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Takamine G Series EG523SC-12 Jumbo 12 String Acoustic Electric Guitar, Natural

4.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
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Product Description

Product Description

Designed and built under the supervision of Takamine’s head luthiers, G-Series guitars are created to serve all players from the hobbyist to professional. The EG523SC 12-string jumbo is our largest body guitar. The solid spruce top gives you all the power you would expect from a guitar of this size. The beauty of the flame maple back and sides makes this a guitar you won’t want to put down. The gloss natural finish accentuates the beauty of the grain and protects the wood from the rigors of the road. Stage ready with TK40 preamp with onboard chromatic tuner.

From the Manufacturer

Takamine Guitars are crafted from the finest handpicked tonewoods, hand-crafted by expert luthiers, all providing players with an unmatched excellence and surprising affordability. Play one today and you'll play one for a lifetime.

Specifications:

Body Shape: Jumbo C/A
Rosette: Abalone
Top: Solid Spruce
Inlays: Block MOP and Abalone
Back: Flamed Maple
Sides: Flamed Maple
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Electronics: TK4NT
Tuners: Chrome
Features: 12-String Model

Takamine Electronics:
The TK4N preamp gives you a tunable notch filter and switchable midrange contour.
Takamine made great advancements with their palethetic pickup, and set the standard for the industry. Other manufacturers soon offered acoustic/electric models, but none has reached the level of sophistication and performance set by Takamine. Our Takamine pickup is like no other. It's an integral part of the guitar's design, not a retrofit like most other ""factory"" systems. Six individual piezo transducers are embedded in the bridge plate where they sense both string and soundboard vibration. Takamine also pioneered the slider control preamp style for the acoustic/electric guitar. No other guitar company had the technological advancements that Takamine set in place, and to this day no other guitar company can achieve that level of quality in the market.

About Takamine
Nestled at the base of Takamine Mountain in Sakashita, Japan, Takamine Guitars have over 40 years of history dedicated to innovation and improvement to the art and craft of guitarmaking. What first began as a small family business has evolved into one of the leading guitar manufacturers In the world, depended upon by some of the best players and biggest names in the music industry.

So what's the deal? Why are there so many Takamine players? We'd like to think that it's because we've earned your respect. Takamine has made technological advancements that have surpassed other guitar makers. Takamine prides itself in their dedication and loyalty to fine luthiership and it is shown through each Instrument the company makes.

Takamine had its early beginnings while guitar playing and music was gaining popularity in Japan during the early 60's. As their business grew they saw the need to develop their skills and attract design and manufacturing talent. One of the most important additions to the company was one Mr. Mass Hirade.

Hirade joined Takamine in 1968, and made great improvements upon design and build quality, and set forth with his staff to energize and strengthen the business. The factory began producing their world class ""Classical"" that to this day still carry the Hirade name. Through Hirade's dedication and commitment to Takamine, he was able to begin an overseas trading business in 1975. Takamine Guitars were able to reach out to guitar players around the world. Takamine was finally placed in the hands of musicians who had only heard about their great sound and fine craftsmanship.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 42.5 x 7 x 19.2 inches ; 9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 8.4 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B0002E4YYM
  • Item model number: EG523SC-12
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,854 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 30, 2004

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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I have owned over the past 40 years many good guitars,including acoustic, electric, classical and hollow body but 12 strings guitar. I wasn't impressed watching people playing this guitar over the internet. It sounded very thin. However this guitar has numerous good reviews so I bought it. This is a very beautiful guitar. Crafmanship is neat. No spilling glue anywhere. Set up is just right. Excellent playability. I love the sustain and the chorus-like sound of this guitar. It happend to me playing a cord and let it ringing for very long time and enjoyed the bell like sound. Thingking of a sip of tasty wine or coffee. The tuner is very helpful. Amplified sound is excellent. Good string balance. just set it flat EQ. With resonable volume, it sounds very similar to the unamplified sound but louder. This guitar deserves a good case so I bought the SKB 20. Perfect fit. Yahoo! I wonder why you have to pay more for a "better guitar". Thank you all for the honest reviews that help me to acquire this guitar. BTW, my C132S I bought 1986 keeps sounding faithfully over these years. I might be biased. Takamine EG523SC12 Jumbo 12 String Cutaway Acoustic/Electric...
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I've been playing a 12 string for years now. I'm an ovation player. Played a custom legend. But I needed a change. Picked this Takamine up at Amazon $100 cheaper than any music store. It's absolutely gorgeous. And it sounds amazing. Holds the tuning nice. Just tweak it before starting to play and it stays in tune. As a performing musician, this is great. Tune at the beginning of a set and it'll stay tuned. Action is low. May actually get it raised a bit. Love this guitar. Haven't picked up an ovation since this came in.
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I have owned this guitar for five years. It sounds very fine, unamplified, and as superb when amplified through a Marshall AS50R. At $750 retail, this guitar may seem pricey to some players, but you get what you pay for, and with this instrument, you will be getting a jumbo acoustic-electric with a solid top and with excellent electronics--and to me that rounds out to be a good value. I can't say a thing that is bad about this instrument. I give it five stars because I think it earns it. Buy it and enjoy it. By the way--Takamine also manufactures a six string version of this guitar, which I also own. They are my favorite guitars, and I have owned many instruments. If you like the twelve string and need a six string--then try out the twin six string at a guitar shop...and then buy it on Amazon.com in order to save alot of money. Good luck, and keep on playing!
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I got this guitar for a steal on Craigslist. I have various other Acoustic guitars. Martins, Taylor, Yamaha (a seriously underrated guitar maker), Fenders, Ibanez and Deans. All have their pros. I have never owned a Tak before and I did not need another guitar.

I am so glad I bought this. As other reviews have stated, the workmanship is womderful, the highs are impressive and the low body is perfect. I have nothing negative to say about this guitar. A beautiful instrument!
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Of the four 12-strings I've collected, this is probably my favorite. Definitely the easiest player. Setup was great out of the box, I just made a minor truss rod adjustment and was done. Intonation is dead on, stays in tune for weeks on end. Great tuner, great sound unplugged and amplified. Fit and finish is outstanding, a beautiful guitar. I would definitely buy this again. My Breedlove Atlas is the only one I -might- keep over this one. I did play one of these in a BIG music store that was a dud, but I've played a half-dozen and that was the only one that wasn't really nice. Tough to beat in this price range. Unless you're after a much more expensive 12, I think you'd be happy with this one. Don't buy the Takamine case for it, though. Flimsy.
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You just have to hear it to believe it. No setup required.... good to go right out of the box. Stays in tune remarkably well and great action as is. The sound is amazing and the built-in tuner makes that job a piece-of -cake! If you've ever wanted to give a go at a twelve string... this is definitely what you want to shoot for when you do. You will not be disappointed.... this thing plays and sounds like a guitar in a much, much higher price range.
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By ad on March 28, 2012
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if you are worried about purchasing this guitar from amazon don,t you will save 100-200 dollars and get the best customer service just as good or even better than your local music store the guitar is flawless and if you been playing for awhile it will sound great and bottom line thats what its all about. this is my first takamine and am impressed with the sound quality choir of angels Ilove the sound thanks for bringing this product to the light.
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