This little guitar is fantastic. I'm a professional guitar teacher, a performing artist, and a guitarist that just likes to have a little fun with what he does and the New Yorker is everything I need and more. I was going to put a grand down on a Taylor, but this one stole my heart. Beautiful tone, great playability, and it's custom made for fingerstyle enthusiasts like myself (my specialty at work, on stage, and in the studio). The back is made up of two stunning pieces of rosewood and one gorgeous piece of quilted maple. The abalone is authentic and expertly inlayed. The bindings are made of real wood instead of cheap plastic. Even higher end guitars have plastic bindings. The neck is smooth and fast and the strings respond to anything I wish to throw at them. From foggy mountain break down, to Steve Howe's Mood for a day, to more mellow pieces like Baby Mine, this guitar does it all. My only suggestion, as with all guitars that don't already have them, is to add a quality set of Grover tuners, which I will be doing shortly. Mine has an incredibly slight buzz that will be taken care of as soon as it has been set up by an expert. It's so insignificant that I'm usually the only one who notices it, even when played in front of other highly skilled musicians. For $400 the New Yorker simply cannot be beat. It's the perfect addition to any fingerstyle guitarist's collection, and at that price it would be a stellar first instrument that the owner would never grow out of.
I urge anyone who's interested to play it for themselves and make up their own mind about it. Just because it won out over a Taylor for me, doesn't mean it will for someone else.
A friend of mine bought this last week. When it arrived, it was unplayable on the lowest five frets and the action was too low. The frets weren't level. Not good. But when I removed the tension from the truss rod (that means turning the wrench COUNTERclockwise about three turns (from one edge of the sound hole to the other, with the string tension removed), the frets leveled out, the string height raised (to the lowest acceptable height--VERY nice), and the sound went from mediocre to terrific. I'm very pleased. Great for fingerstyle blues--much better than a dreadnought-sized guitar. Once I'd adjusted the truss rod, the setup was fine. The string height at the first fret was just the way it should be, the fret ends are quite nicely beveled and smoothed, and its ready to go. I was a little surprised to find under the bridge saddle three plastic shims--I prefer ebony--but given the sound quality, I didn't replace them, and if anyone ever wanted to lower the action, it would be easy to just remove a shim. I don't think this is quite up to, say, Larivee quality, but it's close, for a lot less money. I've played a lot of more expensive guitars that sound worse. The bridge is a dull black-painted wood, but apart from that, it's a pretty guitar. Don't listen to the guy who wants to replace the tuners. The tuners are just fine and should work perfectly for the life of the guitar, and the tuning knobs look like ebony, though they aren't. Cool!
great guitar and sound nice if you want to finger pick takamine out did them selfs with this guitar . the guitar came very well packed from stinnetts music and right on time by ups will buy more in future from amazom and stinnetts. i own a lot of guitars all gibsons but this takamine is just outstanding mike..............Takamine G Series G406S New Yorker Acoustic Guitar
Great value in a Parlor size guitar! The 3 piece back, the abalone inlays and the fact that it has a Tusq nut and bridge saddle are unheard of in a guitar of this price. Get a decent case for it, since its shipped in a cardboard box which can mar the high gloss finish. Great fingerpicking or flat; the sound is clear and balanced.
The Takamine G406S is fun to play, and a great size for throwing in the trunk or backseat for a weekend get-away. Of course since it's a parlor guitar it doesn't have anywhere near the "oomph" of a dreadnought, but its voice is charmingly sweet and mellow. Sounds nice fingerpicked or strummed. And what a beauty it is, with its wood bindings and solid three piece rosewood and quilted maple back. The price is right, too. If you're looking for a smaller guitar that doesn't cost an arm and a leg and doesn't sound like a piece of junk, the Takamine G406S could be just what you're looking for.