Mass Hirade, the founder of Takamine Guitars, was an outstanding designer of classical guitars, and Takamine's top of the line Hirade classicals list for over $4000. The craftsmanship and attention to detail seen in the Hirade and other top Takamine models is evident in the durability and wonderful sound of this much more modest G-126 classical guitar.
The G-126 has a classical structure in its bracing with a solid spruce top and rosewood back and sides, resulting in a clear, bright sound in the upper registers without the loss of any resonance in the lower notes. The body is fully bound in alternating stripes, and the rosette is in a colorful contrasting pattern. The mahogany neck supports a 12/19-fret rosewood fingerboard, and the classical bridge appears to be ebonized rosewood. The classical slotted headstock is set off with metal tuners, completing the picture of a quality instrument.
Structurally, this guitar is in very good condition, with no loose braces and no neck or bridge issues. Cosmetically, it is almost but not quite perfect. There are a few small dings in the soft wood of the top and perhaps a bit of buckle bruising on the back. Check out the pictures: the wood and the finish are beautiful, and of course you will not be paying the $1200 or more you would have to pay for a new instrument of anywhere near this quality, and you won't have to play it for twenty years to season it yourself.
Buyer pays a flat rate of $45 for shipping to the lower 48 states; shipping costs elsewhere will be negotiated as necessary. Payment by Paypal is preferred; cashier’s checks are acceptable, but checks must clear before the guitar will be shipped.
I have tried to be perfectly clear and accurate in describing this instrument, so its return will not be accepted unless it can be shown that it was egregiously misrepresented in this listing. Please check out the pictures and ask any questions you might have before offering to buy it.
Thank you for your interest in this very nice classical guitar.
Payments by Paypal, cashier’s checks, money orders, or personal checks are acceptable, but all payments must clear my bank before the guitar will be shipped. I will CONSIDER reasonable offers, even including installment payments and trade-ins, but generally since I already attempt to price my guitars very competitively, unusual deals must be unusually sweet.
From henceforth [that's how retired English teachers talk], insurance and shipping to the lower 48 states is $55 due to constantly rising shipping costs unless a specific listing says otherwise; shipping costs elsewhere will be negotiated as necessary. I have sold guitars to Russia, Japan, Australia, and over 50 other countries, as well as almost every state in the USA. Since some of my guitars travel thousands of miles, I take care to use lots of packing materials, protect the neck inside the case, and of course de-tune the strings.
I make every effort to describe and illustrate each guitar and case with scrupulous accuracy. However, many of my instruments are well-played vintage items which are many years old, and I am not a luthier. One should assume that any guitar will require some set-up to satisfy your personal requirements, and that not every flaw or ding will be seen/recognized/described in the listing. Thus the return of an instrument will not be accepted unless it can be shown that it was egregiously misrepresented in this listing. Please read the listing carefully, check out the pictures, and ask any questions you might have before offering to buy.