Agreed, I used to have a CP132S, which is the same guitar with a pickup; I got it second hand in a music shop too. It was a well set up guitar, easy to play with a nice well-balanced tone. I only got rid of it because I was downsizing and decided I couldn't cope with more than two CGs.soltirefa wrote:The first classical guitar I ever bought is the Takamine C132S, which I found in a music store going out of business back in the late 90s. It didn't come with a case and cost $450. Nowadays I rarely use it, mostly if I travel and don't want to take a good luthier guitar with me.
I got this guitar out today and played it a bit and was struck by what a great guitar it is. It sounds and plays as well as guitars much more expensive. I'm not sure if the current Takamine guitars are as good as the ones back then, but if so they should be considered by someone who is looking for an inexpensive classical guitar.
Plus you get that playability. The neck shape is so perfect. I had thought that if I wanted another luthier made guitar, take in the Takamine and ask if he can make the neck just like that.60moo wrote:I would say that a Takamine from the 80's is the closest thing you'll get to anything you ever wanted in a guitar, for a tenth of the price....if you're prepared to do without the 'Spanish' sound. Just super in every other respect.
I have a 1978 Takamine C132 (Made on Feb 25 to be exact) with the Ramirez headstock and 660 scale and all. I bought it used and it already had a bone nut and saddle which appears to be original. I'm not sure if they later switched to plastic, or if you happen to have one that was switched with a plastic saddle later by a previous owner. In any case, switching from cheap plastic to bone should yield a noticeable improvement in sound quality. You'll notice greater depth, warmth and fullness to the sound.Tom Wimsatt wrote: ↑Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:54 pmI realize this thread is a bit old, but here goes. I have a C132S, that was made in 1989. This model has a plastic bridge, saddle and nut. I'm thinking of converting to ebony and bone. I recently discovered the new c132 models use these materials.
Anyone out there ever tried this?