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Takamine Co., Ltd.
Native name
Takamine Gakki Seisakusho
IndustryMusical instruments
Founded1962; 57 years ago (1962)
Area served
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata
EG-361SC model
1978 F-340S model

Takamine Co., Ltd. (株式会社 高峰楽器製作所, Kabushiki-gaisha 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.

English speakers often pronounce the company name as /ˈtækəmn/ ("ta - ka - mine"), but the correct pronunciation in the original Japanese, is /tɑːkɑːˈmn/ ("ta - ka - mee - nay").[citation needed] The name comes from Mount Takamine located in Nakatsugawa.[citation needed]

Company history[edit]

While primarily known for acoustic and acoustic-electric guitars, Takamine produced a limited run of high quality solid body electric guitars in the early to mid 1980s.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

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

In the early 1980s, Martin Guitars issued a letter asserting that the Takamine F-340 and other models featured a logo design that was allegedly nearly identical to their own.[1] According to Chris F. Martin IV, CEO of CF Martin and Company, in a speech given to the Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum members on 8 August 2005, no lawsuit was ever actually filed, and Takamine did change the appearance of their guitar logo.[citation needed]

Every year since 1987, Takamine has produced a Limited Edition Guitar model, limited to a few hundred guitars for worldwide distribution. These guitars have come with the company's latest pickup-preamplifier combination and decorative inlays, often with motifs based on nature or astronomical phenomena.[2][full citation needed]

Takamine manufactured its highest quality and most expensive guitars at its Sakashita factory in Japan.[3]

Since March 2015, Takamine's US-American distributor has been ESP Guitars.[4][non-primary source needed]

Musicians closely associated with Takamine include Glenn Frey and Garth Brooks.


  • Classical & Hirade
  • G Series
  • Legacy Series
  • Bass
  • Thermal Top
  • Pro Series 1–7
  • Signature Series
  • Limited Series


  1. ^ "Martin lawsuit acoustic guitar logos". Guitar-List. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  2. ^ Book on Limited Editions. Retrieved from http://www.sttec.com/.
  3. ^ http://www.takamine.com/history
  4. ^ "ESP and Takamine Announce Partnership in the USA". ESP Guitars. 24 February 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2016.

Further reading[edit]

  • Acoustic Guitars: The Illustrated Encyclopedia. New York: Chartwell Books. 2011. ISBN 978-0-7858-3571-4.

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