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.
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.
- There 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
In 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.
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.