Takamine GN93CE Acoustic-Electric Guitar

The performance-ready Takamine GN93CE delivers silky-smooth amplified tone, thanks to its TK-40D preamp system and NEX-style body.
What's special about this item?
Feature: What it does:
Spruce top Articulate tone, projects well, resists scratches
TK-40D preamp EQ bypass, notch filter, mid contour, and tuner
Laurel fingerboard Chocolate hue; similar feel and tone to rosewood
Mahogany neck Great sustain, strength, and warm tone
Featuring Takamine's sleek and curvaceous NEX-style body, the GN93CE is an acoustic/electric guitar with a solid top and special back construction that give it an upscale feel and distinctive sound.

For players seeking a well-balanced guitar with great performance features and refined looks, the GD93CE has a solid spruce top, black walnut sides and a beautiful three-piece black walnut/quilt maple back. The slim mahogany neck and 12"-radius bound Laurel fingerboard provide great feel and playability, while the onboard Takamine TK-40D preamp system gives you a built-in tuner, three-band EQ and gain controls, mid contour switch, notch filter and EQ bypass switch for the ultimate in versatility and sound quality.

Other premium features include maple body, neck and headstock binding; dark wood rosette and body purfling; synthetic bone nut and split bridge saddle; Laurel headcap; abalone dot inlays; gold die-cast tuners with black buttons; and a beautiful gloss finish. Available in Natural.

Features:

- Spruce top
- Mahogany neck
- Takamine TK-40D Preamp
- Built in tuner
- Three band EQ, gain controls, mid contour switch, notch filter and EQ bypass
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- Top: Solid Spruce
- Body: Maple
- Inlays: Abalone dot
- Back: 3-Piece Black Walnut with Quilt Maple Center
- Sides: Black Walnut
- Neck: Mahogany
- Fingerboard: Laurel
- Nut Width: 1.6875" (42.8 mm)
- Electronics: TK-40D Preamp with Built-In Tuner
- Finish: Natural
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Natural
Shipping Weight: 6.75 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 43 x 19 x 6 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): TAK GN93CE15 NAT
Takamine Warranty Takamine offers a limited lifetime warranty on all products. Electronics and plating are not covered under warranty.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-423-8388
(4 ratings)
Submitted June 6, 2018 by Paul L in ENGLEWOOD, CO
"A Very Nice Guitar For It's Price In All Respects"
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First of all I'll admit to being a long time Taylor player and have owned three. I recently sold my 214ce-dlx to my son-in-law and needed to replace it with another layered or laminate body A/E while I await Taylor's conversion of all of their new models to "V" bracing. I chose the GN93CE based on it's value and the reputation of Takamine as a builder of high quality acoustics and I'm not at all disappointed.

Sound
Tonally it's not a Taylor but it is damn close. It's well balanced tonally, crisp and clean, but lacks just a bit of the Taylor "sparkle". Not a bad thing for those who don't appreciate that about Taylors. The electronics are based on the TK-40D preamp and are quite good for a guitar in this price range. In fact I would call it's amplified sound one of it's strong points. One improvement I intend to make is replacing it's coated EXP strings with the Nickel/Bronze set I prefer. That should "wake it up" a bit more. Personally I feel mfgs should ditch these coated strings altogether.

Features
The TK-40D preamp has some very nice features not always found on A/E guitars in this price range like a 3 band EQ w/bypass, a mid contour, and an onboard notch filter to control feedback. The onboard tuner is also helpful although possibly not quite as accurate as a pedal tuner or hand held mini-tuner. Still, it's convenient and easy to read.

Ease of Use
Amplified, which is how I intend to use it, it sounds quite good and the output read more from the pickup and preamp were stronger than I expected. The onboard EQ is effective but I also use a 7 band graphic EQ on my board and a TC BodyRez. Acoustic amplification has always been a Takamine strength. Playability is also quite good although I have a feeling I may want to lower the bridge saddle a bit to get it's action where I like. For many it would be perfect but I prefer lower action because I play with a lighter touch. Access to the truss rod is also quite easy even fully strung and the proper size hex wrench is provided.

Quality
The fit and finish are flawless and the combination rosewood/maple back is both unique and attractive as is the maple body and neck trim. The tuners are adequate and the nut is well cut. Intonation is spot on to the 12th fret and the guitar also hold it's tuning well when capo'd. Altogether it has the type of high quality I would expect from a Takamine product.

Value
Having considered this model along with others of a similar price including the 100 Series and GS Mini Taylors I found at this price point I preferred the Takamine. I have a number of friends and fellow players who have played Takamine models for 20 years or more and love them. In it's price range I'd give it 5 stars.

Manufacturer Support
I have not dealt with Takamine directly.

The Wow Factor
The unique combination of rosewood and maple in the body and the maple trim make it a very attractive guitar. That coupled with a full featured quality preamp make it a very nice guitar for performing.

Musical Background:
Experienced Guitarist, Bassist, Vocalist and semi-pro performing musician.

Musical Style:
Classic Rock, Country Rock, Blue, R&B, Southern Soul and some solo acoustic genre thrown into the mix.
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