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Takamine EG544SC Acoustic-Electric Guitar   

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The large solid cedar top atop koa back and sides sings out full-throated when played hard and renders the most delicate finger-picked passages with ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Tonal intensity for the unrich!

The large solid cedar top atop koa back and sides sings out full-throated when played hard and renders the most delicate finger-picked passages with vibrant clarity. TK40 electronics bring all of the EG544SC Acoustic-Electric Guitar's robust sound to the fore onstage. Precision-crafted rosewood fingerboard, abalone rosette, and a beautiful finish result in a sharp-looking, easy-playing axe for real players.

  • Solid cedar top
  • Koa back and sides
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • TK40 electronics
  • Abalone rosette
  • Nickel tuners

Order today to see what a fabulous instrument you can get from Takamine for a very modest outlay.


EG544SC Acoustic-Electric Guitar


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(based on 53 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review


EQ's up Beautifully

I was pretty much aching for a Taylor 815ce which is a larger version of, similar design as this Takamine EG544SC only thus is a mini-jumbo. I played a whole bunch of guitars on...Read complete review

I was pretty much aching for a Taylor 815ce which is a larger version of, similar design as this Takamine EG544SC only thus is a mini-jumbo. I played a whole bunch of guitars on the way to it and this grabbed me within a minute or two of picking it up...after a brief make-out session (fingers to neck only) I was entranced.Brought it home, started exploring, plugged it in to my iMac/Garage Band through my M-Audio Fast Track Pro, brought up some presets for "live instruments"/"Guitar", etc. and oh yes, this guitar can be coaxed into sounding mighty fine with some patience and a little know-how, which comes from where?...say it with me ~ "exploring"....Like any instrument plugged into any studio there is an exploratory phase, finding the sweet spot, as it were, the harmony between studio and instrument, player and engineer (or all at once) ...this guitar nice to it, bring it out to play with the other kids (guitars and what-have-you) and it will be your acoustic buddy.Clean, fast action, responsive, handles curves well (just seeing if you were paying attention).I found it on sale at Guitar Center and got out the door for w/ a hard shell case and I'm happy with it and there is still more to discover too. If this is your budget, give or take, indulge and I know you will make a new wooden-stringed friend for life.And the Koa and Cedar blend smells nice too...I'm just sayin'...


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Constant Adjustments

I bought this guitar from the original buyer. It still had the factory strings in new condition. Over the last five months, I have made several neck adjustments. After each adjustment the action...Read complete review

I bought this guitar from the original buyer. It still had the factory strings in new condition. Over the last five months, I have made several neck adjustments. After each adjustment the action seems fine, but one day to two weeks later the strings may buzz at the second fret or the tuning goes sharp on all strings. I also recently found that the top is not stable. Looking at it at an angle to room light I can see odd ripples. The weirdest thing is that after adjusting the neck to get low action, I placed my righ forearm normally on the upper part of the lower bout and noticed string buzz on the 2nd and 3rd frets. Upon raising my arm off the top and just plucking the strings, the buzz stopped. I did this several times with the same results. Yeah, it's not a bad looking low end guitar and it sounds pretty good plugged in, but like most guitars with plastic saddles sitting in a metal frame it just don't project unplugged. I have built acoustics both from scratch and kits as well as owned a bunch of cheap guitars and have never had the strange problems I have had with this one.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Incredibly beautiful

By ReneeC

from Hightstown, New Jersey


  • Beautiful Aesthetic
  • Beautiful sound
  • Light
  • Sturdy


  • Action Was A Bit High

Best Uses

  • Folk
  • Solo Performances

First off, I would like to say that this guitar was a gift from my father for my 8th grade graduation. I was in no way involved in the selection of this guitar, but he still hit the nail on the head.

This guitar is beautiful all around; acoustically and visually. I've used it in almost all of my acoustic performances, and it never fails. 4 years later and she still works like a champ!

This guitar is an excellent "go-to" for me, and I enjoy every minute I play it.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great Ax

By eugene mccarthy

from New Bedford, MA

I tried this guitar at several music stores locally but the price was always prohibitive. Found it here for 1/2 the price so I jumped at it. Although it was listed as "Used" there was no damage that I could find. The tone is amazing acoustically and warm and bright amplified. I had the action lowered a little by my local guitar expert and it's become my #1 gig guitar. I work 3-4 nights a week in clubs. Highly recommended.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Buy this guitar while you still can!

By BigStan

from Chicago-area

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At the new price this guitar is a steal. Get the guitar set-up. There are shims under the saddle that can be removed and the action will be low and easy to play. The guitar looks beautiful and is well made. Buy a good case and you will be a happy camper.
I drop this beautiful guitar a notch in the rating because the pre-amp tuner does not mute. However, the pre-amp and pick-up sound good. Beautiful solid cedar top and laminated koa sides and back are beautifully crafted. A case is not included.
Quality is excellent but be aware the saddle is plastic and someday may need replacing. When that happens you will experience a complicated repair. The pick-up is glued to the bottom of the saddle.
This is really a bargain of a guitar and will probably be discontinued soon. Get it while you can as the sound is excellent.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Follow Up

By BigStan

from Chicago-area

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Had this guitar over a week now and the strings are stretched and the tuners are holding better now. I'm hoping once strings are totally stretched the tuners are as good as my Martin DM. There was a buzzing on the E chord that I got to disappear by pushing down on the battery cover. I will keep an eye on this. If you want a nice case for this guitar I recommend the SILVER CREEK VINTAGE DREADNOUGHT CASE as it a better alternative to the poorly reviewed Takamine case.


Pretty darn good

By BigStan

from Chicago-area

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This is a beautifully made guitar and looks it. The quality is excellent and the guitar rings out in the upper end. Is it as loud as a Martin dreadnaught? No. But the sound is adequate. Does it have booming bass like a Martin DM? No. But the guitar is balanced and plugged in the preamp can be adjusted for more bass. The one problem I have with the guitar is the preamp. It is now the model TK4T. It does not mute the plugged-in guitar when using the tuning. Also if you press the tuner button again the tuner doesn't turn off. You have to wait until the tuner goes off by itself with no sound after a minute or two. They really are cutting corners with this cheaper preamp I guess. Still the pick-up is good and the plugged-in sound is good. This is why I can't give the guitar 5 stars.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)



By Gabinhoboy

from slakdjfslakjf

i just got my guitar...sounds very only complain is that...its supposed to come with a TK40..mine came with TP4P...but over all..beautiful guitar..sounds big considering its small size


surprised and pleased

By dave-_EtBo

from massachusetts

this guitar surprised me, i was looking at taylors but the prices were killing me. so i saw this guitar in gc it was the only takamine that was in there mixed in with expensive martins, taylors and gibsons. picked it up love the look tuned it and wow i was not expecting what i was hearing from this much lower priced guitar. so this is my go to guitar from now on. i put a set of elixer med nanoweb strings on, and what a nice clean clear warm sound on or off the amp


Great Guitar!!

By Um.I.dont.know

from Modesto, CA

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Well I was at my local GC and saw this in the acoustic room and thought I should play it...It sounded awesome, and it had this silky sound just like how most acoustics should have, but the thing is the back and sides are not koa it looks more like laminate Ovangkol, so in my opinion its worth buying but change the details to laminate Ovangkol and the solid cedar does give a nice concert/auditorium sound to it


Outstanding guitar!

By Makeshift Collision

from South carolina

I have 4 guitars in my house, 2 of which are acoustic. This Takamine by far is my favorite when it comes to playing shows. It has a great tone and it is easy to play. to improve the guitar furthermore, I purchased some rather expensive bridge pins, and they have improved the guitar that much. if you are looking for your first guitar...or if you want a guitar to bring out to shows, this is without a doubt the one for you!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Turned my head around


from San Antonio, TX

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I was in the market for a new acoustic/electric that I could play some lead on. I had been looking at Breedlove, Taylor and being a Clapton fan, Martin of course. The prices were gonna hurt but I was determined to find an acoustic that could fit the bill and work for me on stage as well as in my home studio. Before I had a chance to write a check my wife surprised me with this Takamine on Christmas morning. She knew I'd been in the market for an acoustic/electric so she came home with this baby. I have to be honest, being a blues player I'd always thought of Takamine as a country/western instrument and had developed a bit of an attitude about them. When I started playing it I was amazed. I took it upstairs and plugged it in and just kept going! What a beautiful instrument. She said, "if you don't like it you can take it back and get whatever you want." No way! First of all my Baby gave it to me. Secondly it is a great guitar for lead or strumming. The tone is full and mellow. It does the blues justice and anything else you can squeeze out of it! The finish is beautiful and it fits me really well. In short - I'm a Takamine fan now. Don't shell out the big bucks when you don't have to. Get it!

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