How much is the tak going for? I currently play a 1978 Takamine C132S. If the one you found sounds anything like mine, I'd definitely choose it over any Cordoba. I've played a Cordoba C9 for several years and it was a fantastic guitar and is probably superior in terms of playability and volume with a deeper bass response, but the tak just has a more refined, mature and beautiful tone which may be partially a result of its age. In fact, I'd choose my tak over many instruments costing thousands more. It would be really hard for me to make any judgments of the 80's tak you found without being able to play it however. If the tak is your best option locally and you like it, I'd pull the trigger rather than buying blindly online.joshuanorman wrote: ↑Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:40 amHi all, I'm looking to buy my first classical (after years of playing electric and steel string acoustics). Available to me locally are an 80's Takamine c134s, a Taylor crossover and a couple of Yamaha laminate top student models. The takamine to me seems nice – plays well and sounds good, the Taylor is super easy to play but sounds a bit dead and the Yamahas are very quiet and a little dull sounding. If I buy local the Takamine seems like a no-brainer. I guess my question to all of you is this - is there an advantage to buying a low end new guitar online vs the old Tak? A Cordoba C5 or the cheaper Yamaha solid tops is what I assume I'd be looking at. Any other brands at the super low end of the solid top pool that I should be considering?
500 is very reasonable. Glad you secured it and hope you enjoy it thoroughly
FWIW my tak has a bone saddle with no G compensation, but its intonation is pretty spot on probably because it has a relatively lower action. I doubt you'll notice any tonal improvements if you change to an all bone saddle.
So now that I've had it for a while the strings have settled in and it sounds really good. What looked to me to plastic initially is actually just a thick paper shim, but the intonation is pretty close and it sounds good so i don't think I'm going to get too worried about a new saddle just yet.
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