The Takamine Story
For more than half a century, Takamine has proudly dedicated itself to the art of fine guitar craftsmanship.
Its longstanding devotion to innovation and continual improvement has placed it among the world’s premier acoustic guitar makers, with truly fine instruments that are the first choice of performing guitarists worldwide.
With humble beginnings in 1959 as a small family-run guitar shop nestled at the foot of Mount Takamine in the central Japanese town of Sakashita, the fledgling company took the mountain’s name in 1962 and began in earnest the journey that led to the phenomenal success that is the modern Takamine company.
The timeline outlines that remarkable evolution.
Takamine Through The Years
The small family-run instrument workshop that would later become the Takamine company is founded in the town of Sakashita, at the foot of Mount Takamine in central Japan.
As guitar playing gains popularity in Japan, the small company is re-named as Takamine Gakki Ltd., after the mountain itself.
The company grows to 60 employees and becomes a leading builder of classical guitars and mandolins. Luthier Mass Hirade arrives at Takamine and introduces many effective design and manufacturing improvements. The company later adds Hirade’s name to many of its classical guitar models in honor of his contributions.
Hirade becomes Takamine’s president and launches efforts to bring the instruments to a much wider audience. Takamine guitars soon become available worldwide.
Development of the under-saddle Palathetic™ pickup revolutionizes amplified acoustic guitar design.
Takamine introduces its first acoustic-electric model, the PT-007S.
The first “Natural” series guitar is introduced.
Takamine marks its 25th anniversary with the introduction of its first Limited Edition guitar model, the EF25.
Introduction of the Takamine parametric EQ (TP preamp; later redesigned as the AAP preamp).
Innovative external battery box and replaceable preamp package systems are developed.
The Steve Wariner signature model is introduced.
Takamine pioneers the use of laser inlay work, resulting in remarkably intricate yet precise inlay designs.
The Garth Brooks signature model is introduced.
Fully automated precision neck machining developed. John Jorgensen signature models introduced.
Debut of the first onboard acoustic guitar tube preamp, the CTP-1 Cool Tube®, and the Tri-ax “add-on” acoustic guitar pickup.
Takamine opens a new headquarters and main factory in its longtime hometown, Sakashita, Japan. In the United States, Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry commissions Takamine to design its 80th anniversary commemorative guitar.
Takamine introduces its 45th Anniversary guitar.
The Kenny Chesney signature model is introduced.
The Glen Frey signature model is introduced.
Takamine celebrates its 50th anniversary.
Toby Keith Signature model introduced.
The Takamine TN18C electro acoustic guitar is part of the high-end natural guitars of the TN series. It combines a solid spruce and rosewood body with a mahogany neck and ebony fingerboard. Species highlighted by the 12AU7 lamp of the preamp 3-band CTP-3 CoolTube. Type: Dreadnought Cutaway Electro Table: solid spruce natural finish Back & sides: Rosewood with massive back Handle: mahogany Button: Ebony Head nut: 42.5 mm Saddle of bridge: natural bone in 2 parts Electronics: CTP-3 Tube Cooltube (12AU7), 3-band equalizer, built-in tuner, connection for a second microphone, notch filter to remove interferences. Supplied in a case
The 6-string Takamine Dreadnought Natural Electroacoustic Guitar with Cutaway is versatile due to its playing comfort and power, as well as its deep bass and crystal clear highs. 6-string electro acoustic guitar Dreadnought cutaway Solid Cedar table Solid Sapele back Laminated Sapele splints Mahogany neck Rosewood fingerboard 20 frets Handle width at the first fret 42.5 mm Saddle of natural bone easel (2 parts) Pre-amp Takamine CT4B II Preamp System with 3-Band Equalizer, Volume and Tuner Mechanical Takamine oil bath Satin finish Delivered in its case
The 12-string Takamine Dreadnough Natural Electroacoustic Guitar with Cutaway is versatile thanks to its playing comfort and power, but also its deep bass and crystal clear highs. 12 string acoustic electric guitar Dreadnought cutaway Solid Cedar table Solid Sapele back Laminated Sapele splints Mahogany neck Rosewood fingerboard 20 frets Diaphragm 25-1 / 2 "(648 mm) Handle width at the 1st fret 45 mm Pre-amp Takamine CT4B II Preamp System with 3-Band Equalizer, Volume and Tuner Mechanical Takamine oil bath Satin finish Delivered in its case
The revolutionary Thermal Top technology that makes it possible to accelerate the woodwork of the table is adopted by Takamine for this series in order to make the guitar more stable in the face of variations in climate and humidity but also to be able to make the most of this guitar from the first grip. For this, the wood of the table is dried up to 0% moisture and rehydrated to about 6% moisture which causes the tightening of wood fibers.Solid spruce top with Thermal Top treatment Solid ovangkol back & sides Body finish: Natural gloss varnish Mahogany neck Ebony fingerboard 47.5 mm head nut Saddle of natural bone easel TLD-2 electronics
With its compact and powerful NEX-type body, ruggedness and modified electronics, the Takamine GN71CE has superior sound quality all with exceptional appearance. Solid spruce top Rosewood back Eclisse in rosewood Mahogany neck Rosewood fingerboard Nut width 1.6875 "(42.8 mm) Takamine TK-40D electronic preamp with built-in tuner Sunburst Brown Finish
Auditorium-style acoustic guitar, built with a solid spruce top, mahogany splint and back, rosewood fingerboard. With a very personal sound, rich in serious and defined treble, with the G30 series you will find the happiness of the musician in an economic instrument but of high quality. Black finish Solid spruce top Eclisse and back in mahogany Mahogany neck Keys in Palisandro 21 Frets Capo: 42.8 mm Finish: Black
Acoustic guitar in Auditorium format, built with Solid Spruce top, rings and mahogany background and rosewood fretboard. With a very personal sound, rich in defined bass and treble, with the G30 series you will find the happiness of the musician in an economic instrument but of high quality. Natural finish Solid spruce top Eclisse and back in mahogany Mahogany neck Keys in Palisandro 21 Frets Capo: 42.8 mm Finish: Natural gloss
The Washburn Comfort Series combines aesthetics and ergonomics to deliver the best guitars for the players. She offers a very comfortable game with her table sculted up perfectly marrying your body, whether sitting or standing. The WCG25SCE is a Grand Auditorium style 6-string acoustic guitar with a Venetian cut for good access to the top frets. The WCG25SCE is a fantastic acoustic guitar, but the addition of premium Fishman electronics makes it an exceptional stage guitar. The Fishman® Presys + is an integrated tuner / preamp system for versatile tonal shaping.Grand Auditorium Cutaway Solid Sitka Spruce Top Rosewood back and sides Sitka spruce bracing Custom wood inlay rosette Satin Mahogany neck Rosewood Keys 21 frets High density ABS nut Width of the handle 43mm Fishman Presys + preamp with tuner