#1
I was looking at Takamine guitars between $1000-1200, and I was just wondering the difference between models and the wood they are made out of listed below:

EAN55C: http://www.takamine.com/?fa=detail&mid=1282&sid=67

Top: Solid Cedar
Inlays: None
Back: Rosewood
Sides: Rosewood
Fingerboard: Rosewood

EF341SC: http://www.takamine.com/?fa=detail&mid=139&sid=66

Top: Solid Cedar
Inlays: Snowflake
Back: Maple
Sides: Maple
Fingerboard: Rosewood

TAN15C: http://www.takamine.com/?fa=detail&mid=1330&sid=65

Top: Solid Cedar
Inlays: None
Back: Solid Rosewood
Sides: Rosewood
Fingerboard: Rosewood
#2
If it doesn't say "solid" then it isn't solid. All the guitars you listed have laminated sides. The TAN15C is the only one with a solid back.

Rosewood is bassy and warm

Maple is tight and bright.

Laminated rosewood and laminated maple will sound very similar. A guitar with a laminated back is more likely to project than a guitar with a solid rosewood back but the rosewood back will sound more "musical" and will sound warmer.

For $1000 there is no reason the guitar shouldn't have a solid top AND a solid back. If you want to sacrifice the cutaway then you can get a guitar with top, back, and sides for around $800


The top guitar you listed is an OM sized guitar (small body that is good for fingerpicking) and the 2nd and 3rd guitars are dreads which are the most commen body style. The dread shape is bassy and strong sounding.
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Last edited by CorduroyEW at Aug 21, 2006,
#3
^^ most of that looks good.

Cedar is a soft wood which makes it easier to get damaged but after owning the guitar for a long time the sap in the cedar with crystalize giving u a better tone after 20-30 years. Rosewood is a hard wood i believe.

The electronics and cutaway will take away from tone. I like the EAN55C. I dont like the dreadnaught style.