It’s not often that Takamine releases an entire new series of instruments to join our acclaimed Pro Series, Legacy Series, Limited Edition, and other finely-crafted guitars. Designed and built at Takamine’s highly-respected manufacturing facility in Sakashita, Japan, the new Thinline Series comprises a group of six new instruments that are extraordinarily well made, and offer a number of advantages you won’t get from other guitars.
Compact Size, Big Tone
The first thing we hear from people who are picking up a Thinline model for the first time is the surprise at the volume and clarity that comes from this decidedly streamlined body shape. Even unplugged and played acoustically, the Thinline guitars are designed to offer great projection and articulation, and a surprisingly warm and full tone.
Once plugged in and amplified, the Thinline Series takes advantage of Takamine’s decades-long experience at mastering the art of making acoustic-electric guitars. A new professional-grade preampfification system, the CT-3N, was created for the Thinline Series. It features individual EQ controls for low, mid, and high frequencies, as well as a notch filter for further EQ refinements (or killing feedback issues), along with an onboard tuner, battery indicator, and master volume control. With the CT-3N working in conjunction with Takamine’s renowned Palathetic pickup, these guitars sound amazing for both solo work or in a band setting, and might be an ideal choice for genres of music ranging from pop to singer-songwriter, country, rock, reggae, jazz, worship music and more.
It’s obvious that the slim body size of the Thinline Series is what really sets it apart from most typical guitar styles. If you’re looking for a dreadnought, jumbo, NEX, or other body shape, Takamine offers some of the best available. But not everyone plays their best while having to drape their fretting arm over a thick chunk of instrument.
People who are more familiar with playing electric guitars, for example, might find the Thinline Series much more comfortable, allowing their lower arm to rest on the body at an angle that better accommodates their playing style. We've also spoken to musicians who’ve dealt with shoulder injuries and disorders, and find that the Thinline shape is ideal for them to be able to continue playing comfortably.
Six to Choose From (Plus A Very Special Version)
We launched the Thinline Series at the 2019 NAMM Show with six new models, each with their own set of unique features. The TSP178ACK has a top and back made of arched Hawaiian koa in Gloss Natural finish, while the TSP178AC makes use of arched flame maple in Gloss See-Thru Blue Burst. Both of these models feature an ebony fingerboard inlaid with abalone and shell.
For musical styles that benefit from a nylon-string instrument, the TSP148NC combines a traditional solid cedar top in Natural Satin finish with an arched sapele back, and offers the slot headstock and 47mm nut width traditionally associated with nylon-string guitars. It’s a terrific instrument for fingerstyle jazz, pop and more.
The TSP138C is a Thinline that most represents a classic Takamine acoustic, with its solid spruce top available in Gloss Natural, Gloss Tea Burst, and Gloss Tobacco Sunburst finishes. These Thinline models offer a mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard with traditional dot inlays, and are great all-around guitars for any music style.
One other addition to the Takamine lineup also makes use of the new Thinline shape. The limited-edition LTD-2019 “Moon” model is yet another example of how the Thinline body can be put into service in one of our finest guitars, this one featuring a solid spruce top, arched mahogany back, artisan inlays on the fingerboard, and a special Gloss Midnight Grey finish.
Ask your Takamine Dealer!
If you’re interested in trying a Takamine Thinline guitar, just get in touch with your authorized Takamine dealer. Find yours here.