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Epiphone Limited Edition 2014 Tak Matsumoto DC Custom Outfit  Midnight Ebony 

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Designed by Tak Matsumoto exclusively with Epiphone, the Ltd. Ed. 2014 Tak Matsumoto DC ("double cutaway") Custom Outfit is the signature "Tak" that ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Tak's take on the popular DC Standard style with a carved Mahogany body and Gibson USA pickups.

Designed by Tak Matsumoto exclusively with Epiphone, the Ltd. Ed. 2014 Tak Matsumoto DC ("double cutaway") Custom Outfit is the signature "Tak" that fans around the world have been waiting for. The Tak Matsumoto DC Custom brings together the artistry of Tak Matsumoto and his long association with Epiphone in spectacular fashion.

Tak Matsumoto is known throughout the world for his blistering solos, his groundbreaking work with the pop band B'z, and his stunning GRAMMY winning album with jazz great and close friend Larry Carlton. But Matsumoto is also revered for his beautiful Epiphone signature models that up until today have only been available in Japan. Now with the new Ltd. Ed. 2014 Tak Matsumoto DC Custom Outfit, one of Japan's true masters of the fingerboard and one of the world's most powerful rockers brings the soaring sound of his "DC" design to guitar players worldwide.

Cutting-Edge Style and Classic Sound
The Ltd. Ed. 2014 Tak Matsumoto DC Custom Outfit embodies Tak's own asymmetrical take on the popular DC Standard style and features a carved Mahogany body and a beautiful deep Ebony gloss finish. The Tak Matsumoto DC Custom's solid Mahogany body conjures a broad, rich, ringing tone with outstanding harmonic color and an extremely well-balanced frequency range.

The Mahogany SlimTaper 1960s "D" profile neck has a 24.75" scale and is attached to the body with a deep-set glued-in neck tenon, which further enhances resonance and sustain. The 22-fret ebony fingerboard has a 12" radius for fast and easy fretwork and includes a 1.68" nut and abalone block inlays. The headstock features the classic "LP Custom"-style inlay pattern with the Epiphone logo in pearloid and a "2014 Limited Edition" logo in gold print on the back of the headstock. The truss rod cover has the classic "bell-shaped" Kalamazoo factory design in gold with "Tak Matsumoto" in script. The DC Custom's mahogany top has 5-layer (pure white/black) binding and the neck has single layer pure white binding with 5-layer pure white/black binding on the headstock.

Gibson USA BurstBuckers, the "Holy Grail" of Pickups: It's been a long tradition of Tak Matsumoto's to put the classic firepower of Gibson USA BurstBuckers into his Epiphone signature guitars. Gibson USA BurstBuckers are among the most accurate recreations of the hallowed vintage hand-wound "PAF" humbuckers from the late '50s.

Today's Gibson USA BurstBuckers make that classic sound available again to everyone and are made with similar turns of the same 42 AWG wire used in the originals along with unpolished Alnico II magnets and unbalanced coils, one of the secrets to the great edge and detail heard in original "PAFs." For the 2014 Tak Matsumoto DC Custom, Tak Matsumoto choose open-coil Gibson USA BurstBuckers with gold screws that blend perfectly with the gold hardware and ebony gloss finish. The neck position features a Gibson BurstBuckers-2 that's wound in the range of original PAFs for a warm, thick vocal tone. For the bridge position, Tak choose a Gibson USA BurstBuckers-3, which emulates the "hotter" PAFs that were "over-wound" by hand, giving you more wail and crunch from the bridge position.

Unlike original PAFs that are nearing the end of their life, these BurstBuckers are vacuum potted to combat microphonic squeal at high volume. So play your DC Custom turned up high! Tak Matsumoto DC Custom's pickups are routed through Tak's specially designed wiring scheme featuring a volume control for each pickup and one master control. Each control is a black "Top Hat" knob with a black toggle cap. The toggle has a black cap and black toggle washer with "Rhythm/Treble" in gold.

Ltd. Ed. 2014 Tak Matsumoto DC Custom Outfit
Epiphone Hardware for A Lifetime: The Ltd. Ed. Tak Matsumoto DC Custom features Epiphone's tried-and-true gold LockTone Tune-o-matic bridge and StopBar tailpiece, which combines precise adjustment for intonation and action with rock-solid resonance. The LockTone Tune-o-matic design holds tight to the posts for hassle-free string changes and unparalleled sustain. The classic Deluxe machine heads have Tombstone style buttons and a 14:1 ratio. And. like all of Tak Matsumoto's signature Epiphones, his new DC Custom also includes Epiphone Strap-locks. And. best of all, each 2014 Ltd. Ed. Tak Matsumoto DC Custom comes with a custom hard case featuring the Tak Matsumoto signature in gold print and a Certificate of Authenticity in a binder.

FEATURES
  • Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: '60s SlimTaper D
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Ebony
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Pearloid block
  • Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: BurstBucker 2
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: BurstBucker 3
  • Brand: Gibson
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, master tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Tuning machines: Deluxe with tulip
  • Color: Gold
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Signature model
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: Info not available

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EpiphoneLimited Edition 2014 Tak Matsumoto DC Custom Outfit
 
4.0

(based on 5 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (3)

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    (1)

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    (0)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (4)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)
  • Fun to play (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (4)
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5.0

Iight weight, versatile, soulful

By Jerold

from Rock hill

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Light wight
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gospel
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 2014 Tak Matsumoto DC Custom Outfit:

    One of my favorite guitars, it is so versatile and can be used for many musical style. It can replace most of my guitars.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This one is a jewel

    By Mike

    from Festus, MO in the sticks

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 2014 Tak Matsumoto DC Custom Outfit:

      Forgot exactly where I found out about the the epi Tak Matsumoto DC, but couldn't get it out of my mind. It is the only double cutaway epiphone I've ever seen with the elongated horn, much like the stock PRS model. Could not resist the combination of looks, jumbo frets, and gibson burstbuckers. It is a perfect match for my preferences. Watched for quite a while until a discount came along, and then pulled the trigger. It's true the action was crazy high, the pickups rattled, and the cable jack was loose, but when I plugged it in and played it, the sound from those pickups made my reservations vanish! This is the best sounding instrument I've ever heard, much less owned! That brings my guitar count up to 15, which includes a number of gibsons, fenders, and epiphones (and a 1967 kalamazoo epi crestwood). After lowering the action and tightening up all the loose stuff, this new epiphone DC plays and sounds far and away the best. It's made in china, and the quality is superb. I simply couldn't afford it otherwise. Life is good.

      (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Tak Matsumoto

      By Guitar Man

      from Panama City Beach, FL

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 2014 Tak Matsumoto DC Custom Outfit:

        Glad Epiphone finally released this guitar in the U.S. Since this is the first one, it may be of value later in years.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Killer Guitar!

        By Strummin' Bob

        from Calera, AL

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 2014 Tak Matsumoto DC Custom Outfit:

          This guitar is really nice. It's sounds,looks and feel is excellant. The finish is beautiful. Yes I will tweek on lowering the strings a little, but that is about it. Again Epiphone and Gibson have asked a World famous guitarist to help them put together a great guitar, and Tak Matsumoto has done that. Yes it has a D shaped neck (large). Yes it has a thick lacquer paint (beautiful).The Burstbuckers are really nice, and this one has no noise other than the beautiful string sounds. I have Epiphone's, Joe Bonamasa LP, and this is very comparable to it, maybe better to some. I really love them both. Thanks again Epiphone, Gibson, and Tak Matsumoto. Oh yeah, Thanks Musicians Friend.

          (2 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          forget about it

          By Shaky Town

          from Boxford, MA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

            Cons

            • Felt Like Cheese
            • Poor Pick Up

            Best Uses

              Comments about Epiphone Limited Edition 2014 Tak Matsumoto DC Custom Outfit:

              I ordered two of these. One came, I took it out of the case. I gave it a scrutiny. Bridge pup was loose, action was way high, and I can't stand fat necks,
              It had a major cheesy feel to me, and a thick finish.
              Hey, I thought it would have a sticker on the back that said Made in Japan, ...NOT
              I did not even bother to plug it in, and I cancelled the second one. These are not special guitars in my book. An Epi LP Standard feel more substantial.

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