Takamine GD34CE BLK review

Based on the Takamine used by Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi, the GD34CE has all of its stablemates' classic good looks on a budget. But how does it sound?

Takamine GD34CE BLK
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Guitar World Verdict

In play, it’s easy to forget the price point that the GD34CE occupies as it produces a very agreeable sound both acoustically and when amplified. As such, any singer-songwriter on a budget who wants to buy into a big brand with premium build quality and, most importantly, good sound would be well advised to look here.


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    Great price.

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    Good sounds.

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    Excellent build quality.


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    Those low frets.

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    Positioning of the preamp might put some players off.

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Takamine acoustics need little introduction from us as their high-quality, road-warrior reputation is well established. 

After arriving on these shores in the mid-’70s, the brand has gone from strength to strength, appearing on stage in the hands of numerous headlining bands, from the Eagles to Bruce Springsteen and beyond. 

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David Mead

With over 30 years’ experience writing for guitar magazines, including at one time occupying the role of editor for Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, David is also the best-selling author of a number of guitar books for Sanctuary Publishing, Music Sales, Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. As a player he has performed with blues sax legend Dick Heckstall-Smith, played rock ’n’ roll in Marty Wilde’s band, duetted with Martin Taylor and taken part in charity gigs backing Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden and Robbie McIntosh, among others. An avid composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, he has released two acclaimed albums, Nocturnal and Arboretum.