2005 Tacoma DM9C Cutaway Dreadnought Guitar

This Tacoma was built in the Washington factory three years before Fender bought the company out and shuttered it. Tacomas are good, practical, forward-thinking guitars in the vein of same-period Taylors and feature things like easily-adjusted bolt-on necks, modern bracing patterns, sometimes oddly-designed body and soundhole shapes, and the like.

This one's pretty traditional, though, save its cutaway and curvy bridge. It seems to have been the owner's "first good guitar" and it's solid throughout (cedar over mahogany) and sounds great. Did you hear that video? That's some good, folksy-backup sound right there. It's warm and full without being overbearing or indistinct.

It's come-in for consignment locally and I've given it a bit of work to get it playing spot-on. Now it's ready to go.

Repairs included: fret level/dress, cleaning, and setup. There's a previous (cleated) hairline crack repair on the lower bout and I simply gave it a little sealer during adjustments.

Top wood: solid cedar

Back & sides wood: solid mahogany

Bracing type: x

Bridge: rosewood

Fretboard: rosewood

Neck wood: mahogany

Action height at 12th fret: 3/32” bass 1/16” treble (fast, spot-on)
String gauges: 54w-12 lights

Neck shape: slim C

Board radius: ~12"

Truss rod: adjustable

Neck relief: straight

Fret style: medium

Scale length: 25 1/2"

Nut width: 1 11/16"

Body width: 15 7/8"

Body depth: 4 3/4"

Condition notes: there are average-use scuffs, scrapes, and small dings here and there in the satin finish on the body. There's a hairline crack on the top-lower-bout below the bridge that runs from around the bridge to the endpin area. It's been both sealed and cleated in the past and is good to go. It's got an undersaddle pickup installed an I'm assuming it works, but I haven't tried it out yet because I have absolutely no clue as to how to replace the 9V in this thing (Baggs preamp) and I'm leery of splitting plastic parts to try to monkey it open. The 9V in it is dead. For anyone interested... I'm a fan of passive, non-battery K&K pickups (I've used them since 2005)... and would install one FOC for just the parts cost of the K&K.

It comes with: its (presumably) original hard case.


CM said…

For anyone purchasing this guitar I couldn't agree with you more about putting a K&K in it, I have them in all my acoustics. There's no end of joy in getting rid of that piezo "boink" sound that come with an undersaddle pickup and not messing with batteries.

Chris M

Jake Wildwood said…
Yeah, hahaha, the funniest part is that the K&K sounds better, has a hot signal, is cheaper, and ALSO doesn't need batteries. It's like... mass manufacturing could've done so much better...
Kirkola said…
Tested a refurbed 98 Tacoma DR 16C and loved the deep tone and am considering buying it but this one also sounds great. Still up for sale?