Takamine Guitars: G511SS Dreadnought
by Guitar Guru
“Like Chocolate for the Ears”
Rich is probably the first word that comes to mind when trying to describe the Takamine G511SS. Listening to the tone of the G511SS is like indulging in chocolate for the ears. With a broad, solid cedar top
and deep body, the resonance of this beauty emphasizes the bass notes, giving the overall volume of the G511SS a boost that definitely won’t make you flinch, even with the strongest fingerstyle strumming.
The G511SS has a balanced, mellow, woody sound that lends itself well to classical work and fingerstyle play, but tends towards strident if used for pick work or if the wrong strings are used. In fact, you will need to look into replacing the strings that come with the G511SS and find some that reflect your personal playing style; the strings it comes with tend towards giving it a rather harsh tone that can affect your initial impression of this rather beautiful instrument.
One thing that may turn you off of the Takamine G511SS (or turn you on, depending on your perspective) is the G511SS’s Dreadnought body style; a large, deep body that gives this beauty its gorgeous tone, but which can be unmanageable for younger or more slightly built players. Yet, its reasonable price tag (under $500) should be a plus in anyone’s book.
If, however, you can manage the reach required by the G511SS and find yourself in need of a guitar that lends itself well to fingerstyle playing, you will find the Takamine G511SS an incredibly powerful and rewarding guitar to play, with a rich and mellow sound that truly is like chocolate for the ears.
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