Takamine EG522C Classical Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar  

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The Takamine EG522C Acoustic-Electric classical guitar features a spruce top, nato back and sides, and a cutaway body that allows for full fingerboard access. Other appointments include a traditional classic rosette, gold tuners, and the Takamine TK40 preamplifier.

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.

Features
  • Body Shape: Classical Cutaway
  • Rosette: Classical
  • Top: Spruce
  • Inlays: None
  • Back: Nato
  • Sides: Nato
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Electronics: TK40
  • Tuners: Gold
 

EG522C Classical Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Back and Sides: Nato
  • Body Style: Classical Cutaway
  • Case Included: No
  • Controls: TK4N
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Machine Heads: Chrome
  • Rosette: Marquettery
  • Top Wood: Spruce
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TakamineEG522C Classical Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
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(18 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better than you would think

By Gerry-s7a9q

from New Mexico

Comments about Takamine EG522C Classical Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitar is ideal for amplified gigs and quite good for unamplified ones. I had a luthier round the ends of the braces to improve the low end, now it purrs. The neck is very stable for a classical guitar (rod installed). Overall I am very impressed.

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(31 of 49 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Value!!

By BJ Tex

from Eastern PA

Comments about Takamine EG522C Classical Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have been most impressed with the overall quality and playability of this guitar for the price. The neck is great (especially for those of us with small hands) and has a comfortable and forgiving feel. The tone is very good and true. The real bonus was when I plugged it in to my Crate. I got a very pure classical sound! The case is good and why doesn't everybody do a built in tuner? As the owner of a Taylor, my standards tend to be a bit high. This guitar has exceeded my expectations.

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(9 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Guitar!

By Ernesto

from Venezuela

Comments about Takamine EG522C Classical Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Very well made guitar, excellent sound and very affordable!

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(17 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent sound when played through an acoustic amp and good playability. Great value for money.

By Kevin Sykes

from Bahtrain

Comments about Takamine EG522C Classical Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Excellent sound when played through an acoustic amp. Good playability - slightly easier than my Yamaha CD170SA however the sound of the Yamaha I would say is slightly better when compared without amplification. The case (which was a freeby) I was not overly impressed with. The construction of the case itself and the lining is good but the poor quality hinges will probably need to be replaced in the near future. Overall though, an excellent guitar for the price.

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(21 of 41 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good value!

By W.J.

from Puerto Rico

Comments about Takamine EG522C Classical Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Easy to play, great sound,and affordable. I have previously owned some Spanish guitars as well as a Yamaha, and the sound of this Takamine is tops.

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(17 of 32 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great!

Comments about Takamine EG522C Classical Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Great construction and finish, incredible sound and very affordable!

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