- acoustic electric guitars
- acoustic guitars
- electric guitars
Taku Sakashta was inspired to become a lutheir after reading about the guitar designer Rick Turner. After graduation from a luthier engineering course, he started out working in the R&D department of a Japanese guitar company, working on special models. In 1995 he struck out on his own as a guitar builder. His customers included Tony Darren, Robben Ford, Tony Macus, Boz Scaggs, Ellen Stephenhorst, Martin Simpson, Tuck Andress and Pat Martino.
He established a workshop in Rohnert Park, Sonoma County, California, an area with a high concentration of skilled string-instrument craftsman. His acoustic, arch-top and electric guitars were well respected internationally fetching as much as $30,000 each. He also made a line of pickups
Sakashta was murdered on February 11th or 12th 2010 when aged 43. Police were alerted by Sakashta's wife Kazuko when he failed to return home on time, and they found s body at his Martin Avenue workshop. He had been stabbed to death. Local man Joshua Rhea ("Crash") Begley was arrested on February 15th 2010 on suspicion of the killing and was convicted of first-degree murder on 28th September 2010.
Source: Outburst follows verdict in guitar maker murder trial. The Press Democrat. September 28, 2010