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Before 1978, the year Takamine first commercialized the acoustic-electric guitar, the most common method of amplifying an acoustic guitar was by way of an open microphone. This system greatly compromised on-stage performances and many popular American musicians of the era whose music relied heavily on acoustic guitar were feeling the stress. Yet the idea of any modification to the guitar’s body, such as drilling the hole to install an endpin jack, was unacceptable to many.
Yet, when a relatively new acoustic guitar company introduced an innovative, bridge-mounted pickup system with brown colored control panel that allowed true acoustic tone to be amplified throughout stadium-sized venues, the solution was largely accepted.
At a time when the standard design for acoustic guitars involved spruce tops combined with rosewood or mahogany, the early Takamine acoustic-electric guitar lineup included unique creations such as an all Hawaiian Koa model and a classical guitar-shaped steel-string.
It is in honor of these now validated features and characteristics from Takamine’s early days, that we have designed and hand-crafted THE 60TH and LTD2022.
It is our wish that the story of Takamine’s remarkable journey, from our inspired beginnings to present-day, be seen, felt and heard when experiencing these very special instruments.
Aside from being among the first Takamine models to feature the new Palathetic Pickup system, the circa 1969 PT-05E also gained attention for its creative combination of classical body shape and steel strings. This breakthrough model also triggered the initial widespread distribution of Takamine guitars in Japan.
Both the“THE 60TH” and “LTD2022” models bring a graceful cutaway to the silhouette and distinctive concept of Takamine’s ground-breaking PT-05E.
The back and sides of the LTD2022 are made of the finest Hawaiian Koa, carefully selected by its beautiful figured grain, and employs a solid Sitka spruce top of matching color tone.
The top-graded spruce tops and specially shaped tone bar bracings are specifically designed to express the focused, dynamic nuances desired from a smaller body guitar.
To celebrate THE 60TH anniversary of the diamond wedding, a diamond image position-marker sits on the 12th fret.
This is precisely cut by laser cutting machine inspired by the design of the traditional diamond "excellent cut”.
These small facets of select acrylic materials of various reflective qualities are precisely cut by laser and carefully crafted by hand.
To befit Limited Edition status, the body of both models are trimmed with gorgeous abalone inlay.
The worthy and gorgeous abalone trim inlay applied to the top board of the LTD2022 has accentuated the feeling and texture of the spruce top board which is painted in matching the color tone of Hawaiian Koa on the Back & Sides.