The guitar truly broke the mold while being anything but original. A Gibson Explorer body, a Jackson like headstock, DiMarzio style pickups, Fender Strat style Tremolo, and one of the smallest Ibanez necks you'll ever feel, all the while making each piece themselves instead of licensing each item from another source. This was designed to save the company when acoustic sales were down due to the 70's keyboard wave and the 80's Metal eruption. It is an amalgamation of some of the most sought after and favored parts of the world's highest selling electric guitars.
Super, super fast D shaped neck with the edges well rounded. A set neck like all the rest and made of Mahogany with a rosewood fret board. The frets are extremely tall yet thin from nut to bridge. These frets require a very soft touch to play on them without bending the tuning out of whack.
Very much like the Gibson Explorer from the front, but far more angled, shaved, and thin front to back. The body is solid mahogany yet very light due to how well it's contoured. Sustain is roughly a 7 out of 10. The small size of the wood just doesn't keep up with the sustain of some other, thicker guitar bodies.
DiMarzio style. Very rich, very large sound from these babies. Nearly everyone who hears them in person argues over whether or not they are stock. It just goes to show how well studied the Takamine manufacturers were when they brought this guitar to the drawing board.
Tuners They have a cheap feel to them, but they do a great job of keeping the guitar in tune.
This tremolo is very small. It's a little easier to play on than others. It takes a lot of pressure to get the bridge to rise or lower even though it only has 3 springs attached. Due to this model not having a locking nut, the tremolo will kill your tuning every time. Not by a lot, but enough to make you think twice for pulling that bar.
Overall I recommend this guitar to guitarists of all experience levels. The pickups are really the draw to these guitars more than anything else. Mine is from 1984 and was the 80th guitar off the line.