Takamine is a world famous guitar company, making quality guitars and accessories for more than half a century. Based in Japan, it began in 1959 as a small family-run guitar shop nestled at the foot of Mount Takamine. By 1968, the company grew to 60 employees and becomes a leading builder of classical guitars and mandolins.
Takamine's 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. They introduced asymmetrical necks for improved playability, pinless bridges, and split saddles.Their original Takamine body shape NEX is a scaled-down Jumbo at heart. Currently their product range provides a choice of ten different body shapes.
Throughout their formative years, they yearned to be innovative and several of their inventions became much sought after by guitarists. For example, in 1978 the development of the under-saddle Palathetic pickup revolutionised amplified acoustic guitar design. In 1988, the introduction of the Takamine parametric EQ (TP preamp) was a huge success, and it was later redesigned as the AAP preamp. In 2004, it was the debut of the first onboard acoustic guitar tube preamp, the CTP-1 Cool Tube. Today, Takamine presents as a leader of built in EQ and preamps made for guitars.