The left handed Takamine EF381SC-LH Legacy Series 12-String Acoustic Electric features a Dreadnought Cutaway body with a solid Spruce top and Maple back and sides, with a black gloss finish that is perfect for the stage. The tonewood combination of Spruce and Maple gives this 12-string plenty of volume and range, with a composed and articulated tone. Unlike many 12-string guitars that struggle to control all of the overtones, the Takamine EF381SC-LH delivers a well-defined and articulate sound that is sure to cut through the mix on stage.
The place where the Takamine EF381SC-LH’s build quality becomes most apparent is in the area of playability. The neck is made from a comfortable piece of Mahogany with a Rosewood Fretboard, designed to provide easy access to all 12 strings. The neck profile and deep cutaway provides easy access to the entire neck, allowing you to strum chords and play leads with equal comfort.
In a 12-string guitar, hardware is one of the more important aspects of its quality. With twice the number of strings, there is considerably more tension applied to the neck, making the quality of the hardware components essential. Because of this, Takamine uses a robust rosewood bridge, quality pins and a wonderful bone saddle, while at the other end, 12 high quality die cast tuning machines offer rock solid tuning stability and refined intonation.
The key to the EF381SC’s sonic versatility is the combination of its tonewood pairing of Solid Spruce and Maple, with its Takamine CT4B II preamp system with its unique Palathetic™ under-saddle pickup. Featuring a 3-band EQ (bass, mid and treble), a volume slider, and a handy built-in chromatic tuner, the CR4B II preamp system is designed to retain and amplify the guitar’s natural acoustic tone. With its Dreadnought cutaway shape, the EF381SC-LH has plenty of natural projection with ample low end, while the solid Spruce top adds richness and warmth to the mix.
In terms of build quality, tone and stage-ready electronics, the left handed Takamine EF381SC-LH Legacy Series 12-string from Takamine is solidly among the elite. Takamine’s attention to detail and high quality components give this lefty 12-string acoustic electric the sonic versatility, feel and tone that you need whether you are on the road or in the recording studio. If you’re looking for a left handed 12-string that has the warmth and sweetness to handle soft mellow passages and the power and attitude to handle rock with equal ease, you need to take a closer look at the Takamine EF381SC-LH!