In 1997, the Tacoma guitar company was founded with the mission to build excellent American-made acoustic guitars at a wallet-friendly price. The proof-of-concept was finalized when Fender exercised the if-you-can’t-beat-them-buy-them technique, and purchased the company.
The construction on this instrument is simple, if non-traditional at points. Solid mahogany back and sides attach unbound to a solid Sitka spruce top, and all of those body-parts are finished with a very light satin clear. The bridge is rosewood and sports a pin-less design that looks clean as can be, and the pickguard is translucent plastic, adding to the super-clean aesthetic of the guitar. The neck sports a matched rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays.
The non-traditional portion of the design comes most obviously at the soundhole – a paisley shape at the upper shoulder of the instrument rather than the center. The neck is carved to a thin D-shape and bolted on to the body, which gives a non-standard feel and makes this guitar very comfortable to play for people with smaller hands.
The tuning machines are branded as ‘Tacoma’ but seem to be Grover copies, if not house-branded proper Grovers. The action on this instrument is low and easy, and the sound is light, bright, sweet and loud all at once. All parts of this nonstandard instrument add up to make an excellent playing and sounding guitar, and Made in the USA to boot!
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