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Takamine EC132SC Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar  

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    Takamine excellence, affordably priced.

    The EC132SC is handcrafted in Takamine's pro series facility that has been building precision quality instruments over five decades. This nylon string classical guitar pays homage to traditional classical instruments and follows closely to the original drawings of Antonio Torres. It is the first choice of performing classical latin and jazz musicians looking for pure nylon string tone at amplified volume levels. The solid cedar top produces a warm full tone with plenty of dynamic range. The solid rosewood back aids in the projection and enhances the sonic brilliance of the instruments. Gloss natural finish provides durability and adds to the beauty of the guitar. The mahogany neck features a dual action truss rod, which keeps the guitar playing perfectly in any environment. Includes Takamine’s Palathetic™ pickup, known in the industry as one of the most accurate and natural sounding acoustic/electric pickups. The CT4B preamp has long been the popular choice among Takamine pro artists, providing warm natural acoustic tone at high sound pressure levels.

    Features

    • Body Shape: Classical Cutaway
    • Rosette: Marquettery
    • Top: Cedar
    • Back: Rosewood
    • Sides: Rosewood
    • Fingerboard: Rosewood
    • Electronics: CT-4B

    Add some great-sounding, nylon-string warmth to your life. Order today.

     
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    TakamineEC132SC Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar
     
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    5.0

    Takamine EC132SC Classical Guitar

    Comments about Takamine EC132SC Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar:

    Takamine makes a very good product for the price. I have always admired their workmanship and quality. I would give it a ten overall if it weren't for the EQ on the preamp and the case having problems right out of the box.

    Also, I called Takamine to ask the questions about preamp EQ boost controls, and never even got a reply.
    I have several high end steel string acoustic electrics that are fantastic when plugged in. I felt like the Takamine EC132SC left something to be desired when amplified. The three band EQ made hardly any difference if you tried to boost or reduce the output on treble, mid, low ends. I think this might be due to the characteristics of classical vs. steel strings, but haven't been able to get a good answer from Takamine support. I tried a Takamine EG128SC and found the same thing, and also a Cordoba C7-CE.

    I will say that the tone reproduction amplified is fairly accurate of what it sounds like un-amplified. I am playing though a Fender Acoustasonic Pro, which is amazing in and of itself and would probably make any instrument sound great.
    Every detail of the guitar is flawless. One of the buckles on the case fell off the second day and I had to adjust it with some pliers. It is okay now.
    I bought mine as a level 2 (used instrument) from Musicians Friend. I felt like it was a pretty good value for the money. The EG128SC (which I also bought used from them) was in my opinion a better value.

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    5.0

    Can't put it down!

    By kvenable

    from Louisiana

    Comments about Takamine EC132SC Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar:

    This guitar is beautiful. It was delivered @ 8:30 PM by the UPS and was almost frozen. I took it out of the box and case and tuned it up immediately. The sound was dull because it was still frozen i think. The next morning i started playing it again and could not put it down...in fact i was 30 min late for work. This is a very good sounding guitar unplugged even with the strings that came with it. I ordered some expensive strings but have not changed them yet. The nut width is exactly 2 inches. I can go from my fender, Taylor, CA dreadnought to this one with no problems (i do use them for different songs though) Plugged in, this pup system as expected is a feedback monster. I will try a sound hole plug and also try to just mic it. The built in tuner is a first for me and is quite convenient. For the price, this guitar can't be beat. I played guitars that were twice as much as this one that didn't impress me.PS this is the first time ordering a guitar online. I always like to play first and then buy the very guitar that i am playing...no regrets on this purchase. If you are looking for a fine classical guitar this it it. I welcome any questions.

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    5.0

    Takamine EC132SC

    By Tony Orion

    from West Michigan

    Comments about Takamine EC132SC Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar:

    I have 2 beautiful classicals, a Miranda Travel guitar, A Gretsch Hollow Body, and a Takamine ENV 60 (Supernatural with Bear Claw Spruce Top and cool tube), but wanted a classical cutaway with a pick up. I tried the G series and they just did not have it. Then I played around with some thinned down hybrids from Yamaha, Alvarez, Cordoba, but they lacked the volume projection, and they were no fun to play in solo pieces. So here I was moaning about how much money I was going to spend.Played a TC132 and loved it. Was really disappointed in the quality of the Ramirez. For that money, I expect perfection.Finally stumbled on an immaculate EC132SC in a pawn shop, of all places. It cried out "please take me home". The guitar had not been played in a long time. In fact, it appeared to have the original strings on it. They hardly showed any wear.After changing out to Savarez reds, tweeking the action and playing at least an hour a day, the tone has changed dramatically. The workmanship on Takis is impeccable. The back and sides are solid rosewood with a solid cedar top.My only real complaint is the lack of dots on the top. Not many high end classicals do. I could never figure out a reason why, other than that the master luthiers think it an insult. I would like to see better tuning machines, but these work and look just fine. Some day I will swap them out for Gothos.OK, it is not a Ruck, but a very close second. Rich, loud tones. The CT4B does not match the Cool Tube, but I think for stage work, this pre amp works just fine and as good as anything else from Martin or Gibson. My cool tube does eat up batteries.I think for the money, even new, this is as good as it gets. For the next step up, one will pay for it.

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    5.0

    Great for the Money

    By Dan-wEZK.

    from Houston, TX.

    Comments about Takamine EC132SC Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar:

    I am a guitar player of 35 years, many styles, classically trained. This guitar is a very well made production line guitar, we will overlook the fact that it has a poly finish instead of nitrocellulose (would have been much better). The woodwork craftsmanship of the guitar is excellent. The tone is very well balanced and sweet. The electronics are very natural sounding but the preamp output is a little weak. The only thing that was a real problem for me was the factory setup of the neck. I had to hire my star guitar repair guy to work on the bridge saddle, frets, and neck adjustment to lower the action where I wanted it with no buzz. Expect to pay an additional $50 to $100 to get this guitar setup for optimum playability.

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    5.0

    great guitar

    By jieg

    from mexico

    Comments about Takamine EC132SC Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar:

    I was looking for an electroacustic, after a lot of research an review readings I decided to go for the ec132sc. Mine says "used" in the inner label. Sound is great, rich and full. However I have a Mexican guitar from Paracho Michoacan, a Jeronimo Amezcua; costs only a fraction. I love both guitars, each is champion for different kind of music.

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    5.0

    Wow!

    By MonchoSalsa

    from Thorndale, PA

    Comments about Takamine EC132SC Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar:

    I love my EC132SC. It sounds beautiful plugged and unplugged. The action is low and yet the strings won't buzz when I play "razgueados". Well balanced, rich and full sound comes from this guitar. The craftsmanship is superb with flawless finish and no glue excess inside. The electronics are one of the best I've seen. I use my guitar for recording at home and in the studio and I don't need any extra gear to get a beautiful classical sound. When compared with a similar Cordoba model which cost much more the EC132SC has nothing to envy. I definitely recommend it.

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    5.0

    Great Guitar

    By MSand

    from Tucson, AZ

    Comments about Takamine EC132SC Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar:

    I was looking for a classical with a cut out. I was going to spend less money, but after playing this guitar I was sold. It is easy to play and has great sound (sold tops rule!). I have played for about 8 months now and it is still my favorite guitar.

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    5.0

    classical make easy

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Takamine EC132SC Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar:

    I didnt know classical guitar music can be easier to play if you have the right guitar. I was playing classical pieces on another Takamine with 14 frets instead of 12 until I discover this one. The frets are low making bars easy. Some fingerings that I thought was ridiculous now make sense with this guitar. The tone is so warm and bright. I was not impressed by the preamp very much, esp. After I listen to the sound mic'ed. The mic'ed sound is so clear and crisp compared to the preamp. I said tomyself: never buy a classical guitarwith preamp any more. The build in tuneris a great plus enabling me to switchbetween low C, D and E tunings easily.

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