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Takamine GD30CE-NAT Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar, Natural
- Solid spruce top and mahogany back and sides that produce a rich, resonant sound
- Slim mahogany neck and 12"-radius rosewood fingerboard provide great feel and playability
- Takamine TP-4TD preamp system gives you a built-in tuner with three-band EQ and gain controls for excellent amplified performance and versatility
- Pin-less rosewood bridge
- Elegant Natural gloss finish
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This item Takamine GD30CE-NAT Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar, Natural
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|Number of Strings||6||12||6||6||6||6|
The GD30CE is a stage-worthy acoustic/ electric dreadnought guitar that features solid top construction, a soft Venetian-style cutaway and a superior-sounding Taka mine electronics system. Ready for any performance situation, the GD30CE features a solid spruce top and mahogany back and sides that produce a rich, resonant sound. The slim mahogany neck and 12"-radius rosewood fingerboard provide great feel and playability, while the onboard Taka mine TP-4TD preamp system gives you a built-in tuner with three-band EQ and gain controls for excellent amplified performance and versatility. Other great features include a pin-less rosewood bridge, synthetic bone nut and split bridge saddle, rosewood head cap, pearloid rosette and dot inlays, chrome die-cast tuners and a beautiful gloss finish. Available in Natural and Black.
Top Customer Reviews
I feel it is important to note that UPS delivered my guitar and I was not happy about their service. As it arrived at my home, I had seen them pull up to the house and so opened the door. As the driver brought the package up to the door he failed to pay attention and literally slammed the box into the concrete steps as he began climbing them(there are only two steps). He then pushed the box at me (which was mashed at one end, turned and went back to his truck without so much as a word, let alone a signature. Like I said 'not happy'! Who knows how they treated it throughout the rest of the shipping process! Though it was packed well and nothing was broken.
OK back to the important part of this...the guitar.
I'm not a big fan of the D'Adarrio EXP bronze coated strings that come on the guitar. They are ok strings, though a little rough on my fingers and I find them a little duller in tone than I prefer. Since she needed a good cleaning anyway, I pulled the strings and replaced them with a set of Light Gauge Elixir Polywebs and she sounds awesome! Great Resonance, Tone, Harmonics, Warmth really a very lovely sound, nice bright, clean and crisp.
The Pre-Amp / Tuner is great. Tuner is spot on and she sounds awesome plugged in (though my preference is still acoustic. Easy to use 3-band EQ, nice sized gain knob makes adjustments easy and precise, easy and intuative tunner display, that turns itself off after just a few minutes to save your battery and the quick battery change access cover is a nice addition as well (battery was included). The Pickups are the Under-Saddle variety. In fact the Saddles actually clip into the pickup right inside the saddle slot of the bridge. Direct Tone Feedback...Awesome!
The most impressive part to me was the way she came set up out of the box. 'Perfect' couldn't have been better... Neck was spot on, Saddle adjustment was spot on, and the nut was notched spot on... This gives the guitar a wonderfully low action, nice and fast, easy on the fingers with great inntonation. Really great work. I can do all of that work myself, (and regularlly do so of others as well), I am very focused on the details and strive for the best results possible. I didn't need to do any adjustments to this guitar, she played liked a dream right out of the box.
The Neck is not gloss coated. It is a flat finish with no clear coat and has been treated with tung oil, I love it! It keeps the neck smooth when playing even if your hands get a little moist.
The Solid Spruce Top is beautiful and elegant and still provides great tonal qualities. The craftsmanship is excellent. you can barely see the seam between the two pieces.
The Mahogany back and sides are absoluetly beautiful. This really is a lovely guitar. Do yourself a favor and give Takemine a try, you wont regret it.
The new Thread Through Bridge style they are using is nice and easy to use, though if you have fat fingers youll want a pair of needle nose pliars during string changes to help get the strings up over the saddle(s) as you thread through. its a simple design that looks and helps make the guitar sound great.
The Duel Saddle is an awesome addition that really helps with the innotation and turns the undersaddle pickup into Two seperate pickups so your B and High E string have their own pickup. it really makes those high notes ring when shes plugged in.
I have been fortunate enough to spend some time with a few other models of Takemine recently the GN30-CE-NAT which is Takemine's NEX body style of this same guitar, still beautiful with great tone, just a little smaller body style. Great for someone that find the Dreanought a little bit big. The other was an EF340SC in their higher end guitars (discontinued now) and to this day is probably the nicest acoustic guitar I have ever played. Seriously though they have something in about every price range. Give them a look and give one a try, you won't regret it!
So to sum up...
Dirty Guitar, Small Rough Patch on the Neck and a tiny clear coat issue on the back binding. (5 minutes to resolve all of them)
Not a fan of the intial set of strings (personal preference, Elixir Polywebs - Light )
UPS Delivery... (crappy package handling)
Beautiful Guitar, Wood, Hardware, Neck...
Amazing Set up right out of the box. SPOT ON!!!
Great Sound! Reasonance, Tone, Warmth, Brightness...Really Excellent!
I am very happy with my purchase! I got a great guitar for the money without having to sacrifice my wallet to pay for a big brand name. Takemine is well know and respected in the industry, you're just getting more guitar for your money.
A TRUELY LOVELY GUITAR....
The only reason I did not give it five star rating had one fret with just a little buzz but no big issue that I can't live with and could easily be adjusted.
The nut is notched perfectly,but the saddle was not done as well. There is a slight difference in width at the bridge between the saddles and the action gets much stiffer as I work up the fret board. I'm thinking that a little attention to the saddle notches will take care of it without creating a buzz on the lower end or forcing a nut change. The intonation is pretty good, but not perfect and I didn't expect it to be coming from across the pond.
Electronics are awesome and I think it sounds better plugged in than it does acoustically. I'm a string bending blues/rock lead guitarist with >40 years experience and I've pretty much played them all. If this is the same setup that others think is low and fast, I would have to question if they actually pick or just strum chords. Feels more like a stiff Taylor guitar, but that is also a compliment if you like that kind of feel. I prefer warmer tones with lower action so that I have more flexibility on the fret board, but I can get the tone I want plugging in. I would give this guitar 5 stars if the action was as low as advertised and expected. It's definitely well worth the price and I'll make it do what I need it to do, but I'm not completely satisfied with the overall play-ability.
I would recommend this guitar to anyone looking in this price range. It is a great guitar for the price!
Now, once I got it adjusted, it played phenomenally and has a great tone and the strings are easy to press down....the three start rating is because out of the box...not a playable guitar. Not an issue for an experienced guy who can take it to a guitar shop and have it altered.