By: micr from Seattle Washington USA
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
The quality is typical Japanese, they at least take their time and do it right, plus care about what they are doing. The guitar is absolutely flawless. I like the woods used, and am proud to brag about it.
How has it stood up over time?
The A string popped after not playing it for a few months, it was in the case.
Your general opinion of this product.
I could not be more happy with this guitar, and it's my first one. Others have said classical guitars are difficult to play. I disagree, the fingerboard is wide and dry rosewood, nylon strings placed far apart. This makes it easy for beginners to learn and play from. It's always exciting to think about playing this easy guitar.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
A wide rosewood finger board is the ultimate. I got a Fender Telecaster later and it's incredible that they expect me to play it without difficulty compared to the Takamine.
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
The tone is wonderful, I'm a big fan of nylon strings. And it stays in tune for a long time. The onboard EQ is confusing to use, I still don't understand it, and I will forever worry about a leaking 9 volt battery.
How did the stain or paint job look?
The gloss is perfect.
How was the action out of the box?
Perfect action for beginners or person using it as first guitar, the nylon strings and wide spacing is perfect.