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Takamine EF508KC NEX Legacy Series All Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar  Natural 

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OVERVIEW

The all-koa grand auditorium is for players that demand superb playability, high sound pressure levels, and stunning good looks.

The EF508KC NEX All Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar is based on Takamine'sgrand auditorium body and will exceed the expectations of the most demanding guitarists. Superbly playable, it's built to be played hard at high volume levels. The highly figured koa wood used throughout makes as stunning a visual impression as the guitar's staggering sonic output. Deluxe appointments include gold tuning machines, abalone snowflake fretboard inlays, and a beautiful gloss finish that allows all the glory of the koa to shine through.Under its incredible cosmetics beats the heart of a road-warrior's guitar. A Takamine Palethetic pickup feeds its signal to a CT4B preamp that keeps the rich tonality of the instrument intact. With a 3-band graphic EQ, a volume slider and an onboard chromatic tuner, your tone will shine in any venue.

FEATURES
  • Body Shape: NEX Cutaway
  • Top: Figured Koa
  • Back: Figured Koa
  • Sides: Figured Koa
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Inlays: Abalone Snowflake
  • Rosette: Abalone
  • Tuners: Gold
  • Finish: Gloss natural
  • Electronics: CT4B preamp with built-in tuner

An explosion of tropical koa wood that really delivers the sonic goods. Order today.

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TakamineEF508KC NEX Legacy Series All Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 20 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I will have this guitar till I die.

After playing the guitar for about a year, I decided that I wanted to get serious. Getting serious with any musical instrument means shelling out for a nice one that you will actually enjoy...Read complete review

After playing the guitar for about a year, I decided that I wanted to get serious. Getting serious with any musical instrument means shelling out for a nice one that you will actually enjoy playing. So, I went to Guitar center the day after Thanksgiving (they were having a 20% off one item sale) and promised myself that I would play every guitar in the showroom and walk out with my favorite, regardless of cost (ok...like anything below $4000).

I played every guitar in that room, from the cheap Fenders to the stupid-expensive Gibsons and Martins, and this is the guitar I walked out with. Not only was it the first guitar to catch my EYE, it was also the guitar that caught my EARS. The sound is so beautiful and bright and sweet. The case that comes with it is awesome, too, which is an added bonus.

I have had this guitar for 6 years now, and I have NEVER regretted buying it. To this day, I will go to a guitar center and play a few of the high-end guitars and then pick one of these up, and it still sounds better to me than any guitar in the room. I get countless complements on its good looks and sound. I will have this guitar until I die, or until it goes out of use...at which point I will buy another one.

If you like fingerpicking and softer-style strumming, this is the guitar for you. Probably not the best for heavy hitters. I don't play it amped a lot, but when I do it sounds a bit tinny. Probably because I don't know what I'm doing with the amp.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It's ok, but there are better Koa guitars out there!!

What I like about this guitar is that the neck is nice and thin. Easy to play. The workmanship on the case could be improved. The onboard tuner works fine
When I...Read complete review

What I like about this guitar is that the neck is nice and thin. Easy to play. The workmanship on the case could be improved. The onboard tuner works fine
When I received this guitar in the mail the buckle on the case was broken. The guitar looked fine and was easy to play. When I played along side my Taylor I could hear the difference. There was no resonance in the guitar. If you are going to plug in it, I think you will be fine. You get what you pay for and for the price its ok. I returned it because I think there are better sounding Koa guitars out there. This one said made in China on the case. I will keep looking...
For the price the quality is ok
I think its a little pricey for what you get.

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5.0

great guitar

By Spears

from Kentucky

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Takamine EF508KC NEX Legacy Series All Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Very nice guitar great sound, electronics, tuner and case. I would recommend this guitar to anyone! Very impressed more than I expected.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    becoming my favorite guitar

    Pros

    • 2 Years Has A Precise
    • After Owning This Guitar
    • Soft Yet Warm Sound
    • Sound Better With Age

    Cons

    • Nothing

    Best Uses

    • Performance And Recording

    Comments about Takamine EF508KC NEX Legacy Series All Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    like they say bout koa wood, has a brighter warmer sound as ages, its easy to play and looks good when performing and electronics haven't given any problems, I own a Taylor and Alveraz this guitar has a cleaner sound

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I will have this guitar till I die.

    By tylerhlewis

    from Fort Worth, Tx.

    Pros

    • BEAUTIFUL
    • Bright
    • Sweet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fingerstyle
      • Light

      Comments about Takamine EF508KC NEX Legacy Series All Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      After playing the guitar for about a year, I decided that I wanted to get serious. Getting serious with any musical instrument means shelling out for a nice one that you will actually enjoy playing. So, I went to Guitar center the day after Thanksgiving (they were having a 20% off one item sale) and promised myself that I would play every guitar in the showroom and walk out with my favorite, regardless of cost (ok...like anything below $4000).

      I played every guitar in that room, from the cheap Fenders to the stupid-expensive Gibsons and Martins, and this is the guitar I walked out with. Not only was it the first guitar to catch my EYE, it was also the guitar that caught my EARS. The sound is so beautiful and bright and sweet. The case that comes with it is awesome, too, which is an added bonus.

      I have had this guitar for 6 years now, and I have NEVER regretted buying it. To this day, I will go to a guitar center and play a few of the high-end guitars and then pick one of these up, and it still sounds better to me than any guitar in the room. I get countless complements on its good looks and sound. I will have this guitar until I die, or until it goes out of use...at which point I will buy another one.

      If you like fingerpicking and softer-style strumming, this is the guitar for you. Probably not the best for heavy hitters. I don't play it amped a lot, but when I do it sounds a bit tinny. Probably because I don't know what I'm doing with the amp.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      EF508KC Koa acoustic-electric guitar

      By Jay Tracy

      from Texas

      Comments about Takamine EF508KC NEX Legacy Series All Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Great value. Looked long and hard at koa guitars before purchase. Very satisfied. There is a less expensive Tak as well, according to cust support, that one made in china and has lower end G Series equalizer and tuner. That one probably sounds great to

      If you buy on line from musicians friend, be sure take advantage of 15% discount frequently offered. To do this, you will have to chat with cust while doing order on line asthe coupon code does not work for all Taks. But they will apply it if you chat with rep after queuing order on line
      The Takamine koa acoustic electric is a nice piece. The equalizer/tuning unit is more advanced than my G Series 12 string in that the equalizer is more responsive and true to the highs and lows. It does bring out the low end better than the high
      Quality is good. Well constructed. This guitar is made in Japan rather than china, as is all of their pro series. Great sound. This beats my Taylor 610CE significantly in sound. Please note that when this says " all koa", it is figured koa, which means to some "laminate" and not koa.....several discussions with takamine support, and I got an answer I u dyer stood. This all koa. However, unlike the more expensive koa guitars by Tak and Taylor, this is made of sheets of koa wood glued together. The expensive koas start with one piece of koa......bottom line, this gives the sound of koa in a more resilient construction as it is less prone to environmental conditions. This guitar is designed for live performance
      Clearly with sound, looks, this is a great value. Especially considering the difference you would pay for non-figured koa. Brute sound, great in live performance

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      (4 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      It's ok, but there are better Koa guitars out there!!

      By Carl Rossetti

      from Hawaii

      Comments about Takamine EF508KC NEX Legacy Series All Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      What I like about this guitar is that the neck is nice and thin. Easy to play. The workmanship on the case could be improved. The onboard tuner works fine
      When I received this guitar in the mail the buckle on the case was broken. The guitar looked fine and was easy to play. When I played along side my Taylor I could hear the difference. There was no resonance in the guitar. If you are going to plug in it, I think you will be fine. You get what you pay for and for the price its ok. I returned it because I think there are better sounding Koa guitars out there. This one said made in China on the case. I will keep looking...
      For the price the quality is ok
      I think its a little pricey for what you get.

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      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Art K

      Comments about Takamine EF508KC NEX Legacy Series All Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Get one. You'll love it
      Great sound even without being plugged in
      Beautiful KOA all over Great bookmatch
      Envied by all my Hawaiian buddies who don't already have one

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      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Update on this beautiful guitar

      By BigStan

      from Chicago-area

      Comments about Takamine EF508KC NEX Legacy Series All Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Overall this is a fantastic sounding guitar and a very good case. As for keeping this guitar in proper humidity it is still important even though it has laminated top, sides and back. The braces in the guitar still will require humidity. I repeat my opinion that you will never have to worry about the top cracking due to temperature and humidity. However proper humidity is still important especially in locations with very cold winters.
      I upped the rating as this guitar is so beautiful and the sound is very good.
      The guitar once again is a 10. The case has a few minor flaws and it is a 9.
      I raised the value to a 10 as the laminated koa looks gorgeous and is a frugal way to get the koa look. Sound is surprisingly good and loud enough in the middle and upper register. Bass is adequate in sound. The case is beautiful with a brown leather look with black plush lining. Takamine in gold lettering on the cover is a nice touch. Electronics are very good and the tuner mutes when plugged in to your amp.

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      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A gorgeous looking guitar

      By BigStan

      from Chicago-area

      Comments about Takamine EF508KC NEX Legacy Series All Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      This guitar sounds good unplugged. Plugged in the preamp is a bit bright and the guitar can sound a bit harsh. A tube amp would probably help soften the sound. The koa laminate is simply gorgeous and the guitar is well built. While this guitar will probably never open up and get louder unplugged with age I think this guitar would be a great travel guitar. I think the laminate would handle temperature change very well. You shouldn't have to worry about the wood drying out as much. The top should never crack like a solid top might. My guitar when unpacked had the tuner still on. The Takamine inspector at KMC in California probably forgot to turn it off. I wonder if Takamine would send me free 9-volt battey? As for the action on this guitar, it is set a bit too high on the upper frets. I will take the guitar to a luthier for a set-up.
      Laminated KOA top, sides, and back. Preamp has a mutable tuner. Hard case is now the GC500 that includes an attachable shoulder strap. Case is dark brown and has Takamine in gold lettering on the cover.
      I dropped the guitar down to a 9 because the case's vinyl covering has a few bubbles. Case quality could be a little bit better. The guitar is a 10. Finish is excellent and the build is perfect.
      This guitar is a bit high priced for using laminated wood on all sides. But the guitar is so beautiful it almost makes up for this.

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      (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice...but

      Comments about Takamine EF508KC NEX Legacy Series All Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I purchased this E-Series Takamine because I was impressed by Takamine's acoustic-electric selection. This Koa is NOT a solid top, back or sides. It is "figured" Koa. The overall sound and tone is still very good, but it is not nearly as playable nor does it sound anywhere near as good as my Taylor 315-CE or Martin D-15. The looks are stunning, but again, it's not a Martin or Taylor!

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great ki ho'alu guitar!

      By lilo loa

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Takamine EF508KC NEX Legacy Series All Koa Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      My first experience with koa came via a 'ukulele; i absolutely love the tone and the sound it produces and knew i wanted to find an all koa guitar to start playing ki ho'alu (slack key) with. After doing a lot of research i decided on the Takamine EF508KC and I absolutely love it! the sound is soft and warm, the action is amazing and it is an absolute joy to play. If you haven't played koa before, be aware that you won't get a booming bass or sharp treble with this wood. But for what i wanted to play on it this guitar is perfect and I can't speak highly enough about it!

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