I’m back again with another true and honest acoustic guitar review. This time, we’ll be looking at a Takamine GD93CE acoustic/electric dreadnought guitar. Takamine guitar company was founded in 1959 in Japan and has been active since then. Takamine is very well-known with their unique approach in guitar making, and I believe these what really set them apart from their competitors.
First of all, Takamine’s unique neck profile is formed just like an asymmetrical “C” letter and it’s smaller on the lower register which feels like a better fit to the natural form of your hand. This improved ease of playing and playability and once you get used to it, you don’t want to go back to a non-compound neck profile.
In addition, their “Split Saddle” design is something you won’t see with other manufacturers. With this approach, the intonation of the guitar is much more developed than a standard design. As you can see in the photo, the contact point of each individual string is way more accurate.
Enough said for Takamine’s unique approaches in guitar making, let’s hear the guitar in action.
We all played a part of a different song in this video and it was recorded with a Rode VideoMic Pro and directly to an audio interface at the same time. During the video, we switched these different parts on and off so you can hear both recording characteristics separately.
|Back and Sides||3-Piece Black Walnut and Maple|
|Fingerboard||Laurel* or Rosewood|
|Electronics||Takamine TK-4OD Preamp with Built-In Tuner|
|Strings||D’Addario® EXP 16 Coated Phosphor Bronze 12-53|
The first thing you will notice when you play a Takamine GD93CE (and I must say, this is very true with most of their instruments) is that the top build quality. Even though they are made in China, you’ll be surprised by the quality and attention to details. It has a very distinguishable refined and contemporary look with its solid top and quite pretty back.
According to their official website, it is stated that it comes with a “Laurel” neck and “Rosewood” fingerboard in the tech specs. However, they also stated a contradictory information in the description section that it comes with a mahogany neck and bound laurel fingerboard. As I mentioned before, here you will find me spotting these kinds of small details, that’s why you should always come here and have a look 🙂
I believe it’s a post-CITES thing again, with the increasing prices of rosewood manufacturers have started to find different woods to replace rosewood. The ones I have played so far had rosewood board. I think you might have either one of them depending on the stock you are buying from.
Takamine GD93CE has also a great sounding and functional preamp and tuner on it and the one thing I like about the tuner is that the position of it on the body. Most manufacturers place their preamps way too underneath your chin so you often have to look down to see what’s happening with the settings and tuners. But with Takamine’s positioning the preamps/tuners, it’s way easier to see.
Another point for factory strings! It comes with D’Addario® EXP 16 Coated Phosphor Bronze 12-53 set which means you won’t have to worry about your strings getting rusty for a long time!
As for the quality, I don’t remember having a faulty instrument from Takamine, they were always in a great condition out of the box. And most of the times, we did not even need to adjust anything.
Overall, for the price range, it’s a piece of art and I bet you won’t believe it’s made in China! I would definitely recommend Takamine GD93CE, grab yourself one before it’s out of stock 🙂 Hope this has been helpful, and see you in the next review!