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Takamine TAN15C Supernatural Series Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Cool Tube Preamp

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Built from the ground up to be brilliantly different.

The cutaway Takamine TAN15C Supernatural Series Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Cool Tube Preamp puts a twist on the usual dreadnought sound with a beautiful solid cedar top, precision-scalloped bracing, and a solid rosewood back for a distinct tonal difference. The rosewood fingerboard is inlay-free for a very clean look. The simple appearance is tastefully enhanced by a skillfully inlaid abalone rosette and gold tuners with amber pearl buttons.

The Cool Tube Preamp (CTP-1) provides a cornucopia of tonal tools for rich piezo sounds. A revolutionary development straight from Takamine, The CTP-1 is an onboard acoustic-electric preamp that uses a 12AU7 dual triode vacuum tube for a touch of tube sparkle and magic. The Cool Tube gets its name from unique technology that runs the tube at very low voltages; therefore the tube does not glow or produce high levels of heat (2-3 degrees above ambient).

Takamine players will find a useful array of features in the CTP-1 to enhance their recording or live performance applications, including a chromatic tuner, shelving, graphic EQ, semiparametric midrange EQ, and a rotary Cool Tube control that selects the effect the tube places on the signal coming from the proven Palathetic pickup. There is also an auxiliary input jack and volume knob for control of an additional pickup. The AUX control knob is used to blend the add-on signal with the Takamine pickup, and a small switch in the back of the preamp can be used to match the varying outputs of different pickups with the preamp. The CTP-1 is powered by 4 AA batteries, which will deliver approximately 24 hours of playing time.

The CTP-1 fits neatly into the exclusive Takamine SoundChoice docking port, making it easy to choose from six distinctly different preamps, giving you several great options to fit your personal style and taste. Includes a Takamine hardshell case.

FEATURES
  • Dreadnought cutaway body shape
  • CTP-1 Cool Tube preamp and electronics
  • Abalone rosette
  • Solid cedar top
  • Solid Indian rosewood back and sides
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Gold tuners
  • Includes Takamine hardshell case

Dreadnoughts are a dime a dozen, so why play the same one everyone else does? Grab this one and claim a tone and look all your own. Order now.

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TakamineTAN15C Supernatural Series Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Cool Tube Preamp
 
4.8

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Takamine TAN15C Supernatural with CTP2 preamp

In one word - NICE.
This is my second rosewood guitar. My first is an old Fender F65 rosewood with spruce top I bought back in the 70's. The rest...Read complete review

In one word - NICE.
This is my second rosewood guitar. My first is an old Fender F65 rosewood with spruce top I bought back in the 70's. The rest of my acoustics are mostly mahogany with spruce tops and some exotics mixed in.

I really like the rosewood and cedar top combination on this guitar. My spruce tops took a year or so before they developed a nice ringing voice. This one is right there out of the box.
The CTP2 is a lot of fun. I really like the added dimension of the tube. I have not added an auxiliary pickup to test the blend feature, but it's a good option to have. I'll test it out down the road sometime. The built in tuner is accurate when compared the Korg tuners I tent to favor.
Flawless finish, beautiful woods, excellent construction. I could not find an issues with the dovetail neck joint fit, or with any other aspect of the construction. Usually I can find where they fit the sound hole rosette sections together or where the binding ends begin and end. Not on this instrument. Very nicely crafted.

As expected, the guitar comes with a middle of the road action setup. A bit high for my taste, but I'll lower it after I break it in for about 6 months.

Intonation is near perfect. I could not detect any deviation with my ear. The on board tuner showed barely noticeable sharpness consistent across all 6 strings on the 12th fret. To me, that's an indication of excellent bridge positioning. I expect the intonation will alter slightly, yet remain consistent when I change string gages and lower the action.

The guitar comes strung with D'Addario EXP lights. They give the guitar a nice warm voice, but they are a bit heavy for me. I'll put some lighter strings on when I adjust the action.

Not much to say about the CTP2 other than it appears to be top quality.

Everything is tight. No buzzing or rattles.
Very good value for the money. I'm a bit of a cheapskate. I love Taylors, but only own a Baby because I'd need to spend over $2500 to get a full size I'd be happy with. I own a Martin DCME that I bought used for about 1/2 retail. I can't bring myself to give the TAN15C a full 10 for value because the guitar isn't cheap. It is definitely worth the money and when considering voice and playability, it compares very well with the higher end Martins and Taylors.

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No way

This guitar is horrible it has a bad tone that sounds like a toy. I advise everyone dont buy this guitar it ant worth what they ask for it.

This guitar is horrible it has a bad tone that sounds like a toy. I advise everyone dont buy this guitar it ant worth what they ask for it.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best guitar for the price anywhere

By tokenflame

from Maryland, USA

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Comments about Takamine TAN15C Supernatural Series Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Cool Tube Preamp:

I had owned a previous version of this guitar, the EAN 15C, it was a marvelous instrument, that I let go to a co-worker's son who had totally mad skills, but limited fiancial resources. This edition features the Cool Tube technology the other did not, a major upgrade.
I will compare this guitar to any on the market today for price quality and sonic perfection. I have owned Martin D-45's and HD-28's, Taylor 810, and 814 CE models, and quite simply this guitar compares favorably with all of them in both sound and projection and its setup from the factory is superb.
Everything was just perfection

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Takamine TAN15C Supernatural with CTP2 preamp

By OldGoat

from Indiana

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Comments about Takamine TAN15C Supernatural Series Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Cool Tube Preamp:

In one word - NICE.
This is my second rosewood guitar. My first is an old Fender F65 rosewood with spruce top I bought back in the 70's. The rest of my acoustics are mostly mahogany with spruce tops and some exotics mixed in.

I really like the rosewood and cedar top combination on this guitar. My spruce tops took a year or so before they developed a nice ringing voice. This one is right there out of the box.
The CTP2 is a lot of fun. I really like the added dimension of the tube. I have not added an auxiliary pickup to test the blend feature, but it's a good option to have. I'll test it out down the road sometime. The built in tuner is accurate when compared the Korg tuners I tent to favor.
Flawless finish, beautiful woods, excellent construction. I could not find an issues with the dovetail neck joint fit, or with any other aspect of the construction. Usually I can find where they fit the sound hole rosette sections together or where the binding ends begin and end. Not on this instrument. Very nicely crafted.

As expected, the guitar comes with a middle of the road action setup. A bit high for my taste, but I'll lower it after I break it in for about 6 months.

Intonation is near perfect. I could not detect any deviation with my ear. The on board tuner showed barely noticeable sharpness consistent across all 6 strings on the 12th fret. To me, that's an indication of excellent bridge positioning. I expect the intonation will alter slightly, yet remain consistent when I change string gages and lower the action.

The guitar comes strung with D'Addario EXP lights. They give the guitar a nice warm voice, but they are a bit heavy for me. I'll put some lighter strings on when I adjust the action.

Not much to say about the CTP2 other than it appears to be top quality.

Everything is tight. No buzzing or rattles.
Very good value for the money. I'm a bit of a cheapskate. I love Taylors, but only own a Baby because I'd need to spend over $2500 to get a full size I'd be happy with. I own a Martin DCME that I bought used for about 1/2 retail. I can't bring myself to give the TAN15C a full 10 for value because the guitar isn't cheap. It is definitely worth the money and when considering voice and playability, it compares very well with the higher end Martins and Taylors.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

TAN15C has a deep full rich sound plugged in or not...

By Wilson

from Traverse City MI

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Comments about Takamine TAN15C Supernatural Series Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Cool Tube Preamp:

I bought the guitar sight unseen with never owning an acoustic that I really liked and I have had at least five and still have a few including a semi expensive washburn. I bought the guitar shopping here because I wanted an expensive in hopes that I would find an acoustic that I would love enough to play all the time, and the price was too good to pass up. I have found the tone to be rich, deep and not equal to any other acoustic instrument that I have owned. If I pick up the others they all sound tinny and weak. So I have come to love this guitar and use it to record with, song write and practice with everyday. Now I want a TAN16C12 darn it.....
I like the shape, the depth, the weight, the gold hardware, the on board tuner and the cool tube electronic sounds with the on board equalizer when jacked. However it is the deep full tone of this instrument which sets it apart from others I have played plugged in and it sounds great not amplified.
I have had it for 5 years purchased off of Musicians Friend there has been no maitenance issues, seems very well built to me. I play it everyday and use the elixer strings I purchase in 8 packs right here.
The value was stunning because I bought the TAN15C Takemine off the scratch / used section and it had one minor little knick, and a broken clip that holds the batteries in, doesn't effect the performance of the instrument . I am generally hard on instruments and will have worse wear eventually, but to save a bunch it was not really noticable and well worth it. I scrape for cash and purchase items after looking long and this guitar is now my favorite acoustic period.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding Quality & Sound

By T Mac

from Bloomington, IN

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Comments about Takamine TAN15C Supernatural Series Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Cool Tube Preamp:

Looking to upgrade, I spent several months playing around with 4oo series Taylors and similar price range Martins. While those were good guitars, this Tak caught my attention. It sounds as great and plays as smooth, and you'll save $$$. Check it out... you won't regret it!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Round Warm TubeTone with a Fast Pick Attack

By jimi H

from FL

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Comments about Takamine TAN15C Supernatural Series Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Cool Tube Preamp:

I bought this guitar recently and the first thing I noticed was the really great action. Low and comfortable from low to high up on the board unlike some guitars ive played where the action bows . Ive even had a couple Taylors do the "bowing" thing or rather the guitar had an uneven action to it that even a truss rod adjust wouldnt get right. The Tan15C is not one of those ! Perfect playability as I play Al Dimeola style fast picking attack to Vai to Morse to Ole SChool Funk, BLues, Groove, Alt. , Instrumental, Flamenco, BLuegrassy stuff, etc. Ive used it a few times at the store I teach at as well . Getting a ROland Chorus Acoustic amp. Not very big amp but the size of a GK500 from the 80s for those that remember. THe sound with the cool tube is huge , warm and very responsive and puts a smile on my face. Chord Play is warm and mellow to snappy and tight and anything inbetween. What you put in is what you get out. THe tone from this preamp is simply wonderful. The aesthetic of this guitar is nice as well. Indian Rosewood back and sides to the Cedar top and the EBony neck and so on. Great looking great playing piece!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A True Classic

By ShaneSV

from Sun Valley, ID

Comments about Takamine TAN15C Supernatural Series Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Cool Tube Preamp:

In 14 years of playing guitar, I've only come across two guitars that blew my mind. One was a Seagull Artist Series (this was a while ago, but I'm pretty sure), and the other was this Takamine TAN15C. I've recently been looking for anything that could come close as far as playability, unplugged tone, amplified tone, and overall feel. After playing dozens of guitars and using the TAN15C as a reference, nothing could come close in this price range. I tried some very pricey Martins and Taylors, other Takamine models, anything I could get my hands on. My final decision was to buy another TAN15C as a backup guitar for gigs.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great sounding Guitar

By Jinitude

from Washington D.C.

Comments about Takamine TAN15C Supernatural Series Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Cool Tube Preamp:

I just got this guitar in the mail and I must say that it has a very robust sound. I am very impressed with it's ability to stay in tune as well as the richness and fullness of the sound. My friend is a professional guitarist says its awesome! I am just learning and I find that the action is not too demanding and makes the learning curve just that much easier. I highly recommend this guitar to anyone.

 
5.0

Nothing better for the $$$

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Takamine TAN15C Supernatural Series Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Cool Tube Preamp:

I played a ton of guitars before deciding this would be "the one". The "entry level" Martins and Taylors just didn't do it for me. While playing them, they just didn't feel as though they were quality enough. Also, to get electronics with those guitars would cost more money. I recommend Takamine Guitars of any kind. Their AN10S is also a beautiful sounding guitar. I am partial to the cedar tops; they have a great sound to them. To me, they have a little less bass than a Martin and more than any Taylor close to this price range. The mid-upper register is just beautiful. However, the main selling point of this guitar is how sweet it sounds when you plug it in. At one place I play, I have to plug straight into a PA system. This guitar delivers the perfect acoustic sound; as warm as I want or as bright as I need. The cutaway does take a bit away from the overall sound, but that's why I recommend the AN10S. Check them out!

 
5.0

Best bang for the buck

By Larry-hvYTF

from APO, AE

Comments about Takamine TAN15C Supernatural Series Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Cool Tube Preamp:

This has got to be the best acoustic for the money. I also own a fender and have played my fathers Yamaha but this Takamine is the best hands down. I have personally found it sounds great plugged in the PA or just natural. The tube gives it a rich and deeper sound that is awesome. If you are looking for a well rounded guitar this is it.

 
5.0

High end tool

By Sacalait-onLNq

from Louisiana

Comments about Takamine TAN15C Supernatural Series Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Cool Tube Preamp:

I researched for 3 months, played on a bunch of high-quality guitars (mostly Taylor, Ibanez, and Takamine. I narrowed my choice to this instrument. The preamp is awe-inspiring- lots of gain, little noise, and sounds like a tube preamp. I highly recommend this instrument to any professional.

 
5.0

Nothing Better for the Money

By Can'tGetEnoughGuitar

from Michigan

Comments about Takamine TAN15C Supernatural Series Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Cool Tube Preamp:

I own the EAN15CX, the same guitar with the CT-4BII pre-amp rather than the Cool Tube (I bought it before the Cool Tube came out). I love the bass(thanks to the cedar top)and the action. I tried Taylor and Martin when I bought and found this to be the BEST value by far. It looks great and is a joy to play. You won't go wrong for the money.

 
5.0

Love this guitar

By Thom Yorke

from Clinton, NY

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Comments about Takamine TAN15C Supernatural Series Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Cool Tube Preamp:

I'm in a popular band, and I use this guitar for all of my acoustic songs. Its tube preamp is a really cool feature. It really adds to the versatility and character of this guitar. It may not carry the greatest value, but this deal is the best one you will find. cheers

 
5.0

Pickin' and grinnin'

By Card carrying Woodstock alumnus

from Charlottesville, VA

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Comments about Takamine TAN15C Supernatural Series Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Cool Tube Preamp:

I've owned a number of guitars from Guilds to Gianninis over the years. While the name Takamine may not inspire awe among guitar afficionados, I loved the playability and sound of my EAN 15C with CT-P1 Cool Tube from the first time I picked it up. (Takamine's website lists the EAN 15C as having a CT-4B, but this isn't the case for mine. I'm not sure if the early Cool Tubes weren't placed in bodies already labeled as EANs, not TANs.) Although Martins, Gibsons, and Taylors may inspire greater envy among name-conscious pickers, I haven't found one that felt or sounded better than my Tak.

 
5.0

Best Acoustic i have ever played unplugged or plug

By Rob Hill

from Ephrata, WA

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Comments about Takamine TAN15C Supernatural Series Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Cool Tube Preamp:

Awesome, best i have ever heard both plugged in or through and amp/pa, that tube is wonderful, i only knocked the value down to a 7 beause of the prive but if i have have spare money laying around i will pick it up

 
5.0

No way reiview is dead wrong

By Joshua Kallin

from Louisville, Kentucky

Comments about Takamine TAN15C Supernatural Series Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Cool Tube Preamp:

I gave the Tan w/ cool tube out and the Ean10C which is another takamine electric/acoustic w/out the cool tube and the Tan 15 sounded better w/ out being plugged in. The tan 15 cool tube has a better base sound and sounds like one of the high end guitars you would spend more for. I played both then plugged in and it gave me cold chills to hear the cool tube: warm vibe that just has to be heard, but sounds great. The other guitar is very good and is what Garth used before he got his own line, according to Mom's Music employee Allen. If you have an ear for music, I think there is more vibratic sounds, more warmth and base in the Cool tube with or w/out being plugged in. However, I think the price is a bit to much. If it were closer to $1,000 I would be ordering one right now and the price is the only thing holding me back; a little too much.

 
5.0

Very good Guitar

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Takamine TAN15C Supernatural Series Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Cool Tube Preamp:

I played a Fender DG-22 CE for a long time untill it was recently stolen, looking to upgrade my next guitar i checked this one out. Where my old guitar was loud and bright, it sounded like 6 individual people singing. This guitar, with its smooth cedar top sounds like a professional choir or strings, the timbre just melts to please the ear. Ignore the first rating on this guitar, the person obviously how to rate a guitar, or how every guitar is different, especially of the same model.

 
5.0

Joe

By JW-kmpSQ

from On the road

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Comments about Takamine TAN15C Supernatural Series Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Cool Tube Preamp:

I traded a Taylor 414CE for this guitar because I own the Tan16C and the tak just hands down destroys the overpriced Taylor with it's horrible sounding expression system pre-amp. Don't get me wrong taylor makes a fine guitar but if you plug it in it will make you want to puke. I love everything about this guitar and I own 3 Martins also. I play full time and consider this to be one of the finest acoustic/electrics made today. If you are plugging it in and playing for a living or even weekend gigging this or the tan16 is the guitar to own.

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Bitterman

from Oregon, IL

Comments about Takamine TAN15C Supernatural Series Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Cool Tube Preamp:

This is the guitar to buy if you want a professional feeling and sounding guitar. Great action, great visually and best of all great sounding. On board tuner is an awesome feature. This guitar holds a tune like nobody's business

 
5.0

Awesome Guitar!

By Summer

from Mobile, AL

Comments about Takamine TAN15C Supernatural Series Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Cool Tube Preamp:

From the lovely smell coming out of the case, to the beautiful sound and look of this guitar, it is a ten! Wonderful unamped acoustic sound, perfect for the living room or small stage unplugged setting. Loud enough to be heard, but not overwhelming, and gorgeous tone quality! I haven't hooked it up to the amps yet, though. I am very short statured, and this guitar works with both my body and hands. I was agraid a dreadnought might be too big. I love the on board tuner. The action is great too. I am in love!

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

No way

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Takamine TAN15C Supernatural Series Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Cool Tube Preamp:

This guitar is horrible it has a bad tone that sounds like a toy. I advise everyone dont buy this guitar it ant worth what they ask for it.

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