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GUEST,guitarfixer Ever Played a Takamine guitar? (97* d) RE: Ever Played a Takamine 20 Oct 02

Check out the Takamine models that feature the 1/8 inch bridge saddle. Notice the Taiwan label. They are Yamahas. Check out the Korean models. Much lower quality. Takamines once came from Japan. They were pretty good guitars. Not as durable as Yamaha though. Yamaha even uses different finish on back & sides than on the soundboard. They perform 17 types of tests at the sawmill and grade their wood accordingly. Despite Taks reputation for good sounding pickups, often Tak owners are frustrated trying to get good sound. You can pay $100 more for the exact same Yamaha when you buy it with the Tak label. If that makes it the best guitar for the money then their advertising has worked. Seagulls (Until recently) often have inaccurate scale lengths. Sometimes the tops collapse due to the lack of significant top bracing. If these things don't bother you, get one.
I remember about 7 years ago Takamine ran an ad in the trade magazines: "Give your customers the best value for their money this
Christmas." The ad featured a Solid top, Yamaha Jumbo FG-411S with the Takamine label. The price was much more than the Yamaha price. At that time the same Yamaha guitar was also sold by C.F. Martin as a Sigma FD-16S. Also cheaper than the Tak. Oh, well.

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