Takamine TAN16C (No Longer Available)
6-string Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Bear Claw Spruce Top and Hardshell Case - Dreadnought
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The Sound Is SuperNatural!Takamine's new SuperNatural Series of instruments are available with your choice of solid cedar or solid spruce soundboards, and voiced for players who appreciate brilliance and ambiance as much as depth and richness. Feelthe Takamine TAN16C's acoustic power right through the solid rosewood back, braced and calibrated to enhance the broad range of the soundboard. The Takamine TAN16C also features high ratio gold tuners for precise tuning capabilities, and Abalone rosette with a tortoise pickguard. Last, but certainly not least, the Takamine TAN16C comes with the CoolTube on-board tube preamp with bass and treble tone controls, semi-parametric midrange, a second-source input and blend control, and chromatic tuners.
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by kevin fent from Spgfld MissouriTakemine has long been a very interesting producer of innovative guitars. This one in particular impressed me for live performance. Through my SWR Cali Blonde or my Shertler Unico it shines. The ablit... read more [+]ity to dial in a nice acoustic tone at club volumes has only been surpassed by my Turner guitars. I enjoy the preamp features and the guitars overall playability. I've had mine for close to 2 years and it is rock solid. I would consider this an excellent purchase if presented with the need to buy one again. The cool tube adds a a warmer mid, but is less problematic with feedback at higher volumes with your typical sound hole mute in place. close [-]
November 22, 2009
Music Background: Player/performer since 1970
Value and Exceptional Tone
by JC from Boulder, COI've owned this guitar for about four years now, and I would highly recommend it. I went into my search for a new acoustic intent on buying a Taylor, and this guitar outplayed every other guitar I co... read more [+]nsidered (Breedloves, Martins, and Taylors) in nearly every way.
January 6, 2011
Music Background: Blues, Folk Rock, Contemporary Worship
To this day, this guitar holds its own and (in my opinion) sounds better than guitars with up to twice it's price. Acoustically, it is very solid. Not the absolute best I've ever played, but very very full sounding, especially if it's cared for an broken in properly. Mine has a lot of the brightness you would expect from a Taylor, but has a much richer and warmer sound in the lower end than any Taylor I've played in a similar price range (410's, 414's). I don't mean to bash Taylor, but I think in this case, you'll get twice the guitar for about $200 less.
What really sets this guitar apart is the cooltube preamp. Plugged in, this guitar is one of the best I've ever heard. There is an amazing amount of warmth to the sound, and it doesn't give any of that shoebox midrange that many other acoustics will give you at this price range. The sound is full and rich, not thin and boxy. Maybe a tad bright for some, but I love it. I do a lot of my own recording, and I always set up two tracks for the acoustic: One for my tube condenser and one direct from the guitar. That's how good the preamp is.
All that said, there are a few small problems with this guitar. One, the bridge configuration is a little hard to work with. The action on mine has always been a little high, and the string ratio is slightly off. Consequently the intonation isn't quite perfect. Tweaking the truss rod helped, but you can't really have this guitar properly intonated unless you have a luthier file down the bridge pieces. Still, I'm a huge stickler about guitar tuning, and so far it hasn't been a noticeable enough problem for me to actually take the guitar in.
Overall, this is an exceptional guitar for a great price. I've played this guitar live almost every week for four years now, and it hasn't ever let me down. Every time I play it, I'm happy I picked it. close [-]
Takamine TAN 16C
by Jim Green from Johnstown, PaGot this guitar over a month ago and can't put it down, already played several gigs and I'm very much satisfied over my decision to buy this guitar, sounds great and looks great.
October 15, 2011
Music Background: Rock Band in earlier years and now Contemporary Christain
Great guitar, but a hmmm... on the Cool Tube
by Alan from Myrtle Beach, SCWell, as Rosewood/Sitka Spruce dreadnoughts go, this is a fine guitar. Elegant without a lot of bling, it plays well and has a big and balanced tone. It can take any level of strumming that you can gi... read more [+]ve it, but is still a sweet guitar when played finger style. I like the tone, a lot. It sounds as good as many D-sized guitars that cost a lot more than this. And, better than a lot!
November 14, 2009
Music Background: Pro Christian touring soloist
My problem is with the Cool Tube. I like the sound best when frankly, the tube portion is just dialed out. The preamp setup is neat, the chromatic tuner is accurate and convenient. The volume, treble and bass controls are effective. Again, to me, it's all excellent until I dial more than 10% into the Cool Tube. Then it gets progressively more "screechy" to my ears, and just diminishes the sound. In talking with others, probably a slim majority agree with me. Maybe it's my acoustic amp, the 50w Marshall acoustic model. I've tried it through a Peavey, and still struggle to get the CoolTube to do what I think it should. Still, eliminate that portion - a sad thing, really, as you're paying a good bit more for it - and the sound is pretty amazing. And, as a pure acoustic dreadnought, it really is a beautiful, well-made, and gorgeous sounding guitar. close [-]
Marcy, Saint Louis, MO
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