Best Takamine Acoustic Guitars With Koa Back in 2024

Here are the top Takamine acoustic guitars with Koa back. It's a type of wood native to the Hawaiian Islands, where it's pretty common. Its musical properties make it a great wood for making guitars, but it's especially popular for building Ukuleles.

After comparing the 2000+ guitars in our database, these are the best scoring ones with these characteristics. You can use our filters to the left to narrow down these results, or click on "Compare" to get a deep comparison between them. Our automated scoring system takes into account the ratings from ours users who own the guitar, and dozens of parameters to determine the build quality, playability, pickups quality, value for money, and more.

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1. Takamine TF77-PT

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Playability 77
Sound 86
Build quality 87
Value for money 73
Overall Score 83

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  • Neck profile shape: Asymmetrical (3 votes)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (2 votes)
  • Pickups noise: Noiseless (1 vote)
  • Pickups power: Slightly Hot (1 vote)
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  • 2 Prices - New from $2,499 >
  • From Takamine's 2012 Legacy series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.4"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Cedar top
  • Solid Koa back
  • Solid Koa sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: CTP-3 CoolTube (Preamp/Active)
  • Fixed bridge
  • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Takamine tuners
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  • 2 Prices - New from $2,499 >
  • From Takamine's 2012 Legacy series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.4"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Cedar top
  • Solid Koa back
  • Solid Koa sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: CTP-3 CoolTube (Preamp/Active)
  • Fixed bridge
  • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Takamine tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Takamine TF77-PT
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Electronics
  • Bone Saddle
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Solid Side Wood
  • Solid Back Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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2. Takamine CP3 NYK

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Playability 77
Sound 85
Build quality 82
Value for money 81
Overall Score 81

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  • Neck profile shape: Asymmetrical (3 votes)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (2 votes)
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  • From Takamine's 2018 Pro Series 3 series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.8"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Cedar top
  • Solid Koa back
  • Koa sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: CT4B II (Preamp/Active)
  • Fixed bridge
  • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Takamine tuners
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  • From Takamine's 2018 Pro Series 3 series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.8"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Cedar top
  • Solid Koa back
  • Koa sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: CT4B II (Preamp/Active)
  • Fixed bridge
  • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Takamine tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Takamine CP3 NYK
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Electronics
  • Bone Saddle
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Solid Back Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Laminated Side Wood
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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    3. Takamine TSP178ACK

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    Playability 80
    Sound 81
    Build quality 80
    Value for money 70
    Overall Score 80

    What our users think

    • Neck profile shape: Asymmetrical (3 votes)
    • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (2 votes)
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    • From Takamine's 2019 Thinline series
    • Made in Japan
    • 6 strings
    • 24.8"'' scale
    • 12" Fretboard Radius
    • Arched Koa top
    • Arched Koa back
    • Koa sides
    • Mahogany neck
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: CT-3N (Preamp/Active)
    • Fixed bridge
    • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Takamine tuners
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    • 4 Prices - New from $2,649 >
    • From Takamine's 2019 Thinline series
    • Made in Japan
    • 6 strings
    • 24.8"'' scale
    • 12" Fretboard Radius
    • Arched Koa top
    • Arched Koa back
    • Koa sides
    • Mahogany neck
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: CT-3N (Preamp/Active)
    • Fixed bridge
    • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Takamine tuners
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    Strengths & Weaknesses
    Takamine TSP178ACK
    • Made in Japan
    • Expensive Wood
    • Bone Nut
    • Top Brand Pickups
    • Electronics
    • Bone Saddle
    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
    • No Locking Tuners
    • Laminated Top Wood
    • Laminated Side Wood
    • Laminated Back Wood
    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
    • No Strap Lock

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    4. Takamine EF508KC

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    Playability 77
    Sound 81
    Build quality 79
    Value for money 74
    Overall Score 79

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    • Neck profile shape: Asymmetrical (3 votes)
    • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (2 votes)
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    • From Takamine's 2020 Legacy series
    • Made in Japan
    • 6 strings
    • 25.4"'' scale
    • 12" Fretboard Radius
    • Koa top
    • Koa back
    • Koa sides
    • Mahogany neck
    • Rosewood fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: CT4B II (Preamp/Active)
    • Fixed bridge
    • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Takamine tuners
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    • From Takamine's 2020 Legacy series
    • Made in Japan
    • 6 strings
    • 25.4"'' scale
    • 12" Fretboard Radius
    • Koa top
    • Koa back
    • Koa sides
    • Mahogany neck
    • Rosewood fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: CT4B II (Preamp/Active)
    • Fixed bridge
    • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Takamine tuners
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    Strengths & Weaknesses
    Takamine EF508KC
    • Made in Japan
    • Expensive Wood
    • Bone Nut
    • Top Brand Pickups
    • Electronics
    • Bone Saddle
    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
    • No Locking Tuners
    • Laminated Top Wood
    • Laminated Side Wood
    • Laminated Back Wood
    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
    • No Strap Lock

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      5. Takamine GN77KCE

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      Playability 77
      Sound 81
      Build quality 69
      Value for money 81
      Overall Score 76

      What our users think

      • Neck profile shape: Asymmetrical (3 votes)
      • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (2 votes)
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      • 5 Prices - New from $799.99 >
      • From Takamine's 2020 G series
      • Made in China
      • 6 strings
      • 25.4"'' scale
      • 12" Fretboard Radius
      • Koa top
      • Koa back
      • Koa sides
      • Mahogany neck
      • Laurel fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: TP-4TD (Preamp/Active)
      • Fixed bridge
      • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Takamine tuners
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      • 5 Prices - New from $799.99 >
      • From Takamine's 2020 G series
      • Made in China
      • 6 strings
      • 25.4"'' scale
      • 12" Fretboard Radius
      • Koa top
      • Koa back
      • Koa sides
      • Mahogany neck
      • Laurel fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: TP-4TD (Preamp/Active)
      • Fixed bridge
      • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Takamine tuners
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      Strengths & Weaknesses
      Takamine GN77KCE
      • Expensive Wood
      • Synthetic Bone Nut
      • Top Brand Pickups
      • Electronics
      • Synthetic Bone Saddle
      • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
      • No Locking Tuners
      • Made in China
      • Laminated Top Wood
      • Laminated Side Wood
      • Laminated Back Wood
      • No Compound Radius Fretboard
      • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
      • No Strap Lock

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