I looked at other Seagulls, Washburns, and Ovations, but this Takamine just stood out overall. The construction and sound quality, as well as the Takamine reputation, were the key ingrediants for my purchasing this model.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $700.00 CDN (new)
Where Obtained: Music Store
Cutaway style satin solid cedar top w/nato back sides and neck, N4B electonics, Ping tuners.
Overall, the action is very goodall the way up and down the neck. When purchased I had to have the shop lower the action, and I still find it a bit difficult to bar the first fret. Neck is a bit thinner than I'm used to ( I also own a Seagull) but I'm quite happy with it on the whole.
Sound quality is excellent plugged in or unplugged. Bright and crisp with a resonance that carries throughout the range.
The only complaint I have about this model is the lack of strap nut on the heel of the neck. I added mine myself, but this really should be added at the factory.
Guitar itself is quite light and manageable, and the electronics haven't faltered at all.
For the price I paid , I feel that this instrument makes playing for any length of time quite enjoyable .
Model Year: 2000
Price: $719.00 Canadian (new)
Where Obtained: Adagio music Gatineau,Quebec ,Canada
I changed my Sigma/Martin DT 4N for this Takamine EGS 330SC. I found it to be quite a step up. Great electronics, easy to play and great sound! Would recommend it without hesitation.
Compared with my previous Sigma/Martin I would compare the sound to be richer and fuller
To this moment i have not seen any climate changes affecting it's playability or adjustements
Just an update. I traded this guitar in for my newly aquired Taylor (see Taylor 314-ce). After playing other guitars more regularly I found this guitar didn't quite have the brightness as a Martin or a Taylor and beings my music went from struming to finger-picking I found the action to be WAY to high. I had to strain to push down the strings even though I was using light gage DR strings. It played well, but not nearly as clear as my Taylor. Probally because the back and sides were lamintated not solid. I am still happy with the guitar and would not have traded it in if I didn't need the extra cash to purchase the Taylor. But, if I was going to recomend a guitar to anybody, I'd say go for the Taylor. They do cost more, but if you're going to spend more than $500 on a guitar, then spring for them...You'll never go back.
Where Obtained: I posted this message before
Good electronics for the price range
Not quite as bright. when hammering on the tone change sounded artificial and dull
All around great guitar. I've heard alot about Takiminie and I am sold on them. I own two right now and this is by far my most favorite guitar. The first Takiminie I own has a wonderful tone to it but I just desided I wanted a cut away so I bought the EGS-330SC and a friend is buying my old one.
Price: $700.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Evans Music in Houston
For a $700 guitar and the choices available, this has the best pickup on it I've seen.
Plays with ease and comfortablity. Can bar cords nicely without much problems.
Had instructor look at it and he said that it had a wonderful tone to it. Not sure if it's important but I don't have to tune it very often.
I dont' have a pick gaurd on it and my friends got ahold of it, put a few scratches on my finish but you can't see it at all. To top it off, I havnt had to clean it since I got it.