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For more than 50 years, Japan-based Takamine has been making primarily steel-string acoustic guitars and making them well. They created the preamp/EQ component and were one of the first to manufacture acoustic-electric guitars in 1978. Today, they continue to be widely recognized as leaders in the acoustic guitar market. Artists as diverse as Toby Keith and Jon Bon Jovi rely on Takamine guitars to achieve their signature sound and now you have the chance to join the ranks of these legendary performers with a Takamine guitar of your own. If you're looking for an affordable, flexible guitar that sounds good playing a variety of different styles, you can't do better than Takamine Guitars' GD20. The warm tone the cedar top and mahogany body produces is perfect for intricate picking and full strummed chords. The dreadnought-style body means you can get a lot of volume, while the split-saddle design of the pin-less bridge offers exceptional tone.
If you prefer nylon strings, the P3FCN is pretty special. This acoustic-electric guitar lets you achieve a mellow nylon string tone that can be easily amplified and recorded with the help of the preamp. The CT4B II preamp in this guitar is specifically designed to deliver the purest sound and provides 3-band EQ, a volume-control slider and a chromatic tuner.
Someone looking for a real step up will want to take a look at the Takamine Pro Series 7 Jumbo Cutaway Acoustic-Electric. The solid spruce top, solid rosewood back and sides and scalloped "X" bracing give this instrument powerful projection and unrivaled clarity. The asymmetrical neck is slightly thinner on the treble side to fit comfortably into your hand, while the CTP-2 Cool Tube preamp provides great tone.
For the collector, Takamine releases a new guitar model each year for a run of up to a few hundred. These limited edition instruments feature beautiful designs and inlays and are always a rare treat. Equal parts art and instrument, these annual models are something to keep your eye on.
From Bruce Springsteen to Bruno Mars, from Garth Brooks to Simple Plan, the music industry's love for Takamine Guitars spans genres and generations. The quality and extremely wide selection of guitars Takamine offers means there is something for every modern musician.