The story: I am a big fan of Takamine acoustics. Last year I bought a used GS330s, only $150 and it satisfied my curiosity--for a while. It isn't a cutaway and no electronics, but I at least solidified my love of the brand with it. That was last March and since then, my music adventure has taken me in an entirely different direction than I planned/expected. My Fender acoustic (Scarlett) has done a good job so far, but I was still GASsing for that next level, and I feel as though my playing skills have improved enough that I earned it. As anyone else who is a Tak fan knows--if you live in an area that isn't considered heavily populated, finding these guitars is kind of difficult at times, new or used. The one that I bought last year I just stumbled across while trying out a Taylor. I really didn't want to order one without having played the same model or at least something similar, and I definitely wanted to try one of the ones with their NEX body shape. So, for the past couple of months, I've been perusing the used department of the GC website, hoping maybe one would turn up within an hours drive. Tuesday night one of the regulars showed up at open mic with his Tak--a GORGEOUS Koa wood guitar, and it just happened to be the NEX body. I asked him if I could try it out, and he was more than happy to let me. I was in love--but really didn't want to spend $1400 on a guitar at the moment. I'm not quite to THAT level. After I got home I decided to check the GC website, I hadn't for a week or two. And my eyes just about popped out of my head when I saw that a Tak with the NEX body had literally just turned up at my local GC center, so recent that it didn't even have pictures yet. Needless to say, yesterday I decided to run over and look at it...and it followed me home. It's in gorgeous condition, I need to get in touch with Takamine and see if I can find a production date on it, but I'd be willing to bet it was manufactured in the last two years. I'm pretty sure the battery in the tuner/amp is the original battery as it's one of those goofy brands you never hear of that typically come with items shipped from Asia. It was dirty--it looked as though someone had been playing it after eating something rather sticky and had a few minor marks on it, and of course needed new strings (quit telling people you change strings on used guitars that come in GC, it's a lie!) but after going over it with a damp cloth/polishing cloth and using some carnuba wax on a few marks, it looks fabulous. And I saved $200 over buying new! It's mine, all mine--a Takamine GN93CE--I love it!! Obligatory sofa picture! The finish on this guitar is just beautiful, I love the wood binding on it and how you can see the grain in it. It sounds great unplugged--but plugged in, holy cow! I thought the Fishman electronics in my Fender kicked butt, this is a whole new level. I'd read many a review on Takamine and how theirs are some of the best, and I have to say I agree. I look forward to trying this out at an open mic sometime in the next few weeks to see how it sounds there. Now I have to decide what I'm going to do with the other Tak, I don't need 3 acoustics or have space for 6 guitars and I know it's just going to sit in it's case unplayed, and I hate that. More than likely will sell it and hopefully someone else will love it as much as I did and appreciate it for the great guitar that it is. It just didn't meet my current needs.