Takamine EF381SC 12-string - Black

12-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Solid Spruce Top and Gloss Maple Back and Sides - Black
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Takamine EF381SC 12-string - Black image 1
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Special Cutaway Design in a Classic Takamine 12-String Dreadnought

Here's one of those little bits of guitar trivia that never fails to surprise people when you spring it at them: Takimine guitars are actually named after the Takamine Mountains in Sakashita, Japan. It's at the base of these mountains that Takamine guitars have been built for over 40 years! What began as a small family business has evolved into one of the leading guitar manufacturers in the world. The company opened its doors while guitar playing was gaining popularity in Japan during the early 60's. As business grew, the owners saw the need to develop their skills and attract design and manufacturing talent. One of the most important additions to the company was Mass Hirade, who joined Takamine in 1968 and made great improvements to the design and build quality. The EF381SC is in the company's Keystone Series and is a beautiful example of Takamine's commitment to building the highest quality guitars that still come with reasonable price tags. For superior tone, it has a solid spruce top and the time-tested formula of maple back and sides with a solid mahogany neck.

Takamine EF381SC Dreadnought Cutaway Features at a Glance:
  • Single cutaway dreadnought style 12-string
  • Solid spruce top with maple back and sides
  • Mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard
  • CT4B onboard preamp with three-band EQ
  • Includes plush-lined hardshell case

Single cutaway dreadnought style 12-string
The EF381SC is part of Takamine's Keystone Series, which combines all the features that make these dreadnoughts so playable with a special cutaway design that looks great and also allows access to the upper frets. Though 12-string guitars tend go in and out of fashion, the build quality of this instrument guarantees that it will be ready to perform for many years to come, regardless of the latest "flavor-of-the-day" music trends.

Solid spruce top with maple back and sides
Part of the reason the EC381SC sounds so good is its solid spruce top. It delivers just the right balance of glossy highs with a tight low end that's never boomy. The maple back and sides match the top perfectly. The Gloss Black finish is a study in understated elegance.

Mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard
The EF381SC adds the strength and durability of a solid mahogany neck, assuring owners that the neck will be straight and true for a long time to come. A rosewood fingerboard is the classic choice. Here it's fully bound for a very elegant look.

CT4B onboard preamp with three-band EQ
It wouldn't make sense to put so much effort into crafting a superb acoustic guitar and then just dropping in any old preamp. That's why Takamine chose the CT4B for the EF381SC. It has a three-band EQ that lets you tweak your amplified tone to taste. You can also take the output to your console with a simple DI box for recordings.

Includes plush-lined hardshell case
A fine instrument deserves a nice place to stay when it's not hard at work on stage or in the studio. So Takamine includes their GC1128 plush-lined hardshell dreadnought guitar case at no extra charge.

Takamine EF381SC Dreadnought Features:
  • Color: Black
  • Body Type: Dreadnought
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Neck Shape: Standard
  • Top Wood: Solid Spruce
  • Back Wood: Maple
  • Side Wood: Maple
  • Machine Heads: Standard
  • Scale Length: N/A
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • No. of Frets: 20
  • Position Markers: Pearloid
  • Electronics: CT4B preamp
  • Controls: 3-band EQ, volume
  • Pickup Switching: N/A
The Takamine EF381SC is a very distinctive guitar!

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 12
Body Shape Dreadnought
Body Style Single Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Black
Finish Gloss
Top Wood Solid Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Maple
Body Bracing DC-1
Binding Top & back: white/black CAB
Neck Wood Mahogany
Neck Shape C
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Snowflake
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 25.375"
Tuning Machines Chrome
Bridge Material Rosewood
Nut/Saddle Material Bone
Nut Width 1.825"
Body Length 20.0625"
Body Width 15.75"
Body Depth 4.9375"
Overall Length 40.9375"
Electronics CT-4B preamp with Palathetic pickup and tuner
Strings D'Addario EXP38 light-gauge strings
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number TAKEF381SC

Customer Reviews

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Great guitar

First and foremost Sweetwater's customer service has to be the best in the business (5+Stars). Special gratitude to my sales rep Kevin for going the extra distance. I've had this guitar for three weeks now and have to say that I am blown away by the sound that comes from it. Every time I play it just gets better. As expected it took a little adjustment for the wider neck but there is really nothing negative that I can say about this guitar. Some might think that it's a little light on the bass side but to my ear this guitar sings on it's own. Out of the box the action is perfect for my style of playing, The guitar stays in tune with just minor adjustments every now and then. I've never owned a 12 string before but from the ones that I've played I have to say that this guitar plays and sounds as good as guitars twice the price, I'm looking forward to years of great playing experiences with this guitar.

Excellent guitar

Very stable and strong guitar with a great sounding

Great 12 string

Bought this 381 several years ago primarily because I was so impressed with the 341 6 string that had been my fave acoustic for years... and I was not disappointed. Easy to play, incredible tone, great electronics... There's something special about the chime and ethereal quality of a 12 string, and this one takes you "there".
Music background: Hobbyist

Takamine EF381SC

I traded in my Gibson 12 acoustic guitar, that I had for 35 years, my dad had got bought for my seventeenth birthday. This was my first acoustic electric guitar, and it blew my mind! I'm still in love with it! In order to beat the Takamine EF381 SC, I would have to go up into the $3,000.00, to $3,500.00 price range. I would recommend this great guitar to anyone who wants a smooth action 12 string, for a decent price! And you can't beat the Japanese electronics! A lot of professionals use Takamine guitars, because of their excellent, dependable quality.
Music background: Hobbyist, and student

Great looking and sounds

As others, I have had a 341 6 stringer since early 90's, loved playing it with or without an amp anytime. Decided one day to add another 12 string to the collection when I saw a great sale price and picked up a 381SC. Can't complain one bit. Looks great, sounds perfect for the amount of money I spent. Definitely a respectable guitar for any player.
Music background: 35 years strumming and learning
See also: Acoustic-Electric Guitars, Takamine, Takamine 12-string Acoustic Guitars, Takamine Acoustic / Electric Guitars