Takamine GD11M & GD11M CE Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Review

Hello there, in this quick review, we will be looking at an excellent, all-around dreadnought acoustic guitar that comes in fully acoustic or cutaway acoustic-electric options by Takamine.

Regular readers of my blog are already aware that Takamine is one of my favourite guitar brands which I had encountered countless times during my service in the musical instruments industry.

Takamine guitar company was founded in 1959 in Japan and has been active since then. They are very well-known for their unique approach in guitar making, and I believe these what really set them apart from their competitors.

Even though it’s a Japanese company, there are many guitars in their product line that are made in China. This used to be a red flag for the buyers, however, it’s all about how you design the whole manufacturing process so no need to worry about the build quality.

As a great example of this, I would highly suggest you check out my Takamine GD93CE acoustic guitar review which is, in my opinion, is a piece of art and still made in China!

This particular model we are looking at today is the GD11 series. Takamine‘s product usually reveal the body type as well as the fretboard material or the series of segmentation they come up with; such as Pro models, Signature models…etc

Takamine GD11M and GD11M CE also reveal that these guitars belong to a more affordable series featuring a dreadnought mahogany body.

These guitars are so cleverly designed and released that they offer a tremendous amount of value among their competitors and they are very very affordable!

Let’s have a quick demo of the guitar here below, then I will provide tech specs right after that. In this video, all MyDukkan staff played Takamine GD11M dreadnought acoustic guitar including me (as the last player).

Watch this video on YouTube.

We all played a part of a different song in this video and it was recorded with a Rode VideoMic Pro.

Tech Specs of Takamine GD11MCE

TypeDreadnought (*or with cutaway electric)
TopMahogany
Back and sidesMahogany
BracingQuartersawn X Bracing
NeckMahogany
FretboardLaurel
Number of Frets20 Frets
Scale648 mm
Nut width43 mm
BridgeOvangkol
Pickup*Takamine TP4T
StringsD'Addario XTAPB .012 - .053 (Successor to the well-known EXP16 strings)
ColourNatural Matte

At the moment, only the GD11MCE-NS model is available at Thomann. Please see the price details and availability below.


I hope this has been a quick and helpful insight for Takamine GD11 series acoustic guitars. The build quality is flawless at this price level. If you are looking for an all-around dreadnought acoustic guitar, I highly recommend you to check out this model as well as other Takamine guitars. I can easily claim that Takamine has never let us down and always amazed us with the value they offer!

Last but not least, I would also like you to check out my best selling dreadnought acoustic guitars buying guide which will definitely help you for choosing the best acoustic guitar for your needs.

Osman

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