EG320C review by Takamine

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  • Features: 7
  • Sound: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 7 (1 vote)
Takamine: EG320C

Price paid: € 257

Purchased from: M&C Musical

Features — 7
My guitar was made in China, but I'm not sure in which year. I bought it 4 years ago. It has 20 "acoustic standard" frets. Not sure what "acoustic standard" means, but it feels like they're small frets... and that is a problem for me. I'm more of a rock oriented guitar player and that's a bit of a problem when you have to do stuff like bending, for example. The neck is rounded so it's comfortable, but this is a matter of preferences. I'm actually starting to like the thin ones... The fretboard is made out of rosewood - gotta love it!

The body of the guitar is laminated. So spruce laminated top - that's a minus. Neck and body are made of mahogany; gloss finish; fixed bridge, of course. It didn't come with any accessories. The guitar features a TP4 preamp, with 3-band EQ, volume control, and built-in tuner. The tuner is not very precise, and I hate that sometimes when I'm playing unplugged the battery from the preamp starts to buzz really hard.

And I really don't like that it doesn't have a strap button at the neck joint, so I have to attach the strap to the nut end... So, no excessive stage movement, if you don't want it to slip off the shoulder!

Sound — 8
The guitar features laminated top, not solid. The sound feels weak. I had a Hora (guitar producer from Romania) before, with solid top, and it sounded fuller, louder, you could feel the whole guitar vibrating, and I liked that. This just doesn't happen on EG320C... The sound it's warmer. I liked that, but I think it doesn't fit me very well, anymore. Yes, it suits rock and metal, but I would rather choose an Ibanez for those styles of music. I have nothing to complain about how it sounds plugged in.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Now this is where Takamine wins: Action! Perfect! Like on electric guitars! All guitars should have action like this. No flaws, except one minor thing: a little fretbuzz on e-string, 2nd fret. Doesn't look like it's because of the fret. But it's not that annoying.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I played guitar at home, at church, on stage, with friends, at hot temperature, and at very low ones. I once played it on a stage that had no roof, and it was snowing... on my guitar and on my preamp... No problem after that. It never disappointed me! As for the durability, I bought it thinking it will last me at least 20 years. And I think it will, if I won't accidentally hit its body - it really feels fragile

Overall Impression — 8
I mainly play rock, metal and folk. This guitar fits folk perfect. As for rock and metal, the matter is disputable. What I hate about EG320C are the small frets, weak sound compared to solid tops, the fact that it doesn't have a strap button at neck joint, and the weight (is heavy like an electric guitar). When I bought it, I compared it to a Fender CD-100CE. The only aspect where Fender won was the look - and that's a personal preference.

If it were stolen... I don't know... I would go for one with solid top if not full solid. I advise you to do the same if you want this guitar: go and buy EG320SC - same guitar model, but with solid top. I recommend it to those who are serious about playing guitar, maybe even want to start a career in music!

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