Takamine’s road from a small family-run company begun in the foothills of Japan to a major player in the acoustic guitar world is one paved with innovations in technology and great attention to detail in the fine art of guitar making.
In 1962, guitar playing became a popular pastime in Japan and with that the small artisanal guitar maker located at the foot of Mount Takamine became a phenomenal success and took on the name of place it was birthed. From earnest beginnings, the family company surged to 60 employees and became a leading builder of classical guitars and mandolins. Trained by master luthier Kohno, Takamine brought on Mass Hirade who elevated the brand to its current level.
With deluxe appointments such as complex inlay work, finely sanded braces and distinctive body curves to accommodate a wide range of frequencies, Takamine’s artisanal build is appreciated by professional musicians from around the world. Hirade helped tie technology in with master luthier detailing with Takamine’s proprietary Palathetic Pickup in 1978 and revolutionized amplified acoustic guitar design. It provides the superior sound balance, high separation and clear natural sound Takamine is revered for. Shortly thereafter they introduced an Acoustic Electric Guitar and in 2002, Takamine introduced the first onboard acoustic guitar tube preamp, the CTP-1 Cool Tube®, and the Tri-ax “add-on” acoustic guitar pickup, further solidifying its place in today’s market.