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Takamine EG334-SC Acoustic Electric Cutaway   

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A beautifully organic instrument that's electrifying when plugged in. Ovangkol back and sides are striking. Its solid spruce top provides superior to...Read More

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Takamine craftsmanship in exotic woods.

A beautifully organic instrument that's electrifying when plugged in. Ovangkol back and sides are striking. Its solid spruce top provides superior tonal resonance. Cutaway body style. N4B preamp.


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4.5

(based on 31 reviews)

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Great workhorse

I have owned one of these for 8 years now and I don't understand the problems that a couple of people have had. (Must have been "B" or "C"...Read complete review

I have owned one of these for 8 years now and I don't understand the problems that a couple of people have had. (Must have been "B" or "C" stock instruments that slipped by the inspectors.) I own the black one and there is no "dullness" to the sound at all. It has bright crisp highs and deep mellow lows. Everyone who plays it, loves it. (Some have even gone out and bought one!) In this price range you won't find many that can compare to it.Now there are some things you need to know with any guitar. If you consistently use heavier gage strings, even the most expensive guitars can begin to bow just below the bridge after a while. Also, if you use lower quality, budget strings, the sound will not be as good. I recommend a high quality Phospher bronze for this guitar (and all Taks for that matter. They just seem to sound better with a phospher bronze.) One thing that I would suggest with the newer versions of this guitar...replace the bridge saddle with a bone saddle. (Mine came with a bone saddle) The newer ones are plastic, and just don't give the response the bone saddles give. I had to replace mine a few years ago...tried the newer, compensated plastic saddle and it seriously impaired the sound. So, I popped the extra cash for a high quality bone saddle like the original and was back in business. So, buy good strings, a bone saddle and have it set up to fit your preferences and you will have a workhorse that will last for years. (Features would be a 10 if it had an onboard tuner.)

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A handsome guitar

I got an incredible deal on this guitar and couldn't pass it up. The guitar is gorgeous with the unusual wood of the back and sides. Ovangkol I think it's called. Now for...Read complete review

I got an incredible deal on this guitar and couldn't pass it up. The guitar is gorgeous with the unusual wood of the back and sides. Ovangkol I think it's called. Now for the bad, this was a display guitar. When I played it I felt it had dead strings. I noticed it wasn't as bright as I would have liked but I blamed the thrashed demo strings it had on. The frets were also a little narrow for an acoustic but nothing I couldn't get used to. Like I said, this is a beautiful guitar and I got a great deal on it. I took the guitar home with 2 sets of premium strings and a hard case thrown in. I immediately swapped out the strings and it still sounded a little dead. There's a sudden marked drop off in the sustain. The electronics make up for it because plugged in you can barely notice it unless you crank the tone up. I'm thinking it's either that the bracing is over glued or the odd wood it's made from just deadens the sound at a certain wavelength. Other's listening can barely notice it but it's starting to affect me like a faint squeeking noise in your car. At first it's not so bad but it's starting to drive me crazy. I currently have an Ovation, a Fender acoustic, a Yamaha acoustic, my beater Squire acoustic, a strat and a heavily customized Schecter Omen. I've never seen anything like this before and I've been playing over 20 years now. This Takamine is gorgeous but I don't think it's a keeper unless this sound deadening issue can be fixed. I am not going to keep an instrument around, no matter how pretty it is, when it annoys me to play it. I'm going to visit my friendly neighborhood luthier this week and if it's not a cheap fix it's going back to the store.

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5.0

great guitar

By gibsonlpman

from new jersey

I got this guitar from my parents for my birthday last year, and it is awsome. It is also a great deal, it sounds as if its a $1500 guitar. The only flaw is if you get it in black you can see the scratches very easily(but black is the coolest color). get this guitar.

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5.0

Fantastic Sound

By QvB3cu3_2

from Alpharetta, GA

I just started playing again after a 10 year haitus. I have a couple of older guitars, one being a Applause. I spent 4 months looking and playing various guitars such as Ovation, Parkwood and Taylor. A friend of mine suggested a Takamine. The one I played sounded great But now, after after a set of bronze custom light Elixirs, this thing sounds fantastic. From old Beatles to modern country music, this thing sounds better everytime I pick it up. I couldn't be happier with my purchase.

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5.0

Reliable

By TR-Sl-_n

from Seattle Wa.

I have owned this guitar for 4 yrs and have been very satisfied have played it on a few gigs and has been very reliable. Its not the best sounding acoustic out there but its still great quality. Its a great guitar for those who are starting out and it is also great for those of us with a low budget who want a nice sounding guitar.

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5.0

Crisp sound and easy to play

By All4Him

from Dallas, TX

Just got the natural version. I do not personally like the black version; dulls the sound and seems like the guitar is painted. Really nicely appointed guitar for the price. I have tried ones that are cheaper and ones more expensive, this one rates with the 1300-1500 range as far as sound and playability. Nice body-binding around the body and neck. Sound is very balanced in acoustic mode, with nice cripsy highs and no hallow-sounding mids. Good bass without boominess. Neck was straight throughout and nice frets. Easy to do bar-chords without hand-stress. Nice finish and wood grains front and back. This is not a striking instrument, but very professional look, feel, and sound for the money. Overall nice balanced instrument, high-end feel for moderate price. Good guitar for beginners going to the next level or gigging semi-pro on a budget.

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5.0

Finally my search is over!!!

By Jimmy D.

from Nashua, NH

I, like many of you, have field tested alot of acoustics. It is very hard to pick out a guitar when there are so many to choose from. Take your time because in the end, it's you and your guitar. I tested Martin, Taylor,Alvarez,Seagul,Yamaha,Ovation,Fender and the list goes on. One year later it is a toss up between a Takamine and a Takamine. I ended up with the Takamine> What a surprize!! An 8 on acoustic unplugged and a 10 on live sound. Of course what doesn't sound great through a Mackie P.A. This is a great guitar and I strongly urge anyone to take the Takamine test. You won't be let down!!

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4.0

Love the bass sound

By TR-Yd9yw

from coleman, TX

I needed an acoustic electric to play my solos. I selected Takamine because of the medium range in price. I have upgraded to the 334 and love the bass sound and I play this one along side a high priced Gibson every month. Guess which one sounds the best. Of course the Takamine! I have been playing for over 50 yrs so I have been around a while...TR

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5.0

Best ever!!!

I feel this is one of the best guitars on the market for the price. I have had it for 4 years now and it gets better every day. At first the sound was great, with time it rivals $1,000+ guitars. The pickup works great and produces a crisp clean sound. The finish has lasted very well and has shown almost no wear. The sound is warm when you use the right strings. I would strongly recomend this guitar to beginners and experts alike.

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4.0

Wicked!

By josh-7Ht5J

from Denison, Texas

This guitar is wicked man! It plays like a MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE electric! Its outlining is made of Pearl and so are the inlays. It has a black pickguard and gold tuning keys. Overall, on a scale of one to ten, I would rate this great piece of art an 8!

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5.0

Well Made Instrument.

By Brad-.C6EP

from Estacada, OR

Plays easy, and has fine workmanship. Tried comparable Fender and like the feel overall better. Very comfortable neck and action. Would recommend to anyone looking for a solid and beautiful guitar

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5.0

Tak is Mine!

By M.C. EAR

from Waterbury, CT

Just purchased. Tried every acoustic in the store in this range and this is the one that sang the sweetest. It was a toss-up between a more expensive Martin with a big bottom end and the Tak. The Tak had the more playable neck and the low end projection was was only slightly less than the Martin. Nothing the onboard EQ couldn't handle. I play a variety of styles and the Tak fits them all.

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