Takamine Factory Tour by Premier Guitar

In September, we sent Takamine's director of product development Tom Watters to Japan along with Premier Guitar associate editor Chris Kies for a firsthand look inside the famous Takamine factory in Nakatsugawa. What resulted was perhaps the most thorough look inside one of the world's most respected guitar manufacturing facilities. Get a snack, sit back, and check out the entire process involved in making Takamine's Japan-built Pro Series, Legacy Series, Signature Series, Limited Edition, and other instruments handcrafted at the foot of Mt. Takamine by our renowned luthiers!

Hinrich S.

Hallo Tom, ein wunderschönes Video. Selbst ich mit meinen geringen Englischkenntnissen habe das meiste verstanden. Es hat lange gedauert, dich im Netz zu finden. Solltes es dich mal wieder Europa oder gar nach Deutschland ziehen, melde dich. Ich hoffe mein Acount mit Adresse usw geht dann. Musik ist ja in unserer Familie seit Generationen ein großes Thema. Liebe Grüße aus Germany! Dein Cousin Hinrich Steffens

Tom W.

Danke, Hinrich! Viele Grüße aus sonnigen California auch!

Michael H

Great video...has given me a much better appreciation of how Takamine hand makes their guitars.  Thank you

Tom W.

Nice to hear, Michael. It's a great factory.

Michael H

After watching the video, I bought a Takamine Peace 2020 in the Ochanomizu district.  It has an amazing sound! 

Randy  H.

Thank you guys very much for this. Its awesome to see all the behind the scenes and details going into each guitar.  I love my KC70. Thanks again Tom!

The Fatguy

Thank you Jeff and Tom for another awesome video.  

Charles A.

Very good video. This answered a lot of questions!

I was especially interested in the neck fitting portion of this video, as I have done a few neck resets on Takamines and was looking forward to seeing how they were fit.

Earlier in the video we can clearly see craftsmen using protein glue and Titebond. Can anyone verify firsthand what adhesive is used in the neck joint? Per communication with Takamine Japan and my own firsthand experience, they are still using Epoxy in the neck joint which is nearly impossible to release with heat. 

I've also noted that, in the past, the stabilizer bars that help keep the neck in place over the body have been steel instead of Maple. Is there any specific time we can know they made that switch, or is it dependent upon the model?



Tom W.

They use epoxy. I have not seen steel on any of the models, however they may have done this in the past.