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Takamine G Series EG544SC-4C NEX Koa Acoustic Electric Guitar, Natural

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Nex Koa Model

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Item Weight 6.1 pounds
Product Dimensions 42.5 x 7 x 19.2 inches
Shipping Weight 6.1 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 B001R2JPY2
Item model number EG544SC-4C
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3.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #181,290 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#1,723 in Musical Instruments > Guitars > Acoustic-Electric Guitars
Date first available at Amazon.com July 16, 2004

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I first played this guitar EG544SC in a local Guitar Center and fell in love with its warm cedar tone, "play-ability" and fretboard artistry. Looking for a better price than GC's $679, I searched Amazon. I noticed it was offered at 2 different price points: around $450 from some vendors and between $599 and $649 from others. Of course, I ordered the cheaper version. The moment I played it after it arrived, I suspected something was wrong but couldn't put my finger on it; the tone and feel weren't what I remembered from the one I played in GC. I began making comparisons to photos and specifications online.
After closer scrutiny, the model I received was of much poorer quality! And sounded horrible! 1. It was made in China, not Korea. 2. The Chinese version had the cheaper TP-4T pre-amp, not the higher quality TK-40 electronics. 3. The tuners had more play/wobble indicating poorer machining tolerances. 4. The Chinese version had no fretboard binding. 5. The fretboard inlays had less intricate shapes, were located at different frets, and sloppily inlayed. 6. The tuners were gold, not silver, and didn't have the Takamine "T" logo. 7. String action was uneven, disproportionate to string size, and didn't follow fretboard curvature; indicating poor nut and bridge "set-up" 8. Worst of all, the scale intonations were inaccurate; probably poor quality control of fret placement.
I contacted Takamine Customer Service; here's the email reply from the US distributor (KMC Music) for Takamine:
"After researching with our Takamine product manager, we have found that the EG544SC is a model that is proprietary to Guitar Center and Amazon.com (and a few other select dealers) which is why it is not listed on Takamine's website.
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My girlfriend has owned this Takamine for the past three years, during which I've had occasion to play it. During the period, I have also used a Takamine EG341C purchased through Amazon. The 341 is a good value guitar while the 544 is superior on technical grounds. It should be. The 544 costs about twice as much.

In general, I think the 341 is best for beginner to intermediate play. It's a good way to start playing, and a good choice for someone who would like to play casually without making a significant investment. More accomplished players should go with the 544, which will also stand up better to constant use.

The construction of the 544 is clearly superior to the 341. It has a more solid feel to it. The pegs in particular are individually geared and slippage is minimal, whereas the 341 uses the much less expensive 3-in-1 peg strips, and the gearing seems somewhat loose and inaccurate to me.

The finish on the 341 is a glossy black that is attractive enough this although this is clearly a no-frills guitar with little in the way of other finishing touches. The 544 has a natural finish that looks superior to me, and the 544 also has some extra finishing touchs such as fretboard inlays which add to its general attractiveness.

Both have a clear and resonant sound, with the 544 seeming to be a bit fuller to me.

Both come pre-strung with D'Addario strings which are light and easy to finger. Fretboard clearance is ideal in both for a steel-string guitar.

Either guitar represents a fine value depending on your level of play and your overall objectives. If I had it to do over again, I would be very tempted to get the 544 for myself instead of the 341, but I would be doing a lot of pondering over the extra $300. I hope this helps to put the 544 a bit better into context. Good luck.
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i can only attest to build/parts quality. I bought a used 544 that has the headstock snapped off ( owners fault,not guitars). So after close inspection on my bench: neck is 100% cedar same for the soundboard. The tuners are the best i have seen on any acoustic as far as mechanics go. The TK40 electronics is on par with my japanese takamine classical. This is a solid 400 buck guitar. I cant comment on the chinese model but the eletronics on that one are not as good as the Tk40.
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I just bought the EG544SC from Guitar Center here in Los Angeles, the Artesia store just before christmas. They had the Korean made version and I love it. It looks and plays great.
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