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How it all began... The story of Takamine and C. F. Martin Co.

The history of Takamine is closely linked to the development of the Japanese guitarmakers' guild. In the 1920s, the exceptional guitarist Andrés Segovia inspired craftsmen to set up their own small workshops. Until the Second World War, these family businesses produced mainly Spanish guitars. However, the war put an end to this burgeoning industry.

In the 1950s, guitar makers established new small workshops in the area around Nagoya and Matsumato, the so-called "Japanese Alps." But it was not until 1959 that Mr. Ozhone laid the foundation for what is now Takamine Guitars. After the Ise-wan typhoon hit the Tokai region around Nagoya hard, Mr. Ohzone lost his job at a stringed instrument manufacturer. Together with his wife, who was from the area, he moved to Sakashita-cho in neighboring Gifu Prefecture and established a small guitar manufacturing company, Ozhone Musical Instruments. In the beginning, the team consisted of five guitar makers who specialized in building classical guitars. Today Takamine is one of the most famous guitar brands in the world and stands for the highest quality and craftsmanship.

In 1962, 30 guitar makers joined forces to form TAKAMINE Guitars Inc. at an existing site in Sakashita in the Kiso Valley at the foot of Mount Takamine. The company's name was inspired by the large, green mountain. Three years later, the company is renamed TAKAMINE Gakki Ltd. and now employs 60 people, manufacturing mainly classical guitars and some mandolins. Takamine's main goal is to serve the growing demand for guitars and folk music in Japan. The city of Sakashita, which is home to many woodworking companies, plays an important role in the company's continued growth.

In 1968, TAKAMINE faced increasing competitive pressure due to the rising demand for guitars. To differentiate itself from the competition, the company focused on quality, talented young people and innovative manufacturing methods. That year, Mass Hirade was appointed as the new chief developer and production manager. Hirade was a charismatic guitar expert and helped TAKAMINE network in the musical instrument industry. Through a partnership with the renowned guitar company Kohno, TAKAMINE was able to develop additional skills in material use and quality. Other key collaborators included Mitsuo Furui, an experienced craftsman, and Mituyasu Ohno, who was responsible for sales.

At that time, Martin Guitar Corporation is looking for a Japanese partner to produce cheaper Martin guitars according to their designs. Therefore, they turn to the musical instrument distributor Coast Wholesale, which already has some connections in Japan.

The Takamine team has the ability to produce top quality steel string guitars that resemble the original Martin and Guild guitars in appearance and sound. These are offered under the brand name "Sigma Guitars". Everything seems to be going perfectly for Martin, but things turn out differently.

In 1968, Kaman Corporation acquired Coast Wholesale, after which Eric Emerson was appointed president of Kaman's new subsidiary and became a close confidant of Charlie Kaman. As a result, Martin ended his association with Coast Wholesale, as it was now owned by a competitor, and sought new partners for their "Sigma Guitars" project.

Beginning in 1969, Coast Wholesale successfully distributed guitars similar to the Martin and Guild models in the United States. The advertising campaigns were aimed at making a direct comparison between the guitars and the Martin D-45 and Guild models.

Due to the extraordinary quality and the high production capacities, it is agreed with TAKAMINE to establish "TAKAMINE" as an independent brand in the USA. In the mid-70s, the TAKAMINE development team works on new independent designs. This inspires the TAKAMINE team even more. They begin to continue to find unique selling points to be ready for the next decades in the guitar industry. 1976 - Ichiro Katayama becomes president of TAKAMINE.

1987 - TAKAMINE celebrates its 25th successful anniversary with the introduction of the first limited edition model, the EF25.

1988 - The preamplifier, including battery compartment, is henceforth integrated into the frame. The Palathetic Piezo pickup has remained unchanged since it was first used in 1977.

Since the first limited edition model, additional limited editions have been released annually, representing TAKAMINE's hallmark of design and guitar craftsmanship.

Some of these models are given special designations, such as the 1993 ESF93, also known as the Santa Fe, which paved the way for the later Santa Fe series. It combines TAKAMINE's signature NEX body, state-of-the-art preamp technology and stunning inlay work.

 

Takamine EF 261 SAN

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All acoustic guitars from Takamine

Makers of fine Guitars for over 50 years

Makers of fine Guitars for over 50 years

Set Descending Direction
Takamine TC132SC
  • Brand New
Special Price €1,398.00
approx.
£1,190.52
SEK 16,230.13
Regular Price €1,649.00
approx.
£1,404.26
SEK 19,144.12

Takamine TC132SC

Classical

not available optionally on request

Takamine PTU541CN
  • Mint
  • Original Photos
€999.00
approx.
£850.73
SEK 11,597.93

Takamine PTU541CN

used

Available immediately - delivery time 1 - 3 business days

Takamine P5DC
  • Brand New
Special Price €1,629.00
approx.
£1,387.23
SEK 18,911.93
Regular Price €1,999.00
approx.
£1,702.32
SEK 23,207.46

Takamine P5DC

Pro Series 5 Dreadnought

Available immediately - delivery time 1 - 3 business days

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  • Brand New
€2,999.00
approx.
£2,553.90
SEK 34,817.00

Takamine Limited 2024

Penumbra Blue

Expected to be available from 13/08/2024

Takamine CP3NY OR
  • Brand New
Special Price €1,199.00
approx.
£1,021.05
SEK 13,919.83
Regular Price €1,449.00
approx.
£1,233.95
SEK 16,822.22

Takamine CP3NY OR

Pro Serie New Yorker

Ready to ship immediately - delivery time 3 - 4 working days

Takamine TH90
  • Brand New
Special Price €1,999.00
approx.
£1,702.32
SEK 23,207.46
Regular Price €2,299.00
approx.
£1,957.79
SEK 26,690.32

Takamine TH90

Hirade Classical

not available optionally on request

Takamine EF 381 SC
  • Brand New
Special Price €1,345.00
approx.
£1,145.38
SEK 15,614.82
Regular Price €1,599.00
approx.
£1,361.68
SEK 18,563.65

Takamine EF 381 SC

Legacy Serie

not available optionally on request

Takamine EF450C-TT TBB
  • Brand New
  • Video
Special Price €2,799.00
approx.
£2,383.59
SEK 32,495.09
Regular Price €3,199.00
approx.
£2,724.22
SEK 37,138.90

Takamine EF450C-TT TBB

Thermal Top Series

not available optionally on request

Takamine EF 341SC
  • Brand New
  • Video
Special Price €1,399.00
approx.
£1,191.37
SEK 16,241.74
Regular Price €1,599.00
approx.
£1,361.68
SEK 18,563.65

Takamine EF 341SC

Bruce Springsteen Signature

not available optionally on request

Takamine FT341 Limited Edition
  • Brand New
  • Original Photos
Special Price €1,539.00
approx.
£1,310.59
SEK 17,867.07
Regular Price €1,899.00
approx.
£1,617.16
SEK 22,046.51

Takamine FT341 Limited Edition

Dreadnought Black #60110900

Ready to ship immediately - delivery time 3 - 4 working days

Takamine FT340 BS
  • Brand New
  • Original Photos
Special Price €1,498.00
approx.
£1,275.67
SEK 17,391.08
Regular Price €1,899.00
approx.
£1,617.16
SEK 22,046.51

Takamine FT340 BS

Dreadnought Natural #60110458

Ready to ship immediately - delivery time 3 - 4 working days

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  • Brand New
  • Video
€2,999.00
approx.
£2,553.90
SEK 34,817.00

Takamine LTD2023

Santa Fe 30th Anniversary

not available optionally on request

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  • Brand New
  • Video
€2,199.00
approx.
£1,872.64
SEK 25,529.37

Takamine P6N BSB

Pro Series

Expected to be available from 27/05/2024

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  • Brand New
  • Video
  • Original Photos
Special Price €9,999.00
approx.
£8,515.00
SEK 116,083.74
Regular Price €10,990.00
approx.
£9,358.92
SEK 127,588.79

Takamine THE60th 26/60

Limited / solid Hawaiian Koa

Available immediately - delivery time 1 - 3 business days

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  • Brand New
€1,399.00
approx.
£1,191.37
SEK 16,241.74

Takamine P3NY

New Yorker Parlor

Expected to be available from 31/07/2024

Takamine GN90CE ZC
  • Brand New
Special Price €598.00
approx.
£509.25
SEK 6,942.50
Regular Price €849.00
approx.
£723.00
SEK 9,856.50

Takamine GN90CE ZC

G-Serie Natur NEX/C

Ready to ship immediately - delivery time 3 - 4 working days

Takamine GN51CE
  • Brand New
Special Price €478.00
approx.
£407.06
SEK 5,549.36
Regular Price €589.00
approx.
£501.58
SEK 6,838.02

Takamine GN51CE

Nex G-Serie Natur

Ready to ship immediately - delivery time 3 - 4 working days

Takamine TF77PT
  • Brand New
Special Price €1,599.00
approx.
£1,361.68
SEK 18,563.65
Regular Price €1,899.00
approx.
£1,617.16
SEK 22,046.51

Takamine TF77PT

Legacy Series

not available optionally on request

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  • Brand New
  • Video
  • Original Photos
Special Price €1,199.00
approx.
£1,021.05
SEK 13,919.83
Regular Price €1,399.00
approx.
£1,191.37
SEK 16,241.74

Takamine EF407

Legacy Serie New Yorker

not available optionally on request

Takamine P3FCN
  • Brand New
Special Price €1,229.00
approx.
£1,046.60
SEK 14,268.12
Regular Price €1,499.00
approx.
£1,276.53
SEK 17,402.69

Takamine P3FCN

Nylon String

not available optionally on request

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  • Brand New
  • Video
Special Price €2,849.00
approx.
£2,426.17
SEK 33,075.57
Regular Price €3,199.00
approx.
£2,724.22
SEK 37,138.90

Takamine P7DC

Dreadnought Pro Serie

Expected to be available from 30/05/2024

Takamine SW341SC
  • Brand New
  • Original Photos
Special Price €1,699.00
approx.
£1,446.84
SEK 19,724.60
Regular Price €1,799.00
approx.
£1,532.00
SEK 20,885.55

Takamine SW341SC

Steve Wariner Signature

not available optionally on request

Takamine TSP148NC NS
  • Brand New
  • Video
€1,499.00
approx.
£1,276.53
SEK 17,402.69

Takamine TSP148NC NS

Thinline Nylonstring

not available optionally on request

Set in the specialist workshop

All Takamine guitars are fully adjusted in our workshop before safe shipment. The neck curvature is adjusted, the nut notches and bridge inlay are adjusted. We pay attention to a very good playability of the instruments. We are happy to take your preferences into account when adjusting your Takamine acoustic guitar. For this you can contact us after your order.

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