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Takamine G Series EG128SC Electric Classical Guitar

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The Takamine EG128SC has traditional styling and modern features to let you play at your best in any setting.

Made to strict Takamine specifications, the classical EG128SC acoustic-electric guitar offers traditional Spanish design and materials with a solid spruce top and rosewood back and sides. The cutaway body provides greater fretboard access, and the easy-to-use on-board TP4T preamp is equipped with a 3-band graphic EQ and a built-in tuner so you can perform in any setting. Adorned with a classical style soundboard rosette and gold and pearl tuners, the Takamine EG128SC classical guitar offers impressive performance at a very affordable price.

FEATURES
  • Body Shape: Classical Cutaway
  • Top: Solid Spruce
  • Back: Rosewood
  • Sides: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Rosette: Classical
  • Tuners: Gold & Pearl
  • Finish: Gloss natural
  • Electronics: TP4T preamp with built-in tuner
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TakamineG Series EG128SC Electric Classical Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 17 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A great classical/nylon string guitar!

I recently bought this guitar with a need for a nylon string to perform some solo gigs at a local Italian restaurant.

I've owned several classical guitars in the past, including a...Read complete review

I recently bought this guitar with a need for a nylon string to perform some solo gigs at a local Italian restaurant.

I've owned several classical guitars in the past, including a Godin Grand Concert nylon and an old Guild nylon string (I wish I still had both of these guitars).

While this guitar really isn't in the same league as guitars in the 1000-2000 range - it is an exceptional nylon string guitar with a warm tone, a traditional feeling wide-neck, and some impressive built-in electronics.

I searched around at a few local music stores, and actually spent an entire day test driving everything I could find that was a nylon string.

I played Cordoba's, Yamaha's, and several other brands, but this one caught my eye and ear, and I liked it the best.

I had the store where I purchased it hold it for me as I went to a few other stores in my area to test drive a few other guitars.

I played nearly 20 guitars that day (some of them were in the 700-800 range), but I came back and bought this one.

It's a solid guitar, with a great feel and tone.
You really won't find another guitar on the market at this price, with this tone, and this well made.

It's worth every penny (and then some).

I read a few other reviews on here before I wrote mine, and I noticed that there were a few that were surprised that this guitar lacks fret markers.

I agree that it is rather hard to make large position shifts accurately - and there is that feeling of "I hope this is the right fret" while playing without the helpful position markers.

I remedied this issue with a silver Sharpie marker.
Simply take a brand new silver Sharpie and you can create tiny position markers on the side of the fretboard (facing you) and the only person that will see your fret markers is you.

If you take your time and center your markings, they actually look like part of the guitar.

Simply put - A GREAT GUITAR!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poor craftmanship, good price...

I had a few more guitars, needed a cutaway classical with pickup with least cost and preferably solid top, this one was my choice.When I got it I was pretty upset, it is...Read complete review

I had a few more guitars, needed a cutaway classical with pickup with least cost and preferably solid top, this one was my choice.When I got it I was pretty upset, it is made in china, even the inlay on the bridge is piece of white plastic, which is not evenly cut!! And there are some white plastic shreds around!! I was shocked, since all my previous mid/low price guitar at least looked good with nice inlays on bridge (this one has no inlay just a piece of white plastic! )...but still it is good price,I will do my best to make the best out of it.

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Surprise!!!

Comments about Takamine G Series EG128SC Electric Classical Guitar:

I ordered this classical guitar for kicking around town and that I would not be too worried about if it was scratched or dinged. The packaging was what I expected but inside the box was an untouched jewel. I have lots of guitars from decades of collecting and have 55 years of playing. I also read and write music. I know what I am talking about. The EG128SC is a great guitar. The price is rediculously low. Unplugged it is fantastic, on-board tuner (the best) & EQ, big wide neck, great construction, period. Plugging it into my Fender Twin Reverb just blew my mind. Great guitar! Musician's Friend has put up with my persnickety, compulsive artistic character for years and I must say, if you buy lots of equipment like I do, well, buy from M.F. these people really do care if you are happy with your purchase. Buy the best from the best - Musician's Friend.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Takamine EG128SC G

By Tonyorion

from Michigan

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Comments about Takamine G Series EG128SC Electric Classical Guitar:

I have been playing for 30 years, but it has been all classical and jazz. I own two very, very high end classicals, a Takamine Bear Claw Spruce supernatural steel string acoustic, a Miranda classical travel guitar, and a Gretch Hollow Body Electromatic. I wanted a cutaway classical guitar for knocking around. jamming, open mike, and occasional band stuff, but am loath to take my two classical beauties with me for fear of putting a ding in them. Besides, I never felt that any acoustic pick up could do justice to a classical. One needs a high end mike to bring out the full tonality of the instruments. My Taki Supernatural has a fabulous tone, especially plugged in. The cool tube is unbelievable. I will and have matched it against Martins, Gibsons, and Taylors, especially plugged in. It is also a gorgeous instrument to look at. Of course, it listed at $3,500 at the time.Back to the cutaway. I did not want to spend a lot of money, and looked at several classical cutaway instruments from Cordoba, Ibanez, Alvarez in the $500-$900 range and they just did not cut it. Their thinner bodied models and non classical necks made them neither fish nor fowl. These hybrids just plain stink in terms of playability and sound, especially if one is coming from a classical background. They would be ok if one were playing just a few chords for accompaniment with a capo. In the end, it was a toss up between the Yamaha and the Taki, and I went with the Takimine. For the money, it is a great instrument, and the workmanship is impeccable.Of course, there were set up issues, but I have yet to pick up any guitar, even my Ruck or Camillo, and not have to fiddle with the action to suit my playing.I also think that any comparison to a steel string dreadnought is ludicrous. It would be like comparing a Steinway Grand Piano to a harpsichord. They are different instruments designed to do different things.My only gripe is that the ET electronics are no match for the CT, but they are to be found only in the higher end Takamine guitars. I still think that the ET is better than anything else in that price range.Some day, I may upgrade. For now, I still think it is the best nylon cutaway in this price range, and is better than most that cost hundreds more.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Takamine EG128SC Classical

By thirdstone123

from Minnesota

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Comments about Takamine G Series EG128SC Electric Classical Guitar:

The first thing I noticed about this guitar when I took it from the case was it's beautiful finish. This is a very nice looking guitar. My wife commented on this too (she was not so positive about my Martin D-15. The next thing I noticed was that it is quite heavy but feels like it can take a few bumps with no problem. The battery port is very conveniently located on the top front but is of very thin plastic. I can see where it will eventually break off. The preamp is a nice little addition although I tend to just set everything in the middle. The on board tuner is a great little convenience. I tested it against my Korg tuner and found it is actually pretty accurate. I love this addition. The tuning keys are smoothe and this guitar holds it's tune very well. It came with D'Addario strings which are ok. As far as sound, it's not bad. I was pleasantly surprised when hooking it up clean to a keyboard amp. Unplugged it isn't bad either but doesn't quite measure up to my old Yamaha acoustic classical. Aside from the fact it is made in China, there is one glaring, inexcusable flaw. There are no fret markers. I knew this when I bought it and didn't think it would matter. Boy, was I wrong. I didn't realize how addicted I was to markers. I was immediately making lots of mistakes as a direct result of this deficit, so much so that I made some out of colored tape and put them on the neck. It looks like hell but I wanted to play well when playing for a large group and couldn't afford to be making lots of mistakes. I would have rated it higher if not for this one oversight.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A great classical/nylon string guitar!

By Brewha

from Chicago, IL

Pros

  • Electronics
  • Play-ability
  • price
  • Tone

Cons

  • No Case

Best Uses

  • Around the house
  • Practice
  • Private study
  • Solo gigs

Comments about Takamine G Series EG128SC Electric Classical Guitar:

I recently bought this guitar with a need for a nylon string to perform some solo gigs at a local Italian restaurant.

I've owned several classical guitars in the past, including a Godin Grand Concert nylon and an old Guild nylon string (I wish I still had both of these guitars).

While this guitar really isn't in the same league as guitars in the 1000-2000 range - it is an exceptional nylon string guitar with a warm tone, a traditional feeling wide-neck, and some impressive built-in electronics.

I searched around at a few local music stores, and actually spent an entire day test driving everything I could find that was a nylon string.

I played Cordoba's, Yamaha's, and several other brands, but this one caught my eye and ear, and I liked it the best.

I had the store where I purchased it hold it for me as I went to a few other stores in my area to test drive a few other guitars.

I played nearly 20 guitars that day (some of them were in the 700-800 range), but I came back and bought this one.

It's a solid guitar, with a great feel and tone.
You really won't find another guitar on the market at this price, with this tone, and this well made.

It's worth every penny (and then some).

I read a few other reviews on here before I wrote mine, and I noticed that there were a few that were surprised that this guitar lacks fret markers.

I agree that it is rather hard to make large position shifts accurately - and there is that feeling of "I hope this is the right fret" while playing without the helpful position markers.

I remedied this issue with a silver Sharpie marker.
Simply take a brand new silver Sharpie and you can create tiny position markers on the side of the fretboard (facing you) and the only person that will see your fret markers is you.

If you take your time and center your markings, they actually look like part of the guitar.

Simply put - A GREAT GUITAR!

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(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

EG128sc

By brad van noy

from SoCal

Comments about Takamine G Series EG128SC Electric Classical Guitar:

9
althought skeptical about made in CHINA, this guitar is perfect in it's craftmanship. I've been building furniture for 30 yrs, this is a quality product. Plugged in it's even better. How they do it for the price one only knows.. buy it.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Nice Guitar

By Joshua Wymore

from usa

Comments about Takamine G Series EG128SC Electric Classical Guitar:

I played quite a few guitars of varying prices before settling on this one. To my ear and feel this guitar is better than any other I played from any maker (fancy sounding spanish names and all). I've had this over 2 years now and still love the sound and the way it plays.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exceptional Classical Guitar!!

By WattsProdigy

from Vallejo, CA

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Comments about Takamine G Series EG128SC Electric Classical Guitar:

I've been playing an Epiphone EO-2 for the past 16-years. So I thought it would be a great time to get a classical cutaway electric. I looked around for months for the perfect one to get and I always came back to this model. I compared it to Ramirez, Yamaha, Ibanez, Cordoba and this one just seemed to be far better to me. The only guitar that was better was a Manuel Contreras C5 cutaway my Uncle owns.This guitar is awsome, I don't understand what people are talking about with it not being very good acoustically. My twin brother plays his Strat and 335 through his Line6 HD-147 through a Genz Benz G Flex 212 ported cabinet which gives your guitar enormous power and volume and you can clearly hear this guitar being played, oh and it is unplugged, plugging it in amplifies the tone even more. It is very natural, warmly powerful, not synthetic and thin sounding. About the fret markers, this is a Classical Guitar. No Classical Guitar in existance has fret markers, so to knock a this guitar because it does not have fret markers is redundant.Ignore any and everything negative you may hear about this guitar it is perfect. It has everything you need. The craftsmanship is excellent even down to the simple yet elegant bridge. I have only one recommendation, Go Buy It, NOW!!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

EG128SC

By AuthorFatBoyBiker

from Colorado

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Comments about Takamine G Series EG128SC Electric Classical Guitar:

Yes, the bird is just as other positive reviews say....It's quality at great price. It matches up directly to my Bose PA and is real smooth. Steel string sustain. (Even the used insturments I have bought from Musician's Friend have very little marring.) 10 10 10

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Takamine EG128SC G is a Quality guitar

By Chris-Gy2J_

from NJ

Comments about Takamine G Series EG128SC Electric Classical Guitar:

really sweet guitar with all the features you could want. I am an intermediate guitarist who plays jazz,Spanish,rock blues etc.This guitar is has as an overall great tone,sound,and varied dynamics.I recommend to all guitarists.If you cant afford to shell out 600 and above for a guitar than get this guitar.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

love it

By Songwriter

from Nashville, Tn

Pros

  • Beautifully Made
  • Great price

Cons

  • None as of yet

Best Uses

  • Recording
  • Solo
  • Writing

Comments about Takamine G Series EG128SC Electric Classical Guitar:

Bought this to add to my acoustic collection. Very pleased! I do however suggest you 'set it up' upon arrival, by adjusting the neck to suit your desired action. Keep it tuned, then turn the included tool to the right...1/4 turn at a time...this will significantly lower the action, and make it easier to play. It sounds beautiful, amplified or not. Highly recommended!

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very nice guitar

By Jobim

from California

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Comments about Takamine G Series EG128SC Electric Classical Guitar:

I have owned this guitar for the past three years. I really dig this guitar. Unplugged: It is a real worker. The tone is warm and full. It is well made (mine is a second so there are some cosmetic issues, no biggy to me me) Great projection. (I have been playing since 78 by the way.) I play jazz (bosa), and rock, country, pretty much anything on this baby. I really love the bass depth that I get. Plugged in: Amazing pickup system. Very full, warm sound. This is a great product. Really worth the money. I play mine all the time. And, other folks that I play with have mentioned that they would like to get one too. It surprised me. I guess that I took it for granted, but my bandmates did not. Good stuff.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great guitar!!

By fafafunes

from miami

Pros

  • Light Good Sound Turner

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Takamine G Series EG128SC Electric Classical Guitar:

      I love this guitar. good quality perfect to live performs at small shows. the price is very good for what you get.

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      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Poor craftmanship, good price...

      By James-5lkpT

      from vancouver, canada

      Comments about Takamine G Series EG128SC Electric Classical Guitar:

      I had a few more guitars, needed a cutaway classical with pickup with least cost and preferably solid top, this one was my choice.When I got it I was pretty upset, it is made in china, even the inlay on the bridge is piece of white plastic, which is not evenly cut!! And there are some white plastic shreds around!! I was shocked, since all my previous mid/low price guitar at least looked good with nice inlays on bridge (this one has no inlay just a piece of white plastic! )...but still it is good price,I will do my best to make the best out of it.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent guitar, with one exception

      By Beauregard Hooligan

      from Stockton, Ca.

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      Comments about Takamine G Series EG128SC Electric Classical Guitar:

      I have been playing steel string for forty years, and to tell the truth my style is getting stale. I decided to "go to the source" and learn theory, and that means classical training, and a classical guitar. I'm not made of money, and did a lot of cost concious shopping, and Yairi almost had me sold, but this Takamine was just the warmest most friendly guitar I had ever held and played on the first try. What is the exception? No fretboard markers of any kind. I know that is petty, and my hands know where the frets are, but my eyes are used to seeing marks, and it's a bit of a disconnect. So, I let my hands do their part, and jsu listen to the tone of that beautiful solid spruce top. I'm a very happy camper. ;-P

       
      5.0

      THIS IS THE REAL DEAL!!!!

      By RavenRage07

      from Virginia

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      Comments about Takamine G Series EG128SC Electric Classical Guitar:

      This product right here is just amazing. I was in a guitar shop, a few days ago and I saw this because I needed a classical guitar with a cutaway body. I sat down, and just picked up this thing, no idea what kind it was until I was stunned and asked. So this is the pros and cons:Pros:Good Neck, easy to fret onGood Action, very easy to just play anything onTone is very good, nice sustainGoes in tune pretty well, stays in tune really goodHas an actual classical guitar tone, not a midpoint for a cheap acousticCons:Only con about his is that if you are used to the loud responce of regular electrics and acoustics then you may not like this much. You have to actually press down to get a good sound, but hat is with all classical guitars. Thats just a side-note.Overall Impression: I highly reccommend this for anybody that would ever want a good classical guitar. Not only is it a good guitar, it isnt a good guitar for the price. ITS A GOOD GUITAR PERIOD!

       
      5.0

      Great Value!!

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Takamine G Series EG128SC Electric Classical Guitar:

      This is one fine guitar. I have a Ramirez and a Yamaha Classical and this one I think is the best of the three. Superb Craftsmanship in every detail. Satin smooth tuners, bone saddle & nut and a truss rod for minor adjustment if necessary. This is the first Tak I have owned and I am pleased to say it is GREAT!!!Also has a great built-in tuner and preamp. This guitar will compete with those costing 5-6 times more. No complaints here.

       
      4.0

      I own one.

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Takamine G Series EG128SC Electric Classical Guitar:

      I bought this guitar to presrve my Brazillian rosewood antique. I think that I probably play it more than the vintage one that I bought this one to protect. I plugged it into the church sound system and it sounded like the angels singing. Acoustically it is not in a league with my concert level classic but plug it in and it will satisfy the most discriminating tastes.Acoustically it is acceptable and it has gotten better sounding unplugged even in last couple of months. Its spruce top and laminated rosewood back and sides are aging well and sound better each month of play.

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