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!

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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.