I looked at guitars from Fender, Gibson, other Takamines, Ovation (ug plastic!), and just about everything else in the 500 - 700 range. After shopping around for a couple weeks I had it narrowed down to a Fender DG-22CE but then I found this Tak. This guitar had the best sound, options and price that I had seen.
Overall I think it is a well built and very playable guitar.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $600.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Arts and Music (local store)
I brought this guitar a week or two before the Philly Folk Fest and it turned out to be the perfect guitar for Fest! It has a built in tuner as part of the EQ. Really nice!!
It has an antique brown finish that shows off the mahogony and cedar really well. I just looks really nice. It has an upper strap peg in a good position that doesn't interfere when you work the high frets.
You would think a guitar with a smaller body would have less sound but this baby can put out some volume. The plugged in sound is awesome also. I can't remember having much of a feedback problem ever.
Action is pretty good. It beats the hell out of my old Yamaha.
The neck is very comfortable and has a nice shape for someone with small hands like myself.
Sound is awesome plugged and unplugged. I've played it plugged into 300W systems and in my living room and it just always sounds and looks nice.
Very nice sound that projects well without being boomy. I can even drown out friends playing dreads when unplugged.
I may look at upgrading the preamp to the totally digital one. This will be easy since Takamine now has interchangeable preamps that basically can be unplugged and swapped. Neat huh?
No adjustments really needed except tuning. I've played this in the heat and cold and the neck seems to be holding up very well.
The onboard preamp is nice and the built in tuner is clutch. Keep a spare battery in your case though! :-)
Only flaw: No pickguard. Easy to scratch up that antique finish but it has character now.