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Takamine GS430S G NEX Acoustic Guitar

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The dreadnought depth ensures a great level of volume, yet it has the feel of a small-bodied guitar.

The Takamine GS430S G NEX is an acoustic guitar that represents a truly outstanding value. The GS430S Takamine guitar has a solid cedar top and nato back and sides for rich and sweet tone.

The NEX body is a signature Takamine design with a tantalizing blend of easy, comfortable playability and big, resonant sound. It offers a balanced tonal response with deep bass; clear treble; and a sweet, round midrange that projects well.

Other features of the Takamine GS430S G NEX include chrome tuners, a rosewood fingerboard and bridge, and a natural satin finish. With its impressive style and performance, the Takamine GS430S guitar is an excellent accompaniment to the singer-songwriter, or the finger-style player.

FEATURES
  • Body Shape: NEX
  • Rosette: Concentric rings
  • Top: Solid cedar
  • Inlays: None
  • Back: Nato
  • Sides: Nato
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Tuners: Chrome
  • Finish: Satin natural
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TakamineGS430S G NEX Acoustic Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 19 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (3)
  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good audio (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Stays in tune (3)

Cons

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Sound/Great Price!

By Jim Standley

from Prairieville, Louisiana

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Comments about Takamine GS430S G NEX Acoustic Guitar:

I just recieved my GS430S this afternoon, and I have to say that I am really amazed at the quality and sound of this instrument. The feel and tone are as good as or better than many guitars I have played that cost considerably more. The size is absolutely perfect, and the neck is really easy to play. I love the sound of larger guitars, but, at 5'5" I like the feel of a smaller instrument. This guitar offers the best of both worlds: the comfortable size and the full, rich tone are well beyond my expectations!
The quality of this guitar appears to be very good, though I have concerns about the satin finish and the likelihood that it will scratch rather easily. I have opted to have a pickup installed at a later date, which I am hoping will accurately capture the great tone of this instrument.
For the price, I am convinced that you cannot find a better value. This guitar has everything you could ask for!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Professional sound on budget pricing!!!!

By Ltcmshawn

from Elma, NY

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Takamine GS430S G NEX Acoustic Guitar:

      I have always preferred high-end instruments from Gibson, Martin and Guild. Cheap laminate guitars typically sound like muffled fiddles. This guitar sounds excellent in terms of clarity, intonation and articulation.

      Other solid top, laminate back and side guitars I have owned include recording king RP06, Carvin cobalt dread, Alvarez Artist jumbo and Parlor, Johnson dread, Luna Nylon mini jumbo, and Martin DX1R.

      The only other instrument that measured up to this Takamine was the Martin. This GS and the Martin are the only guitars that can hang with all-solid wood guitars in terms of sound quality.

      The Tak is ugly but the satin finish is really nice, the quality top-notch, and the voice is unique and addictive. Very Martin-esque (think 000-15 knock off).

      A new Martin 000-15 M is $1200. You will be 80% there minus a case if you buy this. Not as loud as an all-solid wood guitar, but it has great tone and projection none the less. I like high-end and this ax does the trick. That says a lot!!!!

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice Guitar ! Great Price !

      By Mark-M8PUl

      from Pacifica, CA

      Comments about Takamine GS430S G NEX Acoustic Guitar:

      I got this guitar because my Yamaha dreadnought was just to muddy sounding and big for me. The NEX body is a little more comfortable but isn't that much smaller. The body contours are better and it's about 1/2" thinner in the body so it is more comfortable.The harmonics on this thing are great. Very clear and crisp sounding. It does sound a little metallic at first, but let it break in slowly and you'll soon hear the tone come through after a month of playing. You don't get the low end bass like on other thicker bigger guitars, but the clarity of the notes are amazing. There is very little fret ringing. My guess is the compensated saddle, good nut, high quality strings, and neck tension are set up perfectly to compliment each other,The satin finish feels like plain sanded wood but looks beautiful, hide finger prints great too. If you like that "glassy" gloss look go for something else. Finally get a good gig bag or case. You'll want to protect this thing from any fast temperature changes, sunlight, and dents.Great for some steel string finger picking as long as you have nails + thin fingers. Good for country + folk considering the "twangy" light harmonics. Not good for Rock or Jazz.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      It gets no respect

      By Mick

      from Here and there

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Takamine GS430S G NEX Acoustic Guitar:

        This was my first guitar, and now, years later and many more guitars in the stable, I'm constantly and pleasantly surprised whenever I pick it up. For my money its more fun to play than my Gibson Humingbird, is always in tune, and the simple yet elegant looks have grown to be one of my favorites. Get you one.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        You get a bit more than you pay for..

        By Tea & Crumpets

        from Chicago

        Comments about Takamine GS430S G NEX Acoustic Guitar:

        I got this guitar because I was moving to London for 6 months and needed an acoustic guitar to bring with me. I didn't want to bring my Martin D-15 (couldn't have anything happening to my baby...) so i decided to go to guitar center and try out some less expensive acoustics.What I found in this price range was generally cheap feeling/ cheap sounding guitars. However, when I played this Takemine it was different. I will say I wasn't blown away, but for the money I was extremely impressed. Because of the size it was extremely comfortable to play. The projection was great - as was the balance of the lows and highs. In addition it played very, very well.Needless to say I purchased the guitar, but as I continued to use the guitar I noticed how easily the top would indent/chip when something touched it. The chipping started about 3 months in, and though its not the end of the world, it was a bit annoying. It would seem that this is a result of the satin finish (as opposed to the gloss) - or maybe the wood on the top is a softer wood? I have no idea, but learn from my mishaps and just be a bit more careful with yours!Aside from the chipping - which can partially be attributed to my carelessness - this guitar is great. I actually prefer it now over my Martin D-15. If you are thinking about getting a guitar in this price range, I would seriously consider purchasing this one.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Takamine GS430S

        By Tim McCord

        from Texas

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        Comments about Takamine GS430S G NEX Acoustic Guitar:

        The GS430S is a beautifully executed instrument. The construction is precise and extremely light in weight allowing the wood to vibrate freely. The combination of Cedar top and Nato back and sides results in a sweet yet punchy tone that is a joy to listen to. I appreciate the understated aesthetics and find the thin neck and concert body shape extremely user friendly. In addition to playing it myself I am using it to teach my 11 year old son. He loves it and is staking his claim to take it from me. I experimented with many guitars that cost up to four times the price and this one matched them easily. This is a balanced great sounding guitar at a price point that will allow you to take it on a camp out or road trip without worrying about destroying your investment.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Guitar for low price

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Takamine GS430S G NEX Acoustic Guitar:

        I have always wanted a solid cedar top without having to break the bank. When i told my wife that i needed another guitar she acted like i was crazy. Well, when it arrived i was very impressed at the quality of this instrument. The neck had great action out of the box and the sound of the cedar was fantastic. This guitar just sings, you won't want to put it down. If i had the money i would buy another one to keep for alternative tunings, but my wife would probably kick me out of the house :)If you buy it , you will love it!! Enjoy!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        GS430s Takamine

        By Nancy Timbrook

        from Pensacola, Fl

        Comments about Takamine GS430S G NEX Acoustic Guitar:

        Over all this is a great guitar, it sounds good, it looks good, it feels good, what more can you ask for, oh yes, you can ask for a great price!!!! well you get it with this guitar.
        This guitar has a great sound. I was sold on the Taylor gs mini, but I picked up this guitar and played it, wow, it sounds great, It is in my price range, and I am satisfied.
        The make of this guitar is great, it has a small neck, which i am happy with being a girl, my hands are small. it is a full size guitar, and it is made very well
        has a solid top.
        Yea!!!! The Price I can finally afford in a guitar. very satisfied.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good Quality, Better Price

        By CS914895

        from Columbus, Ohio

        Comments about Takamine GS430S G NEX Acoustic Guitar:

        For the price of the guitar it is a great buy. I had been playing for a few years on electric so switching to acoustic was a change for me. For a starter acoustic it was perfect and would be great for anyone learning (I suggest don't get anything too cheap as a beginner guitar as it will most likely turn you off on playing). So for the money you get a lot out of it. I love the "naked" neck (no inlay) but there are dots on the top of the neck to help with finger placement. Also love the satin finish versus the gloss but be careful as it scrathes easier. My friend, not used to playing without a pick guard apparantly, left a nice little trench in the front with his pick the same week I bought it (thanks bud). Pick it up before you play to get a feel for it (try guitar center). Overall I'd recommend this solid guitar to anyone in general but definitely a good place to start!!

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        All choices should be this easy

        By Brad822

        from the 518 baby!

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        Comments about Takamine GS430S G NEX Acoustic Guitar:

        I love this thing...it is light, looks astounding and sounds great! Crisp high end and a nice round bottom that blossoms. It has a nice feel to it and chords jump! I was going to buy a Yamaha FS720 but something pulled me to this and I'm glad. Cosmetically, the simple clean lines are appealing. Then you play it and realize you made the right choice. and it's dirt cheap!!!!!

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I hate acoustics...

        By Zombified Guitar Tech

        from Toronto, Canada

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        Comments about Takamine GS430S G NEX Acoustic Guitar:

        but, this is the best acoustic I've ever played, it's got the perfect feel to it. I can't stand the feel of most acoustics, I don't even enjoy playing them, they're bulky and uncomfortable, but I actually liked playing this guitar. A lot.I actually really want to get one of my own, and so do you.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        At the price, buy 2!!

        By haywire

        from Rancho Cucamonga

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        Comments about Takamine GS430S G NEX Acoustic Guitar:

        I needed that -around the house/casual guitar to replace my Seagull folk-not made anymore. I played it more than any guitar I've owned- wore the frets down a lot... The finish was wearing through to the wood on the top, when I lost it in a fire. That was home base for me. It was the guitar that kept my hand in, did most of my writing on, worked on chops, relaxed with- etc...The GS430S is the closest thing I could find to replace it with. It's kind a kind of an OM/Jumbo shape that is very comfortable. The set up is great off the rack- I did tweak the truss-rod to preference, but nothing else is needed. It's not real loud, but is very balanced. The short scale with the cedar top makes it more comfortable and responsive /expressive than other spruce dreads I've owned. This guitar is a fabulous buy at the price. Quality is superb as well. The neck is attractive and well dressed-even without binding. The satin finish will probably keep this guitar looking good for a long time. I don't really care for the rosette- It's a little heavy handed. As much as I already love to play this guitar, I just look the other way. I'm sure I'll get plenty of use and enjoyment from it- I may go back and get a second!!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Really great guitar!!!

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Takamine GS430S G NEX Acoustic Guitar:

        This Takamine sounds so good! It has a bright and rich sound which i like for fingerpicking. This guitar has the sound that you would expect from a guitar thats twice the price. Really amazing value.

         
        5.0

        Seems like a great guitar for the price

        By JS818

        from Los Angeles, CA

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Takamine GS430S G NEX Acoustic Guitar:

            I haven't played in 20 years and then it was basic electric lessons. I wanted to start playing again and wanted to have something simple I could pick up and noodle with. Granted I am a novice and don't know alot about acoustic guitars, but everyone that has heard it has commented on the nice rich sound. It has a great feel to me and I think it sounds great. For under 300 bucks I don't know how I could do better.

             
            5.0

            Greatest Acoustic Guitar ever

            By MetalDan

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Takamine GS430S G NEX Acoustic Guitar:

            I have had this guitar for about 2 years now, and I'm telling you that this guitar sounds AMAZING! I have played a lot of guitars in my life! BUY it, it's worth your money!

             
            5.0

            It's owesome!

            By LikeTakamine

            from Allen,TX

            Comments about Takamine GS430S G NEX Acoustic Guitar:

            I bought GS430S for my nephew, I was suprised for its rich and bright sound. Some aspect, I feel like it's better than my Takamine EAN10C.I am sure it would be the best choice its price.

             
            5.0

            Just Bought It !!!

            By Curtis B.

            from New Orleans,La.

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            Comments about Takamine GS430S G NEX Acoustic Guitar:

            Great Guitar for a beginner or someone that needs a "Take Anywhere" instrument and not have to worry about nicks and dings to their High Price guitar. A 4.0 for features- plain,no frills; a 4.0 for quality- finish has scrathes on body adjacnt to neck joint and back of neck could use another sanding. 5.0 for Value- SOUNDS and PLAYS GREAT!!! Hands down the BEST guitar for the buck in this price range. Compare it and you WILL buy it!!!

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent guitar at a great price

            By Neocenturion

            from Des Moines, IA

            Comments about Takamine GS430S G NEX Acoustic Guitar:

            This is an excellent guitar for beginners and pros. It has a very rich tone, minimal fret buzz, and for the price, it absolutly can't be beat. I picked one up at my local guitar shop and fell in love immediatly. It outperforms many of the higher end guitars i've played and owned by leaps and bounds!

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great

            By hotforteacher23

            from West Valley City, Utah

            Comments about Takamine GS430S G NEX Acoustic Guitar:

            WOW! The sound quality on this guitar is amazing.If had it for a week now and I cant stop playing it.Its a very good price I say buy it its worth the money.

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