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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

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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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(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.

    (5 of 14 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.

    (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

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    EF508KC the best at any price

    By the prof-1oZ4N

    from New Orleans

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

    I lost 29 guitars to Hurricane Katrina and walked into the store with the money to replace an 810 Taylor and also buy a knock about guitar that I wouldn't feel uncomfortable leaning against a wall to grab whenever the mood to play hit me.After playing a couple of Taylors and Gibsons, I noticed the 508 on the wall and was immediately struck by the looks. I sat down and started playing it and was immediately struck by its beautiful tone. As I looked closer at it, I was struck by the excellent craftsmanship. I wound up buying it and after playing it daily for over a year it has become my work horse. This is truly an incredible guitar. Overall, it beats other companies' high end cutaway electrics by a mile. Buy it! You won't be disappointed.

    (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Nice...but

    By Al DeMatteo

    from NC

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    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!

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    What a beauty

    By thisboardisgreat

    from Montana

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

    When I picked up the Takamine EF508KC, I knew it was a keeper. My wife said it was the most beautiful guitar she'd ever seen. Myself and many other people agree. The koa has a flamed look in the light- it's brilliant. The rosewood fretboard is dark and feels very nice. Now for the sound quality: I have been working on my 2nd album for over a year. I have recorded with some other Takamine's and also a few Martin's and Taylor's. Finally I got in the studio with this Koa beauty and everything came alive. We mic it up with 2 mics and plug it in direct and blend it all- sounds crisp and clear. There have been MANY compliments on the sound. I also play in a live setting every week and I found out some interesting things when it's plugged direct into a PA. 1st of all, I highly recommend using Elixer stings because plugged direct, if the strings are slightly dead it just doesn't sound that great. The strings it came with died after two weeks. Also, the bottom end and mids are pretty boxy. There IS a fix. Turn the lows and mids all the way down and keep the highs flat and now it sounds terrific. I had one more test before I decided to buy it. I had my friend bring in his $3000 Martin John Mayer Signiture Acoustic and compared them side buy side unplugged and then plugged direct. This was the deal breaker folks; there was no comparison. I was not the only one that realized this. The Takamine Koa is an amazing product for the money. It sounded much more alive and looked a thousand dollars more expensive. I feel so lucky to have stumbled upon it!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    becoming my favorite guitar

    By musicfromheart

    from Waikoloa, hawaii

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    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

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Update on this beautiful guitar

    By BigStan

    from Chicago-area

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    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.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A gorgeous looking guitar

    By BigStan

    from Chicago-area

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    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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    what can you say?

    By stargazer18

    from los angeles, ca

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

    This guitar is a must have for any acoustic player, I also own a taylor 314ce and this guitar blows that guitar out of the water.From the incredible finish, to the amazing unplugged sound, this guitar is everything you could hope for and at the price it is a total steal!You could pay double for this guitar and still be completely satisfied!The stock electronics are great, but I replaced the tk40 with a ctp 2 and now it sounds just beyond words!Buy this guitar, you will not be disappointed, Takamine has many converted many an artist, just one strum and you will wonder where the guitar has been your whole life.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

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

    I love this guitar. I got it after christmas to reward myself and it is hands down the best guitar I have ever owned. I have an Ovation LX Elite and it does not stand a chance against my Takamine. Plus, the Koa wood beats all. It might be a bit weaker on the bass side but usually most Takamines are. If you want to get more bass when plugged in you can upgrade to the Cool Tube Preamp which I recommend. Craftsmanship is flawless and the bridge design offers perfect intonation.It has the looks, the sound and the quality and really low action and no fret buzz.Got Takamine! Get this baby!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    All I could ask for

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

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

    I saved up a lot of money for quite some time now to get a new guitar. I put thought in looking at guitars online, reading reviews (preferably on this site) and playing them in stores. I was really wanting an Ovation Elite series guitar with ebony fretboard and all the extras but the unplugged sound did not touch me at all. I played a few Taylors and Martins and I was really pleased with their warm sound. One day I saw it hanging on the wall, the Tak all-Koa. First of all, it was the coolest looking guitar in the whole room (In a more expensive section of their acoustic selection lined up with Martins, Taylors Ovations and Yairis). The second thing was, I played it first before all other guitars, then played others (more expensive ones almost double the price) and hands down I was not able to find one guitar in that room that better suits me. The looks are stunning, and it looks great on stage in the spotlight. The sound is awesome and not too bassy. The features are great, built in Tuner for on the go playing (Yes the tuner is as great as they say it is), and a really warm sounding Preamp. For the Value I must say this is really good and craftsmanship is excellent. To date I could not find one flaw or sloppy work on it. Other Koa guitars often have cheaper wood but when you look at the wood closely any luthier will tell you it is high grade premium Koa. The playability is real good also, light action. It is an acoustic but I must say it is almost as easy to play as my ESP Viper. Like Butter.My closing argument would be that this is the kind of dream guitar that I wanted for a long time and will last me a lifetime (I guess the free case helps out with that). It looks beautiful, sounds great, plays great and is high quality.If this still does not convince you to go out and buy a great guitar that looks a little different than other traditional wood instruments, get a Yairi. They are really expensive but I must say they are the finest instruments I know that come close to private luthier custom made guitars.But regarding the fact that the difference in sound and craftsmanship you get for spending $1000 more it is not worth it:GET THE TAK ALL-KOA NOW!

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Takamine EF508kc

    By Chris M-A0kWa

    from TEXAS!!!

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

    I play for a living...a good living and I currently own a Taylor, Martin and Breedlove to name a few. I felt it was time to pick up a new guitar so I sat down at the old giant music store and played several new models for about a hour. As I was about to leave, I noticed the EF508 hanging on the wall. (It looks beautiful!) The sells guy takes it off the wall and says..."Try It". After about 45 secounds of playing it I stood up...handed it back to the sells guy and said, "I'll take it!" It sounds great! Looks even better and you can tell that it's built to last. I don't touch my other guitars much anymore. Enough said.

     
    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.

       
      5.0

      No Regrets

      By Hawaii 808

      from Honolulu, HI

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

      This is a great guitar! It not only looks good, but sounds terrific. Already owning a Taylor 410CE, I found the it a bit clumsy in size, so I was casually looking at other guitars. Initially, the look of the koa caught my eye, when I tried it, the warm, clear sound surprised me. It's a nice looking, comfortable and great sounding guitar. Definitely worth looking into.

       
      5.0

      Everything I wanted and more

      By Curryman25

      from New Jersey

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

      This guitar, first of all, is the most awesome looking guitar I have ever seen. Theres nothing like the solid koa top. As soon as I opened the case, I was blown away. The strings tuned up easily, and the both the tuner mechanisms and the on-board tuner are great. The sound is amazing-the lows are deep, the mids are very clear, and the highs are just right. There is no loss of sound quality when I go electric. Overall, this is a dream guitar that plays beautifully. Don't pass up the opportunity to get this guitar-it is easily worth another thousand dollars. It is perfect!

       
      5.0

      Koa at a reasonable price

      By Quad City Quaffer

      from Rock Island, IL

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

      I bought this guitar about 18 months ago and have been nothing but totally pleased with it. The electronics are very good and the on-board tuner is very accurate. The figured koa is as pretty as any I have seen in pictures of guitars made by the small, independent luthiers, at a fraction of their cost. Add in gold Gotohs, a free deluxe hardshell case and you have outstanding koa value.

      (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!

      (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

       
      5.0

      Even as beinnger I was blown away

      By Xmouse

      from Netherlands

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

      I was just playing for a few months when I saw this guitar. Of course I was not sure to buy this, since I was just a beginner. But I could not resist and I never have been sorry. Very easy to play and beginners just want to do better on this one I can tell! Learning becomes a real joy on this baby! Great sound, very low action. Great for strumming and fingerpicking. I have tried several guitars, but I will surely hang on to this beauty!

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