Best Thinline Guitars With Gold Hardware in 2024

Here are the top Thinline style guitars with Gold hardware.

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 TSP158C-12

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Playability 80
Sound 84
Build quality 84
Value for money 73
Overall Score 83

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  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (2 votes)
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  • From Takamine's 2020 Thinline series
  • Made in Japan
  • 12 strings
  • 24.8"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Spruce top
  • Arched Maple back
  • Maple sides
  • Maple 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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  • From Takamine's 2020 Thinline series
  • Made in Japan
  • 12 strings
  • 24.8"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Spruce top
  • Arched Maple back
  • Maple sides
  • Maple 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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Takamine TSP158C-12
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Electronics
  • Bone Saddle
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Laminated Side Wood
  • Laminated Back Wood
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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2. Yamaha APX1200II

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Playability 73
Sound 86
Build quality 72
Value for money 77
Overall Score 77

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  • Neck profile shape: C (14 votes)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (15 votes)
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  • From Yamaha's 2015 APX series
  • Made in China
  • 6 strings
  • 25.6"'' scale
  • 15.75" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Spruce top
  • Solid Rosewood back
  • Solid Rosewood sides
  • African Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: SYSTEM63 (SRT System) + SRT Piezo Pickup (Preamp/Active)
  • Ebony bridge
  • Acoustic C Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Die-Cast Gold w/Black Buttons (TM29GB) tuners
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  • From Yamaha's 2015 APX series
  • Made in China
  • 6 strings
  • 25.6"'' scale
  • 15.75" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Spruce top
  • Solid Rosewood back
  • Solid Rosewood sides
  • African Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: SYSTEM63 (SRT System) + SRT Piezo Pickup (Preamp/Active)
  • Ebony bridge
  • Acoustic C Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Die-Cast Gold w/Black Buttons (TM29GB) tuners
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Yamaha APX1200II
  • Expensive Wood
  • Electronics
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Solid Side Wood
  • Solid Back Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in China
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • Low-Quality Material Saddle
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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    3. Cort AC160CFTL

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    Playability 70
    Sound 79
    Build quality 70
    Value for money 83
    Overall Score 73
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    • From Cort's 2020 Classic series
    • Made in Indonesia
    • 6 strings
    • 25.6"'' scale
    • 15.748" Fretboard Radius
    • Spruce top
    • Macassar Ebony back
    • Macassar Ebony sides
    • Mahogany neck
    • Merbau fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Fishman Presys II (Preamp/Active)
    • Merbau bridge
    • Acoustic Cort Set neck
    • 19 Medium frets
    • Classical Machine heads tuners
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    • From Cort's 2020 Classic series
    • Made in Indonesia
    • 6 strings
    • 25.6"'' scale
    • 15.748" Fretboard Radius
    • Spruce top
    • Macassar Ebony back
    • Macassar Ebony sides
    • Mahogany neck
    • Merbau fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Fishman Presys II (Preamp/Active)
    • Merbau bridge
    • Acoustic Cort Set neck
    • 19 Medium frets
    • Classical Machine heads tuners
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    Cort AC160CFTL
    • Expensive Wood
    • Bone Nut
    • Top Brand Pickups
    • Electronics
    • Bone Saddle
    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
    • No Locking Tuners
    • Made in Indonesia
    • 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. Epiphone PR-5E

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      Playability 77
      Sound 79
      Build quality 64
      Value for money 83
      Overall Score 73

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      • Neck profile shape: C (1 vote)
      • Pickups noise: Noiseless (2 votes)
      • Pickups power: Clean (2 votes)
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      • From Epiphone's 2012 Modern Acoustic series
      • Made in China
      • 6 strings
      • 25.5"'' scale
      • 12" Fretboard Radius
      • Select Spruce top
      • Select Mahogany back
      • Select Mahogany sides
      • Mahogany neck
      • Rosewood fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: Fishman Sonicore (Preamp/Active)
      • Pau Ferro bridge
      • Acoustic C Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Epiphone Premium Die cast tuners
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      • 1 Prices - New from $399 >
      • From Epiphone's 2012 Modern Acoustic series
      • Made in China
      • 6 strings
      • 25.5"'' scale
      • 12" Fretboard Radius
      • Select Spruce top
      • Select Mahogany back
      • Select Mahogany sides
      • Mahogany neck
      • Rosewood fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: Fishman Sonicore (Preamp/Active)
      • Pau Ferro bridge
      • Acoustic C Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Epiphone Premium Die cast tuners
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      Strengths & Weaknesses
      Epiphone PR-5E
      • Expensive Wood
      • Top Brand Pickups
      • Electronics
      • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
      • No Locking Tuners
      • Made in China
      • No High-Quality Nut
      • Low-Quality Material Saddle
      • 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. Ibanez GA5TCE

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      Playability 70
      Sound 81
      Build quality 60
      Value for money 80
      Overall Score 70
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      • From Ibanez's 2019 CLASSICAL series
      • Made in China
      • 6 strings
      • 25.6"'' scale
      • Flat Fretboard Radius
      • Spruce top
      • Sapele back
      • Sapele sides
      • Okoume neck
      • Purpleheart fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: Ibanez Undersaddle pickup (Preamp/Active)
      • Purpleheart bridge
      • Acoustic GA5TCE Set neck
      • 21 Medium frets
      • Ibanez tuners
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      • 2 Prices - New from $279.99 >
      • From Ibanez's 2019 CLASSICAL series
      • Made in China
      • 6 strings
      • 25.6"'' scale
      • Flat Fretboard Radius
      • Spruce top
      • Sapele back
      • Sapele sides
      • Okoume neck
      • Purpleheart fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: Ibanez Undersaddle pickup (Preamp/Active)
      • Purpleheart bridge
      • Acoustic GA5TCE Set neck
      • 21 Medium frets
      • Ibanez tuners
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      Ibanez GA5TCE
      • Electronics
      • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
      • No Locking Tuners
      • Made in China
      • No Expensive Woods
      • No High-Quality Nut
      • No Top Brand Pickups
      • Low-Quality Material Saddle
      • 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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      6. Takamine TSP158C

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      Playability 80
      Sound 84
      Build quality 84
      Value for money 73
      Overall Score 83

      What our users think

      • Neck profile shape: Asymmetrical (3 votes)
      • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (2 votes)
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      • 2 Prices - New from $2,399 >
      • From Takamine's 2020 Thinline series
      • Made in Japan
      • 6 strings
      • 24.8"'' scale
      • 12" Fretboard Radius
      • Solid Spruce top
      • Arched Maple back
      • Maple sides
      • Maple 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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      • 2 Prices - New from $2,399 >
      • From Takamine's 2020 Thinline series
      • Made in Japan
      • 6 strings
      • 24.8"'' scale
      • 12" Fretboard Radius
      • Solid Spruce top
      • Arched Maple back
      • Maple sides
      • Maple 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 TSP158C
      • Made in Japan
      • Expensive Wood
      • Bone Nut
      • Top Brand Pickups
      • Electronics
      • Bone Saddle
      • Solid Top Wood
      • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
      • No Locking Tuners
      • Laminated Side Wood
      • Laminated Back Wood
      • No Compound Radius Fretboard
      • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
      • No Strap Lock

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      7. Takamine TSP178AC

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      Playability 80
      Sound 81
      Build quality 82
      Value for money 71
      Overall Score 81

      What our users think

      • Neck profile shape: Asymmetrical (3 votes)
      • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (2 votes)
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      • 3 Prices - New from $2,649 >
      • From Takamine's 2019 Thinline series
      • Made in Japan
      • 6 strings
      • 24.8"'' scale
      • 12" Fretboard Radius
      • Figured Maple top
      • Arched Maple top
      • Arched Maple back
      • Flame Maple 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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      • 3 Prices - New from $2,649 >
      • From Takamine's 2019 Thinline series
      • Made in Japan
      • 6 strings
      • 24.8"'' scale
      • 12" Fretboard Radius
      • Figured Maple top
      • Arched Maple top
      • Arched Maple back
      • Flame Maple 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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      Takamine TSP178AC
      • 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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      8. Takamine TSP100

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      Playability 80
      Sound 81
      Build quality 83
      Value for money 66
      Overall Score 81

      What our users think

      • Neck profile shape: Asymmetrical (3 votes)
      • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (2 votes)
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      • From Takamine's 2021 Thinline series
      • Made in Japan
      • 6 strings
      • 24.8"'' scale
      • 12" Fretboard Radius
      • Quilted Maple top
      • Arched Maple top
      • Arched Maple back
      • Quilted Maple sides
      • Maple 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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      • 1 Prices - New from $4,149 >
      • From Takamine's 2021 Thinline series
      • Made in Japan
      • 6 strings
      • 24.8"'' scale
      • 12" Fretboard Radius
      • Quilted Maple top
      • Arched Maple top
      • Arched Maple back
      • Quilted Maple sides
      • Maple 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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      Takamine TSP100
      • 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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      9. 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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      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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