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EGS-330SC Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural

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This cutaway dreadnought gives a big, well-balanced tone, and is beautifully crafted throughout. It features a solid cedar top on nato back and sides. Rosewood fretboard. Die-cast chrome machine heads... Read More

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This cutaway dreadnought gives a big, well-balanced tone, and is beautifully crafted throughout. It features a solid cedar top on nato back and sides. Rosewood fretboard. Die-cast chrome machine heads. The Takamine EGS-330SC Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar comes equipped with the TK40 pickup and preamp system.

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.

  • Solid cedar top
  • Nato back and sides
  • Die-cast chrome machine heads
  • Rosewood fretboard
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By Aric Bokker

from Kansas

I have owned this model before. The previous purchase did not have a built in tuner. The built in tuner is most helpful and easy to use. The sound of this guitar sounds like guitars I have tried that cost hundreds of dollars more. The weight, balance and feel are a perfect match for me. It seems to play a less brighter sound than most guitars that I have played, but that is one of the things I love about this guitar. It has a warmth that is a perfect match for the chords that I play.

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(7 of 14 customers found this review helpful)


Takamine tone and quality ...

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Takamine tone and quality for an affordable price! The Takamine EGS-330SC Acoustic/Electric Cutaway gives a big, well-balanced tone and is beautifully crafted. Solid cedar top on nato back and sides, rosewood fretboard, die-cast chrome machine heads. N4B preamp with CP-100 pickup

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Pretty good for the price

By Roy

from MI

This guitar has a great mellow tone, but I've had problems with fret buzz in the past few days. Maybe this is just a misfortunate event, and I'm thinking about having Takamine replace this guitar, which I'm convinced they would do. So, give it a shot, you should have no problem with it. Other than my little problem the electronics and cut-away design are fantastic. Please the ladies!

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(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


Pretty Good

By Maangreen12Maan1

from Hazel Green, WI

Well, i went into the Guitar Center this weekend and was looking for something new. I am predominantly an electric guitar player, but i have messed around with some acoustics and coustic/electrics. I tried the Takamine EGS-330SC Acoustic/Electric Cutaway unplugged and in a Fender Combo amp. unplugged- It had a nice tone that i was impressed with, kind of warm and smooth, a great acoustic tone. This is capable of some great clean tone and good rock ballads. I personally liked it better unplugged. On the Fender Amp-Still maintained the same basic tone, but i felt that some of the warmth was lost making for a somewhat dry tone. It is still a good guitar, that I would buy, I just like it better unplugged. Another thing is that the neck felt a little odd. I'm not sure if this was all of the models or just this single one, but it was a little off. Other than that, it's an alright guitar.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)



By rachitron

from Tampa, FL

I went to a local Guitar Center about 6 months ago to pick up a new acoustic guitar. I managed to bargain down to $400, and boy was that a steal for the quality and sound that comes out of this guitar. The fretboard is easy to manuever and its construction is almost up there with martin, but it's not quite there yet. I haven't encountered a single weight issue with this guitar, and it sounds awesome plugged in my 120w Spider II and even better unplugged! The guitar itself is a work of art. I recommend to all intermediate to advanced players.

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(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Good guitar overall, but only for the hobbyists.

By GibSG61

from somewhere

This guitar has a nice warm and mellow tone. Smooth and easy to maneuver around neck, solid and dependable. But even though the sound is warm and mellow, it's not as strong as other acoustics like, let's say, a Martin, or a Gibson. The wood it uses is a thicker species, therefore, it is heavier than normal acoustics. But it is solid, and definately not fragile. But if you know how to play right, then you can make this guitar sound extraordinary. It's a much thicker sound, suitable for power chords and such. But when playing a mellow song, it sounds a too strong. My relative got it for about $400 at our local guitar store. I recommend this guitar to any hobbyist. And if you are a professional with a budget, this guitar won't fail you either.

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