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Takamine G Series G128S Classical Guitar, Natural
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|Hand Orientation||Right Handed||Right Handed||Right Handed||Right Handed||Right Handed||Right Handed|
|Item Dimensions||7 x 42.5 x 19.25 in||8 x 46 x 18 in||8 x 46 x 18 in||19 x 45 x 8 in||18.3 x 42 x 5.1 in||7 x 24 x 10 in|
|Number of Strings||6||6||6||6||6||6|
Designed and built under the supervision of Takamine’s head luthiers, G-Series guitars are created to serve all players from the hobbyist to professional. The EG124C classical guitar is a traditional design based on centuries old drawings of Antonio Torres. Features a solid spruce top for extended dynamic range and a rich harmonic tone. Indian rosewood back and sides are beautiful and aid in projection of the instrument. Gloss finish adds durability and enhances the beauty of the guitar.
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I would give it 5 stars if it wash't because the word "Natural" in the name is misleading. The color of the guitar is not natural. It's tinted with a slight orange color. I've gotten used to it and I like it, but if you are looking for a natural color, this is not your instrument. I'm glad that Amazon changed the picture recently, because this new picture is a lot closer to the exact color (the earlier picture make the guitar look kind of yellow), I think they would do well by removing the word "Natural" too.
Now, the most important: The quality and finish is astonishing for a guitar in this price category. I don't care if this is made in China, the finish and details match those of much, much! more expensive spanish guitars. I didn't find any single blemish.
The sound is absolutely beautiful! Bass sounds are clean (not too loud though), but the sharp sound of strings 1 and 2 specially are absolutely impressive. You pick one of those strings and they resonate for a long, long, time! with clean, loud and bright sounds. My other acoustic guitar has steel strings and every time I grabbed a nylon classical/acoustic guitar I was disappointed with the volume of strings 1-3 , not with this guitar!! The action is OK, not too high or low, no buzzing on any string in any position on the fretboard. And it stays tuned forever compared with other classical guitars that I've tried (even though the strings are still pretty new).
All and all, I would recommend this guitar to anyone looking for the best look&sound for the price.
If you are buying a musical instrument, let's continue. The reddish orange color makes the grains of the top board difficult to see clearly. But if you look closer, you'll see most of the grain lines are wavy. The spacing between them varies from 0.5 mm to 2.5 mm. So the quality of the top spruce board is very poor. The top board (also called sound board) is critical for a guitar's sound quality. Takamine should have used a better piece of wood.
Now, let's talk about the playability. The setup of the action makes it very easy to play, but also makes the strings prone to buzzing at many frets when played forcefully.
At last, sound quality. I like the bright sound of this guitar. But the volume is limited. The sustain is good at low pitch notes but very poor at high notes. The note at the 12th fret on the thinnest string can only last for less than 3 seconds with forceful play (I measured it with my digital watch).
I am still fretful about returning it because I need to pay the relatively high shipping price due to the large package.
Update (9/26/2013): The sound quality has been becoming much better, so has the sustain. This proves that acoustic guitars become better when they age (of course you have to take a good care of it). Given the low price of this guitar, I am no longer fretful. I am actually quite happy!
Update (12/4/2013): Purchased a brand new all-solid-wood "Cordoba C9 CD/MH Acoustic Nylon String Classical Guitar" from Amazon to upgrade. The top board is not flat at all, is very wavy. There are a few obvious minor defects in the finish. The low E and A strings buzz very much on most of the frets when played with normal force. The low E open string is loud, but sounds very coarse, unpleasant. Extremely disappointed. This poor experience with the C9, which is rated with 5 stars, makes me like my G128S even more, so I changed my original title of "Disappointed by the sound", and increased the rating to 5 stars from 3.