Takamine has introduced four new models at Summer NAMM 2016, in Nashville, including an updated reissue of the EF75S. The original model, a small-body OM, was issued between 2005 and 2008 and featured a solid Sitka spruce top, and Brazilian rosewood back and sides. The updated EF75M TT has a thermally treated, solid Sitka top and Madagascar rosewood back and sides. $3,999 street.
The CP771MC SB, an OM-style acoustic with a cutaway, but with a quite different vibe. This all-solid “American” mahogany guitar (solid mahogany top, back, and sides, with ebony fingerboard) has all the throaty, punchy midrange you’d want to complement acoustic blues, or roots music. It’s dressed in a striking Satin Shadowburst finish. $1,969 street.
The new CP400NYK is a limited-run New Yorker guitar that’s a combination of a satin-finished solid cedar top and Hawaiian Koa back and sides, giving you a syrup-sweet sound. The 12-fret neck joint moves the bridge of the guitar into the sweet spot of the soundboard, creating surprising warmth in a small guitar. The slotted peghead gives the instrument an old-school vibe that just looks cool. $1,869 street.
The fourth model is a special limited-run EF7M-LS, in which the “LS” stands for “Lutz Spruce.” Lutz is a hybrid spruce from the Northwest that grows between stands of Sitka spruce and Canadian white spruce. The sound is reminiscent of some of the best qualities of legendary Adirondack spruce, while being a bit more dynamically forgiving. Paired with solid Indian rosewood back and sides, the EF7M-LS gives you an OM guitar that whispers and screams. $2,499 street.