Up to 25% Off Select Gear With Code: SPOOKY
Looking for Coupons?Call us Hablamos Español
MF MD HG Virginia No Tax
Takamine Logo
Product 516302

Takamine EG523SC Acoustic-Electric Guitar

  • Write a Review

The Takamine EG523SC Acoustic-Electric Guitar has outstanding sound by itself or plugged in. The jumbo body style provides cool profile and comfortab...Click To Read More About This Product

We're sorry-this item is unavailable.

Find a similar product below or contact our experts for a recommendation of great alternatives. Call us at 800-449-9128.

Customers Also Viewed:
OVERVIEW

Visually stunning, acoustically amazing, and it's got active electronics.

The Takamine EG523SC Acoustic-Electric Guitar has outstanding sound by itself or plugged in. The jumbo body style provides cool profile and comfortable playing with a huge solid spruce soundboard for big volume and titanic tone. Glowing, gorgeous flamed maple back and sides plus an abalone rosette make it flash in the stage lights. Active electronics with onboard EQ translate all that tone into the electrical world with total fidelity.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

FEATURES
  • Solid spruce soundboard
  • Flamed maple back and sides
  • Jumbo body style
  • Abalone rosette
  • Active electronics with onboard EQ

A huge-sounding and great-playing guitar for a really reasonable price. Order today. You'll be very happy.

Reviews
Loading....

Review Snapshot

by PowerReviews
TakamineEG523SC Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 151 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (125)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A true Gibson J series competitor!

I know guitars - be it acoustic or electric.I've played the junk and I've played the best of the best. And for the money, this guitar far exceeds my expectations. Cosmetically, it's...Read complete review

I know guitars - be it acoustic or electric.I've played the junk and I've played the best of the best. And for the money, this guitar far exceeds my expectations. Cosmetically, it's beautiful, and with the proper setup (like any NEW guitar NEEDS), it plays incredibly well.To all the critics who complain about "string buzz" out of the box or the action being not to your liking, GET IT SET UP BY A PROFESSIONAL. In my opinion, no guitar comes out of the box with a perfect setup job, and it's foolish to think they do.Before you condemn this fine guitar in print, realize that you aren't always going to get a perfect setup job out of the box. That's a fact of life.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

very disappointed

I bought this guitar about a month and a half ago. I didn't buy it through musician's friend, so I don't have a 45 day return policy to take advantage of. I feel...Read complete review

I bought this guitar about a month and a half ago. I didn't buy it through musician's friend, so I don't have a 45 day return policy to take advantage of. I feel like i've been making excuses for it ever since it showed up. The tone is nowhere near what I was hoping for. The built in tuner is cool, but who really needs it? And I couldn't get a sound that I liked out of the EQ when I plugged it in. The intonation was out and, even after a professional setup, was beyond what I could tolerate. It's been shipped off and is at Kaman music right now until I find out if they want to fix it for me or not. The guitar is not worth the trouble i've been to for it. After all the heartache and disappointment I've been through, I finally decided to shell out the cash and buy the Gibson J-180EC. I am very happy with the Gibson. It was definitely worth the money. Before I bought the takamine I had an ovation celebrity deluxe 12-string that I was using as a 6-string and I was notably more satisfied with it than the takamine. you can get a good ovation for good bit less than this too. If you can't try it before you buy it, buy it from musician's friend. You can't beat their return policy. Otherwise you might end up selling it on ebay like i'm going to be doing if i ever get it back from kaman.

Reviewed by 151 customers

Displaying reviews 1-20

Back to top

Previous | Next »

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A true Gibson J series competitor!

By GibsonmanONLY

from Mount Vernon, OH

See all my reviews

Comments about Takamine EG523SC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I know guitars - be it acoustic or electric.I've played the junk and I've played the best of the best. And for the money, this guitar far exceeds my expectations. Cosmetically, it's beautiful, and with the proper setup (like any NEW guitar NEEDS), it plays incredibly well.To all the critics who complain about "string buzz" out of the box or the action being not to your liking, GET IT SET UP BY A PROFESSIONAL. In my opinion, no guitar comes out of the box with a perfect setup job, and it's foolish to think they do.Before you condemn this fine guitar in print, realize that you aren't always going to get a perfect setup job out of the box. That's a fact of life.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING!!!

By Kendall Seals

from NC

Comments about Takamine EG523SC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

It is worth the money
This guitar is incredible all around, bought this guitar about 2 years ago and it is still like it is brand new. Absolutey beautiful look and sound. These guitars are made to be plugged up so once you play it acoustic and then plug it up it will blow you away!!! YOu. Obviously Higher end Gibsons and Taylors will sound better but plugged in, This guitar is right with them.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great guitar except for intonation.

By Del

from Eastern Montana

See all my reviews

Ask me a question

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Takamine EG523SC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I love the full rich sound and features of the EG523SC. But the two piece saddle causes noticeable intonation problems especially for the G,D,A (3rd, 4th, and 5th strings). It is quite noticeably out of tune when playing pieces up near the twelfth fret or higher,especially when using the bottom three strings in sequence. I've tried reshaping the saddles to correct them but they're not wide enough to make the correction. I'm looking at widening the saddle slots enough to make new wider bone saddles that will crown in the right place for correct intonation. It's too bad they mass produced a saddle system with this inherent defect.

(4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Poor Quality Control

By Mike McMahon

from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Comments about Takamine EG523SC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I give this a relatively low score for value, as my current on going experience I am having to spend hundreds extra to have the bridge fixed, a complete set up, adjustment of saddle, re-routing of the saddle slot, and a fret dress.

Should play like a dream when I get it back.
I am on my second EG523SC guitar. The first one I bought was a write off within a month because the neck warped and frets came up (and yes, I kept my guitar humidified). It was replaced under warranty by the model I have now, which I've had for a year and a half. Recently I decided to take the guitar to a service shop to get the fret ends filed, as from day one this guitar had sharp fret ends (I only had the time and money to deal with it now....). After laying the guitar on the repair bench, the first thing that was pointed out to me was that my bridge was coming off! Apparently when Takamine assembles these guitars, they mask off the area where the bridge is located before finishing. To trim the excess masking, the factory takes a razor blade and traces out the footprint of the bridge... HOWEVER, instead of lightly cutting the masking, they are cutting into the wood veneer!!! Over time my guitar has dried out, because the shop that sold me the guitar also sold me a substandard guitar case humidifier. The wood has shrunk, and my bridge is pulling loose AND pulling the wood veneer up with it!!! You can clearly see where the factory guy cut into the wood! Fortunately, the shop I am dealing with can fix the bridge. Alternatively, I could have returned it to the shop I bought it at and tried to claim warranty, but I don't want the hassle of a potentially rejected warranty, and if it is covered, I don't want the guitar replaced by another sub-standard piece of imported garbage.
See above... quality is not that well regulated. In addition to the above, there are numberous dead spots on the fret board. Thoroughly play the instrument you plan to by (the actual one).

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Real Takamaniac!!!

By Real Takamaniac

from Orange Beach, Al

Comments about Takamine EG523SC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have played professionaly for a lot of years. this Jumbo Tak is by far the most versitile accoustic/elec I have ever played. It can be very sweet, it can be bitey, but you can be sure it will always be BIG! I get so many compliments on my guitar sound. I will never buy another brand EVER! It is a work horse, and I put it thru the test 6 nights a week. It has never let me down. And...it's beautiful!

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Takamine EG523SC

By Nathan Kleine Deters

from Colorado

See all my reviews

Comments about Takamine EG523SC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've had this guitar for a couple months and I absolutely love it! I was just browsing in a music store one day, picked this thing up and walked out with it that day. What caught my eye was the beautiful design on the guitar. Not too flashy, but gorgeous inlays and natural finish. When I first played it, it was by far the best sounding guitar in the store. Beautiful deep lows and crispy highs, not to mention this guitar is loud acoustically. Fingerpicking sounds great on this Jumbo. I've played it at church through the PA and it sounds even better when the top of the line Takamine electronics kick in. For the price, you cannot beat this guitar. I gave it a 9 in quality just because it needed a little bit of setup (action raised, frets re-hammered) after a few months, but now it plays even better. Just buy this guitar, it will not disappoint!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

blown away

By ragan mcqueen

from louisiana

Comments about Takamine EG523SC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

to put it simply, takamine is letting you steal from them a little bit. once you get it, you may feel bad about paying so little and getting so much. but you get over that pretty quick.
aesthetically brilliant. every time I look at this guitar, i cant help but smile and wonder how i got so lucky. the care takamine puts into this series is apparent and i am glad to have it in my living room for everyone to see. ive never seen one of the black ones but all the blonde ones i have seen including my own, are just beautiful
this guitar is stout. well put together, with high quality parts. tough and pretty.
you can go buy a gibson or taylor or martin and get a great great great guitar, but be broke and probably slightly bummed about it despite your new toy, or you can get as good or better a guitar for half the price with this thing. amazing piece of equipment. truly.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet Sound

By Scooter

from Olean NY

See all my reviews

Ask me a question

Pros

  • Built-in tuner
  • Comfortable
  • Easy action
  • Full sound

Cons

  • NA

Best Uses

  • Home Stage Studio

Comments about Takamine EG523SC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I needed a fuller sound and this guitar is all that. Great value! I looked for almost 2 years and in my research everything always came back to this guitar. Player reviews were correct. The action is real nice and easy to play. I use it in an acoustic duo and like my other Takamine it takes the beating night after night.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

a gem

By Classical guitar afficionado

from washington dc

See all my reviews

Ask me a question

Pros

  • Excellent Amplified Tone
  • Great looking
  • Inexpensive
  • Very Good Setup

Cons

  • Quiet Wo Amplification

Best Uses

  • Gigging out

Comments about Takamine EG523SC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I went looking for an acoustic/electric guitar and was prepared to purchase a Martin or Taylor, that is, until I tried this out. Excellent tone amplified or unplugged, but a little quiet unplugged compared to Martin or Taylor, but who cares if you're going to amp it anyway as I plan to do? You may even disagree about it's unplugged volume. It's worth trying it anyway. I saved thousands by purchasing this and It's a real beauty too!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic

By Jam For the Lamb

from Warner Robins, Ga

Comments about Takamine EG523SC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've played a few Taylors and Martins and man when I picked this thing up it was phenomenal. The sound is right there with the some of the Martins and Taylors that I played but for a considerably lesser price. Hands down I would recommend it to anyone no matter where they are at in their level of playing.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Sounding Jumbo

By Eman-1jFNO

from Minden,LA

Comments about Takamine EG523SC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Ive had this guitar for about 6 months now and I love it! The only problem Ive had was when I first got it the neck had a serious warp in it, But, if you have $40 and a good guitar guy he can fix it in no time. The thing that impressed me the most was the sound quality from this baby.The low's are deep and soulful and the highs are crisp and clean. The best sounding guitar I own by far( and I have a million) The Bottom line is if you want a great sounding guitar, with tons of features and outstanding good looks without the $2000 Gibson price tag. Look no futher! Your next guitar is here.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love this guitar. Fix it I did!

By jumbolieya

from McHenry, Illinois

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • If You Can Fix It Buy It

Cons

  • Must Research Luitier

Best Uses

  • Sound Great For The Price

Comments about Takamine EG523SC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I purchased this guitar with the understanding it needed repair. Prior to purchasing I familiarized myself with the techniques and tools necessary to repair a guitar. I am happy to say, with a little "Hide Glue", 1/8" Lexon sheets used to flatten and prevent clamp indentations, I was able to realize a significant return on my investment, as-well-as gaining knowledge on the mechanics of working with a finely crafted guitar. If you have the confidence in your wood working skill and can improvise your tools, buy it broken and fix it. You will be greatly rewarded.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

NICE

By David

from Helena Montana

See all my reviews

Ask me a question

Comments about Takamine EG523SC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

After I ordered this guitar I was told that I should not have ordered a jumbo because they sound whimpy. This is deffinatly not the case with this guitar. I love the sound and the vibration of the thing. It kinda feels like the way my Fender Jazz Base vibrates. It has a very unique feel and well balance sound. Great guitar for the money; however,I don't like the binding on the fretboard~cheep.Overall I love the sound and feel of this guitar.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

big sound

By 27ynovicedave

from Tyler, TX

See all my reviews

Verified Buyer

Comments about Takamine EG523SC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Beautiful guitar. Big sound. Just had one week, but satisfied so far with this addition to my collection.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Beatiful but not the best sounding

By Steven-4Yjcq

from Gastonia, NC

Comments about Takamine EG523SC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Not the volume or bass you would expect from a Jumbo guitar, high treble. The wood is beautiful but it just doesn't give the greatest tone. The B string slips A LOT when tuning and the built in tuner is so so. Typically have to turn the bass all the way up when plugging in, have a hard time finding a sound I like out of it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Absolutely Beautiful

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Takamine EG523SC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitar is absolutely beautiful and plays great. The onboard tuner is extremely accurate and useful. My one complaint is that the acoustic sound is not as big as I expected...don't get me wrong...it still has a big sound...just not big enough for my taste. Overall...great guitar...I would buy it again...

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Another satisfied customer

By Anthony-gYIPO

from San Jose, CA

Comments about Takamine EG523SC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This is by far, one of the best guitars I have invested money in to buying. The construction of the guitar was pristine, and the tone that came out of the sound hole was beautiful. The vibration of the guitar is really low, barely noticable, but if heard from the opposite end, you can hear the rich sounds that come out of it. This guitar is less bassier and more towards the treble. The cutaway allows the player to reach high frets. The tuners and the EQ box was simple, but does a really good job. Overall, this is a great guitar. You will enjoy it!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best guitar I own

By emt0199419

from Naval Base Yokosuka, Japan

Comments about Takamine EG523SC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar from Musician's Friend without ever holding this model before or hearing it, a first for me, and what I was thrown off by what I got. The sound from the Takamine EG523SC. Compared to my more expensive Alvarez, this beats it in every aspect. The natural finish is beautiful, and the woods used make for a perfect sound for the singer/songwriter. No fret buzz anywhere, cutaway is great is you're into acoustic soloing, and I'm constantly tuning down to drop C, simply because it handles it with grace and can carry that bottom end beautifully. I highly suggest this guitar if you're a seasoned player and don't want to spring for a Martin or Taylor.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Very nice LOOKING guitar.

By Jimbo-Oy--m

from Bay area Ca

Comments about Takamine EG523SC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I admit, I got this guitar because it was freakin gorgeous! After a week of playing it however, it just didn't satisfy my ear. This guitar is a jumbo that didn't have that distinct jumbo sound. To be honest, $200 guitars sound better than this guitar. It goes to show that a good looking guitar doesn't necessarily mean a good sounding guitar. Other things I must point out: the action is kind of high, and some of the higher frets didn't sit level with the others. It's a shame an instrument this beautiful and this pricey isn't up to par with sound quality. I expected more from takamine.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Takamine EG523SC

By Danimal-krpNK

from Faribault,MN.

See all my reviews

Comments about Takamine EG523SC Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

From the flamed maple back,to the abalone rosette and fingerboard inlays,this guitar is stunning.Came with the action a tad high,but not to bad.Easly fixed,with a set up.Sound is good pluged and unpluged.Love/hate the stock coated strings.Reduces finger noiise when pluged in but loses tone when unpluged.I've owned 3 Gibsons,an S.L.Mossman{not in buisness any more}and a custom made acoustic.The only guitar I liked better was my Gibson J45.But for 3grand,you could buy a Takamine and a nice P.A.and have money left.I highly recomend the Takamine.Happy pickin!

Displaying reviews 1-20

Back to top

Previous | Next »

See All Takamine 6 String Acoustic Guitars
You are changing the Ship-To country.

Our product catalog varies by country due to manufacturer restrictions. If you change the Ship-To country, some or all of the items in your cart may not ship to the new destination.