NAMM 2024: “A lower cost option that’s pure Takamine in its voice”: An affordable take on Takamine’s all-black Legacy Series has been in demand “for decades” – with its latest G Series acoustics, the Japanese luthier has finally obliged

Takamine GD34CE and GD38CE Acoustic guitars
(Image credit: Takamine)

NAMM 2024 continues to serve up both high-end builds and budget-friendly instruments, but Takamine’s latest one-two G Series release looks to blur the boundaries between the two camps, focusing on capturing the essence of luxury builds at a reduced cost. 

As such, its new GD34CE acoustic guitar and its 12-string equivalent, the GD38CE, are part of the affordable G Series range, and are based on Takamine's hand-crafted EF341SC and EF381SC models.

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.