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Takamine TH5C-KIT-2 Classical Nylon String Acoustic Guitar with Hard Case & ChromaCast Accessories
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- Solid Cedar Top, Solid Rosewood Back
- Solid Rosewood Sides, Mahogany Neck
- Ebony Fingerboard, Gloss Natural Finish
- CoolTube (CTP-3) Electronics
- Kit Includes: Takamine Hard Case, Wood Foot Stool, Universal Folding Guitar Stand, 10' Pro Series Instrument Cable, Suede Strap, & GoDpsMusic Polish Cloth
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The TH5C Hirade concert classic is handcrafted in our pro series facility that has been building precision quality instruments over five decades. A sterling example of the luthier's art, these classical guitars that bear the name of Master Luthier Mass Hirade are still built by hand in our Takamine pro facility in Japan. This guitar features a solid cedar top for warmth and broad dynamic range and a solid rosewood back for excellent projection. Gloss natural finish provides durability and adds to the beauty of the guitar. These instruments are designed and built to stand beside the finest classical guitars made today. Includes Takamine's proprietary CTP-3 Cool Tube preamp system. The dual-channel CTP-3 provides low-voltage tube tone, variable from bright and brilliant to thick and warm, three band EQ with semi-parametric midrange, auxiliary input and volume (for use when a second pickup is added), and an onboard chromatic tuner.
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I was surprised at how heavy the TH5C is compared to my Ramirez. The Cool Tubes pickup hardware probably has a lot to do with the weight gain. Nevertheless, the pickup sounds great through my old Trace Acoustic amp, although not as natural as a high end mic. Sustain increases a notch over acoustic playing so you need to be diligent about stopping ringing bass notes. But a mic is a pain for most gigs and this pickup is ideal for weddings, coffee houses and just about any casual gig.
I didn’t buy this guitar for the acoustic tone but I must say tone is surprisingly good: dark robust bass, warm trebles, excellent balance between bass and treble and very even timbre up and down the neck. A cutaway and pickup seems to compromise acoustic resonance, so volume and dynamics are smaller compared to a good non-cutaway concert classical. With that said, I love recording with the TH5C: delicate but pleasant tone coupled with perfectly even response and timbre. No notes pop out (wolf tones) or change color as you navigate between positions and registers.
The adjustable truss rod is an oddity on a classical guitar and my TH5C came set basically flat (no neck relief), the way I like it. If you have a heavy touch you’d want a little extra neck relief (neck bend) to avoid buzzing. The gold plated Gotoh tuning heads are smooth turning and hold pitch well once the strings are stretched out.
The only thing I didn’t care for is the case. It’s a traditional brown hardshell case and too heavy for gigging (musicians tend to get cheap parking two blocks away). I now carry my guitar in a Ritter gig bag…
All in all I’m very happy with the TH5C: easy to play, attractive tone, good pickup system and excellent fit and finish.