Takamine GN51CE - Natural

Acoustic-electric Guitar with Spruce Top, Rosewood Back and Sides, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and TP-4TD Electronics - Natural
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A Small-jumbo with Electronics

The Takamine GN51CE NEX acoustic-electric guitar will seduce you with its rich tone, stunning good looks, and amazing playability. Sporting a solid spruce top and rosewood back and sides, the GN51CE's cutaway NEX "small jumbo" body is incredibly comfortable — even for smaller players. The GN51CE NEX's solid spruce top responds beautifully to a light, fingerstyle touch, yet it will sing with authority when strummed boldly. Takamine's TP-4TD preamp is onboard, waiting to serve up natural-sounding amplification and flexible tone shaping. If you're in the market for a versatile, comfortable, great-sounding acoustic-electric, check out Takamine's GN51CE NEX.

Takamine GN51CE NEX Acoustic-electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Great sound is in the details
  • Takamine's TP-4TD preamp system
  • Takamine: a legacy of amazing quality, sound, and playability
Great sound is in the details

The Takamine GN51CE NEX acoustic-electric guitar benefits from quality tonewoods and Takamine's painstaking attention to detail. With its scalloped X-braced solid spruce top and rosewood back and sides, the GN51CE NEX looks great and is tonally versatile enough to handle whatever playing style your musical mood dictates. And if you're playing out, the Takamine GN51CE NEX's stage-friendly gloss finish will certainly command your audience's attention.

Takamine's TP-4TD preamp system

The GN51CE NEX sports Takamine's TP-4TD preamp, giving you rich, clear-sounding amplified output — instantly. The TP-4TD features a gain knob; a tuner; an active shelving EQ with bass, middle, and treble sliders; and a low battery indicator. The preamp is switched on by plugging a standard instrument cable into the endpin/strap-pin jack. Unplugging the cable turns the preamp off. The TP-4TD is powered by a single 9-volt battery.

Takamine: a legacy of amazing quality, sound, and playability

The Takamine GN51CE NEX acoustic-electric guitar benefits from 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-electric 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 and construction techniques — something you'll discover for yourself as soon as you pick up your GN51CE NEX for the first time.

Takamine GN51CE NEX Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
  • NEX-style guitar with a distinctive voice
  • Highly resonant solid spruce top with scalloped X-bracing provides incredible volume and projection
  • Rosewood back and sides produces a rich, wide-ranging sound with great definition
  • Mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, 20 frets, dot inlays
  • Electronics: under-saddle pickup, TP-4TD preamp with 3-band EQ and built-in tuner
  • Gold machine heads
Takamine's GN51CE NEX acoustic-electric delivers amazing performance in a compact package!

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape NEX
Body Style Single Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Brown Sunburst
Finish Gloss
Top Wood Solid Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Rosewood
Body Bracing Quartersawn X
Neck Wood Mahogany
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 12" radius
Fingerboard Inlay Mother-of-pearl Dot
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 25.4"
Tuning Machines Gold die-cast
Bridge Material Rosewood
Nut/Saddle Material Synthetic bone
Nut Width 1.6875"
Electronics TP-4TD electronics
Strings D'Addario EXP16 light-gauge strings
Manufacturer Part Number TAKGN51CENAT

Customer Reviews

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Sweet Guitar!

Outstanding guitar! Really well balanced sound that just sings. Excellent construction and simple but beautiful appointments. What's especially good IMO is that the headstock is designed in such a way where the strings aren't crimped after they pass the nut and meet the tuning posts. That sets the strings up more in line with the nut and I have found that guitars that are set up that way stay in tune better. I found out from the manufacturer that the tops are (with very rare exceptions depending on supplies) made from solid Sitka Spruce, book-matched, and the bracing is X scalloped. I shopped around and looked at many cutaway acoustic-electrics in this price range and none could come close to this guitar as far as features and bottom line bang-for-the-buck. The only other one that I would consider as good was a newly released Yamaha but it's more expensive so this Takamine is my new baby! It's fantastic!!

Overall ,,,

I have been playing acoustics for over 40 years my first guitar was an Apollo (made by Fender), it was a solid body electric. My first acoustic was an Alvarez Regent very nice guitar, through the years I have, and have played many different makes and brands, but I have to say this Tak is up there with the high end brands. I was treated professionally and with the utmost respect, I received this guitar by mail order and received it when they said it would delivered, this guitar was set up and ready to play straight out of the box, The intonation and action was spot on and amazingly it was in tune, the rich highs and lows are what I was looking for, the box wasn't even damaged I love this guitar already thank SWEET WATER for the help you gave me and the most professional service I have ever received. I am a new life long member as of today.

Addendum to my review

After installing my Grover 102 tuners, I find that the characteristics between the stock tuners and the Grovers is closer than i originally thought. The stock tuners look very good, but have a much lighter touch. they do tend to go from sharp to flat before you hit tuned but stay in tune when done. The Grovers are very smooth and definitely more accurate.However a buyer would be fine with the stock tuners. I raised my rating a star, the 2 issues i wont be changing position on are the difficulty replacing the proprietary pickup/saddle assembly and lack of Takamine parts/service for G models.

Attractive but expect to upgrade it

The good points: The guitar is beautiful with purfling, abalone and trim normally seen on higher end guitars. It feels good in the lap and standing, the neck is fast and comfy and the action can be brought down to superfast. It is smaller than a dreadnaught thus projection is less. Plugged in the preamp is adequate that’s through an electric amp. The Bad points: Takamine put very low quality hardware on it. The tuners are difficult to tune and keep in tune, and all the “synthetic bone” as they call it is a pea green ugly color. The bridge pins are plastic. I replaced or am replacing the tuners, nut, bridge pins and the proprietary saddle/pickup combination. The proprietary pickup works but you can’t change the plastic, you must fabricate a one with a new piezo pickup. I got tremendous help from Graph Tech on that.Final thoughts: If you like working on guitars it is worth it. Expect to put $120 in new hardware in it. My opinion is it’s worth the upgrades. If you want an out of box ready to go guitar, look at Ovation Celebrity or Epiphones. Both need very little prep work.I tried to get support from Takamine and got none. I found out that parts and support are only available to the higher end guitars. That and the proprietary saddle/pickup were disappointing. I have the experience to upgrade it and expect years of enjoyment when completed.Thanks to Jonathan C my Sweetwater rep who I tend to bother a lot like a son. I would never consider shopping anywhere else.
Music background: intermediate player and amature luthier
See also: Acoustic-Electric Guitars, Takamine, Takamine 6-string Acoustic Guitars, Takamine Acoustic / Electric Guitars