Time to get your drum on – with Sweetwater’s latest / greatest give-away. This time, you have an opportunity to win a complete Pearl Masters MCX Drum Kit. When talking about Japanese made acoustic guitars people tend to think of Yamaha, Takamine, and Alvarez as being the major brands of acoustic guitars that are made in Japan.

Here's what I know for certain - I like Yamaha acoustic guitars, and I consider them to be fine guitars, and especially if you buy one of their solid tonewood construction L series guitars - but I'm positive that the Yamaki guitar that I played this past week was better than any Yamaha acoustic guitar that I've ever seen or played, in fact, it was a very comparable guitar in quality to the Alvarez acoustic guitar that I fell in love with once at the North Texas Guitar Centre - but a more expensive or fancier guitar..

I'm sticking to the full sized photo above - because it's such a beautiful photo.

Were I unable to use that one, then I'd not be able or likely to find another photo so comparable.

In time I'd like to get a good shot of my Uncle Thomas' Yamaki Acoustic guitar.

Hell, if I owned a digital camera I'd certainly do that right away for this hub.

If you know guitars and you look at that picture of a Yamaki acoustic guitar up above, then it's clear that that guitar is a copy of a Martin D 18.

You can't really know how good a quality that guitar is from the picture - you don't and can't know whether or not it's a solid wood construction guitar or not, but I'm betting that that is exactly what it is.

But there is also a pretty rare brand of guitar out there that you might run into, and that is the Yamaki brand of acoustic guitar. I became acquainted with one just this last week, and couldn't have possibly been more impressed with that guitar.

If you do see one, and it's in playable or repairable condition at all, then I seriously suggest that you buy that guitar if you are financially able to. The other one I'd seen once belonged to my grandfather, and I nearly bought it from him at one point.