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 Post subject: 2000 Takamine FD400SC 12-string specs: Anyone have this?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:03 am 
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Aloha guys!
I have been scouring the web, including the Takamine site, and found very little info on my wonderful "FD400SC" 12-string.
It was a short-run model number.
These were made and/or called model "FD400SC" only(I believe) between years 1999 and 2000.
What I do know is that it has a solid Spruce top, Rosewood back w/laminate sides, and Acoustic DSP AD-1 preamp...

Some of these limited online sources have said solid back, while other say laminate back.
I will check tomorrow...

These were shown to be in the $2,500 US price-range when new, according to online ads that had expired, yet still showed the original asking price when new.
These ads matched what the original owners claimed they paid, when going to sell them used...including the guy who sold it to me...

Everything about it is perfect and sounds just amazing, with the exception of the higher-octave E string(very top/12th string).
The problem is that, when tuned perfectly, the 12th octave E string goes slightly out of tune with the 11th low E string -around the 3rd fret only. So my open G chords sound a little off at the low end, enough to bug me:/
I can fudge the tuning of that string ever so slightly, as well as make sure my finger technique is on point, and the issue is almost gone...
The nut dimensions, height and slots all "appear" around perfect.
But something is off, and maybe needs to be compensated/adjusted?

It is a great guitar, and sounds/feels like it could actually be a solid top AND back model(noticeable belly buzz and resonance).

Anyway, I mostly wonder if anyone out there in Tak land bought/sold/owns/knows this model well? :)

I'd love to talk a little about it...

Jayboy

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'72 Tak F400S(RIP)
'77 Tak F385
'00 Tak FD400SC
'06 Tak EAN10C
'09 Breedlove AC250CR
'09 Luna Flora parlor
'14 Epi Les Paul Custom Pro
'08 Epi Les Paul Standard
'84 EB-3 Bass
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 Post subject: Re: 2000 Takamine FD400SC 12-string specs: Anyone have this?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:39 pm 
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The FD400SC was made those years because thats the years they used the Dsp. That would be the D in FD. Prior to that there was also an FP, Palathetic and the more well known EF400SC.

Solid spruce top and I believe solid rosewood back with rosewood sides.


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 Post subject: Re: 2000 Takamine FD400SC 12-string specs: Anyone have this?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:54 pm 
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Wow! Thanks for explaining that TheFatguy!
Now it makes sense about the "D" designation...

Why did they only produce the DSP AD-1 during that short run of two years?
-It seems like a perfectly amazing preamp solution... I love it.
Possibly the perfect all-in-one solution if doing straight from guitar to PA!?
Adjustable Reverb, EQ, Tuner, DI, etc...

The 9 factory presets seem to match several of the popular acoustic amps out there.
One setting is perfect for the Fishman Loudbox, another is perfect for the Roland AC-60, another for my Yamaha/JBL 600w PA system...and so on...

Anyway, the DSP AD-1 was just a bonus... The sound of this 12-er is much like the old F400S my mom always played(but eventually got stolen).

The guy who had owned this Tak was in an important local Hawaiian band, with his brother. It was later in their lives that they played together...and bonded this way.
They would take turns leading the group, and switch between rhythm and lead guitar and vocals...
He was stricken and succumbed slowly to cancer and diabetes...
When his hands couldn't play anymore, he stopped fighting...and let go.

His brother was so sad that couldn't look at the guitars anymore...

He met me in the parking lot at a local CVS(Longs Drugs) parking lot, and wept mildly as he told me the story of his brother...as I played it for him. He was a big, strong, dignified Hawaiian...feeling maybe a small catharsis that this guitar seemed to mean a lot to me now, too...

Lucky to have it. To new life!

Jayboy

Here we believe that it has the Mana of the two brothers relationship

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'72 Tak F400S(RIP)
'77 Tak F385
'00 Tak FD400SC
'06 Tak EAN10C
'09 Breedlove AC250CR
'09 Luna Flora parlor
'14 Epi Les Paul Custom Pro
'08 Epi Les Paul Standard
'84 EB-3 Bass
Ibanez AEB5-ENT Bass
3 Lanikai Hog and Koa Uke's
(soprano, tenor and baritone)


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 Post subject: Re: 2000 Takamine FD400SC 12-string specs: Anyone have this?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:35 pm 
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I really couldnt say Jayboy. I know Takamine is always an innovator in the electric/preamp/pick up field. I believe they were reaching for different sounds but it was like a gimmick. I really dont know. Probably the best person to ask would be Beal. They went to the CT4B and eventually the CT4B II which I think is the best available today. Some like the cool tube, some dont. I am the latter. I prefer the pure sound of the old slider brownies and then the N4B Graph Ex preamps.

If I want different sounds I can always buy a pedal. Theres some new stuff coming in the near future. Not sure I will like the changes but time will tell.

Glad you have so much passion for your Takamine.


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 Post subject: Re: 2000 Takamine FD400SC 12-string specs: Anyone have this?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:52 pm 
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I'm fairly sure the AD-1 preamp was used in the DMP range of guitars for the Japanese domestic market, right up until it was replaced by the CT4-DX.

No idea why they stopped putting it in export models.


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