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So a couple questions.
1.) Has anyone had good experience with this company?
a.) Do they have good tone?
b.) Do they have good electronics
2.) Im assuming that B-Stock means that these arent "perfect models"
a.) How big are the defects?
b.) How many can we expect to see on an average guitar?
1) I've owned a takamine guitar for over 5 years and i've never had an issue with it. since this model doesn't have the integrated saddle-pickup, it'd be easy to quickly replace parts that would commonly break/wear down.
a) the spruce top will have a bright sound. because it's a solid top, it will mellow with age based on how frequently it's played
b) they're ok. some adventurous players swap out the pickups with Lr baggs stuff. it'd be just as easy to mic the guitar over swapping the preamp/pickups
2) yes, it's usually a cosmetic flaw that doesn't affect playability
a) anywhere from a shading issue to a botched lacquer job. it won't affect the tone of the instrument
b) hard to say, every instrument is different, this applies to b-stock instruments
Just to clarify, sitka spruce is not a 'bright' tonewood. its chacteristic is deep and warm. Further, maturation of a guitars tone in fact comes from the use of nitro-cellulose lacquers which you find in higher end models but unfortunately not in this one.
http://www.takamine.com/wood Takamine's website describes the tone as bright and clear. I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that the folks at Takamine know a bit more than you or I do about the tonal characteristics of wood. as for the finish... the general consensus among the acoustic community is that finish is a negligible part of tone. pop into any acoustic forum or talk to any serious player/craftsman and they'll tell you that the top is the biggest factor in tone production. you can also see that in other string instruments like violins and violas.