The price may be modest, but the Takamine GS330S Acoustic Guitar gives you genuine Takamine tone. There's no imitating the silky-sweet sound of a genuine solid cedar top, so Takamine has built a beaut... Read More
The price may be modest, but the Takamine GS330S Acoustic Guitar gives you genuine Takamine tone. There's no imitating the silky-sweet sound of a genuine solid cedar top, so Takamine has built a beautiful instrument around this one with laminated nato back and sides and a light satin finish. The result is an incredibly affordable guitar with truly high-end tone. Rosewood fretboard and expansive dreadnought body style.
Reviewed by 38 customers
I picked up the Takamine GS-330S through the Guitar Center website, mostly based on reputation and on-site reviews, for my sister-in-law who is just learning how to play. I wanted something with good action, nice full tones and easy playability for a beginner. This was perfect and well within a reasonable price range for me. Definitely a great guitar for encouraging a beginner.
I went to guitar center shopping for a bigger acoustic guitar then a fender parlor I had. I was planning on looking for the epiphone ej200 or the epiphone hummingbird. The ej200 sounded very flat, hummingbird was much better, but I ended up buying this tekamine because of its sound. The sound is amazing, i love it
This is a great sounding guitar for the price. i have had one for a year now and just love the sound, and have played many others in various guitar stores, and thought the same. The secret is the cedar top that has such a warmer tone than spruce tops in this price range The neck is slim, and the satin finish is really beautiful. It does scratch pretty easily, especially the back and sides, but that just adds character. The action was fine on mine, but obviously you should expect to adjust that on any new guitar. One of the best unknown features on this guitar is the string in bridge, no bridge pins = no hassle. The picture shown above is not quite what it looks like, like i said it has a string in bridge, unlike the picture shown. Also, it has very, very good tuners for this price range and stays in tune quite well. Would make a great starter acoustic for someone who wants a cheaper, quality instrument and wants the best sound for the price range.
I've been playing semi-professionally for 25+ years, and have owned many guitars over the years from Gibson, Fender, Gretsch, and many other respected makers. This is one of the best playing, best sounding acoustics I have ever played. I compared this guitar to every under-$2000 Taylor, Martin, Breedlove, and Epiphone Master-Built acoustic the West Des Moines Guitar Center had, and this humble Takamine was the overall winner. Some of the others played as well, but didn't sound as good. Others sounded close to the Takamine but weren't as easy to play. This Takamine was the double-whammy of playability and stellar tone quality. It also records beautifully. It is the easiest playing acoustic I've ever played. The tone is loud, clear, and bold, with sparkling highs and great sustain. the bass is warm, but not boomy. The tone is extremely well-balanced and among the best I've heard from any acoustic guitar, regardless of price. Many guitars come with cheap strings installed, but the Takamines come with D'Addarios. A nice touch. Build quality is very good, and fit and finish were excellent. The only tweaking I did was to tighten the nuts on the tuners. Cosmetically, it's very spartan with no bling. Not a showy guitar, this one is made to play. Since it's finish is matte, it's not as well protected from scratches as a hard gloss finish, but unless you abuse it, it shouldn't be a problem. Before picking this one up, I would have laughed off the notion that a $300 guitar could equal or even best a $2000 Martin or Taylor in the tone & playability department. But this one does. It's a great guitar, and not just "for the money". I'd recommend it for anyone from beginner to seasoned pro.
I've had this guitar for 9 years now and I love it more every day. I always think about getting a martin or a taylor but every time I play one it just doesn't even compare. I naturally want to upgrade everything I own but this is just one item that I can never justify replacing. For the money nothing else comes close. It is warm loud and sounds amazing. You can't go wrong. Also recommend elixer strings
I have been searching for a new acoustic for about 3 months now and today I brought this home. I was in the GC room checking out all the Martins and Taylors but I couldn't find anything that projected well or had enough bass to it (under $900). So as I'm walking out of the "look but don't touch" room I noticed this Takamine and decided to pick it up. I've always been partial to satin or unfinished guitars and this one is a beauty (much better looking than the picture above). Needless to say I was astonished at the sound and projection. Plenty of bass and highs. The only complaints I have is that the strings that come on it aren't quite right for the guitar and mine are already dead after 2 hrs of playing. But that's not Takamine's fault. Also that there isn't another pin for the strap on the neck side of the body, but thats not that big of a deal. All in all.........AMAZING!
This guitar is a no-frills guitar. There is no pick guard, no neck inlays, no shiny finish. All you pay for is a high quality instrument that plays easily, stays in tune and sounds great. I'm glad I went to a GC to get it rather than buying it on line and messing with a delivery guy coming while I'm at work. If you have $300, drive to a Guitar Center and ask where they hang this guitar. (A good, quality strap is cheaper on line though)
I wasn't really shopping, just hanging around between guitar shops, and played 40 or more guitars because I did need a new steel string. I had never heard of this model, and just picked it up because I loved the way it looked -- a G-series Natural? And then I played it, and kept going back to it, and finally decided to put it on layaway and checked the price. And just bought the thing and took it home. I can't say it was the best sounding guitar I played that day -- but it was definitely the best sounding and playing guitar under a grand I played, and that's saying something, considering how many stores and guitars I spent time with. I play it for a couple of hours every day, and teach with it. Awesome, gorgeous sound, great feel. The satin finish on the neck is polished shiny now -- just be aware of that.
I bought this guitar at the West Des Moines Guitar Center, where, by the way, the staff is tops. Very knowledgeable & helpful. I directly compared this guitar to many Martins, Guilds, Seagulls, Taylors, and other Takamines, and I must say this one compares to the best guitars in the $1000 price range. The neck was set up perfectly. It's ridiculously easy to play for an acoustic, with a thinner neck profile than most others. The frets were well-finished, and the fingerboard is silky-smooth. From the first chord I strummed, I was gobsmacked. I was sure the price tag was a typo. The volume is huge, and the tone leans toward the bright side, (which I prefer) and lively, with a good balance in all frequency ranges. The highs shimmer on this guitar, and the sustain is excellent. The tone was actually slightly bigger and louder than the big grand auditorium Takamine I tried. The tuners are petite, but high-quality. They operate smoothly, and hold their tune very well. I also love the unique string-through bridge that eliminates fussing with pegs when changing strings. All acoustic guitars should be made this way. The appearance of this guitar is downright spartan. There's no neck inlays, no pickguard, and minimal cosmetic touches. But it's the sound and the action that matter, and that's where this guitar shines. I haven't played a sub-$1000 acoustic from any maker that can touch it. If you're looking for a killer deal on a great acoustic, you owe it to yourself to check out the Takamine GS330S. You'll be very surprised.
After reading a lot of reviews I decided to purchase this guitar. It arrived in no time and was in perfect condition. I tuned it quickly and let her rip. The sound quality is as good as others have stated. I've owned several guitars all in this price range and am happiest with this one based on sound and appearance. I've never played expensive guitars and couldn't compare this to any of them. The guitar has a very soft satin finish and the back and sides are much darker than pictured (I'm glad). In the long run durability might be a question as the wood is soft without the heavy laminate. If it upsets me then, I'll pick up a new one. At this price I think it is a fantastic guitar.
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