In the past months I was put in a situation where I had to regretfully part ways with my beloved Jim Frieson guitar that I worked so hard to find. I ended up having to settle for a budget instrument and ended up finding a 1970's Takamine C132S that I bought directly from Tavi Jinariu. If you search "1977 Takamine C132 - Canco del Lladre" or "1977 Takamine C132 - El Testament D'Amelia" on YouTube you can see the exact guitar that I now have.
It is not in the league of the Frieson, but I'd honestly choose it over several high end instruments that I've had a chance to play. I suspect these old models probably out perform the ones being made today. What stands out about my guitar is that it has a slower, "blooming" response and beautiful traditional tone that makes the guitar very musical. Some pleasant surprises was that the intonation is spot on even with no saddle compensation, highly playable despite being 660 scale (and I have small hands), and balance is excellent with trebles that don't lose steam even past the 12th fret. Not sure how much the 40 years of aging plays a role in its tone.
"Success grants its rewards to a few, but is the dream of the multitudes.
Excellence is available to all, but is accepted only by a few." - Christopher Parkening