Takamine EG50TH Anniversary review

  • £550
  • $999.99

Here's to growing old gracefully

Image 1 of 4 Takamine EG50TH Anniversary pickguard
Given the modest price tag, Takamine has paid considerable attention to detail on the EG50TH
Image 2 of 4 Takamine EG50TH Anniversary neck
The fingerboard features a 'growing vine' motif in mother-of-pearl, while a three-leaf cluster sits at the 'board's 12th fret
Image 3 of 4 Takamine EG50TH Anniversary pre amp
The TP4T preamp may be basic, but its built-in tuner is highly responsive
Image 4 of 4 Takamine EG50TH Anniversary
A healthy tonal richness emerges from the guitar and it certainly stays well out of the 'boxy' and 'dry' camps

Our Verdict

A slice of the extraordinary, without the matching hiked price tag – an excellent all-rounder.

For

  • Attention to detail. Fantastic playability. Value for money

Against

  • No gigbag.
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It's no surprise that this cutaway dreadnought grabs your attention immediately: the decorated pickguard mirrors the fingerboard's 'growing vine' motif in mother-of-pearl, while a three-leaf cluster sits at the 'board's 12th fret in a gold/ white/gold pattern. This understated design also shows on the pickguard, although it does appear to be painted on.

"The EG50TH is typical Takamine: an extremely competent electro-acoustic"

Aside from the inlay, the 'board is devoid of position markers, but you do get black dot markers on the cream edge binding, providing sufficient reference.

The neck profile is a consistent 'C', finished in gloss like the rest of the guitar. This particular example has a broad flame pattern traversing the bass side of the neck, adding a little more wow factor.

Also visible is the stacked four-piece heel, which is capped in more of the cream plastic that edges the top and back of the body's purfling, along with a single thin stringer adjoining the mahogany back panels.

Another classy Limited Edition feature is the soundhole rosette. The inner circle sandwiches a gold-textured fabric with sporadic flecks of black and orange between two cream circles. Aside from that, it's a pretty conventional guitar, with scalloped 'X' bracing under the solid spruce top, while the back and sides are laminated.

Set-up is good: a nicely cut Corian nut and intonated saddle with a relatively low action, although string spacing at the bridge is fairly regular at 52mm. Of course, this is an electro, and features the commonly used Takamine TP4T preamp that, along with three-band EQ and volume, includes an onboard tuner, although it lacks any feedback-busting notch filtering or phase control.

Sounds

A healthy tonal richness emerges from the guitar, with good sustain and typical dreadnought depth, but with good note separation, while the top-end sounds very clear. It certainly stays well out of the 'boxy' and 'dry' camps.

Amplified, too, the EG50TH is no slouch. We found a little additional treble was necessary to replicate the acoustic performance's clarity, while the onboard tuner is fast and accurate in operation. In many ways, it's typical Takamine: an extremely competent acoustic and electro.

Tech Specs

No. of Frets20
Year of Origin2012
Back MaterialLaminated mahogany
Left Handed Model AvailableNo
NutCorian/42.5mm
Sides MaterialLaminated mahogany
Fingerboard MaterialBound Rosewood
Pickup TypeTakamine CP102C under-saddle pickup
Scale Length (Inches)25.35
Case IncludedNo
Country of OriginChina
HardwareGold-plated enclosed tuners
Available Controls3-Band EQ Preamp Volume Tuner
String Spacing52
Special Features'Growing Vine' inlay on fingerboard
Weight (lb)5.24
Neck MaterialMahogany
Bridge MaterialRosewood
Top MaterialSolid spruce
PreampTP4T
Fingerboard Radius300mm (11.8-inch)
Scale Length (mm)644
Weight (kg)2.38
Body StyleDreadnought cutaway
Available FinishGloss polyurethane