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    Takamine EG544SC-4C (new to me)

    I did some horse trading, and ended up with this pretty acoustic guitar. It has a solid cedar top, and Koa back and sides. Abalone inlays as well! I intended on getting a GS330S, which I have owned before, and frankly, is louder than this one. I would have to put a pup in the 330, and the 544 comes with aTK40 preamp(with tuner!).Here's a coupla pix, I wish i was better at taking pix of guitars!






    Anyways, for the last two weeks at church, I have been the only musician. Last week I played my SG, and did fine, but I blew them away with my acoustic playing yesterday. Some folks think they are completely different instruments I guess. I am horrible at pix, but will try to get up a couple this afternoon before it starts to get dark. It has a VERY pretty back with an interesting figure in it.

    I put Elixers on it, and it got even quieter unplugged, but it sounds SO nice plugged in, I don't think it will be an issue. I am still getting some string squeak, so not sure what other strings to try. I love Chromes on my electric and basses, and would love to find something similar for the Tak.
    Here's a version( we only do the first 220 or so and then repeat). The other thing is, I was rocking it out as I was the only instrument other than the bongos. SO when it gets to the chorus, I didn';t slow down and mellow out like this version, I kept it moving. I actually just play whole note chords for the EM - D -G (really letting them ring out)and then strum in between.


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    Re: Takamine EG544SC-4C (new to me)

    Sounds great! The Takemine guitars are really nice plugged in!

    Congrats

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    Re: Takamine EG544SC-4C (new to me)

    Very nice!!!!!!!

    Try some DR SunBeam Acoustic Strings -- they are round wound.

    You should be able to find them at Guitar Center.

    Great Acoustic strings -- smooth feel ... very little string friction noise


    Quote Originally Posted by CharlyG View Post
    I did some horse trading, and ended up with this pretty acoustic guitar. It has a solid cedar top, and Koa back and sides. Abalone inlays as well! I intended on getting a GS330S, which I have owned before, and frankly, is louder than this one. I would have to put a pup in the 330, and the 544 comes with aTK40 preamp(with tuner!).Here's a coupla pix, I wish i was better at taking pix of guitars!






    Anyways, for the last two weeks at church, I have been the only musician. Last week I played my SG, and did fine, but I blew them away with my acoustic playing yesterday. Some folks think they are completely different instruments I guess. I am horrible at pix, but will try to get up a couple this afternoon before it starts to get dark. It has a VERY pretty back with an interesting figure in it.

    I put Elixers on it, and it got even quieter unplugged, but it sounds SO nice plugged in, I don't think it will be an issue. I am still getting some string squeak, so not sure what other strings to try. I love Chromes on my electric and basses, and would love to find something similar for the Tak.
    Here's a version( we only do the first 220 or so and then repeat). The other thing is, I was rocking it out as I was the only instrument other than the bongos. SO when it gets to the chorus, I didn';t slow down and mellow out like this version, I kept it moving. I actually just play whole note chords for the EM - D -G (really letting them ring out)and then strum in between.


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    Re: Takamine EG544SC-4C (new to me)

    I looked up those strings and I'll prolly give em a try. I used to use DRs on my basses until I discovered Chromes.

    Here are the ones I used on my old Takamine that opened it up, made it organic, came alive, etc etc etc etc etc!

    DAddarioFretted Strings Acoustic Strings Phosphor Bronze Wound EJ19 12-56 Light Top/Medium Bottom 12-59
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    Re: Takamine EG544SC-4C (new to me)

    Key with the SunBeam Acoustic Strings is that they are "round core" vs hex core





    Quote Originally Posted by CharlyG View Post
    I looked up those strings and I'll prolly give em a try. I used to use DRs on my basses until I discovered Chromes.

    Here are the ones I used on my old Takamine that opened it up, made it organic, came alive, etc etc etc etc etc!

    DAddarioFretted Strings Acoustic Strings Phosphor Bronze Wound EJ19 12-56 Light Top/Medium Bottom 12-59
    BOUTIQUE GEAR TALK
    Gear, God & Country
    The Soul Cruisin Band
    WaZaap.com Weird News

    "I'd rather listen to John Lee Hooker play one note rather than those tasmanian devils play a gazillion ones in the key of 'stupid'..."
    Carlos Santana

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