and acquired the guitar from my ex-wife's relative in the 1980's. Just wanted to be included in the collection of people who own one.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Naemanson
Date: 12 Apr 07 - 06:44 PM

Welcome to what must be a pretty exclusive club.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Mudjack
Date: 13 Apr 07 - 02:00 PM

Here is a really belated answer to Naemanson, I got the 12 stg guitar and tried playing it for about six months. It sounded great but the extra width was more than I could deal with. So I let my neighbor have it for the same amount I had paid.She loves the 12 stg but I think she is not playing it as much as it deserves. Let's face it, guitars need our constant attention and care.
I still have my T.Harua 6 string and it has me spoiled.
Sorry about not responding way back in 04.
Mudjack


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Apr 07 - 08:09 PM

I just got a t-20-12
Love it
Rajesh


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,mmurbach
Date: 27 May 07 - 10:27 PM

I have a six string model #40 that will be going up for sale as soon as I can get a value for it. Right now its between $1500-3500. You guys aren't alone in owning these. I was at another forum (http://www.guitarseminars.com/ubb/Forum1/HTML/000758.html) until the moderator there thought it was a ploy to sell these on ebay and shut the thread down. Funny thing is, nobody was offering to sell theirs. I'm only considering selling mine because of a neurological disease that causes me to shake violently, therefor I can no longer play.
mmurbach@hotmail.com


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Jeff Remender
Date: 14 Jun 07 - 07:26 PM

I have a model T-30 6 string that my family gave me 27 years ago for my high school graduation. I've looked all over the web, & found little just like everyone else. I have since bought a Takamine that I've played more in recent years. I just re-strung the old girl last night, cleaned it up, and played it. Wow, it sounds great! Like everyone who has one, I will never part with it. One of my kids will probably take it to the Antiques Road Show someday. I'm very curious as to it's value.....anyone?


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Naemanson
Date: 17 Jun 07 - 06:01 AM

A luthier once told me my 12-string would go for about $700-$900. I paid $70 for it. I have the feeling you could get a Haruo guitar for pennies and once you did you'd never let go of it... which is why you can't find any out there.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Roughyed
Date: 17 Jun 07 - 01:50 PM

It's noticeable if you look at the not very many threads around the net on Haruo guitars the number of owners who add 'and mine's not for sale'. I think you're right Naemanson, no one is letting them go. And mine's not for sale either.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,David Fishel
Date: 17 Jul 07 - 11:23 PM

Howdy all -- I thought I'd throw in my little Haruo history -- it reads much like everyone else's.... I've always wanted to find out more about its history and the craftsman that made it.

I found my Model 50 in a pawnshop in Provo, UT somewhere around 1983-ish. Think I paid $200 for it with hardshell case -- but I loved the way it sounded. Still do. (Like pretty much everyone else on this thread, it's NOT for sale!) It was WAY less than a third the price of the comparably built Martins. I think the Model 50 is basically a D-28...

A couple things that make it rather unusual are 1) it has brass nut and brass saddle, which makes it both loud and bright (as one fellow I used to play gigs with said "man,that thing really BARKS!" (in a good way of course) and 2) unlike the pictures I've seen with all the mother of pearl inlay, mine is pretty plain, except for the joint on the back. The back seems to be book-matched rosewood with an intricate multi-color wood mosaic inlay running up the seam. If I can figure out how to link a pic I will. Never seen anything like it.

This guitar has seen a lot of miles, and now my teenage son has learned to play on it. I cannot imagine what it would cost to replace it with something comparable (I keep playin' 'em and I just don't find anything that is truly comparable -- even the Martins don't have the same voice. Must be 25 years of playing it, eh?)

Best regards to all you fellow Haruo-people. And absolutely best regards to T. Haruo, wherever & whoever he may be.

Dave


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Naemanson
Date: 18 Jul 07 - 10:58 AM

Great guitars.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Abu
Date: 20 Aug 07 - 12:51 AM

I have a Model #50 Haruo that I am going to attempt to learn on. It is my mom's guitar that my dad bought for her back in the late 70's. Story is that my dad bought it from a guitar shop in San Diego for $500.

This one has the flower pot inlay and brass tuners. My mom has the original case, athough it needs to be replaced because it didn't hold up too well. The guitar however is in perfect condition and I am told it has great sound.

Nice to read about other owners. This guitar will never be for sale, but it is interesting to read about its history.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Amos Keene
Date: 27 Aug 07 - 06:06 PM

I'm in the process of buying a t-30 6 string off of a 72 year old that is a dictionary on gutairs and he knows nothing about it what should i pay for the guitar?


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Naemanson
Date: 28 Aug 07 - 06:31 AM

Anything he asks and then treasure it forever.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Amos Keene
Date: 28 Aug 07 - 05:12 PM

I've heard that but how much are they worth i dont want to get burnt


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Amos Keene
Date: 29 Aug 07 - 01:11 PM

Im just learning to play and this will be my first guitar.I know nothing about guitars thats why I'm asking these questions.I know you said to pay him whatever he wants but how much would you pay for one in good condition.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Naemanson
Date: 30 Aug 07 - 05:56 AM

I can't answer that myself. As I said in my first post i only paid $70 for my 12-string. A friend, who is also a luthier, looked at it, played it, and suggested a selling price of $900.

Compare the guitar to new Martins. If the price is similar or lower take it, you are not getting burned.

Take an electronic tuner and tune it up. Just pick individual strings. Listen for the sweetness of the sound. If it appeals to you, go for it.

Press the strings as you would if playing it. Are they easy to hold down? Can you spread out to the frets you usually use (for those of us who do not play well that is usually only three or four frets)? If so take it.

Your best bet is to compare the guitar with other used guitars in music shops. I'm guessing this is a pretty good deal. If not you still will not regret it.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Amos Keene
Date: 30 Aug 07 - 05:09 PM

Thanks for the info.Do you know how many of the t-30's were made?I can't figure out why the man selling the guitar dosen't know anything about it.He has traded and sold guitars his whole life and any guitar you ask him about he can tell you everything about it.All the way to who first designed them.Evrything you ask him he can answer except for the t.haruo.It just dosen't make any sense to me.Have you seen any sold on ebay?If so how much did they go for?Again I appreciate the info.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Naemanson
Date: 31 Aug 07 - 02:39 AM

Don't worry about lack of knowledge. Nobody knows anything about these guitars. I started this thread to find out something. Notice the date on the first post. May 25, 2002. I believe this thread contains all the condensed knowledge of these guitars. If you find more please post it here.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST, Amos Keene
Date: 31 Aug 07 - 05:19 PM

I'll post any info I find here but you never told me how much you would pay for one.I just don't want to pay a price that I regret later.Again thanks for the info.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Naemanson
Date: 01 Sep 07 - 03:46 AM

For me paying price is dependent on a lot of variables including how much I have in my wallet at the time. I really hesitated on paying $70 for the 12 but have never regretted it.

Other factors include what I have in the current stable of guitars, what music I'm playing at the time, and, yes, what my wife will say if I bring another home.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Roughyed
Date: 01 Sep 07 - 05:07 PM

I think you need help to value the guitar. The problem is that they are literally priceless to the people who have them, in that they won't sell them but they are not a 'name' guitar so there is no real market to compare them.

If you can find someone who plays and you can trust, get them to play a few Martins and other quality guitars and note the prices, then try the Haruo. I suspect you'll find it's a bargain.

Naemonson is right, I don't think there is any other significant information about them that isn't included in this thread. Good luck, I hope you can buy it and you get as much pleasure from it as I have from mine.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Amos Keene
Date: 02 Sep 07 - 01:31 AM

Thanks,I'll keep in contact


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Naemanson
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 03:52 AM

Let us know what you do. If you choose not to buy the guitar you could give us the contact number so we can make a run at it.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Amos Keene
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 09:57 PM

I decided not to buy it the guys number is (276)964-4334 it's a t-30 well that what he told me his name is dwayne


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Naemanson
Date: 12 Oct 07 - 09:07 PM

Check this out!

It's an auction for an advertisement for T. Haruo Guitars!


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,REA
Date: 22 Dec 07 - 08:51 PM

I just found this thread and was reading thru the posts and I'd thought I'd put my 2 cents worth of what I know.

Back in '82, I taught guitar at a small studio in Roy, Ut. The owner had connections to the distributors for all kinds of musical instruments. We got this flyer from Pennino Music, Ca..about a sale on handmade guitars..I looked and on the spot ordered a T-100 12 & a T-150 6 ... $500 for both guitars with hardshell cases. What a deal!! Within 6 months, the 12 string (which had the 'tree of life' inlayed on the neck) front started cracking and then went off. Ruined the guitar. I contacted Pennino, and they said that all they had was a T-50 12 to replace the cracked one. They sent it to me and a $100 check. Essentially paying $100 for the 12 and $300 for the 6, and the T-150 if I remember right, was listed at around $1200 back then.

So that is what I have now. The T-150 is beautiful, plays wonderful and sounds better and richer than guitars 3x as much. Go to myspace page and click in my pics to see some shots of it... REA . Bookend matched, pearl inlay. The T-50 12 is one of the best 12 strings I've ever played, but pretty plain compared to the T-150. Both guitars just seem to have gotten better sounding with age. As with others on this thread, I will never sell mine. They are my work-horses..

I just wish someone would own up to these guitars. Must be some real money involved to keep this quality of a guitar under wraps. Probably part of the Martin suit settlement....???

REA
T-Haruo T-150 signature 6
T-Haruo T-50 12
Takamine 98 LTD 6


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,REA
Date: 22 Dec 07 - 09:05 PM

Sorry...I didn't realize you had to be signed up for a myspace acct. to get into my pics. Still love my T.Haruos!!


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Paulo Gusmao
Date: 03 Jan 08 - 11:20 AM

Hello. One more T.Haruo owner here, from Portugal. Mine's a 6-string model 80 (1976), and I can't remember exactly how much I payed for it almost 30 years ago (but I guess around $100-150). Only had a small fret job done on it. I love the delicate sound and the elegant looks, and don't intend to sell it.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Naemanson
Date: 04 Jan 08 - 07:35 PM

There seems to be a high degree of loyalty to the Haruo guitar. I wonder how many other makes inspire such loyalty. I can understand someone who is loyal to a particular guitar because of its sound, its age, or its sentimental value.

Do any of us know a Haruo owner who doesn't really care about his/her instrument? Is this sample only those who are loyal?


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,sanka
Date: 07 Jan 08 - 04:48 PM

i read all these postings and bought one...a T-30-12 string. beautiful...strung it left handed...still sounds great.Thanks for all the info.
sanka


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Naemanson
Date: 08 Jan 08 - 05:33 AM

Good luck to you and your new friend.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,REA
Date: 10 Jan 08 - 01:19 AM

Just to enclose a link to pics of both my T.Haruos that I posted about earlier:Haruos


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Feb 08 - 08:43 PM

Well, I recently acquired a T. HARUO 6 string large bodied guitar. I bought it with the idea of possibly selling it, but after reading all these posts and other info on HARUO guitars, and playing it, I really want to hold on to it. I also had a friend play it who is more hip to guitars and he felt it had a better voice, better action and fretted better (especially high up on the neck) than most Martins. Wow, bless Terry Haruo wherever he may be. Looks like these axes could become the holey grail for the people lucky enough to have experience one. I would really look forward to anyone else telling of there experience with one.
It is a thrill (cheap thrill, that is) (: or is it :)


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Naemanson
Date: 14 Feb 08 - 04:50 AM

I started this thread with the following post. I still don't know very much about them but you are right about these guitars being well worth the money. I know there are Martin devotees who will not agree but my 12 outplays anything I've tried with the M-word on it.

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May 25, 2002

Well, I've been a bad boy. I made an early trip to the dump this morning and stopped at a yard sale. In the garage I found a T. Haruo 12 String guitar for $70. The neck seems nice and straight, the action seems good and when I played it hard (as hard as I ever play) I heard no buzzing of strings. I saw no cracks in the body.

The label inside has the maker's name, T. Haruo, and a serial number and the model number, T-20-12. there are 20 frets and between the 19th and the 20th is a mother of pearl inlay with T. HARUO engraved on it.

So I bought it.

Now I'd like to know something about the guitar. My internet search located two old bulleting board messages one of which indicated the T. Haruo used to work for Yamaha but left to build guitars on his own. The guitars mentioned in the messages were both purchased in the 70's.

The family I bought the guitar from is apparently a Navy family. I believe they might have purchased the guitar while in Japan.

So, what do we know about this?


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Britt
Date: 27 Feb 08 - 10:50 PM

I loved my Haruo T10-12. It's a fine instrument. But I have something else that I now love better: a National 12-string steel-bodied Delphi. It better suits the music I play.

So my Haruo, in fine condition with case, is for sale. I can get pics, sound bites, etc, if any one is interested.

I've got no idea what to ask for it.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Naemanson
Date: 29 Feb 08 - 06:25 PM

I suggest you post this as a separate thread. There are enough people in Maine who wanted my 12 that you might get some interest there. What country are you in? What part of that country? I wish I lived close enough.

As for price go see a luthier. He or she might be able to advise you.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Britt
Date: 01 Mar 08 - 11:49 AM

I live in East Tennessee, about 50 miles east of Knoxville, in Morristown, TN, with two guitars and two cats, but only the Haruo model 10-12 is for sale. If I put it on Ebay, no one will know what it is, and it won't bring what I truly know it is worth.

As I said before, can get pics and sound bites.

Thanks,

Britt


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - Another owner here!
From: GUEST,Cecilia
Date: 24 Mar 08 - 03:49 PM

How completely interesting! My dad bought me a T. Harou 12-string back in 1978/9 from Sam Ash in NY...I have in my head that he paid about $800 for it, but I was only a little kid, so I could remember wrong. It seems like an awful lot of $$ for him to shell out, but at the time it made sense that he would spend the $$, and I remember him taking some "famous" local musician with him to get just the right guitar for me for Xmas.

Anyway, this guitar came up this weekend as my husband and I were housecleaning. It's been sitting in its case for YEARS and only played on occasion by a friend who loves guitars. Other than 1 broken string (which happened very recently), it's in great condition.

I haven't played for years, and it seems like such a waste for it to just sit there, but emotionally I'm torn with the idea of selling it....but we could use the space in our little condo (I'm in California now)....


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Cameron
Date: 27 Mar 08 - 07:17 PM

Let me tell you my story...

My dad bought this guitar for my mom in the early 70's. She learned to play on it, as well as myself when I was young, and my younger brother as well. It was an amazing guitar, that I could never quite match with other purchases.

My mother finally about a year ago gave the guitar to my younger brother (I'm 28, he was 20) and he learned to play on it. Carried that damn thing around with him wherever he went.

Then a turn of fate, on Feb 28 08' my brother was murdered in cold blood at my mother house. Stabbed to death with a girl friend of his. http://www.khq.com/Global/story.asp?S=7938791&nav=menu438_8_6

The guitar was taken by the police, and my mother and family members can't recall what T-model it was. The guitar was found laying a few inches from his body (he probably had it on him when he was attacked) and it was covered in blood. They took it into evidence, and said we can't have it back for a year.

I asked the detectives if the guitar was damaged in the attack, and he said no, it looked perfectly fine, minus the mass amounts of blood on it.

If I only do one thing right in this world, it will be restoring that guitar to the best of my abilities... Does anyone have the name / company info of a place that I can send this guitar to, that will restore it as well as they can? Money isn't an issue considering the guitars history, and its importance to my brother and our family...

Oh, and btw, this T.Harou isn't for sale either :)


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: ClaireBear
Date: 28 Mar 08 - 12:36 PM

I started a new thread called "Luthiers near Tacoma, WA?" for Cameron's question.

Cameron, click on the thread name to go there, and please tell us where you are if I got the location wrong. My heart goes out to you, and I hope we can help.

Claire


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Cameron
Date: 31 Mar 08 - 06:02 PM

Claire,

Thanks so much for the help. I'm going to make a post on the Luthiers forums and see if I can't find someone to help out.

I really appreciate it.

We just found this video of him playing a couple months before his death. It is with a friends guitar, not the T.HARUO, but still good to see him play. He was just learning.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=DcVRa6uek7Q


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Cameron
Date: 31 Mar 08 - 08:41 PM

I should clarify my post, the youtube video is a friends guitar, the T.HARUO is still with the police :(


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,dencof
Date: 08 Apr 08 - 02:53 PM

I bought a T. Haruo model T-80 6 string from a local music store in south Orange county, Ca. back in 1976. I was learning to play the guitar and this was my first. It hurt my fingers, so I bought a Yamaha acoustic with nylon strings so I wouldn't give up. I ended up discontinuing lessons and sold the Yamaha and Fender Strat copy, but couldn't bring myself to sell the T. Haruo. I always loved it's sound. Fast forward to 2007. I gave it to my son, who likes music and wanted to learn to play. He has sung in a band and most his friends play guitar, so I thought they could use it. It now has a split in it's top, I guess from moving to the desert and it dried out. My son took it to a local guitar dealer in Las Vegas, Ed Roman, to inquire about getting it repaired. They had it for a while and it didn't seem to be getting any attention, so my son called them to get some progress. The luthier there asked him to stop by after work and talk about it. My son said when he dropped it of, the luthier said, "oh, it's a Japanese Martin copy....ok", and seemed a little disdainful about it. When my son stopped back in after work the luthier retreived the guitar, got it reverently out of the case, and told him he didn't recommend repairing the top until it was really necessary. He said it could change it's beautiful sound, and that it sounded better than any other guitar in their store. It now gets lots of play time between all the musicians that stop in and visit or want to jam together. It has had a few songs written on it and is enjoyed every day. It is making up for all that lost time that it quitely sat in the dark. Hope you liked the little story. I just wanted to add to the list of T. Haruo information. dc.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,BBente
Date: 02 Jun 08 - 10:58 PM

I also have a T.Haruo 12 string model 50-12. Bought it in the late 70's love it and never sell it.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Jerry
Date: 11 Jul 08 - 07:20 PM

I just bought a T Haruo 80.   appears to be of Indian rosewood (solid) with Tree of life. The previous owner put a sound hole pickup (old, not sure of the name).   Can't wait for a set of strings and an amp. Beautiful guitar.   

Will sumit pics later.   Paid $500.00 out the door (pawnshop).
Jerry

Beaz750@aol.com


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Jake
Date: 14 Jul 08 - 03:58 PM

Just thought I'd add to the post...

I too know nothing about my Haruo.

All it says on the label inside is Handcrafted 1976. With Haruo's signature and Model #50, no serial number or anything.

I've seen pictures of other people's guitars and their labels but never a Model# 50.

I bought this guitar back in 99 I think...from Cartwright's music shop in Stayton Oregon. Just a small local store in a small town. He had it originally listed for approximately $650. He was closing down shop so a lot of stuff was on sale and I got my Haruo for $300 or so with a hard case. I played it and fell in love with it. This shopowner sold mostly high end instruments and said it was one of the best sounding guitars he had there, comparable to Martin.

I love it, it gets played almost daily. Whenever my guitarist friends come over and play on it, it gets complimented on every time. I'll never part with the thing.

If you wanna hear the Haruo in action go to

www.myspace.com/nonstophealing

The first song that comes up is with the Haruo. Don't worry about the lyrics and singing...my buddies just decided to do some freestyle singing late at night after some drinks, haha. Wasn't recorded the best but you can hear the guitar well.

Jake


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Jul 08 - 04:01 PM

Cecilia still selling the HARUO? Or thinking about it?

I'm in California as well.

jakedwilson@gmail.com

Thanks,
Jake


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Mei
Date: 23 Jul 08 - 03:01 AM

Recently, I've inherited a Haruo T-20 6 string from my father.

At this moment, I'm debating if I am going to sell it or keep it for it's sentimental value. If I sell it, I'm planning to buy an electric instead.

So, what I want to know is, what would be a good asking price for it?

I don't really know what to ask for it, it's in perfect condition, it only needs some new strings, which im going to buy later this week.

Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Jake
Date: 25 Jul 08 - 12:42 AM

Not too many people know about Haruos so its tough to ask a big price from regular people if they don't know much about them. You might have some luck on this posting board though...ya never know. I paid about 350 for mine. Some people have paid more for theirs, some would be willing to pay a lot more for theirs. Just depends on the person at the right time.

Where are you located?

Jake


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Mei
Date: 27 Jul 08 - 03:59 PM

I'm in Kansas right now.

If that's the case, I'm going to ask for about the same price.

I'd regret selling it for anything less.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Jake
Date: 28 Jul 08 - 04:55 AM

Hey Mei,

I might know someone who would want to buy it. I'm in California and so is the individual but that might be all right. Do you have any pictures of it? Or can you take some and send them to me. My friend is always complimenting me on mine and how much he likes it and I know he's in the market for a new guitar anyway.

Let me know as soon as possible.

jakedwilson@gmail.com

Jake


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Mario Saborio Costa Rica
Date: 19 Oct 08 - 01:23 PM

hola tengo una guitarra T haruo modelo 80 de 6 cuerdas del año 1976 me interesa venderla escucho ofertas mi precio es 2000$
esta en estado original el sonido de esta guitarra es magico
simplemente la mejor guitarra que he tenido en mis manos

mi telefono es 506 2434 2321      
               506 8394 1891


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,T.Haruo 12 String Listed On Ebay
Date: 01 Jun 09 - 04:52 AM

Hi-

I currently have a T.Haruo 12 string listed on Ebay (a search on T.Haruo on Ebay should bring up the listing)...if you know of anyone that might be interested in it please pass this information on to them...

Thanks,
Moosicmaster7


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Gene
Date: 08 Jun 09 - 12:28 PM

I have a model 80-12 which i bought in Anaheim , cal.in '77 & then found his lil brother in a pawn shop in Lake Elsinore ,Cal. in '84 .Both with the pearl inlay , matching set actually....am thinking of selling them both , i have too many guitars & only want to take a couple in my RV travels. Anyone interested can e mail me at starchaser4all@netzero.net...can supply pics... Peace, Gene...


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Gene
Date: 09 Jun 09 - 05:26 AM

I have an 80-12 t. haruo that i bought in anaheim, cal in 76-77.i had originally bought a '74 blonde fender strat, took it home & kept thinking how good that 12 string had sounded, so i took it back & traded even for the t.haruo..then in '84 i was in a pawn shop in lake elsinore, cal & found the lil bro to my 12 string, same model & all (80)identical except a 6 string...if it helps these are the serial #'s...H716025 80-12, H028025-80,if anyones interested in buying them let me know, prefer to sell them as a pair....Gene (317)872-6223


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Naemanson
Date: 11 Jun 09 - 10:34 PM

When I started this thread I didn't expect it to turn into a sales thread. Has anyone purchased one of these guitars?


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Jake W
Date: 16 Jun 09 - 10:41 PM

Haven't purchased one yet. I still have mine and my musician friend has been borrowing it to play live shows and do some recording with it since he loves how it sounds so much. So I've been looking to pick one of these up for him.

Jake


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Naemanson
Date: 17 Jun 09 - 09:21 PM

He won't be disappointed. I wish I lived in the States so I could get one.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Ray in Adelaide
Date: 12 Jul 09 - 07:38 AM

I have a T-10-12 Serial no. G78662

Had an LR Baggs, Deluxe Acoustic Equaliser and thinline pickup fitted about 10 years ago.

No, the guitar is not for sale!

Ray


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Naemanson
Date: 13 Jul 09 - 03:58 AM

LOL! The people who check out this thread either want to sell their Haruos or wouldn't part with them for love nor money.

I don't play mine very much anymore. Maybe I should...

Naw, I don't think so.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Ray in Adelaide
Date: 23 Jul 09 - 07:15 AM

Just had a new "Crafter" electro-acoustic cutaway guitar pointed out to me in a local (South Australian) guitar store that has the "tree of life" (Haruo) headstock inlay!!!

I've emailed Crafter to get more info.

.................. is Terry back?

Ray


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Ray in Adelaide
Date: 23 Jul 09 - 07:35 AM

Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Naemanson
Date: 13 Jul 09 - 03:58 AM

"LOL! The people who check out this thread either want to sell their Haruos or wouldn't part with them for love nor money.

I don't play mine very much anymore. Maybe I should...

Naw, I don't think so."

you must want to sell yours then Naemanson!

Model? Price?

Ray


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,T.Gill
Date: 07 Aug 09 - 05:59 PM

I bought my first T. Haruo in 1979 in Singapore for around $150-180US. I was 15, and an exchange student in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The guitar traveled and lived with me until 1993, when I was "carjacked" at 2am after a gig in Chicago. They went straight for the backseat: in retrospect, the thieves probably followed me from the gig. I pulled the keys from the ignition and started to run after them- my passenger yelled sense into me and I stopped- but the Haruo was gone.

Nothing else sounded like that guitar.

I believe it was actually a Model 10 six string- though in the web info I have found, people have only talked about Model 10 twelve string guitars.

Then in 2007, on a whim, I checked Ebay and bought a Model 50- it was my first Ebay purchase, and I won. In 2008, I found a Model 60 (with the 3 piece D35 back). I play them both, all the time. New friends are consistently stunned by the Haruo's sound and feel.

So I always wonder if a Model 10 six string will turn up someplace...

Thank you all for keeping the Haruo info flowing. Peace.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Naemanson
Date: 15 Aug 09 - 06:57 PM

Ray, I fall into the other group. Wouldn't part with mine for love nor money. However if you want to travel to Guam I will let you play it.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Naemanson
Date: 15 Aug 09 - 06:59 PM

And here is the model info from my first post at the top of the thread.

The label inside has the maker's name, T. Haruo, and a serial number and the model number, T-20-12. there are 20 frets and between the 19th and the 20th is a mother of pearl inlay with T. HARUO engraved on it.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Dee Tatum - Ft. Worth, TX.
Date: 18 Aug 09 - 06:36 PM

In the late 70's T. Haruo had left Yamaha, where he was a master luthier, and attempted to put his own signature line into the American market. Some pieces had been sold via wholesalers in earlier 70's, but Haruo himself travelled in USA late 70's. His desire to build the best acoustic guitar possible differed from Yamaha's desire to build affordable guitars for the masses - hence they eventually parted. One of the final stops Haruo made was to St. Louis Music Supply, who owned distribution and brand rights to Alvarez Guitars, Crate Amps, etc. They passed on getting involved with the Haruo line - maybe it was the conflict with their own Alvarez line - I don't know. Before leaving Haruo left a Model 150 with one of the sales managers. I bought it from him in 1983. Today, 26 years later, people still freak out over the warmth and sound of my Model 150. It is still breathtaking. When the strings are replaced and fresh - it almost makes you want to cry. I have played Martins, Taylors, Rainsongs, Gibsons, Larivees, etc and on and on. I have yet to meet a guitar on this planet which sounds better than my Haruo, which I paid $200 for. A contributing factor to this sound is certainly the Jacaranda - the back and sides are made from a glorious cut of Jacaranda with gold streaks, brown waves, dark almost black ripples, and rich chocolate swirls - wood that is no longer available to luthiers or anyone for that matter. I honestly believe that it is not a case where Haruo has improved on CF Martins design and brilliance - he simply stumbled upon a tonewood that we may or may not ever see or hear again.
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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,REA
Date: 19 Oct 09 - 08:07 PM

T.Haruo has been located!! With Dee Tatum leading the hunt, Haruo Terada .. aka .. T. Haruo has been located living quietly in a small town in Kanie, Japan. HARUO TERADA is the man who is responsible for the Haruo brand of guitars. Yoshi Iida, Iida Corp., located the Haruo luthier this week end. Haruo, 83, is presently sick and hospitalized. Dee is trying to set an online interview with Mr Terada as soon as he is able. With that, we are taking questions that you'd like to ask Mr Haruo himself. Pose the questions thru this webpage:

http://www.kritmon.com/T_Haruo_guitars3.html

This may be the last chance to find out ...

Thanks to all Haruo owners!
REA


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Roughyed
Date: 20 Oct 09 - 10:20 AM

That is such marvellous news although it is sad that he is not well. I don't think I have any specific questions as such. I would just love to hear more about his life and any technical information he can remember. Most of all I want to be able to thank him from the bottom of my heart for the years of sheer pleasure playing one of his beautiful instruments has given me. Well done finding him. I was feeling quite down because I have flu and my daughter is in hospital but you've just made my day. I'm so happy.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - For Sale on Ebay Now
From: GUEST,Tony
Date: 07 Dec 09 - 08:58 AM

Hello, For anyone interested, I have a T-Haruo 12 string model T-10-12, for sale on ebay now, it only has 3 days left before ending. The high bid is $21.50 right now, today is 12-7-09, I really hope the price goes way up. It is in beautiful condition you can see 12 photos of it if you go to ebay and put in auction #370302166094. or just put in T-Haruo 12 string it should come up. I have only had it for a very short time and I'm forced to sell due to financial problems. I hope someone out there can give it the good home it deserves. Thank you! Tony


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,lanbunk
Date: 24 Dec 09 - 11:46 PM

I have a T. Harou six string model T.10 that I bought from a lady in the early 90's. I have always wondered about it because you don't have to be an expert to know that there is something special about the way this thing feels, plays and sounds. I have always loved it and I'm with those who won't part with theirs. I don't have any idea what its worth but to me its worth a great deal more than the one hundred dollars I paid for it. Thank you for starting this thread. I will be watching to see if if you hear anything from the man himself. At the very least I hope someone will tell him that there are people out there who recognize and appreciate his work before he passes on.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,REA
Date: 25 Jan 10 - 11:17 PM

Just thought I'd drop in and post some new info. Thru my site, we have a chance to have a limited edition, run of the t.o.l. T.Haruo 6-string guitar, made at the same factory, overseen by the mans son, Shogo Terada. This will be called the Celebration model, to honor Mr Haruo Terada and his guitars. Come visit my site @ www.kritmon.com and follow the links. The details on inlays, wood types etc, etc will be decided as interest grows.

This will be a one time run and only available thru my site. Those seriously interested email @ t.haruo@kritmon.com. This is for real.

Thanks and best,
REA


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,GGuitar
Date: 28 Apr 10 - 06:24 PM

Hello there! the T. Haruo site is excellent!
I have a T Haruo 12 string T-80-12 vine of life that I'm sadly thinking of selling on EBAY.
Is now a good time to sell with the new Celebration ones coming out?
Mine is in excellent condition, no fret wear and I can't find a mark or scratch on it and it also has a hardshell case.
What do you think is a good asking price?
Thank You


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,GUEST, Bryan
Date: 03 Aug 10 - 12:52 PM

I have a T. Haruo 12-string guitar that I bought at a Sam Ash in 1980.
I don't play much anymore and I'm looking to sell it, and quite honestly I was shocked to see so much info in the internet. If anyone is interested, let me know and I will answer any questions you have.
I suppose it would be best to try it before you buy it - I am in the NY/NJ area.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Don Johnson
Date: 08 Aug 10 - 08:45 AM

I am looking to Buy a T.Haruo T100 6 string T.

Send Pics and details to donsjohns@yahoo.com

Thanks
Don


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Don Johnson
Date: 08 Aug 10 - 08:58 AM

I am also looking to Buy a T80 in 6 String. Would consider other nodels as well. 6 or 12 String

send lots of pics and details to donsjohns@yahoo.com

Thanks
Don


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST, T. Haruo 12 string guitar
Date: 08 Oct 10 - 12:47 PM

I have a T. Haruo 12 string guitar for sale. bit@jetbroadband.com


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Christmas money
Date: 08 Oct 10 - 12:56 PM

I HAVE A T. Haruo 12 string guitar FOR SALE. bit@jetbroadband.com


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,jphappy
Date: 13 Oct 10 - 07:37 PM

I think I was one of the first to get my t-20 at sam ash in Hempstead. I have had mine for 34 years . I took it out today after playing my Martin HD28. It was still in perfect tune., umlike my martin which had to be tuned slightly. I look at both and se very little difference. inside the braces are almost identical. sound wise I think maybe a little less bright, but that could be the strings, a little less chunk,probably the slightest difference in wood and looks wise I actually think all the abalone inserts are nicer on the Haruo. I own both and would say for $2500 less the Haruo was a bargain.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: ollaimh
Date: 13 Oct 10 - 11:25 PM

fasinating stuff. i have seen tereda guitars. i wonder if they are from the same maker?

i recently started playing twelve string again.   i have a yamaha that will do untill i decide if i am going to focus on it, but the haruo fans are fun to read.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Naemanson
Date: 14 Oct 10 - 02:48 AM

Trust me, ollaimh, once you play a Haruo you will never look at the Yamaha again.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: ollaimh
Date: 01 Nov 10 - 08:54 PM

well i bid on a haruo 12 string on ebasy and went to bed, i won! it came todayand i have to say it is special. it was under fout hundred bucks with shipping and plays better and sounds better than thre guild i had years ago. thanks to this list i got one. i had never heard of haruo before, so it was a usefull education.

i tuned it a tone below standard to start with but it certainly shows no trouble. i have a 12 string capo from my old guild and i used on my yamaha to get to pitch.

i am really impressed with the sound, playability all the wayn up the neck and the workmanship. good action is particularly nice as i finger pick the twevle most of the time--it really is the way to go-- but tough action up the neck is the bane if 12 string finger pickers.

this rivals the ted thompson 12 i played in toronto at twelveth frett, which i thought was the best 12 i had played in years, so thanaks for thew heads up. i great guitar i can afford


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Naemanson
Date: 04 Nov 10 - 11:00 PM

Congratulations! Welcome to the Haruo family.

It just occurred to me that I haven't freed up my guitars in a while. Maybe I should look into that.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Nov 10 - 06:02 AM

After reading all the positive reviews, I bought a t haruo 80 that was listed on ebay for $399. I normally would never buy a guitar without first playing it(I'm pretty picky), but after reading so many great things, I just had to get it. Am I brainwashed? lol

I hope I did the right thing..


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,till dirt
Date: 13 Jan 11 - 06:05 AM

my friend came over tonight for my 48th birthday. He brought his guitar it is a T-10L Am very impressed thank you for all youve done for us here.   Dusty & Michael


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,BobA
Date: 22 Apr 11 - 02:28 PM

I bought my T. Haruo Guitar in 1978 in San Francisco for about $400. I never did learn to play very well, but have kept the guitar all these years and it is still in great shape.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Steve Buerer
Date: 16 Jul 11 - 02:28 AM

I have a absolutely beautiful T.Haruo 80-12, 12-String, Looks looks new. Plays great, stays in tune very well. Ser # B300125. Looking for a Korg X2 in great condition or cash. Sacramento California
Steve Buerer 916-216-7181


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Dee Tatum
Date: 25 Aug 11 - 01:33 PM

I want to inform all of the T.Haruo fans out there, that Mr. Haruo Terada passed away in Japan in June, 2011. Terada continues producing with his son Shogo at the helm.

I am currently working on a bio of Terada, both Haruo and his brother Masao.

More to come.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Naemanson
Date: 07 Sep 11 - 09:09 AM

Sad to hear of the death of a genius. I wish I could get the old guitar out to play something in his memory but a year of pounding on the keyboard in pursuit of a master degree has left me with carpal tunnel and poor control of some of the fingers on both hands.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: Naemanson
Date: 07 Sep 11 - 09:10 AM

Next May will be the 10th anniversary of this thread. It just keeps on chugging along.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Oct 11 - 08:59 AM

Any info on the Celebration model?


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,John Lynch
Date: 16 Mar 13 - 01:19 AM

Has anyone played a T-10 6 string model? I found one I'm thinking of buying. On IMDB there's a short movie about T. Haruo. Has anyone watched it or know where to get it? I've looked all over the internet, and can't find where to watch it or buy it. her's the link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1965129/


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Hoffman
Date: 04 Aug 14 - 05:40 AM

I am an avid T. Haruo guitar lover and collector. I am trying to catalogue all the T. Haeuo models offered, so I am looking to buy them for that reason. I want all the specs/measurements available to keep the history and workmanship alive for century's to come. Your guitar will be loved, respected, and cared for. Contact me at hoffman6899@gmail.com

I am interested in all models. Especially t150's, t100''s, t80's, t60's, and t50's. I look forward to hearing from you.


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,GUEST, B. Segraves
Date: 04 Jun 15 - 11:48 AM

Okay everyone. I have a 12 string T. Haruo T-100 acoustic guitar. Gorgeous, looks like this top of the line guitar was constructed with Makassar back & sides, has the upside down "V" shape inlay on the back, beautiful vine up the neck and Tree of Life on fret plate.

Interested in selling - recently widowed. Want to give it a good home!

Contact email: mtn-folk@hotmail.com


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Subject: RE: Haruo 12 String - What do we know?
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 14 Apr 16 - 11:12 PM

Is there any record of Haruo producing nylon string guitars?
I believe I've located one. The label is torn but it looks like the last two letters are "UO".
The model is an "80-N"
_thanks in advance


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