In September of 1991 a rosewood back-and-sides, spruce-topped model, EF360S SN - 91072458 would reach final stages of completion at the Takamine Guitar factory in Sakashita, Japan. There it would be set-up, play-tested, cosmetically inspected then forwarded to shipping where it would be cleaned, waxed, bagged and packaged. This particular 6-string had a date with destiny. It would arrive at Takamine’s West Coast Distributor, Coast Wholesale Music in Los Angeles, be inspected once again – selected - then gifted to a particularly talented and successful American singer-songwriter named Glenn Frey.
The year was 1977 and a 28 year old Australian audio wiz named Bruce Jackson, was in his 6th year as Elvis Presley’s sound-man, pioneering elements of modern day live-audio along the way. In New Jersey, a 28 year old rocker named Bruce Springsteen was hitting his stride, writing and recording an album now commonly ranked among greatest of all time, “Darkness on the Edge of Town”.