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I'm looking for a new acoustic. I've been working hard and I feel like I really deserve a nice acoustic. I've gone to guitar center and tried a whole lot of them out, and I found a very plain little takamine had the most amazing tone I've ever heard. It was the EAN10C and I would love to own it. However, I do not want to spend 1000 dollars on one guitar. If I can cut down the budget to half that, I would be very happy. Can you suggest an alternative to the EAN10C with a cedar top? I have a feeling that and the mahogany sides and back were the main reason that takamine sounded so good.

I found this guy http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Takamine-EGS330SC-AcousticElectric-Cutaway?sku=516301&src=3LTAWXX1 which seems promising, but I haven't even heard of Nato wood. How would that compare to the mahogany? I would prefer a NEW acoustic electric with a cutaway if possible. Plain jane is my style too. No abalone junk please.

Any suggestions?
#2
If I remember correctly, Nato is almost exactly the same as mahogany.

Part of the reason that acoustic sounds so good is probably because the EAN10C is all-solid. The under $1000 Taks, the G Series, are all solid top and lam back and sides. However, there really isn't a brand out there that sounds like a Takamine. Bright, chimy highs and nice deep smooth lows. It's a combination I really haven't found in any other brand, but that is limited knowledge from me. If you really really like the EAN10C, I would save up for it. With Takamines, once you get out of the G Series, the guitars get absoluetly AMAZING. The G Series guitars are good, but beyond that to the all solids...there is a reason Takamine has such a good reputation as a top acoustic brand.
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If I remember correctly, Nato is almost exactly the same as mahogany.

Part of the reason that acoustic sounds so good is probably because the EAN10C is all-solid. The under $1000 Taks, the G Series, are all solid top and lam back and sides. However, there really isn't a brand out there that sounds like a Takamine. Bright, chimy highs and nice deep smooth lows. It's a combination I really haven't found in any other brand, but that is limited knowledge from me. If you really really like the EAN10C, I would save up for it. With Takamines, once you get out of the G Series, the guitars get absoluetly AMAZING. The G Series guitars are good, but beyond that to the all solids...there is a reason Takamine has such a good reputation as a top acoustic brand.


Not the same as mahogany. nato is a cheap lumberyard variant.

As far as cedar tops, Walden makes a bunch, Seagull, Art & Lutherie, Simon & Patrick, A used Taylor could be up your alley as well.
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Thanks guys. I appreciate your responses. I was able to find a used EAN10C for a much better price, and I'm debating if I should snag it up right now or not.
#5
i recently got a Seagull guitar with a cedar top and I love it. was $479 from GC.
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Thanks guys. I appreciate your responses. I was able to find a used EAN10C for a much better price, and I'm debating if I should snag it up right now or not.

If you can play it and see it in person first to make sure everything is in good order, go for it!
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i love cedar tops i got a masterbilt all solid dr500r and i went and bought a takamine gs330s solid cedar top and nato back and sides and now all i play is my takamine lolz .. and its as plain jane as it gets
take it easy man .. its just a thread
#9
If you don't need acoustic electric, look for Takamine N series, or AN series.

I have the AN-10, which is the non-electric version of the one you are looking at.

I've seen the prices on these two series range between $400-700.