What is the best Takamine Acoustic Guitar? (best value)
The GN93CE NEX
For years we've been recommending the Takamine GN93CE NEX among all major guitar manufactures. Its manageable price point and high quality marks (solid Spruce top, comfortable to play, high-functioning preamp) keep it high on our favorites list overall, let alone within the confines of the Takamine lineup.
The Takamine GN93CE NEX is one of our favorite acoustic guitars overall. We even recommend it in our parent best acoustic guitar roundup.
Among the Takamine brand, it's our favorite because of the balance it strikes between low price and high quality. As we often say - finding the "best" isn't necessarily just the most expensive.
What will appeal and work for the largest among of people is going to be a combination of two things:
- Lowest possible price
- Highest possible quality
Takamine's GN93CE is easily the best balance of those two things. We'll cover some comparison and pricing tools, then some additional information paragraphs to wrap things up.
Questions and thoughts are welcome in the comments section below.
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This section allows you to compare the Takamine GN93CE to similar acoustic guitars in the same price range. It shows you price and only basic specs, but we think getting it down to a simpler specs list is more helpful than the full nine yards. Note that if the rating section is left n/a, it simply means we haven't done a singular review of that guitar yet.
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Whenever possible we try to include live pricing tools in our product highlights. These tables update in real-time from multiple retailers and vendors, thus giving you a fairly complete picture of what you can expect to pay. We also have a price alert option (uses your email address) and a price history graph.
Price Alert (tracks with Sweetwater)
Price History (tracks with Sweetwater)
Price History for Takamine GN93CE NEX Acoustic-electric Guitar - Natural
|Current Price||$799.99||December 2, 2023|
|Highest Price||$849.99||August 12, 2023|
|Lowest Price||$729.99||August 5, 2022|
Last price changes
|$799.99||October 20, 2023|
|$849.99||September 2, 2023|
|$799.99||August 31, 2023|
|$849.99||August 12, 2023|
|$799.99||September 2, 2022|
Takamine Honorable Mentions
Takamine produces a lot of acoustic guitars, many of which come in multiple versions like cutaway/non-cutaway or electric/non-electric. So note that any recommendation we make for one particular guitar should apply to other variations.
But again, Takamine does a good job with their preamps, so that might be something where we recommend going with the "E" version if possible.
Here are three additional Takamine acoustics that deserve a look:
The Case for the GN93CE
As mentioned, Takamine has plenty of acoustics to choose from. And unless your budget is just really high, we think that most people will be happy in the $700 to $800 price range (which is what the GN93CE cost at the time of writing this article.
The low price point is what makes it a high-value option.
But lets go over a few quality-related reasons that we think the GN93E is the best Takamine acoustic guitar:
- Slim and comfortable body design
- Solid Spruce top
- Black walnut and the quilted Maple back and sides make for a rich-sounding, unique tonewood combination.
- Quartersawn x-bracing
- Natural sound has a lot of flexibility and versatility - warm on the lows and brighter/lead-friendly on the higher register
- Natural tone is aptly captured when running through the preamp into an acoustic amplifier
Considering context when choosing the "best" option
We do believe that the GN93CE is the best overall Takamine acoustic, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it's the best option for you. Particularly when purchasing something like a guitar, your situation is really important.
What's best for most people may or may not be what you need.
Here are a few things you should consider:
- What is your skill level?
- What style of music do you play?
- Do you like dreadnought or concert-style acoustic body shapes?
- Do you want or need a preamp?
- What's your budget?
All of these things impact how well a given acoustic guitar will work for you. Take them into consideration as you explore your options.
Takamine has established itself as a strong, mid to upper-tier acoustic guitar brand. If you've settled on them, you can trust that you're buying from a reputable guitar manufacturer. And if the GN93CE works for you, we think it's the best Takamine guitar overall that packs the most value.
If you have questions about the GN93CE or something else related to finding an acoustic guitar for your situation, drop it in the comments section below and we'll chat.
Good luck out there.