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  • Takamine GS330S vs. Takamine G340SC

    I want to get a starter acoustic guitar for my teenage daughter for Christmas.



    She's been playing my Takamine EG-334SC and loves it...but she's not getting it!



    I've narrowed down my choices to two other Takamine "G" series guitars, both of which are available online from GuitarCenter for $299. With a $50 off in-store coupon, they come in at $249 new, which is a good price I think.



    Opinions? I'm leaning towards the single-cut G340SC model.



    Takamine G340SC



    http://www.takamine.com/guitars/g_se...noughts/g340sc







    Takamine GS330S



    http://www.takamine.com/guitars/g_se...noughts/gs330s



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  • #2
    Between those two, I'd choose the 340 simply because the 330 has a cedar top and I prefer the spruce top that the 340 has, although the cutaway holds no attraction to me. I think either one is a good deal for the money. I'd also get a decent hardshell case for it at the same time.
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    • #3
      Comes down to which specs are important, I'd say. 330 has a cedar top, narrow nut (42mm), 340 is spruce top, 42.5mm nut. Your 334 is spruce with a 42mm nut, I believe. The extra .5mm could make a difference, depending on the size of her hands, although string spacing makes a difference too, and no idea what it is on either guitar.



      Personally, I like the warmth of cedar tops in general, though from what I'm recalling of the cedar Taks I've played, their 'warm' was more like 'dull'.



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      • #4
        If she's got a light touch then I say go for the GS330S because I find cedar to be a wonderful tonewood with a light touch. OTOH I've never tried the 340. I just don't like the look of dreads with cutaways.



        So in short: what I or anyone else here says doesn't matter. Give her a gift certificate for the amount and have her choose between the two.
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        • #5
          For the same money you might take a look at these. Very decent sound and might be a better fit for her.



          Takamine GS430S $299.00

          http://www.guitarcenter.com/Takamine...47-i1374585.gc

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          • #6






            Quote Originally Posted by EdBega
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            For the same money you might take a look at these. Very decent sound and might be a better fit for her.



            Takamine GS430S $299.00

            http://www.guitarcenter.com/Takamine...47-i1374585.gc




            Hadn't seen this. Thanks for the link. I automatically keyed in "body shape = dreadnaught" with each search. But she's a petite 17 year old and maybe a different body shape would fit her better.









            Quote Originally Posted by Ricochet
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            Comes down to which specs are important, I'd say. 330 has a cedar top, narrow nut (42mm)...




            I sneakily asked her today if should had learned to do barre chords on my EG334SC, but she said "No, it's too much of a stretch." So maybe something with a skinnier neck would be a better choice. If I'm not mistaken, my EG334SC and the similar 340SC both have relatively flat fretboards whereas the G330S look like it has a smaller radius, too.
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            • #7
              So, my boys weighed in, and we collectively decided on the following:



              Takamine G440C (NEX body shape with cutout)



              http://www.takamine.com/guitars/g_series_nex/g440c



              This is $50 cheaper than the GS430S, but it has more bling: a pickguard, abalone inlays, fancier bindings, gold hardware (not chrome), inlays in the fretboard, and string pegs in the body rather than through the bridge. The top is also shiney spruce rather than satin cedar. I'm also looking at Silver Creek vintage dreadnaught HSC @ $79. Thanks for all the feedback!



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              • #8
                Frankly I think you would be getting more for your money with a Yamaha.



                The same price range Yamaha FS700S Solid Top Concert Acoustic comes to mind or if bling is more important the FG730 but the FS are a little smaller so I would lean towards function but that's just me.



                http://www.guitarcenter.com/Yamaha-F...GP&cagpspn=pla

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                • #9
                  I've played a lot of entry-level / sub $300 guitars at local shops, and to my ear, the only guitars I'd consider buying are Takamines and Washburns. Everything else sounds dull. Just a subjective opinion, but I've always been impressed with the consistent chime of low- and high-end Taks.
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                  • #10
                    Taks are good guitars. I have a FP360SC that I love.
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                    • #11






                      Quote Originally Posted by Armchair Bronco
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                      I've played a lot of entry-level / sub $300 guitars at local shops, and to my ear, the only guitars I'd consider buying are Takamines and Washburns. Everything else sounds dull. Just a subjective opinion, but I've always been impressed with the consistent chime of low- and high-end Taks.




                      I hear ya, with the Yamahas it's the probably the cheap strings they come with. The cedar guitars tend to stand out but also the Taks come with D'Addarios I think. Either way you'll be fine.

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                      • #12






                        Quote Originally Posted by EdBega
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                        I hear ya, with the Yamahas it's the probably the cheap strings they come with. The cedar guitars tend to stand out but also the Taks come with D'Addarios I think. Either way you'll be fine.




                        If this is true, then Yamaha and other vendors are making a BIG mistake by not equipping their factory guitars with better-sounding strings! I mean, the only thing I have to go on is how the thing sounds in the acoustic room @ Guitar Center. If I pick it up, play my Guitar Center riff a couple of times, and the guitar doesn't come alive, I put it down and move on to something else.



                        Usually, the Taks and Washburns *always* sound good, as do some of the mid-range and high-end Martins and Taylors (no surprise there). Ovation guitars are also nice and chimey, but that plastic back thingy is just too much to wrap my head around.



                        So, over the years, I just naturally gravitate to Taks and whenever I play them I'm like: "Damn! This sounds great!"
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                        • #13
                          You can get good used "pro level" Taks for just a little more than a new G series Tak so that's also something to consider.
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                          • #14
                            Taylors come with Elixirs, pretty smart IMO on their part but you can see some problems with that in what people prefer, say you don't like the sound of Elixirs that alone could turn you off of them. In the case of Yamahas they make their own strings and bottom line is price but there are some people who like the sound of those strings (as I recall from a thread a while back) so their marketing strategy works in a lot of cases I guess, just not for the people who don't have a tin ear ...

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                              Quote Originally Posted by EdBega
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                              Taylors come with Elixirs, pretty smart IMO on their part but you can see some problems with that in what people prefer, say you don't like the sound of Elixirs that alone could turn you off of them. In the case of Yamahas they make their own strings and bottom line is price but there are some people who like the sound of those strings (as I recall from a thread a while back) so their marketing strategy works in a lot of cases I guess, just not for the people who don't have a tin ear ...




                              Sorta like looking at new cars in an outdoor lot that are covered with dust and bird droppings.



                              Sure, the dealer saved a few bucks by not keeping everything all spick-n-span. But even something as superficial as bird poop might be enough to turn away a prospective buyer. Why take that chance?
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