Takamine GJ72CE-12 - Brown Sunburst

12-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Solid Spruce Top, Flame Maple Back and Sides, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and Active Electronics - Brown Sunburst
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Your Everyday 12-string!

Get massive tone and projection from Takamine's GJ72CE-12 12-string acoustic-electric guitar. With its 12-string design and its jumbo body, you can already expect the GJ72CE-12 guitar to deliver lush sound and tons of volume. Add to that the deep bass and sparkling highs of a spruce-topped maple body, and you'll absolutely fill the air with thick, shimmering 12-string sound. What's more, they outfitted this guitar with their TK-40D preamp system, so you'll get the same wonderful sound when you play your Takamine GJ72CE-12 plugged in.

Takamine GJ72CE-12 12-string Acoustic-electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Spruce-topped maple gives you big, bold, and powerful sound
  • Takamine's TK-40D preamp system delivers fully detailed sound onstage
  • Over half a century committed to quality, playability, and wonderful sound
Spruce-topped maple gives you big, bold, and powerful sound

With its back and sides made of maple and massive jumbo body style, the Takamine GJ72CE-12 is nothing short of a sound cannon. Maple has long been revered for its thunderous low end and airy, glittering highs, and the 12-string GJ72CE-12 makes the most of this extended frequency range. When it comes to rich and dimensional tone, you couldn't ask for more than this.

Takamine's TK-40D preamp system delivers fully detailed sound onstage

The GJ72CE-12 sports Takamine's TK-40D preamp, giving you rich, clear-sounding amplified output - instantly. In addition to a large volume knob, the TK-40D system on the GJ72CE-12 gives you a tuner and an active shelving EQ with bass, middle, and treble sliders you can use to shape your sound. There's even a low-battery indicator onboard so you know when you need to swap out the 9V. Plug in to turn on the preamp, unplug to turn it off.

Over half a century committed to quality, playability, and wonderful sound

The Takamine GJ72CE-12 acoustic-electric guitar is the result of over a half-century of Takamine guitar-crafting knowhow. Launched in 1962 at the foot of Japan's Takamine mountains, Takamine has been designing and building acoustic guitars that are seen in the hands of some of music's biggest stars. With quality and value as guiding principles, Takamine's instruments employ the finest tonewoods, construction techniques, and technical innovations such as the proprietary preamp system found in the GJ72CE-12.

Takamine GJ72CE-12 12-string Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
  • An affordable 12-string acoustic-electric that's great on and offstage
  • Jumbo cutaway body gives you tons of volume while providing easy access to the whole fingerboard
  • Flame maple back and sides topped by solid spruce give you rich lows, shimmering highs, and smoothly balanced mids
  • Slim mahogany neck and 12"-radius, bound-rosewood fingerboard provide great feel and playability
  • Onboard TK-40D preamp system with tuner and 3-band EQ delivers clear and articulate sound onstage
Get the 12-string tone you love anywhere you play with a Takamine GJ72CE-12 acoustic-electric guitar!

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 12
Body Shape Jumbo
Body Style Single Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Brown Sunburst
Finish Gloss
Top Wood Solid Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Flame Maple
Body Bracing Quartersawn X
Binding White
Neck Wood Maple, set
Neck Shape Slim
Fingerboard Material Bound Rosewood, 12" radius
Fingerboard Inlay Abalone Reversed Mountain at 12th Fret
Number of Frets 21
Scale Length 25.4"
Tuning Machines Gold die-cast with pearl buttons
Bridge Material Rosewood
Nut/Saddle Material Synthetic bone
Nut Width 1.875"
Electronics TK-40D Preamp with Built-in Tuner and 3-band EQ
Strings D'Addario EXP 38 Coated Phosphor Bronze 12-String, (.010-.047)
Manufacturer Part Number TAKGJ72CE12BSB

Customer Reviews

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Amazing 12 string

Beautiful guitar ! Sounds amazing and the electronics are really good. I am amazed of the loud tone from this jumbo sized 12 string guitar! I had my string unison because that's the way I like it and it sounded amazing!

Worth more than what I paid

I bought this guitar because of the price, and it looked great on the photos, but when I took it out of the box, it did impress me. The finish is beautiful, and it sounds like a way more expensive instrument. The only con. is that does not come with a case or even a gig bag, however Takamine had or has a special going on, where they give you a gig bag when one registers it, but don't hold your breath waiting for it.

Big sounds for a small price

This 12 string is made out of maple & a ply-maple top, and in a Jumbo-size, it makes for an extremely loud & full sounding acoustic. If you're looking to fill out a song, this guitar will easily take the part. It sounds great acoustically. The electronics, apart from the very handy built-in tuner, are sub-par. At this price, I wouldn't expect much from the electronics package though. The action is set low and with near-perfect intonation, so playability-wise, it's near perfect. I have the "natural" version and don't really care for the laminate "flame maple" on the side... I feel it makes it kind of cheesy, and at this price it's most definitely fake, but other than that, I'm really happy with it.


Right out of the box it was tuned and perfectly set up. I love the sound and its easy to play for a 12 string. On top of that Sweetwater was awesome to work with.

Not bad, but not great

Initial review after one evening with the new guitar. I bought this sight unseen on the black Friday deal for $350. At that price, it's a nice guitar; at the regular selling price ($600) I would probably have returned it. Not that it's horrible, but for just a little more you can have the excellent Martin, or for about $150 more the Taylor. Both are much nicer guitars IMO. Mine came out of the box with the action set too high, and that alone would have warranted a return had I not learned that they use shims under the bridge saddle. After removing 2 of the 3 shims the action was down to a reasonable height, and I may try going even lower later. The high action, combined with a thicker neck than I like (interesting that the spec list the neck shape as "slim"), and the so-so tuners, make this a nice $350 guitar, but an overpriced $600 IMO.
Music background: 30+ years playing guitar, bass, keys
See also: Acoustic-Electric Guitars, Takamine, Takamine 12-string Acoustic Guitars, Takamine Acoustic / Electric Guitars