The jumbo-sized T400 12-string weds a solid
Sitka-spruce top with laminated Indonesian
rosewood back and sides. The mahogany set
neck is a multi-section affair with a threepiece
heel along with a glued-on headstock
that wears a rosewood facing with “LÂG”
inlaid in maple. The neck’s satin finish feels
nice, though some excess glue can be seen
on both sides of the nut (which also has
some very sharp corners), as well along the
seams where the fretboard joins the top, and
where the heel meets the body. The body
fares better with its clean high-gloss finish,
but there are numerous places on the sides
where light-colored filler can be seen in the
grain. On the plus side, the neatly installed
thin maple bindings that surround the top
and back, and the rosewood rosette with its
inset maple cross are classy details.
The factory Elixir strings load through
holes in the rear of the elegant rosewood
bridge, which makes for faster string changes,
as you don’t have to deal with sticky end
pins. A compensated saddle (which houses
a Nanoflex piezo pickup) made from a black
resin material helps the T400 to sound musically
tuneful when chording in various
positions. And speaking of tuning, the
smooth-rolling die-cast machines pull the
strings up to pitch easily, while the built-in
tuner (which mutes the sound when activated)
is accurate and easy to use.
The T400J12CE’s compensated saddle makes for sweet intonation.
The T400’s wide, medium-thick neck feels
comfy, though the fret ends feel a little spiky,
and the frets themselves could stand some
polishing. Other than that, the instrument
plays well, and the action is low and buzz
free. Strummed acoustically, the T400 has a
bright sound and an upfront, but non-honky
midrange. The low end is almost nonexistent,
however, which is surprising considering
the depth and size of the body. Plugging into
a Genz-Benz Shenandoah acoustic amp
restored some of the missing bass frequencies,
but I was dogged by annoying feedback
rumbles—even at low volumes—that could
not be stopped by muting strings. Activating
the preamp’s Bypass button made the
feedback diminish slightly, but this also deactivated
the 5-position tone switch, which in
positions 3 and 4 yielded some the T400’s
most balanced sounds. The T400 plays well
and intonates solidly, but its finish issues,
weak low end, and feedback howls were troubling.
CONTACT LÂG Guitars (distributed by Korg USA);
PRICE $975 retail/street price N/A
NUTWIDTH 1 3/4"
FRETBOARD Indonesian Rosewood
FRETS 20 medium-jumbo nickel (14 clear of the body)
TUNERS Lubricated high precision tuners with tulip buttons
BODY Indonesian Rosewood back and sides, solid Sitka
BRIDGE Indonesian Rosewood string-through style with
ELECTRONICS StudioLâg Plus preamp, Nanoflex Piezo
WEIGHT 5.34 lbs.
KUDOS Good playability. Excellent intonation. Attractive.
CONCERNS Weak bass. Low-frequency feedback.
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