Acoustic Guitar Review: Takamine G340SC Acoustic Guitar


Takamine G340SC Acoustic Guitar - Review

With it's solid electronics and laminate construction, this guitar will take a lot.

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Model:Takamine G340SC No. Strings: 6
Body Type: Dreadnought (Large Body)
Top Material: Sitka Spruce - Solid
Back & Sides: Mahogany Laminate-
Binding: Black/White Plastic
Neck Material: Mahogany 14 Frets To Body
Fretboard Inlay: Pearloid Dots
Headstock Overlay: East Indian Rosewood
Fretboard: East Indian Rosewood - Solid
Total #Frets: 20
Nut Width: 1-11/16" Finish: Body Gloss
Bridge: East Indian Rosewood - Solid
Bracing:Standard X
Tuners: Enclosed, Die cast Gold Plated
List Price: $399.00 (No Case)
Warranty: Limited Lifetime

Features: 5.5

The Takamine G340SC has a solid Sitka Spruce top and Mahogany  laminated sides and back. You look inside the guitar and you can tell it is laminated due to the different grain pattern of the wood. 

With a gloss finish, I was a quite impressed with the quality for a guitar in this price range.

The gold plated tuners appeared quite solid and all details were amazingly well done.

Sound Production: 7.0

I played the Takamine G340SC for several hours and was consistently impressed by the tone and volume this guitar puts out. I would put this guitar in the same class as guitars selling in the $500.00 range and the Takamine G340SC has a street price of around $300.00

I would attribute the sound production to the solid Spruce top that this guitar has, since the top is the major sound production element.

Action: 8.0

The action of the Takamine G340SC was great just as it arrived. It is ready to play all the way up the neck as it was quite low action, maybe a bit low for the hard-driving pickers out there.

Durability: 8.5

Being a laminated wood guitar, it is very well built.Even though the back is laminated, it does have bracing similar to a solid wood guitar, which I do like.

The only cracking you will have to worry about is on the solid wood top and possibly the neck. Keep your guitar humidified though.

Customer Service: 10.0

Service is handled through Kaman Music. Here is the warranty information from their site.

You need to contact your place of purchase with a copy of your sales receipt and request a warranty service evaluation. The dealer or service center should then contact Kaman Music and request a Return Authorization number.

Use our website's search engines to find a local Authorized Dealer or Service Center for your product. Then contact them with a copy of your sales receipt and request a warranty service evaluation.

The dealer or service center must contact Kaman Music for a Return Authorization (RMA) number and shipping instructions. As a consumer, you are responsible for shipping charges to return the product to Kaman Music. Once in the possession of Kaman Music Corp, the evaluation normally takes 2-3 days.

Kaman Music determines if the product is repairable and will repair it under the terms of the warranty policy for that product. The product will be returned to the dealer or service center, prepaid.

Kaman Music will replace the item with another one of equal value. In the case of a discontinued model, Kaman Music will replace the item with another of equal or more value.

Our Limited Lifetime warranty policy means that for the first 2 years you own the product, Kaman Music will cover all parts and labor for anything deemed defective. After that initial 2 year period, Kaman will cover the parts for anything deemed defective as long as you own the product, but now the consumer is responsible for any labor charges incurred in the repair. Overall Score: 7.8

Takamine G340SC Solid Top Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

The Takamine G340SC acoustic guitar has a solid spruce top with mahogany back and sides. The dreadnought body style gives you a big sound with more volume and power and its cutaway gives you complete fretboard access. 

The beautiful gloss finish is set off by gold tuners plus the abalone dots and rosette. This is an ideal dreadnought guitar for those who want to do some serious flatpicking.

With a street price of about $300.00 this guitar is definitely a "great deal" and one that I would not hesitate in recommending for the beginner, advanced beginner, up through intermediate player.

Bottom line: If I had a beginner guitar and was looking to move up, I would purchase the Takamine G340SC in a heartbeat. Great looking, nice sound, very durable and plays well.