I stumbled on it almost by accident. I would buy another.
It is very comfy to play, good tones, variety of tones.
The controls are located in a different layout than most guitars, but there are 3 knobs and 1 switch, pretty easy to find your way. That and the burst finish are a little different than many guitars, but I think the old Epi's burst is comparable in simplicity.
Most guitars I find for cheap I say "its a good one for the money" , but this one is just a nice guitar in its own right. If you find one, might be worth trying out.
Where Obtained: pawn shop
Made in Japan.
Manufacturer says its mahogany - body probably is. Neck could be maple. Rosewood fretboard. Set in neck.
There were several guitars in the series, this is probably one of the more common ones. (its from the hair metal era, but does not look dated, which is nice)
22 frets, volume, 2 tones, selector switch. 2 humbuckers. Simple red and black "burst" finish.
Has strat like trem. Double cut away shape, SG/Strat hybrid of sorts.
Action is very nice, overall feel is similar to Gibson's SG. Fretwork is excellent, nothing sticking up or sticking out, frets were crowned too, not flat.
Either needs a new nut, or was setup for heavier strings than I put on, so will be changing that.
Its very versatile, good variety of tones.
Tone is more Gibson-like than Strat like.
Wiring is good, pickups are hum-free!
Good for most blues and rock, even some jazz and country I would guess.
Not sure on this, but quality of workmanship is very high.
I need to put a new nut on it - probably the only change I will make.
I was very fortunate to find this guitar, and I'm not sure if anyone else would find as good a value despite the condition of this piece. I highly recommend the EF400SC to anyone considering a quality 12 string that will give them great sound, durability and many, many years of playing enjoyment.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $800.00 CDN
Where Obtained: Music Store
This guitar is a Japanese cutaway acoustic/electric gem that really makes owning a 12 string special. I was in the market for a 12 string and stumbled on this one at a store. It had been traded in, and the sales rep told me that it was a great deal even though it was fairly beat up. New price on this guitar is at $1,500.00 (CDN). Guitar has solid spruce top, mahogany sides and neck
and great Takamine electronics.
Being a 12 string, I've found this guitar a bit tougher to play up the neck (barre chords) due to the increased strain of an additional six strings. It's not the guitar's problem; I've got to practise more on the 12 string, which will improve my technique on my six.
This guitar has incredible sound quality. It has that distinctive Takamine "sound" that so many people enjoy. It has a full, bright sound that resonates and has great sustain. Plugged in, the pick up is very true to natural, and can be manipulated to your taste. Entire range projects extremely well.
As I mentioned earlier, this guitar is in pretty rough shape. It had been abused pretty badly with knocks and deep scratches. There is a small crushed spot on the top that has broken through the solid top (fixable, but not by me). Also, one of he knobs on the electronics was broken off. After all this, the neck is still straight, the bridge isn't lifting, the tuners are still in great shape, and the EF400SC is a testament to Takamine quality and durability.
Very cool guitar for the money, they claim to only have made 200 of these so that makes it even cooler to own one.
Very well built which is why they probably didn't make any money on them.
Where Obtained: Ebay
Made in Japan
Mahogany body and neck
Medium jumbo frets and it has 22
2 volume and 2 tone
originall all were painted but mine has been stripped and is natural finish
Double cutaway like a strat
Tune-o-matic type bridge non-tremelo
My tuners have been changed form the original which I have heard really sucked
The action is very low and can be raised if needed
Very easy neck, very playable
Plays like a strat, neck may be a touch wider
Well it humbuckers so they kick ass, not as versatile as my strats but very cool bluesy guitar for the money
I play thru a Marshall and a Gibson Falcon and they both sound great
I play almost all blues
Very warm sound like most humbuckers when not cranked
I only set it up once in the las month and it stays the way I put it.
Hardware has some pit's but I don't know the history of previous care.