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    A limited run steel-string from Takamine with solid woods, intricate inlays and Cool Tube preamp.

    “MICHI” A path or a course to follow over a distance. That is the theme that guided the conception of this special limited edition instrument . The growing vine motif is symbolic of the long and vital life of the Takamine Guitar company and is significant for our 50th Anniversary and will never be duplicated again.

    This Takamine 2012 Limited Edition Steel String Acoustic-Electric Guitar posseses all of the power and projection you would expect from a big, substantial dreadnought guitar with a top grade spruce top and solid rosewood back. Combine these attributes with our CTP-2 CoolTube preamp and you have a performance guitar that rules the stage with sonic power and visual presence.

    100 pieces produced for the USA.

    The Cool Tube®
    After over two years of research and design time, Takamine has once again demonstrated their leadership in acoustic-electric guitar amplification technology.

    The Cool Tube® preamp introduced at the January 2004 NAMM show in Anaheim, California is the most significant development in “on-board” acoustic signal processing since Takamine presented the Acoustic DSP, the industry’s first on-board “digital” acoustic guitar preamplifier in 1998. The Takamine Cool Tube® preamp is an on-board acoustic- electric preamp that utilizes a 12AU7 dual triode vacuum tube. The “Cool Tube” packs a huge amount of features and amazing tone into a compact package that fits neatly into Takamine’s “SoundChoice” docking port. The “Cool Tube” preamp joins a range of five distinctly different preamps that are all interchangeable, giving the Takamine player several great options to fit their personal style and taste.

    The Cool Tube® preamp gets its name from Takamine’s unique and new technology that runs the Tube at very low voltages, therefore the tube does not glow or produce high levels of heat. The tube actually runs at only two or three degrees above ambient, so there is no concern over the delicate tone woods being affected by radiant heat. With the Takamine Cool Tube® preamp, the playing will be hot, the tone will be warm, and the tube always remains cool.

    Cool Tube® Features:
    Takamine players will find a most useful array of features to enhance their recording or live performance applications:

    A chromatic tuner available at your fingertips keeps the guitar in tune. The tuner is capable of being calibrated from A438, to A445. An LED display reveals the note being played and directs the player with illuminated arrows that show sharp and flat.

    The EQ section utilizes a shelving, graphic EQ, which can cut or boost bass and treble frequencies. The mid range is shaped using a semi-parametric EQ section comprised of a rotary knob used to choose the mid point of the midrange frequency. The midrange frequency can be cut or boosted with the mid slider. The range of frequency covered by the rotary knob is 200hz to 8.5Khz.

    The tonality of the preamp is further enhanced by the use of the rotary knob labeled Cool Tube® With this control, the player chooses the depth of effect the tube places on the signal generated by the proven Takamine Palathetic™ pickup. With this knob the player can choose from a high degree of “CUT” for aggressive strumming; expanded “sweetness” and harmonic density with fatter lows and rounder highs; or levels of rewarding richness for finger style players.

    An auxiliary input jack and volume knob, which can control an additional add-on pickup of your choice. This facility can accept a magnetic sound hole pickup, or a soundboard transducer. The AUX control knob is used to blend the add-on signal with the Takamine pickup. A small switch in the back of the preamp can be used to match the varying outputs of different pickups with the preamp. The output volume slider can then control the blended signal. The Cool Tube® is powered by 4 AA batteries, which will deliver approximately 24 hours of playing time.

    Features

    • Top grade spruce top
    • Solid rosewood back
    • Dreadnought cutaway body
    • Gloss black finish
    • Growing Vine motif mirroring the T50th

    Celebrate Takamine's rich history of guitar building with this special steel-string. Order yours today.

     
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    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Incredible Guitar and incredible value

    By Livinthedream

    from rockandroll,usa

    Comments about Takamine 2012 Limited Edition Steel String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Out of box Taylor's are the best playing guitars I have ever played. This is as good as any Taylor that I have played. The 2012 Takamine Ltd had the best intonation and a piano like quality to each note across the tonal spectrum. Think of blending a Martin D41 and a Taylor 914CE and you have the 2012 50th Anniversary. This is sure to be one of the most sought after Takamine Ltd's.
    Cool Tube Pickup System can dial in some terrific tone without the quack of most analog systems. Not quite on level of Taylor's Expression or Martin's F1 Aura but pretty darn good and easier to use than both of the other. Beautiful fretboard and pickguard inlay along with kimono edge and soundhole trim. Nice case and some nice 50th anniversary paraphernalia in case candy.
    Fit and finish is flawless. Could not find one defect. On par with my Taylor 914CE with fit and finish. Impeccable Japanese quality.
    I own some nice Taylor and Martin guitars but this is a much better value than both those guitars at this price point.

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    5.0

    Not doubt one of the best guitars I have ever played

    By Gary Xu

    from Vancouver

    Comments about Takamine 2012 Limited Edition Steel String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is quite limited, so I suggest to buy it right away. You pretty much can't go wrong with Takamine guitars, quality&sound are all amazing.
    Did I mention how sexy this guitar looks?!! The Gibson Monarch or Martin D-100 cannot beat this guitar in a Miss (Mr if u want) Guitar contest haha. It's an eye candy.

    So yeah, I have no regrets paying 25 hundred for this wonderful guitar.
    Cool tube sounded phenomenal (compared to other pickups). It is a great feature to have for a performing artist.
    Wow, Japanese people DEFINITElY know how to create quality guitars. The inlay in the fretboard is real gold, and the trimmings are linned with real gold too. the guitar is very sturdy, the string fantastically wired. Top notch!
    Pretty expensive, but I would pay just for the look.

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