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354 of 361 found the following review helpful:
Looks nice, sounds nice, plays nice and it's cheap. Go for it! Oct 28, 2011
By Desktop Music, LLC
Watch Video Here: http://www.amazon.com/review/RKKNC1WSQVYMD First the bad: this guitar came with low quality strings that were corroded and unplayable in my opinion. The first thing that I did before even playing it was to change the strings.
If you are a beginner this may be a problem unless you know someone who can do it for you. If not, I suggest you purchase a string winder (B0002E1G5C), a set of good strings (B0002H09RU) and a guitar tuner (B003VWJ2K8.) Find a web page or YouTube video that explains how to change the strings on an acoustic guitar. However you may get a guitar with a shiny set of new strings that sound great and this won't be a problem. But you will need the stuff that I mentioned later if you keep up with your playing. Actually if you are a beginner you will need a guitar tuner -- buy one with your guitar. You will never sound like you are making progress with an out-of-tune guitar.
The good: A little money and you get a lot of guitar. I needed a "crasher" guitar that I wouldn't feel guilty if I bumped it around and another guitar for a gift. I purchased this along with the slightly more expensive Jasmine By Takamine S34C NEX Acoustic Guitar (B0002GXZK4). I don't think you are missing a lot by choosing this guitar over the model that is a bit more expensive, although the other model looks sleeker and has a cutaway for access to the higher frets. The other guitar has a slightly better sound, but you are a beginner, it won't matter.
This is a nice looking, nice playing and nice sounding guitar (the same qualities that make for a good girlfriend.)
Rather than take someone's word about the sound of the guitar, I made a video so you could hear for yourself.
If you play guitar and want a "crasher" guitar, or you want to learn, or you want to give a very nice gift... this is it. You can't go wrong. I hoped my video and review helped you decide and if you go for it, I hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoy mine.
175 of 182 found the following review helpful:
A review in one word: "Smooth" Dec 29, 2007
"Reading. Listening. Learning. Living."
Smooth the the touch. Smooth to the ear.
Takamine's model designation for this is 'S35'. In my estimation, the 'S' must stand for 'solid', 'smooth', 'superb', 'special' or just plain 'sweet'.
This guitar seems to be perfect for a beginner or amateur/recreational player.
The construction and overall quality are very impressive. From the solid fit and finish to the easy to tune/maintain hardware - this guitar is top notch.
Looks-wise, the finish is darker than pictured and is matte not glossy. The finish will not show finger prints like a gloss-finished black bargain basement model. This is one good looking instrument that looks like it cost far more than it does. It features a warm, rich wood tone exterior.
The sound produced by the guitar is brilliant and warm. In terms of playing, the action doesn't seem to be too high as indicated in other reviews. I find this to be a very easy instrument to play and keep in tune.
This guitar will never be mistaken for a cheap guitar. Compared to other 'entry-level' offerings, this product is in a different class. This guitar has received several "wows" and more than one "beautiful" from friends and family.
Thanks to Takamine for producing a great product at an affordable price. It is encouraging to see that a true value can be had that allows just about anyone to put a quality musical instrument in their hands.
In shopping for guitars I checked out higher-priced models from all kinds of makers. To be sure, a higher-priced Takamine or Martin will impress your friends and make you the envy of your neighbors. But pound for pound, this is the best guitar that I have tried out.
If given the choice, I would purchase one again with no hesitation.
192 of 204 found the following review helpful:
Takamine S35 Guitar Oct 28, 2006
By T. Northrup
This is my third guitar. They have all been entry level instruments, and it seems as fast as I buy them I give them to my children. This one I will keep. This is by far the best guitar of the previous two, and thinking back the least expensive. I cannot believe how well-made this instrument is, with close attention to detail. There were no short-cuts taken when assembling this guitar, those small details that usually distinguish entry level instuments. I would recommend this guitar to anyone.
104 of 112 found the following review helpful:
Very good acoustic smooth sound Mar 14, 2006
By Hitesh Patel
I have been using this guitar for about a year have posted pics also on amazon. I got it from geartree for 99.99 and I am glad that the guitar was so nice. Bass string and treble string 1-6 just sound so clear and seperated in this guitar. I'd suggest any beginner to go with this guitar. Even proffessionals can try too if they haven't tried it. worth
52 of 54 found the following review helpful:
Rocking Afghanistan Nov 16, 2008
By Big Willie and Family
First, I had NO IDEA HOW TO PLAY the guitar before I ordered this 'cheap' guitar and had it shipped to Afghanistan where I am currently stationed. It arrived FAST, which is great. It arrived in good shape, which means that the packaging is good. After I put it together (strings anyway) I busted the small string (whichever one that is). Fifteen minutes later and a little theft from a buddies string stash I had my guitar strung and tuned.
Since there are hundreds of podcasts on how to play a guitar for free and books all over this base on how to play the guitar - I am proud to say that I can now 'get by' with a a few tunes.
This guitar plays well, it is light (which I like), sounds nice (a little twangy) and is perfect for the price.
I will be leaving it here is Afghanistan when I return home, but it will continue to be enjoyed by soldiers for a long time as the quality of the manufacturing is good and sturdy.
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