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Takamine Limited Edition 2018 Gifu-Cho Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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In celebration of the beauty and culture of the Gifu, Japan, where Takamine's guitars have been painstakingly crafted since the early '60s, Takamine is excited to release their latest limited edition model for 2018—the Gifu-Cho acoustic-electric guitar. Featuring a distinctive "Gifu-Cho" inlay scheme that you'll never find again on any other Takamine after this one, this rare beauty is also made from a beautiful pairing of tonewoods. Yes, this may be a piece that collectors are sure to love, but performers will love it too thanks to the premium onboard Takamine electronics. If you're a player or collector looking for a truly rare, exceptional, and exquisitely-appointed instrument with great sound for studio and stage work, the Takamine Limited Edition 2018 Gifu-Cho will make a wonderful addition to your collection.

Distinctive "Gifu-Cho" Inlay Scheme
At first glance, you'll notice the inlay scheme on this striking Gifu-Cho consists of meticulously inlaid butterflies, which are known as "Spring Ephemeral." These butterflies only flourish for a brief period of times in the meadows and hills between the forest and villages of Gifu, where their time is spent fluttering around the beautiful violet flowers while enjoying the company of the neighboring people. These alluring inlays start out at the headstock and make their way down to the fingerboard and pickguard. Abalone top trim, an abalone rosette, and an abalone headstock logo provide an extra touch of elegance. Dressed in a full gloss finish, the cedar top employs an "antique whitewash" treatment while ivoroid binding and gold tuners with ivoroid buttons round out this

Beautiful Pairing of Tonewoods
A guitar this beautiful wouldn't be anything without an amazing tonewood set. Featuring the NEX body, the Gifu-Cho is crafted using a solid cedar top and ovangkol back & sides to produce a warm, full voice that fingerstyle players and strummers are sure to appreciate. It also sports an African mahogany neck and an ebony fingerboard, offering smooth playability across the entire neck.

Premium Onboard Takamine Electronics
For superior amplified tone, the Gifu-Cho comes equipped with Takamine's exclusive Palathetic pickup. The pickup incorporates individually shielded piezo-electric elements for each string that penetrate the bridge plate, bridge, and guitar top, which results in rich harmonics and natural tonal qualities. Paired with the first and only onboard tube preamp, the CTP-3 CoolTube preamp, the sound of this Takamine is unbelievably rich and full-bodied. Boasting a 12AU7 dual-triode vacuum tube that runs at very low wattages to keep it cool to the touch, you can even adjust the tube tone for dial in anything from a luscious bright tone to thick and warm. The full-range EQ section allows for precise tonal shaping, which includes bass, middle, and treble controls plus an additional mid-frequency knob to further shape your mids. The convenient onboard tuner will provide precise, accurate tuning so you're never out of tune for your gigs.


  • 2018 Limited Edition "Gifu-Cho" Appointments
  • NEX Body with Solid Cedar Top with Ovangkol Back & Sides
  • African Mahogany Neck with Ebony Fingerboard
  • Proprietary Palathetic Pickup with CTP-3 CoolTube Preamp
  • Bone Nut & Saddle and Gold Tuners with Ivoroid Buttons
  • Ivoroid Binding, "Antique Whitewash" Top Finish, Abalone Trimmings
  • Includes Hardshell Case and Certificate of Authenticity

Get your Takamine Limited Edition 2018 Gifu-Cho Acoustic-Electric Guitar from Sam Ash Direct today. With over nine decades of experience in the music retail business, Sam Ash is dedicated to helping every player and collector find the distinctive instrument that they've been longing for. And remember, your purchase is protected by the security of our 45/60 day return/price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • Acoustic-Electric Guitar
  • Hardshell Case


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Body Size/Shape NEX
Body Wood Solid Ovangkol Back/Laminated Ovangkol Sides
Top Solid Cedar
Cutaway None
Top/Body Finish Glossy Lift-Out Antique White
Neck Wood African Mahogany
Fingerboard Ebony
Number Of Frets 20
Nut Width 42.5mm
Nut & Saddle Bone
Tuning Machines Gold with Ivoroid Buttons
Electronics Palathetic Pickup with CTP-3 CoolTube Preamp
Orientation Right-Handed
Case/Bag Included Yes
Case Type Hardshell Case
Series LTD-2018
Model Gifu-Cho
Warranty Info:

Your new Takamine instrument is warranted to be free of any defects in materials and workmanship if used under normal operating conditions for the life of the original retail purchaser, subject to the limitations described below. This warranty is non-transferable and applies only to the original purchaser when product is purchased as NEW from an Authorized Takamine Dealer. Instruments sold as Factory Seconds do not carry a lifetime warranty, but are limited to a 90-day manufacturer’s warranty. Electronic parts and guitar hardware are limited to a warranty period of one (1) year from date of purchase.


If this Takamine instrument malfunctions at any time as a result of faulty materials or workmanship, Takamine will repair the defect(s) or replace the instrument, as it deems appropriate, at its sole discretion. In the event that original materials are no longer available, Takamine reserves the right to use materials regularly utilized at the time of repair. If replacement of customer’s instrument is deemed necessary by our staff, Takamine will replace the instrument with one of the same or most similar style of a value not in excess of the original purchase price of customer’s instrument.

This limited lifetime warranty covers the cost of both labor and materials on any repair deemed necessary by our Warranty Department Representative for the lifetime of the original retail purchaser. In the unlikely event that the customer’s instrument is destroyed, lost, or damaged beyond repair, while in the possession of Takamine for warranty repair, Takamine will replace that instrument with one of the same or most similar style of a value not in excess of the original purchase price of customer’s instrument. Owner at owner’s expense must carry any insurance covering the instrument, including but not limited to collector’s value insurance.

For additional warranty information, please visit http://www.espguitars.com/pages/warranty-takamine

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