First Takamine purchase and I couldn't be happier. I own and perform regularly on a Taylor 814 CE but was thrilled when I played this guitar the first time. The most significant difference is the neck. It's shaped more like a modern players electric. It's very comfortable on the hand. I don't feel like there is any adjustment period when switching between songs. Strat to Tach and back is seamless. Love the build quality, the Koa Wood and sound too. I've only owned it a month but it feels like I've played it for years. It was instantly familiar to me and for less than half the price of my Taylor (which I also love to play).