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EG544SC Acoustic-Electric Guitar Koa

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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 vibrant clarity. TK40 electronics bring all of the ... Read More

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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 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.

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  • Solid cedar top
  • Koa back and sides
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • TK40 electronics
  • Abalone rosette
  • Nickel tuners
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4.7

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Good bang for the buck!

Bought my EG544sc Koa about a month ago and do consider it a good buy for the buck. And as several have noted it is a beautiful instrument, the Koa wood and full body...Read complete review

Bought my EG544sc Koa about a month ago and do consider it a good buy for the buck. And as several have noted it is a beautiful instrument, the Koa wood and full body binding compliments it's overall appearance quite well. Like almost any guitar hanging on the local music stores rack, though they be the same model, you really have to examine and play each one to determine which is best for you, no two are identical. There were two when I bought mine and the other had sloppy glue work visible on the bridge as well as on the internal bracing in the soundhole, action was real high, actually I couldn't believe Guitar Center accepted it for in store stock, much less putting it on display. As an acoustic guitar I can't rate it real high, it lacks the warmth one might expect from a cedar top and the tone is a bit erratic and undefined. But plugged into my PA or amp it definately comes to life, afterall a decent AE in the $500.00 range is what I was looking for, when I need great acoustic quality I'll simply grab my Martin. A guitar is like any other tool one chooses for a job, you have to ask yourself what application you are intending to use it for. If your looking for a fair deal on an very attractive AE for plugging into the mix this would definately be a good consideration. But if you have expectations for a great sounding acoustic you may be disappointed. The neck is narrow, almost like an electric, comfortable and easy to navigate. The tuner works okay but you'll find yourself fine tuning a bit despite what the tuner may be telling you, well if you truly have an ear for pitch. It's a very light guitar and seems well suited for the stage and long practice sessions, I give it a solid 4.5 down the board.

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Not an Acoustic Sound

our church bought this guitar a couple years back but i dont know what they were thinking when they bought it!!! the sound that you get from this guitar is trashy.......Read complete review

our church bought this guitar a couple years back but i dont know what they were thinking when they bought it!!! the sound that you get from this guitar is trashy.... the reason i dont give it a 1 is because if u have it connected it to an ok amp, the sound changes to a warmer sound.... still not a great choice for an acoustic

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5.0

Sounds like it was built by angels

By SAI CHIMATA

from Florida

My father got me this guitar for christmas when I was still an intermediate learner. He didn't know a darn thing about guitars at the time and he liked how this looked so he got it. Four years down the road and I can't even think of picking up another guitar. It would be a sin to do so when this is such an amazing guitar. It's hard to believe he bought it for $500 on clearance (there was an imperfection in the cedar grain). The Koa and Cedar work together perfectly to deliver a well-balanced, crisp acoustic with craftsmanship made for a satisfying playing experience. It also has a very "dark" sort of character to the sound. Something that the "At a Glance" section forgot to mention was the solid Koa neck, something that drives the value of this guitar up considerably. The only downside is that the preamp drains 9-volts like nobody's business. I would recommend it as a go-to axe for players just graduating from value-priced laminated guitars, but beware: you will not be able to put this guitar down.

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5.0

AWESOME guitar!

By Brandon Noftle

from North Carolina

I have played guitar for many years now and this has got to be the best for the money. I have had this guitar for over a year now and everytime I play it I am impressed with the action and amazing tone quality. Takamine is usually a safe high quality brand and I for one am proud to play one. I would definitely check this guitar out at guitar center before listening to the reviewers who gave this low scores...I think they perhaps they weren't playing it correctly for a proper sound. Definitely check it out!

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5.0

DO NOT LISTEN TO BAD REVIEWS!!!

By clay mccown

from Springville, AL

I'm going to put this very simply to be sure I dont overstate it..... This guitar is hands down, the best sounding acoustic I have ever played. I've played some NICE acoustics (eg. Composite Acoustic, Rain Song, etc.) This guitar has such a rich tone that I get chills when I play it. Coupled with some Elixir strings and you have an amazing combo. Sure everyone has they're own opinion, but the only way that you're going to have one of your own, is to try it out for yourself.

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5.0

My Second Takamine

By Don Beams

from Silver City NM

I bought a Takamine EAN20C about ten years ago, about 6 months after buying a Taylor 312CE. I bought the Taka for a second (traveling/camping) guitar and after that the Taylor saw very little action, very little. The Taka was the most butt-ugly of about 40 guitars I tried that day.. and the best-sounding, easiest to play, and truest sound all the way up the neck, a nice preamp, and everywhere I've played, the musicians either compliment the guitar or try to buy it... IT sounds really nice acoustically and kicks butt when amp'd playing fingerstyle. This is after a nasty run-in with a 130 lb. Rhodesian Ridgeback, which is another story altogether... That said, I saw a brand new Takamine EG544SC online last week, lost my mind and bought it immediately. Eat your hearts out, bargain shoppers.... It arrived a couple hours ago, and it is flat out beautiful, not overdone or super flashy, great tone, great electronics with a built-in totally user-friendly tuner. Acoustically it sounds a hair brighter than the ten year old, but that may be the D'Adderio stringing. It sounds fabulous when powered up. I usually play Elixer lights, which last forEVer and eliminate chirping on the wound strings. I have a solo gig on Friday, so it will be getting a workout, But initially I am very well pleased, and continue to be impressed with Takamine craftsmanship and design. At this price, it is an excellent guitar, sounding and playing better than dozens of higher priced models. At this price, it is phenomenal guitar.

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5.0

Pretty Decent

By StandardMusic&Me

from The Rolling Hills

I recently purchased this guitar from Craigslist, but am writing a reveiw due to the fact that there were negative responses, and I wanted to clear the blandishment from all wondering minds- this is not a terrible guitar. Sure, I had a few probs. With the strings (the pins wouldn't come out) but after a while, you get more experienced, you know. The sound is Ok- it's not the most heavenly sound- So don't get it if you want it to be your "Guitar for Life", get a nicer one. This is good for gigs and uses the heavy tension "DR Strings"- yes, the heaviest tensioned ones. I am not awestruck with the sound, but it is great for beginners, intermediate, and even some advanced players. Remember, DO NOT GET IT IF YOU WANT TO BE COMPLETELY PLEASED WITH THE SOUND! This guitar sounds GOOD, but I wouldn't be brave enough to call it GREAT. I like the sound, it's just not for "touchy musicians" so to speak. Hope this helps- it sure would've me to have known sooner rather than later- Don't for get the DR High Tension Strings- buy them from Musiciansfriend.com. DONT LET MY NEGATIVITY DRIVE YOU AWAY!! I am pretty pleased with it.

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5.0

Sweet Sound!

By Ted

from Huntington Beach, CA

Bought a Takamine EG544SC-4C used a month ago - I had new Martin Acoustic SP phosphor bronze strings put on and the action lowered a bit and now it's my favorite! Really sings out - sweet and clear sound with excellent and even projection. Neck is thin and very comfortable to play for hours. I plugged it into a keyboard amp and the TK40 electronics did a good job of keeping the guitar's acoustic flavor alive and clear. The TK40's tuner is handy to have when setting new strings though once set it stays in tune. If you're looking for a new guitar I recommend you check this model out - even if you've got the budget for more.

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2.0

Not an Acoustic Sound

By david g

from panorama city CA

our church bought this guitar a couple years back but i dont know what they were thinking when they bought it!!! the sound that you get from this guitar is trashy.... the reason i dont give it a 1 is because if u have it connected it to an ok amp, the sound changes to a warmer sound.... still not a great choice for an acoustic

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4.0

Takamine EG544SC Acoustic-Electric Guitar Features

By Chuck

from Antelope Valley, Ca

My primary guitar is a Martin HD28 and I want it to stay at home. I wanted something I could take with me not have to worry about. The day I went shopping GC was having a 15% off sale. I looked at guitars from $299.00 to $1000.00. I played Martins, Taylors, Fenders, Breedlove and Tak's. I played several Tak's which were all over the price range. I picked up the 544SC and it had the best action. In this case, the factory set up was actually better than the others; however, there is still room for improvement. Taking into consideration, my ears are very use to the Sitka spruce top and the treble and bass is more pronounced, projects with authority; I was pleasantly surprised at the mellow intonation that the solid Cedar top and Koa laminate produces. Sounds at the top, mid and bottom seemed to have a symbiotic relationship, each depending on one another for total tonal sound when strumming, yet able to stand alone when picking, providing a �ۡ��̏warm�ۡ�ݕ�_ sound, not crisp to the ear; rather distinct notes that don�ۡ���t have too much treble or bass. The neck is a bit wider than the Martin and I enjoy picking but I was still undecided. Since I've never owned an acoustic/electric I decided I'd plug it into an amp, I selected a 60W Fishman amp.....that sound made the sale. I bought some Exilir stings which will go on after my Luthier lowers the action. Overall this was the best return on investment for the price and most pleasing to my ears, which is the deciding factor to buy or not to buy. The only reason this didn't get a 5 rating, it's not solid wood and IMHO, nothing beats the sound of solid wood. Try playing a solid cedar/solid koa�ۡ��_.you�ۡ���ll hear the difference.

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5.0

My favorite guitar.

By nate Harvey

from raleigh North Carolina.

This guitar sounds great. It is the nicest guitar I have ever owned and I love it. The koa adds some amazing tone to it.

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5.0

I just took the plunge

By Bshi69

from Little Elm Texas

I've been playing on and off since '76 and it's been awhile since I've looked at buying a Git-fiddle! but since I started giving lessons to my bosses 12 year old I've gotten a resurging interest in playing again thus went into the store and this EG544sc just jumped out at me! in my humble opinion plugged in or not this baby SINGS! smooth action and distinct sound. If you're looking for an ax that you could play at home or on stage you're going to get a unique sound Now all I need is a recording contract and millions of fans to appriciate me...LOL I'll wake up in a minute or two!!

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