Takamine GD93 6 String Acoustic Guitar

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90 out of 100. Incorporating 20+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$520
Takamine GD93 Acoustic Guitar

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 90/100 is based on analysis of 20+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

The GD93 may seem like a straightforward dreadnought, but it has some distinct and innovative features, a common theme among Takamine guitars.

The most noteworthy feature is its rosewood bridge with split-saddle, which departs from conventional saddle designs with the aim of improving individual string intonation.

The other distinct feature is not as obvious, you'll have to look past the guitar's solid spruce top, and look at the back to see its three-piece rosewood/quilt maple for the back.

This gives the guitar a more premium look and a subtly different sound.

Also, the GD93's mahogany neck has a slim profile with 12" radius rosewood fingerboard.

Specifications:

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Top: Solid Spruce
  • Back and Sides: Rosewood Sides and Three-Piece Rosewood/Quilt Maple Back
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: Slim
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Frets to Body: 14
  • Scale Length: 25.4"
  • Nut Width: 1.6875" "

Pros

Great craftsmanship is a common theme among those who rate this guitar highly. Users are in awe of how well built the guitar is, from the bound top, to the 3-piece back, to its slim neck, down to the small details. Good tone naturally follows quality build, and this is reflected in reviews. The guitar's slim neck is also well received, a welcome change for those who aren't into the usual chunky necks associated with dreadnoughts.

Cons

There are a few who aren't too happy with the gloss finish on the back of the neck. And the slim neck profile may put off those who want traditional dreadnought playing feel.

Overall

The Takamine GD93 is a reasonably priced dreadnought that will appeal to those who want modern playability from the iconic dreadnought shape.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Acoustic Guitars Under $1000.

About the Author

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He's written about and researched music gear for many years, while also serving as a music director at his local church, in addition to teaching guitar, bass and mentoring young musicians.