Takamine Guitars

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Takamine Guitars
Industry Musical instruments
Founded 1962; 53 years ago (1962)
Headquarters Nakatsugawa, Gifu, Japan
Area served
Key people
Mass Hirade
Products Acoustic, classical & acoustic bass guitars
Website www.takamine.com
EG-361SC model.
1978 F-340S model.

Takamine Co., Ltd. (高峰楽器製作所 Takamine Gakki Seisakusho?) is a Japanese guitar manufacturer based in Nakatsugawa, Gifu, Japan. Takamine is known for its steel-string acoustic guitars.

The company was founded in May 1962; in 1978 they were one of the first companies to introduce acoustic-electric models, where they pioneered the design of the preamplifier-equalizer component.

The company name is often pronounced /ˈtækəmn/ in English. Closer to the Japanese would be /tɑːkɑːˈmn/.

Company history[edit]

While known primarily for their acoustic and acoustic-electric guitars, Takamine produced a limited run of very high quality solid body electric guitars in the early 1980s.[1] These are the GX100 (Gibson Explorer body style), GX200 (proprietary type body style similar to a Stratocaster, stop tailpiece bridge), GX200-T or TB, (same as GX200 only with a tremolo bridge) GZ300 (proprietary design) and GZ340 (proprietary design). The GX200 and GZ340 contain factory DiMarzio made pickups.[2]

The Takamine EG523SC came with a clear finish Spruce top and flame maple back and sides. There is a TK-40 pickup on top with a tuner and equalizer powered by a 9V battery.

The Takamine F-340 was the cause of a letter from Martin Guitars in the early 1980s because Takamine's acoustic guitars including the logo design were supposedly nearly identical to Martin Models[citation needed]. According to Chris F. Martin IV, CEO of CF Martin and Company in a speech given to the Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum members on August 8, 2005, no lawsuit was ever actually filed, and Takamine did change the appearance of their guitars[citation needed].

Every year since 1987 Takamine presents a Limited Edition Guitar model, which gets produced in very limited quantities up to a few hundred guitars for the world wide distribution. These guitars always come with the latest pickup/preamplifier combination available and artful inlays, often with motifs focusing on nature or astronomical phenomena.[3]

As of March 2015, Takamine's US-American distributor is ESP Guitars.[4]


  • Legacy Series
  • Signature Series
  • Pro Series 1 -7
  • G Series


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