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#295755 by RhythmMan-2
Sun Jul 10, 2022 7:19 pm
My New Takamine 12-string GD30CE12BLK ($620) has a beautiful, highly resonant deep & rich sound.
It's like holding down the loud pedal on a piano . . . such a full sound.
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I can see why these guitars are so highly thought of!
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But the strings were high, and I'd been considering removing the saddles to file/sand them down, to lower the action.
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I was planning on spending a few hours sanding down the TWO bridges. (Yep, TWO. This thing is in PERFECT tune.)
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It was 100 times easier than I expected.
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Instead of one pickup, this acoustic guitar has SIX pickups, all integrated into the saddles in the bridge.
No wonder it sounds so good when it's plugged in.
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And UNDER the saddle 'channel bars' - SHIMS!
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When you pop them out, the metal channel holding the saddle (with the integrated pickups) is lowered as a unit, and the action is lowered.
The whole shebang gets lowered, and the saddle now sits lower in the bridge.
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It's shipped with all the shims in place, with the highest action.
Different thicknesses give you a choice of 3 different heights.
The guys who designed this are smart.
I remove all the shims, because I need low action for my music.
No sanding.
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EASY.
And it's a dream to play and listen to.
#295785 by gbheil
Thu Aug 25, 2022 6:47 pm
My recent joy and "affordable" surprise was a Gretsch 2256 semi hollow with P-90's
Playing a lot less distortion these days. What a joy those bell like cleans with the deep rich mid range.
#295791 by RhythmMan-2
Sun Oct 16, 2022 11:25 pm
I like my Takamine so much that I ordered a second one, a more expensive model.
So- just a couple weeks after buying the first one (a Takamine GD30CE-12 string), I ordered a
2nd one.
A Takamine EF381SC-Keystone Legacy 12 string Pro series.

It's a lifetime guitar.
The thing is that it looks almost completely identical to the one I now play.
But looks aren't everything!
It cost me $1000 more ($1600 w/case) but that'll definitely be the last 12 string guitar I ever buy.
Like the Takamine GD30CE, the Takamine EF381 also a Dreadnought, w/a Venetian Cutaway to reach those really high notes. Back & sides are maple, the top is solid Sitka Spruce.
If you want to see some cool things about acoustic guitars, go to Youtube, and look up the Takamine factory tour . . . pretty neat.
There's some impressive craftmanship going into these guitars!
$600 or $1600, you can't go wrong getting one of these.
btw, I've been playing guitar for 50 years.
But - a word to the wise: they can't make these guitars fast enough to keep up with demand.
These guitars are hot: expect a wait of 6 months to a year before you even get to see your new guitar.

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