Several years ago I had a Takamine acoustic/electric guitar that I used for home recording. I was always impressed with it's playability and sound, but as I got back into gigging I felt like I needed to have a Martin. So I traded in my Takamine for a Martin. After a few months I realized I had made a mistake. Although the Martin had a lush acoustic sound, it did not have the easy feel and playability of the Takamine, nor did it have the advanced characteristics in their pre-amp. Getting the Martin to sound good on live performances, or in recording was always a chore, and playing it was never as much fun. After about 7 years I decided I'd had enough and went back in to look at the Takamine's. From the moment I picked this guitar up it was like coming home finally. The feel was right and using the pre-amp pluged into a powered speaker was simply stunning in it's clarity and fullness. So I came home. Traded my Martin in on the Takamine. I normally gig with electric guitars. My rig consists of a Helix with a line to a Yamaha DXR12 powered monitor, and a line out to the mixing board. I used to occasionally do some songs on the acoustic, but I got away from that because the Martin just didn't cut it. Now, with the beautiful sound and playability of the Takamine, I'm thinking seriously about bringing the acoustic back into some of our songs at gigs.