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Takamine GS330S Acoustic Guitar

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The price may be modest, but the Takamine GS330S Acoustic Guitar gives you genuine Takamine tone. There's no imitating the silky-sweet sound of a gen...Click To Read More About This Product

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Takamine quality design with a solid cedar top for a song of a price.

The price may be modest, but the Takamine GS330S Acoustic Guitar gives you genuine Takamine tone. There's no imitating the silky-sweet sound of a genuine solid cedar top, so Takamine has built a beautiful instrument around this one with laminated nato back and sides and a light satin finish. The result is an incredibly affordable guitar with truly high-end tone. Rosewood fretboard and expansive dreadnought body style.

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  • Genuine solid cedar top
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Laminated nato back and sides
  • Light satin finish
  • Dreadnought body style

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TakamineGS330S Acoustic Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 85 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best guitar you'll find for the price

I was shopping for a cheap travel guitar to bang up and lug with me on the airplane for extended work trips. When Craigslist didn't pan out, I went by the local music...Read complete review

I was shopping for a cheap travel guitar to bang up and lug with me on the airplane for extended work trips. When Craigslist didn't pan out, I went by the local music store. Played a couple of nice Martins and Taylors to "calibrate" myself, and then started playing all the cheapest ones in the store...ugh. I had settled on a heavy, dull Yamaha when I spotted the price tag on this Takamine GS330S- really?? Hmmm. I picked it up, strummed about 3 chords, and told the guy to go get me the box! The best playing guitar in my stable had been my $1500 Takamine EF341, which I was too afraid to take anywhere. But now, having owned the GS330S for a few months, it's reliably the one that gets picked up when I want to play. Bright tone that just begs for flatpicking, and clear bass without muddiness on a heavy strum. It's incredibly simple and light, the ultimate no-frills player's guitar.

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Not that great

I own several guitars, and sadly this is the latest addition to my collection. The guitar is really loud for a cedar top, but the tone is awful. The bass notes have a...Read complete review

I own several guitars, and sadly this is the latest addition to my collection. The guitar is really loud for a cedar top, but the tone is awful. The bass notes have a plastic like quality to them, and the treble notes are very harsh and way too bright. For such a loud guitar, there is almost no sustain. And one more thing, after you have a left a good guitar in its case for a few days, when you pull it out, it smells like the woods its made of. This guitar smells like glue, enough said.

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best guitar you'll find for the price

By K2EFC

from Southern Californa, US

Comments about Takamine GS330S Acoustic Guitar:

I was shopping for a cheap travel guitar to bang up and lug with me on the airplane for extended work trips. When Craigslist didn't pan out, I went by the local music store. Played a couple of nice Martins and Taylors to "calibrate" myself, and then started playing all the cheapest ones in the store...ugh. I had settled on a heavy, dull Yamaha when I spotted the price tag on this Takamine GS330S- really?? Hmmm. I picked it up, strummed about 3 chords, and told the guy to go get me the box! The best playing guitar in my stable had been my $1500 Takamine EF341, which I was too afraid to take anywhere. But now, having owned the GS330S for a few months, it's reliably the one that gets picked up when I want to play. Bright tone that just begs for flatpicking, and clear bass without muddiness on a heavy strum. It's incredibly simple and light, the ultimate no-frills player's guitar.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

3chords

By Community User

from Australia

Comments about Takamine GS330S Acoustic Guitar:

When this guitar arrived and I tuned it and began to play I was seriously asking myself what the hell have I done this sounds like s......t! All those online rave reviews must be wildly over stated. Anyway, I polished the frets, oiled the fret board, lowered the action and put on some Elixir bronze 11/52 strings...boom, what a transformation! This guitar punches well above its weight and I believe, in a blind audition, it would stand up to ENTRY level Taylors and Martins. My Takamine EF340SC is getting a lot less play time now.
This is the most basic of dreadnaughts, no frills not even inlaid fret board dots! I love the pinless bridge (it supposedly improves the tone as well). Just a clean guitar attractive in its simplicity. Solid cedar top at this price point is a winning feature.
Typical of Takamine's high quality. Nice materials very well put together and the satin finish lends a high end look to the instrument. Given that it is manufactured in China I was very pleasantly surprised.
At this price there are probably a handful of guitars producing this tone with this playability and build quality.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful instrument, great value

By Sean Herriott

from Green Bay, WI

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Comments about Takamine GS330S Acoustic Guitar:

My wife surprised me with this guitar for my birthday, and this is my first day with it. I have absolutely fallen in love with this guitar! The tone has the crisp but mellow quality I've always liked in Ovations and Martins; it sounded nice playing some folk/soft rock, but it also did justice to some blues licks. I'm really, really gong to love playing this thing. I'm back to playing after about 14 years off, and this guitar is already bringing back some great memories and decent technique. I don't need to spend four times more on a Martin; this is a great guitar.
Beautiful looks, mellow, full-bodied tone across the spectrum, great action
Some brands offer inferior instruments on the lower end (or at least ones lacking a lot of the qualities of their more pricey siblings). I've always liked Takamine guitars (although I've never owned one), and this one does justice to the name. The finish is beautiful (a sort of matte finish rather thant he glossy look, and it's nice to have something than bright yellow birch staring at me from the guitar stand). It feels good in my hands, the action is stellar, and as some other reviewers have said, it's got the overall feel of a much more expensive guitar.
I played four or five guitars in various price ranges; this wasn't the most expensive guitar I played, but it was the one I liked the best. It's an excellent guitar for the money.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Deal

Comments about Takamine GS330S Acoustic Guitar:

Hands down the best guitar for the price. Very basic looks... but the sound is incredible. Sounds better than my old Martin DM. Sweet rounded tones and loud. Will definitely stand out in a multi-acoustic jam sesh. Also, the action is amazing and quick. If you slapped a blindfold on me and handed me this guitar, I would probably guess it costs 3x more. Thank you Takamine!!

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome bang for the buck

By Roy A

from McLeansville, NC

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Comments about Takamine GS330S Acoustic Guitar:

VERY nice guitar. Smokes the Martins and Taylors that are in the 1000-1200 range. If you want a GA body style I would check out the NEX brother of this guitar, the GS430s rather than blow it on a Taylor. Great sound and cheap enough to be my go-to traveling, coffee shop guitar. Prefer satin finishes and the fret work and feel of the neck is great - soft C and smooth and low. My other guitar is a high-end Tacoma Dread - so I know what good tone is. Although not as mellow as my Spruce/Rosewood Tacoma it still has a great voice of its own. Tried the gloss finish Tak's and although they all sounded good the thin finish on this one let its tone shine through. I'm a finicky buyer and often have buyers remorse - but not with this guitar.
No major additional features, but the fundamentals like fretwork, tuners are all outstanding. If you want looks over function this guitar is not 4 you.
For the money, this guitar is as good as it gets. A little brighter tone than I expected from Cedar, but loud, full and good across the entire tonal spectrum.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best acoustic for the money

By mountaindwarf123

from Baltimore

Comments about Takamine GS330S Acoustic Guitar:

This is one badass guitar. It's got plenty of high end and brightness, but not so trebly that your ears start to bleed. I like a really bright tone so this is perfect. Picked mine up B-stock with a scratch on the face that got the price knocked down by nearly half. It's an amazing beautiful guitar that stands up to my brother's Martin. It's also plenty loud. Buy it, you won't regret.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Can't put it down

By feekl

from NYC

Comments about Takamine GS330S Acoustic Guitar:

So I'm a beginner and had been playing on an old Fender to start. I decided it was time to grab a guitar of my own. I did some research on the best guitars for beginners within a reasonable price range and headed down to my local music shop to give them a try. I picked up some Fenders, an Ibanez AEL20E, the Epiphone Limited Edition Hummingbird, etc. This Takamine felt and sounded better than everything else. Though it may not have the unique features or decals like the Ibanez, it is beautiful in its simplicity - the picture doesn't do it justice.Now, I can't put this baby down. It is a real pleasure to play and I've fallen in love with it. I'm so impressed by the quality for the price. Sure I picked up some high-end Taylors and Martins just for fun and they are superior, but for a college student on a budget this is gold. My dad and friends love to play it too. Of course, you'll want to go try before you buy but don't look past this thing: it will not disappoint you.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Finally

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Takamine GS330S Acoustic Guitar:

THIS IS IT! the best acoustic guitar I've ever played! I'm not kidding, I did play all the Taylors, Martins, Gibsons and all the expensive crazy guitars you can think, and I saw this Takamine alone at the corner of the store and Blows everything away! I've been playing guitar more than 10 years and I've never seen a guitar with this FULL sound and at this price! It has a perfect EQ, I mean, not too much bass sound like Yamahas and the mids are perfect balanced like Martins and has a beaultiful high sound Like Taylors and Gibsons. So, STOP searching right now and BUY this! This is Takamine buddy! THE brand in Acoustic Guitars area!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great buy!

By ssssss-7X6Nx

from sasdf

Comments about Takamine GS330S Acoustic Guitar:

Great tone, love the looks. I would not call this a beginner guitar, because it is comparable to most

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Astounding Instrument!

By jmichael

from Long Beach, CA

Comments about Takamine GS330S Acoustic Guitar:

Although I'm not a professional, I have been playing for almost 40 years. I have played a lot of guitars, and this one compares favorably with instruments costing in the thousands. This guitar is LOUD and it matches my D28 for playability. The tone is really unique (there is almost a steel-drum sound to it)and although I would never mistake it for a Martin, a Taylor, or a Gibson, I also would not say that it's tone is inferior to any of them. I'm actually not a big Takamine fan, but this guitar is astonishing. A great beginners guitar, and a fantastic addition to any musician's collection.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

awesome guitar!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Takamine GS330S Acoustic Guitar:

This is a great guitar. It is a darker than the picture shown almost a gold color. I put Martin lite strings on mine. Sounds like a guitar that's twice it's price. get one

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A little rattle but all good

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Takamine GS330S Acoustic Guitar:

Absolutly amazing playing guitar. the sound quality is amazing. I tend to tune a half step down to fit with my voice a little better(I can use what ever help I can get) when I do that there is some rattle when I strum fast or too hard. That being said the natural finish on the neck does not go unoticed and youll notice that the standard action on this guitar is a lot lower than most and it can go lower if you want to. Its a great finger picking guitar as it projects sounds well and has fantastic tonality.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome 4 the money

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Takamine GS330S Acoustic Guitar:

Just got this axe yesterday and absolutely love it. Have to lower the action, but once that is done, the very little buzzing that does exist will go away. The cedar makes the sound phenomemenal, however, it is very sensitive and does easily scratch and dent. If you can live with a few blemishes after playing, this is the guitar for you. I recommend it from begginer to advanced players. Definitely worth it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Affordable and sturdy

By Elvisguy57

from Spartanburg, SC

Comments about Takamine GS330S Acoustic Guitar:

I bought this guitar about a year ago and am very pleased with it. For a guy who constantly buys, sells and trades guitars, I'm really surprised I still have it. The simple finish appealed to me (I've had guitars where I was afraid of a ding or scratch) and it is soooo light weight. You won't have a problem holding this guitar for hours. It stays in tune and with medium guage strings, the bass response is outstanding. Thinking of buying a guitar and not spending a lot of cash? Put the Takamine GS330S, at the TOP of your wish list.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Superb acoustic at an unbelievable price

By Bobbo-mTApx

from Iowa

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Comments about Takamine GS330S Acoustic Guitar:

I bought this one a couple of days ago, and I can't put it down. I've owned and played many acoustic guitars over the past 30 years I've been playing guitar, and this is seriously, one of the best playing, and sounding acoustics I have ever picked up. I directly compared the playability and tone with guitars up to $1200 from Taylor, Martin, Guild, Seagull, Breedlove, and other Takamines. This humble guitar's tone was on par with the best of the $1000-range guitars, and the action was better than any acoustic I played. With the first chord I strummed on this one, I was stunned. The tone is bright and lively with the ideal balance of highs and lows, and lot of sustain & projection. The neck is very fast for an acoustic, with a slimmer profile than most. It also has excellent volume. It was one of the loudest acoustics I played in the store. Even more loud than the auditorium body styles. This isn't a guitar with fancy cosmetic adornments. In fact, it has a downright spartan appearance. But it's a player's guitar, and to me it's the tone and playability that matter. I don't know how they did it, but Takamine has really knocked it out of the park with this one. It really shouldn't be this good at this price, but it is.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing

By reviewer guy

from LI, NY

Comments about Takamine GS330S Acoustic Guitar:

I tried so many Martins and Taylors, then picked this one up and it sounded and felt the best out of any of them. It had no price on it so I asked the salesman, thinking it was over 1000 - he told me it was $$$ (CHEAP!) and it was sold on the spot! Came with D'Addario special strings, similar to Elixirs... I've had this guitar 6 or 7 months and havent changed the strings yet. Best guitar for the money, hands down.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Guitar

By VanWinn

from Scottsdale, AZ

Comments about Takamine GS330S Acoustic Guitar:

WOW! I am learning to play but got tired of learning on cheap hand-me-down guitars. I went to my local guitar shop and played several different models to see what I should get. When I came across the Takamine GS330S and played it I was dumbfounded at how much better it sounded (and better looking)than anything else in my price range. I even like the sound better than the other more expensive ones I played. This guitar was also by far the easiest and most comfortable to play. You truly cannot beat the price and quality of this guitar.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not that great

By Jason Lester

from Amarillo, TX

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Comments about Takamine GS330S Acoustic Guitar:

I own several guitars, and sadly this is the latest addition to my collection. The guitar is really loud for a cedar top, but the tone is awful. The bass notes have a plastic like quality to them, and the treble notes are very harsh and way too bright. For such a loud guitar, there is almost no sustain. And one more thing, after you have a left a good guitar in its case for a few days, when you pull it out, it smells like the woods its made of. This guitar smells like glue, enough said.

 
5.0

blew me away, then i looked at the price!!!

By Acousticrocker 580

from Three Lakes, WI

Comments about Takamine GS330S Acoustic Guitar:

This guitar is amazing for the price. It is great for fingerpicking. My only complaint is that the stock action is slightly higher than what I am used to. I have a seagull mini jumbo that was more and I can honestly say that this guitar compeats, but don't compare it to any high priced martins or taylors. But considering the price difference it is one of the best I've ever played and you can't beat the price, takamine won me over with this one!

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Eric-Nt1Fg

from Shoreline, WA

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Comments about Takamine GS330S Acoustic Guitar:

I'll make it short and to the point. If you want a guitar that sounds outstanding? Buy this guitar. Even guitar snobs will have to admit this thing sounds awsome.

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