Takamine Debuts Stunning Limited-Edition “Magome” (cover photo)
ANAHEIM, CA (JANUARY 19, 2017) – Each year, Takamine Guitars (NAMM Booth #208A/B) creates a new special limited edition (LTD) model that is produced by hand at Takamine’s shop in Sakashita, Japan, in very low quantities. This year’s top-of-the-line masterpiece is the LTD-2017 Magome.
“There is a story behind each Takamine LTD guitar,” says Tom Watters, Director of Product Development for Takamine. “The LTD-2017 Magome is a tribute to an ancient highway called NakasendÅ that stretched from Edo (now Tokyo) to Kyoto. While traveling this highway through the Kiso valley in Gifu, travelers could stop at Magome to rest their horses, feast on soba noodles made with buckwheat that was ground fresh in the water mills that lined the road, and sleep in the many inns that Magome offered. The LTD-2017 guitar is a testament to the artful craftsmanship of this region—the very same region in which Takamine guitars are lovingly crafted to this day.”
The LTD-2017 Magome is an OM-bodied acoustic-electric guitar with a solid spruce top and solid Indian rosewood back and sides. It features a mahogany neck with an ebony fingerboard that’s inlaid with an intricate abalone “Legend of the Road” motif. The guitar features Takamine’s renowned Palathetic pickup with a CTP-3 CoolTube preamp, a bone nut and saddle, abalone purfling and rosette, and gold hardware. It’s available in a gloss black finish with cream binding, and includes a commemorative Certificate of Authenticity.
Excellent for discerning players and collectors alike, the LTD-2017 Magome will be available through select Takamine dealers in the USA. More information on the LTD-2017 Magome and the entire 2017 lineup of Takamine guitars, basses, and ukuleles is available at www.esptakamine.com.
Takamine Shows Popular “Thermal Top” TT Series
ANAHEIM, CA (JANUARY 19, 2017) – Takamine Guitars (NAMM Booth #208A/B) has received accolades around the world with its “Thermal Top” TT Series guitars. Starting in 2015 with the introduction of the EF340S TT and EF 360S TT, the company has continued to expand this series that makes use of a special technology designed to impart the highly-desirable tone associated with vintage acoustic guitars.
“Takamine now offers seven different TT Series guitars,” says Tom Watters, Director of Product Development for Takamine. “While each of them brings its own vibe in terms of body shapes and styling, all of them offer the sonic advantages of the thermal spruce top. Players are often astounded that a brand new acoustic guitar can offer the depth and boldness of tone that usually only comes from guitars that are decades old.”
The “Thermal Top” technology in the Takamine TT Series has the spruce guitar tops baked in an oxygen-free vacuum environment before the guitar is constructed. This process modifies the resins and sugars in the wood in a way that resembles the natural aging process, and results in the desirable tone that is expected from much older vintage guitars, with quick response, balance, and great projection.
In addition to the EF340S TT and EF 360S TT, the TT Series includes the new limited-edition EF75M TT, which offers a thermal heat-treated spruce top and ultra-rare Madagascar rosewood. The guitar has beautiful abalone purfling and flame maple binding, and incorporates Takamine’s stealthy TLD 2 Line Driver electronics. The EF740S TT is an OM-shaped cutaway with a twelve fret neck joint. It uses a solid thermal spruce top in Gloss Natural finish, paired with solid mahogany back and sides, and a mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard. The CP7MO TT uses a traditional Takamine OM body style, and its sides and body are solid ovangkol with a classic grained ivoroid binding, paired to a mahogany neck with an ebony fingerboard. Takamine’s EF450C TT is available in Brown Sunburst and Transparent Black Burst finishes. Like the other new models in the “TT” Series, its top is solid thermal spruce, which is paired to solid flamed maple back and sides with white body binding, and a maple neck with ebony fingerboard that has intricate mother-of-pearl “grass flower” inlays.
All seven TT Series guitars are now available at Takamine dealers. More information on the TT Series and the entire 2017 lineup of Takamine guitars, basses, and ukuleles is available at www.esptakamine.com.
Source: Press Release