Hello and welcome to my Takamine P1NC review.
This review will look at Takamine’s P1NC, from their Pro Series 1, in terms of:
- The Tone;
- The Playability;
- The Materials the P1NC is made from;
- Who the P1NC is best suited to;
- The P1NC’s value-for-money
I’ll also provide video of the P1NC in action so that you can get an appreciation of the tone for yourself and some user reviews so you can read about other people’s opinions.
I found the tone of the P1NC to be nice and warm. There’s no better way to describe it than pleasant sounding.
But it wasn’t just pleasant, it also had character. And the way it played (more on that later) made this guitar a real pleasure to try out.
Warm or Bright?
On a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being the warmest possible and 10 being the brightest, I would put the P1NC at a 3. It was definitely on the warm side, which to me was music to my ears as I’m really partial to warm sounding guitars.
The P1NC has Takamine’s NEX shape. This is similar to Taylor’s Grand Auditorium. Takamine describe it as a mini-jumbo.
It also has a venetian cutaway.
Top: Solid Cedar
Back & Sides: Laminate Sapele
Bracing: X Bracing
Bridge: Rosewood (pinless)
Saddle: Bone (split saddle)
The P1NC comes with electronics in the form of an under saddle pick up with a CT4B II preamp. It also has a built-in tuner.
Check out the video below to get more of an understanding of the sound of the P1NC for yourself. This isn’t the perfect representation but will give you some idea.
And here’s another one. It’s actually the P3NC – but it’s a similar guitar but has Solid Sapele on the back. The reason I wanted to show this second video is because that first one only showed strumming. Unfortunately there aren’t too many demonstrations for this guitar.
This was definitely a nice guitar to play, right off the shelf without any adjustments needed. You could still tweak it to suit your own personal needs but I wouldn’t be in any hurry to do so.
It was the nicest feeling (and sounding) guitar of the 4 guitars I played that day. It was the stand out on the day for me, for sure.
The action felt fine where it was, which is rare on a guitar straight off the shelf, from my experience. It could still go lower but it was a pleasure to play just where it was.
The nut on the P1NC is 1.675” (42.5mm). This is a little narrower than the norm. I didn’t notice much difference but this is certainly a plus if you have smaller hands.
Neck & Fretboard (fingerboard)
The neck is Mahogany with a satin finish. The neck felt fast and smooth to play on.
The neck is also an asymmetrical neck. This is designed so that it’s slightly thinner where the base strings are. This is supposed to be a more a more natural fit to the shape of your hand. I don’t know the mechanics behind it, but it certainly felt nice and comfortable to play so I’ll take their word for it on this one.
The fretboard is made from rosewood and this also felt nice and smooth and no doubt contributed to the overall playing experience.
The scale length is 25.375″ (644mm) – so a pretty standard full size scale length.
There are a few unique features on this guitar. The first one was discussed above (the asymmetrical neck profile).
The second thing is the split saddle. The saddle is in two parts. The first part spans the Low E to the G string and the second part spans the B and high E strings (see pic). This is supposed to improve the intonation. Don’t know if it’s this or not, but the intonation was spot on – so it certainly doesn’t hurt it.
And finally, there’s the pinless bridge. This removes the need for bridge pins and is designed to make string changes easier. I didn’t change any strings on it, but I do like the idea of not having to deal with bridge pins – I can’t see any downside to this either.
Who this Guitar is Most Suited to
This guitar is best suited to anyone who wants a guitar that feels effortless to play (everyone?) and for those who have a penchant for a warmer sounding guitar – or want a warmer sounding guitar to add to their collection.
This is essentially similar to Taylor’s grand auditorium shape, or a mini-jumbo, if you want to look at it that way – so it’s a very versatile shape/size, suitable for most guitarists.
The neck is quite narrow, so anyone with smaller hands should definitely consider this guitar too.
Value for Money
This guitar felt and sounded nicer than a lot of guitars twice its price and was certainly one of the best sounding and feeling I’ve played compared to others in the same price class.
So, yeah, definitely value for money, in my opinion.
More Info and Where to Buy
If you’re interested in the P1NC, or if you’re ready to buy or want research prices and availability, check out the links below.