I bought Tara around 8 years ago. I spent a whole year saving up all of my gig money just to buy her….and she’s so much better than I could ever have imagined.
Tara has been beautifully crafted and features a rosewood back and sides and a solid spruce top.
She came with the cool tube (CTP-2) pre-amp…..
……but she’s currently fitted with a CT4-DX pre-amp which Takamine sent me to road test for them (btw – it kicks ass).
I love Tara for so many reasons. Her beautiful solid body means she sounds great mic-ed up in studio situations (although she does get a little self conscious about people commenting on her big body).
When plugged in I enjoy using both the CTP-2 and CT4-DX pre-amps. They are very different and have their own unique sounds.
Here’s a video featuring me jibba-jabbering about the CT4-DX pre-amp:
Tara is always kitted out with D’addario EXP26 strings. I used to use D’addario EXP11s but I tried the 26s about 3 years ago and have stuck with them ever since. They feel super comfortable to play and always sound great. Give em a try if you haven’t already.
At all my acoustic (and sometimes bass) gigs I’m armed with an L R Baggs Venue DI Box.
I *totally* adore this. It really is amazing.
To have full control of your sound everywhere you go is quite honestly, priceless.
Beautifully constructed and designed – this unit features a 5 band EQ, notch filter, phase inversion, adjustable volume foot switch, mute switch, XLR & 1/4″ outputs, a lovely bright tuner and so much more…..and it all runs on a 9v battery.
It comes with a very nifty black case which also fits nicely into the front pocket of your guitar case.
Find out more: www.lrbaggs.com
Finally here’s a little video showing my set-up for solo acoustic gigs…it’s cool as beans.