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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.

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    by PowerReviews

    (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'...


    Most Liked Negative Review


    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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    (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.

    (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.

    (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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Great Guitar..

    By MuzicMaKen

    from Wheelersburg,Ohio

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    Let me say, I can't put it down I like it over my Martin, Breedlove, Alverez and Taylor....It's great I bought it to be a second stage guitar but I think I will be playing it all the time..Some say the sound is thin which is a personal opinion but you have to remember different woods have different tones..The Koa sound is between a Mahogany and Maple which is warm but a little brighter..But when playing through the PA it's got an incredible sound...I use Elixer and D'Addario light/medium strings.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Nice guitar.....

    By Pimp Daddy

    from NY

    Been playin for about 4 years now... I've played many kinds of guitars, but when it comes to the one I take home, I'm pretty picky about my choices. I just picked this sucker up today and so far im very impressed. It's a really beautiful guitar. It caught my eye from the start.. but when I played it.. thats when I fell in love. Has a beautiful sound.. Highs and lows compliment eachother well.. and don't even get me going on the sound when its plugged in.. Takamine did a great job.. highly recommended! For this price, this guitar is a complete steal!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Quality and Look

    By musikman22

    from MD

    I love this guitar, to be honest I was browsing, in the market for a new acoustic with my mind set on an Ovation Celebrity, and I was unsure because I wasnt getting the sound and features I wanted with ovation in my price range, so I picked up this one cause I thought it looked nice, and I can always trust a Takamine. And I was blown away, its a perfect amp acoustic, it sings, and gives that bassy tone. Its a very rich but shallow sound at the same time, via the Koa and cedar. But I'm not downing it. By the way, if you think it looks nice on the internet, its incredible in person, I get compliments from other guitarists whenever I bust it out. A definate winner for the price. Go ahead treat yourself.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    ATL Beginner

    By Ron B.

    from Marietta, GA

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    I found this one used as I was starting to "get back into" playing. I shopped new vs. used, and kept coming back to this one. Not only does it have "looks", but the sound is very balanced and the action was just right. I paid significantly less than averaged here. With new strings this baby sings and has made learning to play an enjoyment and something to look forward to at the end of a helllish day!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Nice guitar

    By waldoholland

    from Crescent City, CA

    I owned this guitar for about four years, just passed it on to my daughter. Unplugged, the tone is a little thin, but just slightly. I've had people in the audience tell me it is the best sounding guitar they've ever heard, plugged in. In my opinion, Takamine's acoustic electronics are the best, dollar for dollar, in the industry. I've played it miked, through my Marshall acoustic amp, and through the house PA and it always sounds great, especially on a hard rhythm strum. The tuner is accurate. It plays pretty well out of the box, but I had my luthier do about fifty bucks worth of setup work on it and it played like twice its price. An excellent imtermediate priced guitar. I only parted with it to upgrade to an EAN-10.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    I Love it

    By J. Smith-MjTQ0

    from Tucson, AZ

    This is a very beautiful guitar. The cedar top and the Hawaian Koa wood make for a light weight guitar, but also give the tone a warm feel. The electronics work outstanding.

    (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

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    The BEST value I've ever purchased.

    By Drew

    from Rockwall, TX

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    Not the best GUITAR I've ever had, but definitely the BEST VALUE. I've owned over 50 guitars in the past 30+ years and this guitar is so nice I bought another one just in case I break a string during a show. I currently have 25 guitars I play weekly, each for it's own situation. But these are great-sounding, relatively cheap cost, and great-playing guitars. Had a guy come over recently with a $25K Martin - it sounded like garbage compared to this Takamine. Great necks, fantastic resonance, wonderful tones. I played over a dozen before I picked out the one I liked the best, then a month later went and got the second one. The electronics are really nice and very well made also. I use mainly as a country, or soft-pop, alt-rock instrument. Great fun to play acoustic blues on as well (really fast neck and action).

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Excellent value.

    By Jacob-X2uOC

    from Ponte Vedra Florida

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    I have had this guitar for about 2 years and I love it. I had it professionally setup right after I got it and it is even better. It stays in tune forever. I use this guitar plugged in at church and it has a wonderful rich sound. I have been playing for about 11 years, and this is really a nice guitar for the money.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Good entry-level stage guitar, great beater

    By Rob T2

    from Vernon, CT

    As I learn new styles and methods, I found I needed a playable "beater" guitar at a lower price point. The Tak EG544SC delivers with fantastic action at a reasonable price. The sound is rather flat and unbalanced, lacking virtually any bass with very sharp highs. As always with Takamine, you get solid electronics for the price point. Bottom line, this buys you the action of a guitar several price points higher with the sound of a guitar a price point lower. Depending on your priorities, this might be a hit.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    Turned my head around

    By PS III

    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!


    Plays like magic

    By GuitarCrazy-Jd09-

    from Dallas, TX

    This acoustic has an awesome acoustic and electric sound. Its tuner is very very accurate. It is just the right size. I recommend this to any one.


    Takamine EG544SC4C

    By AB-yctWC

    from Kentucky

    I own a lot of guitars and this is one of the best acoustic guitars I have ever owned/played. It's become my right arm since I bought it five years ago. It beats the sox off more expensive models.


    great guitar

    By Brandon K

    from Columbs, OH

    I've had this guitar for about 18months now and couldn't be happier with it. I use it every week and it's held up nicely. Quality construction and a decent price. The sound quality hasn't changed a bit since the day i bought it, it still sounds out of the box amazing


    Excellent...Best sound for money on the market

    By WreckEmTech2013

    from Texas

    I've played many nice Taylor and Gibson and Martin guitars, and though this guitar is 10% of the price of some Taylor or Gretsch guitars, I like the way it plays and sounds just as well as any $5000 guitar I've ever played on. Friends of mine with Alvarez guitars, both of which are excellent, are very impressed with the sound quality and looks of this guitar. It's gorgeous, it sounds good and the electronics, to my knowledge, are great. I am about to go to college and plan on keeping this guitar for the rest of my life.


    Speechless- in a good way

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    This guitar is incredible. The wood is beautiful. It plays like a dream. It has a built-in tuner. Everything you could ask for is in this. When I write 10 stars, I'm not exagerrating, there's nothing bad about it.

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