For more than half a century now, 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 the journey that led to the phenomenal success that is the modern Takamine company.
With over five decades of experience under their belt, Takamine has built up an impressive reputation for making seriously great guitars. In 1978, they introduced the preamp and EQ to acoustic models, making them among the first luthiers to create acoustic-electric guitars. It's not surprise, then to see that type of instrument dominating their lineup alongside a great selection of standard acoustics and the occasional hybrid bass.
Setting the standard in the acoustic guitar market has attracted an enviable roster of musicians to the Takamine flock, including Toby Keith, Bon Jovi and Garth Brooks, who has his own signature model. If you want to put yourself on the same footing as these guitar legends, a great way to start is with a Takamine of your own. Take the GD20 for instance, which offers great flexibility in an affordable instrument. It produces a smooth, warm tone thanks to its mahogany-backed cedar top. The GD20 also uses a dreadnought body style, allowing it to produce excellent volume while its split-saddle design and pinless bridge keep the sound tight and responsive.
Are you looking for a great guitar to play your favorite folk classics? One of the first instruments you should look at is the Takamine Pro Series 3 Folk Nylon Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar. It's a great balance of classic and modern, delivering timeless mellow tone with the high-end electronics to capture every nuance and feed it to your amp or mixer of choice. The P3FCN is ideal for the stage and studio alike, designed to sound amazing wherever you play it.
If you're a bassist, then Takamine has one instrument in particular you simply can't miss: the TB10 Legacy Series Acoustic-Electric Upright Bass. A unique fusion of bass guitar and upright bass, this is a work of art as much as it is an instrument. Technical players will definitely appreciate the fretless fingerboard allowing total flexibility in style, and the sound you can get out of its on-board tube preamp is nothing short of exceptional.
Whichever Takamine is the best fit for you, one thing is beyond doubt: you know you're getting an instrument you can be sincerely proud of. Takamine is the sort of company that sets the bar high, and those standards come through in the beautiful styling and sound of all their guitars, basses and accessories.
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