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89 reviews in the archive.
Where Purchased: eBay
Year Purchased: 2003
Price Paid: 700 ($US) (bought USED)
It doesn't quite have the traditional mando sound, since it's built more like a guitar (flat top, not carved, etc). More sustain than a traditional mandolin.
Sound Rating: 8
Very easy to play--Tacomas have a bolt-on neck system that makes adjustments easy.
Setup Rating: 9
Yeah, looks great. Beautiful curly maple back, sides, and neck. And it smells great!
Appearance Rating: 9
The finish on it started to separate from the body in a few places. I don't know if this is Tacoma's fault, or if it has something to do with how I stored it. Everything else on it seems great, though.
Reliability Rating: 8
I sent them one email and never heard anything back.
Customer Service: 6
Components Rating: 8
Nice non-traditional mandolins for the price.
Overall Rating: 8
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