Takamine EG510S-12
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Audiofanzine FR 06/12/2008

Takamine EG510S-12 : Recensione di Audiofanzine FR (content in English)


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(Originally written by jason8/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
- Where was it made? (USA, Japan, Mexico, France...)

Made in Korea

- How many frets, what kind of pickups and what is the pickup configuration?

20 frets

Circular sound hole with abalone inlay rosette. Active TK40T preamp with integrated tuner.


- Is the neck comfortable?

Very pleasant neck if you play with a light string set.

Because barre chords with a 12-string guitar are not so easy.

- Is the access to the upper frets easy?

No cutaway so access to the upper frets is not easy, but a 12-string guitar is made for rhythm parts and arpeggios.

- Is the instrument ergonomic (body shape, weight...)?

The guitar is quite heavy so you get the impression that it's a quality instrument.

- Is it easy to get the right sound?...

The sound is very good.


- Do they fit your music style?

It's perfect for me, I play folk music.

- Which amp(s) or effect(s) do you use it with?

I use it for studio recordings with an AKG C414 mic and a Universal Audio Solo610 preamp connected to a RME Fireface 400. The result is pure magic. The guitar also sounds very good with an AER amp.

- What kind of sounds do you get and which settings do you use ("crystal-clear", "fat", ...)?

The unplugged sound is very bright (exactly the sound I was looking for). When plugged the preamp gives you many sound possibilities, but IMO 12-string guitars are made to produce a brilliant tone.

- Which sounds do you prefer / hate?

I like every sound and I always find the tone I'm looking for.


- How long have you been using it?

I've been using it for three years.

- Which feature do you like the most / the least?

Pros: Extraordinary sound. Cons: Lack of cutaway, though useless for a 12-string.

- Did you try any other models before buying it?

No, it's the only one I tested and I immediately fell in love.

- How would you rate its value for money?

I got this high-end Takamine as a present when I turned twenty.

- Based on your experience, would you buy this product again?

I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again.