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Takamine EG512C Acoustic-Electric Bass

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The super jumbo Takamine EG512C Acoustic-Electric Bass produces a lot of volume with super clarity and a tightly focused sound.Topped with spruce and built with mahogany back and sides, the Takamine E... Click To Read More About This Product

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The super jumbo Takamine EG512C Acoustic-Electric Bass produces a lot of volume with super clarity and a tightly focused sound.
Topped with spruce and built with mahogany back and sides, the Takamine EG512C Bass has a 22-fret maple neck with rosewood fretboard (34" scale), rosewood bridge, Takamine TK-40B preamp, and chrome tuning machines. The cutaway bass guitar design offers total neck access. Don't forget a hardshell case for your Takamine Acoustic-Electric Bass!

TK40 Preamp Features

The Takamine TK40 Preamp found on G-Series guitars features volume control, bass, middle and treble frequency slider controls, EQ bypass, a Notch Filter, Tuner and a Mid Contour Switch. The preamp is switched on by plugging a standard 1/4" mono instrument cable into the endpin strap pin/jack. These last four features are described in greater detail below:

EQ Bypass: This push button enables the user to engage or defeat the EQ section. When the switch is in the depressed position, the EQ is active. Return the switch to the “up” position and the EQ circuit is bypassed. The bypass of the EQ circuit is desirable in some studio or live environments where external EQ is preferable. The user can also use this defeat switch to quickly check the results of the EQ adjustments relative to the original sound.

Notch Filter: A Notch Filter is a very special kind of EQ, an extremely narrow and deep cut of an audio frequency band. The TK-4N has a "tunable" notch filter which empowers the user to select the specific frequency band that will be affected by the notch. With this tunable notch filter the user can "surgically" remove troublesome feedback frequencies that occur due to the natural resonance of the guitar and interaction with the environment.

The notch control provides control of the center frequency of the notch effect. When the monitor or stage levels are too high, and the user hears the guitar starting to feed back, the player can engage the notch circuitry by pushing the "In/Out" button under the "Notch Filter" knob, and simply tune the filter (actually changing the center frequency of the notch) by slowly rotating the notch control until the feedback is eliminated.

Mid Contour: By pushing (activating) the Mid Contour button, the user is selecting a pre-shape EQ that emphasizes the frequencies normally found to be "desirable" in an acoustic guitar (400 Hz). With the Mid Contour button is depressed, the mid EQ is effectively controlling "nasal" tone qualities while in the up position, the mid control can add punch in upper mids or help "round off" the attack present in this frequency spectrum. The user should experiment with the button and the "Middle" control to determine their sound preference.

Tuner: The tuner in the TK40 is fully chromatic and automatic. The battery drops into the top of the preamp under the battery cover. There are "+" and "-" markings at the bottom of the compartment. Press the tuner switch to activate it. The note played is shown in the digital display. Up and down arrows will appear, when both are on and not flashing, the note is in tune. If the "up" arrow is flashing the string must be tuned higher, and if the "down" arrow is flashing the string must be tuned lower. The slower the arrow flashes, the closer the string is to being in tune to the note displayed. The tuner does not mute the output and turns off automatically after one minute. It can't be turned off manually.


  • Spruce top
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • 22-fret maple neck with rosewood fretboard (34" scale)
  • Rosewood bridge
  • TK-40B preamp
  • Chrome tuning machines
Pro Coverage
Limited lifetime warranty on Japan-made, G Series, and Jasmine products.
5 year limited warranty on Jasmine Studio products.
No warrany on electronics or plating.
Warranty terms vary. Check with manufacturer for specific product warranty.

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(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)


This is the one!

By Sasquatch

from Los Angeles, CA

I went from store to store trying A/E Basses of all price ranges. No matter which others I played, the best sounding was this one. It's body is a little fat which takes some getting used to, but the only A/E Basses which serioulsy compared to it were double the price. The action on this guitar is great, no buzz anywhere (which there was on the Michael Kelly's and the Ibanez). This is the one!

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


tried the rest, now I have the best

By Rev. Dave

from Florence ,Ky.

The action is so smooth. I am a jail minister, and we move from room to room. The heavy electrics and amplifiers get rough I am also disabled. But the Takamine acc. bass is an answer to a prayer. Its light, has a full throated sound without the amps. I have tried others, but they all fall short. The quality of the Takemine is simply amazing. I am impressed. I have played for 45 years and am not easily impressed. The the Takamine does it hands down. Rev. Dave

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent A/E bass

By Bullet Bob

from Murphy, TX

Just got the gloss-black, left-handed model. this baby sounds as beautiful as it looks. The EQ, tuner, X-bass features are top-notch, they allow you to tweek the sound to how ever you like it. it makes a very unique sound when played with a pick. Soinds great unplugged too. I recommend it to anyone who wants an A/E. This was the only quality left handed AE bass available for less than $1000. The low price was a bonus. Buy one now!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


TTakamine acoustic - best deal I've seen

By Stratocaster4life

from Salem, MA

I got the takamine acoustic bass four years ago and despite drops and falls it has stayed intact. I have used heavy and light gauge strings on it. It is a very playable bass because the fretboard is tight and the wood is sturdy and smooth. I have found I can play fast plugged in or drop a beat acoustic style. Good for the money and it's good for the road.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Great Tone

By Edgefree

from Naples, Fl.

Great WOODY tone from this baby and the quilting is beautiful. The action from the factory was much too high but that can be fixed. Overall the best A/E Bass I've played or heard.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great Instrument

By bassmasta1

from Deer Park, Tx

This Takamine Acoustic/electric is a Fabulous sounding instrument. It has hearty tones good projection and an overall fabulous sound. Has a great warm bass sound My favorite bass by far.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


A Lifetime Bass

By somemexican

from Denton, Texas

I bought this Bass as my first because I was too poor to afford an amp. What a great choice I made! It has awesome tone & great volume. You can reach all the notes comfortably if you play higher on the neck. I always get compliments on the look. The only thing I found to be annoying is when it's new the action is crazy high, but once you lower it to your preference it will be a blessing. I will definitely keep this axe in my arsenal for life.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)



By Alex B

from Toronto, ON, Canada

This bass is awesome!!!!! totally perfect in every way!! not to high action for me. maybe a bit higher than my squier j bass. i love it. its more beautiful in real life than the pics!! :D *****

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