Beginning in 1962, Takamine started developing its reputation as a world-class guitar builder from the hand-crafted instruments created at our legendary premier-quality design and manufacturing facility in Sakashita, Gifu, Japan. Today, in 2018, Takamine’s Pro Series is ranked among the world’s finest guitars that are designed for serious players and professional musicians. Each series often include multiple shapes and styles. This article will help you get a quick understanding of the differences between the various levels that comprise the Takamine Pro Series.
Pro Series 1
The Pro Series 1 guitar collection offers instruments with X-braced solid cedar tops and sapele backs and sides, mahogany necks with rosewood fingerboards and pearl dot inlays, and split-saddle bone bridges for faultless intonation. Other features include chrome die-cast tuners for superb tuning stability, beautiful gloss natural-finish tops on satin backs and sides, and Takamine’s acclaimed CT4B II preamp system for outstanding amplified sound and performance.
The P1DC in its new Satin Molasses finish.
Pro Series 2
The Pro Series 2 builds on the features of the Pro Series 1 models, but with solid spruce tops. These soundboards are slightly lighter in appearance and impart a more resonant quality, with a loud, clear tone and great sustain.
Pro Series 3
Guitars in Takamine’s Pro Series 3 have western cedar tops with hand-scalloped X bracing, stylish ivory body binding complemented by handsome dark purfling, and beautiful concentric-ring rosettes with meticulous wood marquetry. Other features of Pro Series 3 guitars include gold tuners with amber buttons, distinctive wood "dot-in-dot" fingerboard inlays, a natural satin finish, and Takamine’s acclaimed CT4B II preamp system for outstanding amplified sound and performance.
Pro Series 4
With a refined style and strong, clear voice, the P4DC offers an immediately rewarding acoustic experience. Features include a solid spruce top, solid sapele or ovangkol back and sapele or ovangkol sides, ivory-bound rosewood fingerboard with 12” radius, pinless bridge with split bone saddle for easy string changes and faultless intonation, gold tuners with amber buttons, and CTP-3 CoolTube preamp for the finest in amplified acoustic performance.
Pro Series 5
A truly fine family of guitars, the Pro Series 5 is crafted with the performer in mind. All have solid spruce tops, solid rosewood backs and rosewood sides, 12”-radius rosewood fingerboards with stylish abalone “dot-in-dot” inlays, rosewood bridges with split bone saddles for faultless intonation, gold tuners and hardware, and the CTP-3 CoolTube preamp system for peerless amplified performance.
Pro Series 6
A stunning collection of guitars with bold looks and refined performance, the Pro Series 6 offers features that will help you stand out visually and sonically. All models feature solid spruce tops, solid flame maple backs and flame maple sides, bound 12”-radius ebony fingerboard with mother-of-pearl snowflake inlays, split bone saddle for faultless intonation, gold tuners with pearl buttons, and the CTP-3 CoolTube preamp for peerless amplified performance.
Pro Series 7
Representing the top notch of this series, Pro Series 7 guitars guitars are for serious performers. They feature solid spruce tops and solid rosewood backs and sides for a rich and pure sound, beautiful flame maple body and neck binding, 12”-radius ebony fingerboards with elegant abalone “snowflake” inlays, split bone saddles for faultless intonation, gold tuners and hardware, and the CTP-3 CoolTube preamp for unmatched amplified performance.
If you’re ready to step up to a Takamine Pro Series guitar, the best way to do it is to get in touch with one of our authorized Takamine dealers and try one for yourself. Find your Takamine dealer here.