The Takamine EG523SC12 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar sounds great plugged in or unplugged. Jumbo body style provides a cool profile, comfortable playing, and a huge solid spruce soundboard for bi... Read More
The Takamine EG523SC12 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar sounds great plugged in or unplugged. Jumbo body style provides a cool profile, comfortable playing, and a huge solid spruce soundboard for big volume and titanic tone. Glowing, gorgeous flamed maple back and sides plus an abalone rosette make this guitar flash fantastically in stage lights. Active electronics with onboard EQ translate all that tone into the electrical world with total fidelity.
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Reviewed by 20 customers
Played my EG523SC-12 this past Sunday with our worship band, what an awesome fat sound! I play acoustic rhythm guitar with our worship band, and almost every Sunday our co-worship leader, who normally plays bass, has been also playing guitar. I wanted an instrument that would voice a little differently without having to fiddle with capos, and this Tak fits the bill well. I play it into my Fishman Loudbox Artist with effects off, and use an SM-58 mic to get it into the church's mixer board. The flexibility is awesome with this instrument. I can play a full fat chord, it has enough bottom end to accentuate the bass and lightly strum the highs, (bluegrass style bass/strum), or i can play fills by just ringing the highs like a mandolin. It can easily overpower any other acoustic guitar, so attention to dynamics is critical. In fact, i would say this guitar gives a player many dynamic options not possible with a 6 string. It isn't as tinny sounding as many 12 strings, it retains that warm acoustic tone. The jumbo body really gives this axe it's voice, and the finish is absolutely gorgeous. It truly is a work of art. Also, for a new guitar, it seems to hold it's tune well. I often go from car to air conditioning, and some strings may be a 1/2 step off, others are spot on. Also, the low action makes it feel more like an electric, and barre chords are a breeze. Quality of sound is everything, you will not be disappointed by investing in this axe.
I ordered this on the advice of a salesperson. I figured I could refuse delivery if I didn't like it. I LOVE IT! The jumbo body gives this guitar a bass response unlike any of the other 12-strings I shopped but this thing isn't so big as to be awkward (I'm 6'1). The bass gives a richness to the sound that others just don't have. And the finish... I have a Takamine G-series 6-string as well. I was happy with the finish on that one. This one kills it. There's a great luster to the body. And let's not forget playability. I think this might be easier to play than my 6-string. The fretboard is wider than a normal guitar but not by too much. I've let friends with smaller hands play it and they can still manage just fine. The electronics are as good as advertised. Plugging it into an AMP is a lot of fun. I'm just waiting for my neighbors to complain. This is the best 12-string I've found under $1000 and one of the best I've played, period.
Features: This Takamine guitar for the price has a lot of quality features, a solid spruce top and flame maple sides, pre-amp with a ton of features, and nice abalone inlays. ?I was surprised at how accurate the on-board tuner is. ?For the price of this guitar this has a lot of very nice features. Quality: The quality of this guitar seems to be higher end, especially for the price. ?I have the black model and the finish is clean and beautiful. ?I wasn't sure if I would like the black due to it's propensity to show fingerprints, yet even with that it is very well done. ?The trim around the outside of the guitar adds a subtle beauty. ?My only complaint with the quality of the guitar is cosmetic and I'm the only one it bothers so far that I have talked to. ?The inlays around the sound hole are abalone surrounded by a white ring, and that outside ring is half-covered by the pick guard. ?Poor attention to detail in my opinion, but a small gripe. Value: From my comparisons the value of this guitar is very high. ?Lots of features for the dollars. Overall: I am an intermediate player, a hobbyist. ?When I decided to get a 12 string guitar, I tried Taylor, Martin, Breedlove, Seagull, Fender, and this Takamine. ?For me, by far, the Taylor and the Takamine was the easiest to play, and though the Taylor projected a little better, the ease of play and the price led this Takamine to be a no brainer. ?I have been very happy with this decision. I have had this guitar for about a month now. ?The Takamine stays in tune very well, plays easy, and sounds great, especially plugged in to my amp. ?The electronics seem to be high quality. ?I am really happy with this purchase, and the guitar is beautiful.
I tried many other acoustic 12 string guitars but this one has all the good points of the others and many more of it's own!The workmanship (at least on mine) is flawless and the neck and action hare perfect from day one. The neck is the perfect width to do all sorts of finger picking, bluegrass or any style of noting you might want to do! The wood is gorgeous(especially back and sides, electronics are spot on as well as the onboard tuner, but the tone is THE BEST out of all including the high dollar(read overpriced) Taylor, Guild or Martin! This is one jewel of a guitar!
Have had this guitar since 2007 and still in love with it. Huge/Full 12 string sound, plugged in or not. I use it with the Marshall AS100D and AS50D amps to do weekly acoustic jam hosting. It's everything in a 12 string acoustic I could ever want. The TK-40 electronics are great and easy to use. The spruce top and maple back and sides produce the most eloquent tones of any 12 I have ever played. You don't need to spend thousands to get a quality 12, and this guitar is proof. Buy it, then get it setup to your taste by a competent tech, and enjoy it for years.
I've played various guitars, but this Tak is the absolute best and is equal to Martins, Taylors, Gibsons, Fenders and others. The sound is robust and full. The electronics are amazing. Action is low and easy on fingering bar chords. I now use it exclusively for my performances. Well worth more than what it costs. An absolutely great 12-string guitar. I highly recommend it.
I wanted a 12-string for live gigs and had to limit my options due to price. I was pleasantly surprised when I picked this one up. After playing a single chord, I was sold. This Takamine is right up there with the more expensive brands. It has deep, warm lows and crystal-clear highs which can be adjusted to your individual taste with the on-board EQ. The on-board tuner is also a BIG plus, especially when you are on stage. It may be a little bulky, but I'm kind of a big guy, so it's just the perfect size and weight for me. I have had this guitar for 5 years now and it has proved itself time and time again. Not only does it look nice and sound awesome, it is rugged and has survived the perils of the road. It has a couple of nicks and scratches (my fault), but the finish is still just as good now as the day I bought it. HIGHLY recommended!
I have had this guitar for about 6 months now, and i love it. I have never had any problems with it. The guitar sounds amazing through an amp or a p.a. system. I reccommend this guitar to anyone wanting to purchase a quality 12 string. One of the best purchases I have made.
Purchased this guitar about 4 months ago. Have a Guild 12 and an Ibanez PF12, had 2 Alvarezes. But this,...this guitar puts them all to shame. I believe it sounds equal to a Taylor or Martin at half the price. The electronics work great and I absolutely will NEVER have another guitar without an onboard tuner. I have had NOTHING but praise from averyone who sees it, let alone plays it!! Blown away, one and all. I recommend this guitar to anyone! Everyone! Sounds full and rich. Looks GREAT! Very road worthy. What more could you ask! Oh, yeah, and it STAYS in tune almost perfectly!!! BUY IT!!
I've been playing guitar for over 40 years - my main instrument is a 1968 Guild D-40 I bought new, although I use a Takamine G332 when playing for an audience so I can plug in. I play mostly folk, gospel, bluegrass and western styles, mostly for church related functions. I have always wanted a 12 string and have tried many. I finally bought this and couldn't be happier - it has a deep, rich tone; ample volume; comfortable action (bar chords are very manageable); and the spruce soundboard and flamed maple sides and back are gorgeous. I play mostly fingerpicking sytle and it reacts nicely to hammer ons/offs. And it is a bargain for the price - compares well to much higher priced guitars I tried. Once I pick it up, I can't put it down!
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