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Finish : Natural Gloss
Body Shape : Jumbo
Top : Solid Spruce
Back : Flamed Maple
Sides : Flamed Maple
Electronic : TK40
Nut width : 42,5 mm
Fingerboard : Rosewood
Inlays : Block MOP and Abalone
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The guitar is a head-turner, with its inlays and oversized pickguard. It seems very well construcked out of very high quaity materials.
It sounds great too! It is my fifth guitar, and easily holds its own against (what had been) my regular gigging guitar, a 42 year old Harmony Sovereign (one of the best guitars Harmony ever made).
Solid Spruce Top, maple back, maple sides, maple neck, rosewood fretboard.
I am very impressed. I haven't yet plugged it in, but given Takamine's reputation for quality p/u equipment, I am not anticipating disappointment.
The onboard tuner is easy to use and very accurate.
Just wish it came strung with something better than D'Addario strings, maybe Elixirs would be nice. But that is an easy fix.
I also bought a Gator GC Jumbo Deluxe acoustic case for it. It fits perfectly.
It is an acoustic-electric guitar, meaning it can be played with or without an electric amplifier setup. I have never used the electric plug ins yet, so I can't comment on the plugged in sound, but the unplugged sound is great.
Overall a great guitar given the price I paid. I bought it for 499 dollars in November of 2010, a fairly expensive learner guitar, but one that wouldn't need to be replaced right away as a mere "beginner" guitar. My comments are based upon the price I paid, if it is significantly more than that, it may be priced beyond beginner range...
Check out YouTube for in depth reviews and examples of the great sound.
Action is great, but it is not playable "right out of the box", The 5th string buzzes on 3rd fret and up, so I will need to bring it in and SPEND MONEY to have it professionally adjusted. I'm hoping with some different strings it won't sound so "bright"
Sounds a lot better amplified. If I had the $$ I would have bought a Taylor or Martin.
I might amend this review once I've fixed the above issues.