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Advice: Takamine vs. Washburn

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by GoodwillAmmo, Nov 5, 2004.

  1. I'm looking into buying an ABG. I have narrowed it down to
    Takamine EG512C
    Washburn AB-10
    Does anyone own either or have any advice on the two.
  2. NV43345


    Apr 1, 2003
    I have never played a Takamine so I do not have a base line
    comparison. I have owned a Washburn AB-20 since 1988.
    The current Model is the AB-10, It has a better EQ. The only
    problem I ever had with it was the tuner on the "A" string.
    The threaded shaft inside started coming out the bottom,
    so I called washburn and they were very nice and sent me
    a set of 4 brand new tuners at no charge, and this was in
    the summer of 2001.Nice folks. As far as sound quality it
    is awsome. I only use the D'addario phospher bronze strings
    on it, and play mostly with a pic. I play with a drummer and
    acoustic guitar player and have no problem with volume.
    I play unplugged, the only time I plug in is when I put the
    tuner on it check intonation,wich stays perfect.I do recomend
    getting the hard shell case,cause it so light,it could get damaged easily.The tone is awsome, I have 4 ABG's and it
    is my favorite.Sometimes we have a second Acoustic Guitar
    sit in and I can still be heard.If I can be of any further help
    let me know.
  3. Ralphdaddy

    Ralphdaddy Supporting Member

    Nov 6, 2003
    Chicago, Illinois
    I own a Takamine EG512C, since that's what you were referring to :p , and I like it a lot. As far as acoustic basses go it's pretty solid. I compared it to an Ovation, a Tacoma and something else at two GC's and I liked it better than the Tacoma due to the electronics package and I also believed the sound was ALMOST as good as the $1000.00 Tacoma and the Tak was only 500 or so. It's a good value, good bass and has a solid sound. The electronics are pretty good, the large body can be difficult at times to play, but I'm used to 5 string so maybe it's just me. I like it, you might also.
  4. it's a jasmine by takamine. flamed maple all around, agtive electronics... check this link for more info.


    i can take pics if you wish.
  5. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    More often than not, the Tak and the Washburns come from the same place. They import alot of the basses from Samick. I have a Washburn AB-32. It is a prototype. Awesome sound, tone, and feel. The long scale is tricky to get used to on a 4 string, but it has a great look and it is fun to have. I have had Ovation ACB's and have played the Tak's. Both are equally as good. PLay them and choose for yourself!!

    PS - I have my ACB for sale!!!