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    Spyderco Forum Registered User Sequimite's Avatar
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    New guitar - 1999 Tacoma Jumbo cutaway

    After not playing guitar for twenty years I've started lessons. I was fortunate to find a suitable guitar at a tiny music shop here in Sequim. Tacoma Guitars was an offshoot of the Young Chang Piano factory in Tacoma. After building guitars for Guild and Washburn they started producing their own guitars. Mine has a solid Sitka Spruce top and solid mahogany neck, back and sides. It has the then state of the art L.R.Baggs preamp system allowing you to blend a piezo under the bridge with a condenser microphone in the lower bout. Great low fretboard action worthy of a good electric. I find both the 1 3/4" nut and the 17" lower bout to be very comfortable.

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    Spyderco Forum Registered User glbpro's Avatar
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    Congratulations on the purchase - it's a shame that Tacoma guitars succumbed to the Fender kiss of death a few years ago. I have a Thunderchief acoustic bass guitar that I absolutely love and always gets compliments when I play it.

    "Each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked." - Nehemiah 4:18

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    Spyderco Forum Registered User The Mastiff's Avatar
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    I don't know a darn thing about Guitars but I do know nice wood and good craftsmanship. That's a good looking guitar.

    "A Mastiff is to a dog what a Lion is to a housecat. He stands alone and all others sink before him. His courage does not exceed temper and generosity, and in attachment he equals the kindest of his race" Cynographia Britannic 1800

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    Spyderco Forum Registered User LDphifty's Avatar
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    new guy here

    nice guit. i have a tacoma that i use for camping and road trips. they hold up. my pricier guitars rarely get played unless i'm recording or playing out. tacomas are great for "edc".

    remember to keep her at about 55% humidity and that action should keep. i over did it the first few years and the belly swelled up too much. had to shave down my saddle and bridge. too much humidity is just and bad as too little.

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    Spyderco Forum Registered User defenestrate's Avatar
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    I have heard good things about Tacomas, particularly value for money in their price range. I hope you really enjoy it. I know I would. Jumbo cutaways are one of my favorite acoustic shapes.

    Personally I only have what most folks would call cheap instruments, but my woman actually encourages me or buys for me if she catches good enough deals, so I have a handful of guitars with different qualities I enjoy.
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