The Tacoma cutaway version the EM-9C was the Tacoma Guitar Company's response to the increasing market popularity of OM's and - in the custom guitar market - small jumbos. The company had decided to produce a model to appeal to fingerstyle players and those musicians who like a smaller guitar.
For 2000, the Tacoma EM9 model was updated with a rounded cutaway. Named the EM9C, this solid-wood instrument featured a sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, a rosewood fretboard and bridge, tortoise-colored body binding, abalone dot inlays, a four-color wood rosette, and a light satin finish. The clear pickguard has been removed at some point. The EM9C's body measures 15 1/2" rather small for a jumbo, but wider than a parlor guitar. The body is joined at the 14th fret by a 25 1/2"-scale neck. The guitar shows various signs of age and wear. Especially where the pickguard would sit. Comes with original hardshell case.