Takamine EF261SAN

Takamine EF261SAN

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EF261SAN, Acoustic-electric Folk/Western guitar from Takamine in the Noveau & Santa Fe series.

6 user reviews
Find it in the classifieds starting at $950 Avg used price: $721Warning, this average price is older than 6 months

Takamine EF261SAN tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Takamine
  • Model: EF261SAN
  • Series: Noveau & Santa Fe
  • Category: Acoustic-electric Folk/Western guitars
  • Added in our database on: 09/02/2005

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Takamine EF261SAN user reviews

Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 6 reviews )
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cricro18's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Okay, great!"

Takamine EF261SAN
Electro-acoustic guitar TAKAMINE EF261SAN
I love this guitar because it is compact with a balanced tone and passe-partout,
(Solid Cedar, Mahogany table box)
namely that this guitar is one of the best selling brand
Beautiful craft items found
It is handmade in Japan by the department "Pro Series" which used to produce high quality instruments.

All parts are carefully selected woods are lovely,
(Normal is mahogany hum!) Over the table is solid cedar! still hum!
and varnish (Gloss Wine Red) provides a high-quality printing for audio enjoyment
and visual

REMEMBER that the sound quality of a guitar is mainly determined by the choice of wood used in its manufacture.
Here's why "hum! "(Information on wood)

The solid cedar
is often used for making the soundboard acoustic guitar -
It delivers a warm and open sound with great harmonics.
Solid wood delivers a better sound than the wood veneer, as vibrate more freely.

The Mahogany
Is often used for: Back / Sides
The advantage is that it is lighter than rosewood, maple or koa, with a sound often higher.
Mahogany has a good dynamic. The sound is warm and round with mediums that look good and clear highs without being aggressive.
It is a dense wood produces a full sound, very warm, with a note duration (sustain) important.
His bass is generous but still clear and compact
its dense and velvety mids and airy highs ..

FXC shape, it is part of the "New & Sante Fe" series
include a rosewood fingerboard and bridge
CT4B a preamp for the most recent (I have the preamp Graph Ex without tuner model)
because my takamine dates from 1999
FYI the original case is GC1118T
Antique Color Gloss


The sound is fine and clear with clear mids and treble slap (without the aggressive side)
it behaves perfectly well when you have to play with a rhythm section,
and it is also ideal for the studio.
The handle is very comfortable and the handling is immediate and no problem
access to acute! solo "hey joe" goes smoothly


Although its small size makes the body very nice playing fingers
it is often used on stage by professional guitarists of pop, jazz, blues ...
who wants to have a light guitar, small footprint that does not produce feedback,
even at high volume.
I use either live sound and also a marshall acoustic amp AS50 and tremendously pure acoustic.
I play a lot of variety of blues and rock without moderation!


As you have understood this guitar is really well equipped at the violin
and sound, a pure delight,
Whether for the variety of jazz, blues, she arrives to meet in many areas
High end guitar which can never be separated especially with his size goes everywhere.
Mine dat 1999 she is 15 years old and continued to improve with time,
I tried several time between guitar in the same price range (+ -) € 1,000
but I always came back to this one, so I'm not ready to change!

mike2000's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Takamine EF261SAN
EF 261 SAN: Very good pre-amp + tuner


Very well balanced, round "easy" to play and end


Perfect for blues and rock


I bought the EF 261 SAN in January 2005 and I like the overall sound. And I do not see any other model or brand as successful at this price. list price 980 euro but can be between 850 and 900 euros.

Gabaye's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Takamine EF261SAN
For CHARACTERISTICS really technical, I invite you to visit Takamine:
> Guitars>> Nouveau & Santa Fe


The violin is very well finished, with an impression of strength (you know ... when we grabbed him by the neck saying "wait! Much is the plan I have found for the song ...! ")
Anyway ...
This is a mini jumbo guitar that weight I would say ... IDAL rpart and well, and it remains on hold the thigh in sitting position, and it remains standing up naturally (with the support strap located on the heel of the neck)
The handle is enjoyable trs (fairly lightweight bomb late in the first case) and allows agreements inverss without wincing. Access in acute as well as the AIS is the rglages prampli.
The sustain is really good on the whole rpart.
Note: Over time, the bars from the 7th box are tough endurance ... but it's just not normal for an electro!


The acoustic sound is soft and cozy trs. The volume and the bass is honorable (mini-jumbo) with a nice roundness in the lower mdiums, and acute mdiums attnus naturally by the wood species used.
According to the set of strings used and the drawing, it will get more shouting, but I think this is not the vocation of this guitar.
To give you a sense, the harmonics are pure ear ... and open chords are Arians ... as if its silent lgrement compress.
Once connected, the CT4B frquences gives us all that are in acoustic attnues through the tri-band EQ (the frquences are well chosen and do not sound dnaturent m qualisation me strong) so the sound is rich!
For my part, I branch of a 150 Watt Bass Amplifier CRATE (... try one of these days this combination bass amp / guitar electro) with a volume of the well rpique, which brings heat, a nice volume and the boot lacks a little instrument ... one could almost feel the smell of polish through the speaker so the guitar is rich and Submitted!


An important point that my favorite choices in addition to the noise is at the TUNER Intgr prampli (fed bits of jack of the tuner on the knees, etc. ..) that prampli the mute when the more active and to grant or to adjust the guitar in the pnombre thanks to LEDs.
(Ie for the scne IDAL)
In arpge is simply superb, and blue style funk, jazz, as in other styles, magnifies its softness plans and will please the audience (also for the ings taken from his!)
the tiny least: The volume is an acoustic mini jumbo, but compared to the comfort of play ..
Otherwise here's what!
In three years I do not often let him sleep on guitar, and each session makes me happy ... as a guitarist!
qualitprix report: Achte, scratch ... Achte friend :-)
ps: And the sound bonnifiera for those who do not resell! :-)

Bozo56's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Takamine EF261SAN
Series made in Japan (not Korea as much of Takamine guitars).


Channel pleasant, easy game, with excellent access to the treble cutaway. This is a guitar relatively small which increases the comfort of play


The sound is more crystalline (but never aggressive) and the notes stand out really well. That is why it is well suited for fingerpicking and flatpicking (to pick). Personally I find the sound a little late (acoustic unamplified) for solos.
The amplified sound is very good, both on an acoustic guitar amp for a guitar amp.
It is well suited for recording using an external microphone. Live the internal microphone does a good job.
For several years I use Elixir strings XL for this guitar and the sound is very flattering.


I've had 5-6 years. I had tried in a store because its great look attracted me, then its playability and sound convinced me 100%.
In the price range is an excellent guitar, I have never regretted the purchase!
For fun:
Below is a link where you can see it played by a member of the Eagles.

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