I looked at a Martin DM 12 string dreadnought,a Breedlove Atlas 12 string,a Guild 12 string jumbo, a Fender 12 string dreadnought and a Talor solid maple 12 string jumbo.I would buy the Takamine again.I really like the playability and tone (plugged in or unplugged). The only drawback is this guitar is beautiful (alot of jewely)it might get stolen. Yikes!!!
Model Year: 2005
Price: $700.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musciansfreind
Made in China,maple body and neck, 20 frets,volume treble mids and bass,mid scoop switch,preamp bypass switch,tuner and battery level indicater,split film pickup,natural gloss finish, single cutaway jumbo body,rosewood pinless bridge,chrome diecast tuners.
I like the action from the factory, This guitar is the easiest playing 12 strings I have ever put my hands on,and I have played the higher end Talor 12 strings. I imagine that there could be something to complain about this model but I just can't think of anything right now.The electronics are superb.
I only play this guitar in church 2 times a week every week.I have a 50 watt Marshall acoustic amp I use for a monitor and from the amp to the board. This setup works very well for what I use it for, I wouldn't change a thing,only to replace something worn out, broken or stolen. The sound is full and warm. loud but not irritating.It sounds the same now as when I bought it.Oh I almost forgot, new strings do sound a little better. I use D'Addrio or Martin extra lights.
It's humid here so it does go sharp if it sits for a couple of days, and I replace the battery and strings about every 6 months.