Takamine EG124C Classical Guitar | An Honest Player Review

If you’re looking for a beginner classical guitar, you’ve probably already heard some good things about the Takamine EG124C. Takamine is a brand that has stood the test of time and the EG124C is a guitar that has consistently pleased beginner and intermediate guitarists alike.

Before I dive into my review of the Takamine EG124C Classical Guitar, let me begin by saying that as somebody who has played guitar for decades, I never regret learning on my classical.

The Takamine EG124C Classical guitar for beginners

I own electric guitars and acoustic guitars now, but the classical always holds a special place as the guitar I sharpened my skills on.

Why? Classical guitar strings were easy on the fingers (which for me hadn’t formed calluses yet) and the beautifully soft sound instilled confidence in my growing yet unrefined skills.

These are two huge reasons why I highly recommend beginners consider learning on a classical guitar. The only drawback for me was that I couldn’t plug my classical guitar into a sound system.

But that’s one of the many things that makes the Takamine EG124C classical guitar such a great entry-level classical guitar.

Playing the Takamine EG124C Classical

When I first picked up a classical guitar there were a few things that I immediately noticed. It’s the same things you’ll probably notice on Takamine’s EG124C when you first see it.

  • A closer look at the Takamine EG124C Spruce topThere are no fret markers – those dots that indicate which fret you’re on
  • The strings aren’t steel – instead they use softer nylon strings
  • They have fat necks – which forces you to learn proper hand placement

You’ll learn to appreciate all of these features as you learn on a classical guitar.

The Takamine’s Classical EG124C guitar has all of the above features, but also sports a few distinct features which set it apart from other classical guitars. These include:

  • Cutaway: most classical guitars do not have cutaways.  A feature which appeals to many modern players and which you’ll be happy you have a year or two down the road.
  • Electronics: another huge feature you won’t find on most other classical guitars. And again, it’s something that may not matter to you know, but it will in a year.
  • Built-in Tuner: this is something every beginner guitar should have and you’ll be so thankful you have it.
  • Spruce Top / Nato Back & Sides: many of the so-called “beginner classical guitars” skimp on the one thing that matters most in a guitar – the wood. Instead of cheap plywood, Takamine uses the standard Spruce top as well as Nato for the back and sides, which help the guitar project in an acoustic environment.

These are all features you won’t find on the average classical guitar, much less one like the EG124C by Takamine that is priced for beginners. That’s a huge plus in my book.

A Look at the Takamine EG124C Electronics

Electronics on the Takamine EG124C Classical guitarIn my opinion, one of the biggest value-adds with the Takamine EG124C is the addition of electronics so you can plug in your guitar into a sound system.

The onboard electronics includes a 3-band EQ (which allows you to adjust the highs, mids and bass levels on the output signal), a volume control and an onboard tuner. There are other classical guitars, like the Cordoba C5-CE (read my review here) that have similar electronics, but these are the exceptions to the rule with classical guitars.

Each of these come in handy whenever you want to either plug in your guitar to play live on stage or if you’re wanting to record something. Takamine uses a bridge pickup which is common for most acoustic-electric guitars on the market today. You’ll be happy with the sound plugged in.

Finally, I love the LED tuner on the EG124C. Simple to use and eliminates the need to buy another accessory for your guitar. Just press a small button and it pops up with the note of the string you’re trying to tune.  Then it lets you know if its sharp or flat.

Summary Review of Takamine EG124C Classical

The sound you can get from the Takamine classical EG124C is excellent. The body projects a warm bass and soft highs.  Making it sound more much more expensive than it actually is.

I think a lot of this has to do with the type of woods that are used (Spruce and Nato).  But, mostly it’s the well-known craftsmanship of the Takamine company. They make excellent guitars – probably one of the top 5 mainstream guitar brands out there today.

Full view of the Takamine EG124C Classical Guitar

In conclusion, if you’re in the market for a classical guitar and don’t have $500+ to spend, I recommend Takamine’s EG124C.  It is a guitar that you’ll love to play and that you’ll keep for decades.

 

11 Responses to Takamine EG124C Classical Guitar | An Honest Player Review

  1. ray hall says:

    I have this guitar but it seems very dead compared to my Maton steel string acoustic. Is there any way that I can restring with steel strings?
    Would really appreciate your advice
    Thanks
    Ray

    • Josh Summers says:

      Hey Ray, thanks for the question! Generally speaking, it’s not a good idea to restring a classical guitar with steel strings so I would avoid that if at all possible. Nylon strings won’t have the same lively tone that steel strings will – which is perhaps why you think it sounds “dead” – but the classical guitar sound is supposed to be different.

      I recommend trying some different brand nylon strings and seeing if that makes a difference. Hopefully you’re able to find something that suits your ear!

      • Ray hall says:

        Thanks Josh appreciate the advice

      • asdf@asdf.tld says:

        for other folks reading this question, the answers are… 1) did you grow your nails out? Playing a classical guitar without nails on your right hand, is going to net you a very limited frequency response. 2) Did you have fresh strings? 3) was this a student guitar you owned, or a concert guitar? 4) A $1000 classical guitar (or less) isn’t going to get very loud. A cheap steel string guitar and a hard pick will sound very “loud” and lively in comparison. Whereas a $500 classical guitar has a chance of sounding “decent” but few if any will get you a lot of volume, if you add a poor frequency response to the mix and some old strings, then you can expect a rather dim, boring, uninspiring tone. There’s a reason why concert classical guitarists play guitars starting at $10,000, they continuously worry about their nails (they all want thick, kevlar-like nails), and they always run fresh, expensive strings blessed with pixie dust.

      • asdf@asdf.tld says:

        I forgot to add, don’t let my first post discourage you. In an intimate setting, where the listener is close, there’s very few instruments that create such a personal, captivating sound, at bedroom volume levels, that goes well with a voice.

    • Marek Sokal says:

      There’s a reason for this friend. You need to play with long nails on the right hand. 😉 I can sound just as rich especially when using a thumb pick. Check out Chet Atkins on a nylon guitar.

  2. Alan Hooley says:

    Hi, I am a fairly experienced player and own a number of Electro-acoustic and Electric guitars. Because I learned to play on these guitars I struggle with the action (particularly string height) on the acoustics I have played. I have decided to give ‘classical’ a real go and wondered if this guitar has an adjustable action?

    • Josh Summers says:

      Hey Alan, thanks for the comment. Technically speaking, all guitars have “adjustable action”. This Takamine classical can be adjusted by adding height to the bridge saddle or sanding it down. It should be set up for optimal action if you buy it new, but if you feel the action is too high you can bring it into a guitar tech or try to adjust the action yourself.

  3. Elvis says:

    I am about to buy the model G124, this is not cutaway…. Do you have any feedback about this model please?

    • Josh Summers says:

      Hey Elvis, thanks for taking the time to comment. The Takamine G124 is a solid beginner guitar at a good price. Although I’ve never played one personally, I have had enough experience with Takamine to know that they produce good guitars and I don’t think you’ll regret buying it. Perhaps you’ll want to upgrade in a year or two, but it will be a good one to start on.

      As for the cutaway, I feel like it’s more of an aesthetic feature on beginner classical guitars – very few guitarists play pieces that go to such a high register early on. Unless you foresee that being something you absolutely need, don’t worry much about it.

      Hope that helps!

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