with case
This slope-shoulder dreadnought is a huge-sounding guitar that incorporates a 12th fret to the body neck joint for more fullness and volume. The top is thermal spruce to impart a played-in "vintage" tone, and the slotted headstock has a cool, old-school vibe that also imparts more down-tension on the nut, so that open strings have extra clarity. Bringing that huge tone to the stage is easy with the CT4B-II onboard electronics. This guitar is a great addition to anyone's guitar arsenal.
Body Shape Slope-Shoulder Dreadnought
Top Solid Thermal Spruce
Back Solid Sapele
Sides Sapele
Neck Mahogany
Fingerboard Ovangkol
Finish Natural Gloss
Electronics CT4B II
Nut Width 42.5mm
Scale Length 630mm
Case GC800
Case Included Yes
2019 NAMM Show: CRN-TS1 Spotlight

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Live from the 2019 NAMM Show, a look at the new CRN-TS1 slope-shoulder dreadnought....
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LA-based guitarist Matt Haze tries out the Takamine CRN-TS1, part of our Thermal Top series featuring solid spruce tops that are baked in a vacuum environment, giving the guitar a more desirable played-in sound. The CRN-TS1...
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John  D.

Thanks Tom! On my CP4DC-OV, I use D’Addario EJ18 heavy .59-.14 strings tuned down a full step to DGCFAD... string tension and action feels about right, and it sounds BIG! Same setup on CRN should sound great... BUT, might need a little higher action?

John  D.

Question for Tom,(or others)...

If the purpose of the 12th fret neck joint was to move the bridge further into the lower bout, why was the scale shortened to 630mm from your standard 644mm,(a length of .55”)? The distance from the 12th to 14th fret on my CP4DC is 1.25”. So, the bridge on the CRN could have been moved south by 1.25”, but was moved only .7” due to the shorter scale. I know this guitar sounds great, but I am just curious of the “why(s)”. 

The 12th fret joint moved the sound hole down the full 1.25”. This and the non-cutaway design noticeably increased the size of the upper bout, making it, and therefore the entire soundboard more flexible. Would moving the bridge down another .55” have produced excessive overtones? The slotted headstock increases down tension on the nut, but the shorter scale reduces string tension... is it a string tension issue?

Still stuck overseas till next autumn, but love this guitar, and will certainly buy one when I get back to the states. Thanks in advance for your always thoughtful answers.

Tom W.

The scale length choice is a nod to tradition in slope shoulder dreadnoughts. The 12-fret difference is still very much in effect.  630mm scale allows the ability to put on heavier gauge strings (say from lights to mediums) without an appreciable difference in tension. Some would say that this gives a guitar a more robust sound.  

Allan A.

Does this model come with the palathetic pickup just like the ones in the Pro Series?

Tom W.



Would like to know the fretboard radius, scale length and country of manufacture for this model. Could not find this information for this or any other guitar on your website. Thanks!

John  D.

Hey Bill,

Made in Japan, like all pro series, Thermal Top, LTD. editions. Only G series are built in China. 

Radius only my P4DC is 12”...: assume the same.

Tom W.

Radius is 12", Scale length is 630mm, Manufactured in Japan