Takamine may not be a name that most bluegrass guitar players think of when thinking of great bluegrass guitars, but flatpicking master Brad Davis tells me it will be. Brad helped Takamine design and develop a new dreadnought call the T Series. There will be both mahogany and rosewood models in the series which feature a dreadnought shape with no cut away and no hole cut for pre-amp electronics. Brad says it’s very “pleasing to the bluegrass eye.”
The guitars in the T Series will still come equipped with the standard Takamine pickup but it will be hidden from sight inside the guitar.
I was so blown away with this new guitar when I got it that I replaced several Tim McGraw tracks cut with my 6,000.00 bluegrass guitar with this new “T” bluegrass guitar. All traditional design and I still can’t believe how killer it sounds. This a guitar that loves a great studio microphone.
The mahogany model will retail for $1,800 and the rosewood version for $2,400. Takamine is planning to release the T Series guitars January 2007, at the Winter Namm Show in California.
My sources tell me the Grascals have already put in a request for a couple of these guitars for use on the road.
You can read more about the guitar and it’s development on Brad’s site.