Hi! I'm a great admirer of the musicians and collectors here, and while I don't play myself, one of my hobbies is to rehabilitate guitars I find in odd places. My current find is a little Terada parlor guitar that looks like it will make a nice gift when I get it strung (found it missing the high E).
This guitar has plenty of identifiable markings. The label on this LD 165 is in good shape and is signed by M.Terada (son of the founder, I believe). The serial number is "071172" (which seems to indicate a birthdate of July 11, 1972. Inside, I can also see the stamping of "Terada & CO." under which is "Nagoya" and under that "Made in Japan". The guitar itself looks to be largely original with typical Terada tuners and it has no pick guard (or evidence of one). If it is, indeed, 45 years old it's in very nice shape with very few scratches. Sides and back appear to be mahogany, but I'm certainly not an expert (though I know lots of Japanese guitars of that era utilized different materials, including laminates).
To complete the story, I'm eager to know if anyone can add to this guitar's provenance. It looks to be a delightful player and I am eager to defer to the knowledge of those on this site! Thanks! --Motorcity