I have played alot of Takamines and like Pix says a good acoustic amp is very important. Most of the takamines I have played have sounded better plugged than unplugged . They are known for their good electronics.
There are alot of good Acoustics on the market and I have played quite a few lately that are solid wood and most were made or assembled in China.
Some with very good tone and are affordable.
1 Blueridge Some of these solid wood models, you would think should cost more.
2 Crafter I played one of these yesterday a Dread mohagany back and sides that was really nice
3 Epiphone Masterbilt I have a Mahogany DR-500MNS they also have one with a solid Rosewood back and sides that is really somethin
4 Recording King I haven't played this one yet , but hearing good things.
5 Guild The american made guilds aren't much more than the Chinese and both are good
Most of these are in the $500-$600 range and I would play them anywhere.
Solid wood Acoustics is where it's at
Later, Wayne P