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Takamine EF381SC 12-String Acoustic-Electric Cutaway Guitar

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The cutaway Takamine EF381SC 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar is one of Takamine's finest creations for the serious guitar player. Besides killer g...Click To Read More About This Product

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A made-for-the-stage, glossy black 12-stringer!

The cutaway Takamine EF381SC 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar is one of Takamine's finest creations for the serious guitar player. Besides killer good looks the 12-string EF381SC offers a spruce top, maple back and sides, rosewood fingerboard, a cutaway dreadnought body, and CT4B electronics with 3-band EQ and onboard tuner.

FEATURES
Body Shape: Dreadnought Cutaway
Rosette: Concentric Rings
Top: Spruce
Inlays: Dots
Back: Maple
Sides: Maple
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Electronics: CT4B
Tuners: Chrome
Features: 12-String

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TakamineEF381SC 12-String Acoustic-Electric Cutaway Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 19 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

12 String Tim plays this Takamine

This is my second one. The first one went down on Lake Mead during a houseboat accident. Great action, plays like a dream. Plugged in is the best sound for this Takamine....Read complete review

This is my second one. The first one went down on Lake Mead during a houseboat accident. Great action, plays like a dream. Plugged in is the best sound for this Takamine. Drop the mids a little and leave the rest neutral. Love the exciter maybe a little to much. Wish the pick guard was a little bigger as I've been rubbing the finish off, just my playing style however.Ready for another one of these soon.

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Only if ur always plugging in...

Great EQ and pickups, so your sound plugging direct will be just fine. However, this is a laminate (plywood) instrument, which means that you will *not* get that warm, rich...Read complete review

Great EQ and pickups, so your sound plugging direct will be just fine. However, this is a laminate (plywood) instrument, which means that you will *not* get that warm, rich sound you expect from a solid wood guitar when playing acoustically or w/mic.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

12 String Tim plays this Takamine

By twelvestri

from Texas

Comments about Takamine EF381SC 12-String Acoustic-Electric Cutaway Guitar:

This is my second one. The first one went down on Lake Mead during a houseboat accident. Great action, plays like a dream. Plugged in is the best sound for this Takamine. Drop the mids a little and leave the rest neutral. Love the exciter maybe a little to much. Wish the pick guard was a little bigger as I've been rubbing the finish off, just my playing style however.Ready for another one of these soon.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Easy play 12 string

By Howard

from Phoenix, AZ

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Comments about Takamine EF381SC 12-String Acoustic-Electric Cutaway Guitar:

Striking appearance will catch you. The ease of play, for a 12 string will amaze you. Great features and plugged sound are way above acceptable levels. This Tak is a very comfortable instrument to play and pickup controls are easy to use. My only disappointments are its lack of bottom end and no notch filter. Great guitar other than my own expectations and desires. It still serves well.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What a value...

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Takamine EF381SC 12-String Acoustic-Electric Cutaway Guitar:

This guitar is terrific. 1. Its black2. It has a built in tuner.3. Its less than half the price of other 12s4. Sounds awesomeIts good and bright, but thats what I want a 12 for - to jangle. Its one of the best looking guitars ever, with the black, chrome, and binding. I honestly dont think you would be dissapointed. By the way, takamine's build quality surpasses most every other "high end" manufacturer.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful Guitar

By David-Q4hRU

from Lexington, IL

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Comments about Takamine EF381SC 12-String Acoustic-Electric Cutaway Guitar:

This is a beautiful guitar that just happened to catch my eye at a local music store. I had never played a twelve string before so I tried it out. It sounds as good as it looks, which is saying something. Also looking at some other guitars on this website, this guitar is much less expensive than others. Unfortunately, I don't have the money to get this guitar. If anyone is looking for a twelve string with good sound, don't overlook this amazing guitar, It is great.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

At Long Last!

By Coach Peter

from Santa Barbara, Ca

Comments about Takamine EF381SC 12-String Acoustic-Electric Cutaway Guitar:

I've been playing 12 string since Mr. Tambourine Man came out in 1965. I have struggled with guitars that didn't stay in tune or were impossible to ever get in tune to begin with. I got this truly special 12 string about 6 years ago and At Long Last! A guitar that is easy to get in tune and stays in tune even if you are hard on a guitar like I am. I can honestly play anything on this guitar that I can play on a six string and that's never been true before. I love gibson and guild and their 12 strings are very good but this one is special.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible

By fenderplayer54

from Montana

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Comments about Takamine EF381SC 12-String Acoustic-Electric Cutaway Guitar:

I am in the process of purchasing this from a friend (actually for a lot less, cuz its not brand new.) the intonation of this guitar is great. every chord you play is in perfect tune...that is a tough find with middle-line guitars. Feels nice, looks great. Very fun to play. the only thing, as previously mentioned, is you are not going to get the brightest 12-string sound unplugged. However, this guitar really stands out plugged in. Don't hesitate if this is in your price range. great 12-string!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A joy to play

By Highpockets

from bristol, CT

Comments about Takamine EF381SC 12-String Acoustic-Electric Cutaway Guitar:

This guitar has such great acoustics and is easy to play. Tuning is so effortless with the built in tuner. This guitar stays in tune, unlike my old cheaper 12 string, which I had to constantly mess with. I will enjoy this guitar for many years to come.I am still deciding if I should tune it down one step and use a capo to take some pressure off the strings. For now I will tune it normal in E.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Plugged or unplugged - the Best

By Messenger

from Nashville, Tennessee

Comments about Takamine EF381SC 12-String Acoustic-Electric Cutaway Guitar:

I shopped for 2 months for a 12-string. I played then all. Owning 2 Martin 6-strings, I REALLY wanted the Martin 12. I passed on it for this perfect Takamine. Didn't want a black guitar but, this beauty has such a sweet, beautiful sound. Plugged or unplugged, it is the best.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Only if ur always plugging in...

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Takamine EF381SC 12-String Acoustic-Electric Cutaway Guitar:

Great EQ and pickups, so your sound plugging direct will be just fine. However, this is a laminate (plywood) instrument, which means that you will *not* get that warm, rich sound you expect from a solid wood guitar when playing acoustically or w/mic.

 
5.0

Takemine EF-381SC

By mike-QklRJ

from the moon

Comments about Takamine EF381SC 12-String Acoustic-Electric Cutaway Guitar:

great guitar for the money. string action great. I own a martin HD28 and when I looked at what the taylors cost and the sound. the takemine won out. The talyor did sound a little better but being out playing jobs if the takemine gets knocked around on the road I will not worry out it as much...great guitar for a working musician!

 
5.0

Review

By djglowell

from Lowell, MA

Comments about Takamine EF381SC 12-String Acoustic-Electric Cutaway Guitar:

I have owned this since last April. After trying Taylors and Martins (already own a 6 string) and Guild 12 strings I found this instrument to give me the best sound for my buck. The onboard tuner and great action makes playing this guitar a joy! Have played and recorded with it and have found that, with a few tweaks, I can get very good sound reproduction. Played acoustically this guitar has a good sound but, as someone said earlier, it does lacks some of the bass punch of a Martin. And, with the glossy black finish with the white binding, you can't beat the appearance of this instrument.

 
5.0

Terrific Guitar

By BP-IWVMi

from Los Angeles, CA

Comments about Takamine EF381SC 12-String Acoustic-Electric Cutaway Guitar:

I have the SC version of this guitar and it has a great sound. It misses some of the bottom end of a Martin, but the sound is otherwise excellent and quite loud.My only complaint, and the reason this guitar did not get a full 10 stars across the board is that the pre-amp in my guitar is defective and I am waiting a replacement. On the other hand, my on-board tuner is marvelous and has made tuning incredibly easier and completely spoiled me.

 
4.0

HOLLER+

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Takamine EF381SC 12-String Acoustic-Electric Cutaway Guitar:

This is a great guitar the only problem is the price for a takamine so thats why i returned mine to get a nicer taylor because its a better brand but other than the price its a great 12 string and the tuner is great and really helpful.

 
5.0

Outstanding Instrument!!!

By The Phoenix

from Houston, TX

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Comments about Takamine EF381SC 12-String Acoustic-Electric Cutaway Guitar:

It's all-around superb quality has received extreme praise from other musicians I've done shows with!

 
5.0

great

By GuitaristBean

from Charlotte, NC

Comments about Takamine EF381SC 12-String Acoustic-Electric Cutaway Guitar:

A little bit pricey but incredible sound and just what any player is looking for.

 
5.0

The Sleeper

By The Phoenix

from Houston, TX

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Comments about Takamine EF381SC 12-String Acoustic-Electric Cutaway Guitar:

Goes head-to-head with the world-famous Rickenbacker 12-string.

 
5.0

Takamine 12 string EF38-1C

By TGTGTGTG

from Summit, New Jersey

Comments about Takamine EF381SC 12-String Acoustic-Electric Cutaway Guitar:

Great looks, incredible action, high strings. a bit tinny, though. not a big problem, considering overall sound. Highly recommended over the Taylors I tried at much higher prices.

 
5.0

This Is it !!!

By sms8668

from Philadelphia

Comments about Takamine EF381SC 12-String Acoustic-Electric Cutaway Guitar:

This guitar is absolutely the best 12 string you will ever hear or play unless you want to spend $3000.00 for a Taylor or Martin. You don't even have to know how to play and it sounds good. I have al ot of friends who play in bands and they go crazy over this guitar. If I was rich, I would buy a few of them. This is the best investment you will ever make !

 
5.0

One heck of a good value!

By Roadhouse Blues

from Houston, TX

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Comments about Takamine EF381SC 12-String Acoustic-Electric Cutaway Guitar:

I have played this guitar at several local stores. The units that I played had flawless finishes and excellent acoustic sound. Very consistent from one guitar to the next. I gave it a 9 instead of 10 for features because I feel that it would profit from having the cool tube pre to fatten up the tone a little. You CAN EQ out some of the top end and it really balances out. For the price, I have found nothing that touches it. Of course, if you want to double the price, a Taylor X55 has a much more balanced tone (in the jumbo body 12-string). But this Tak is an excellent value for the price. It also will simply look good on stage. BEAUTIFUL black finish with binding! Yes, I will be buying one as soon as I pay off my LAST guitar purchase!

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