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The CTP1 Series 1 Cool Tube Preamp

Takamine has launched yet another revolutionary preamp system. For the first time ever acoustic guitar players can now get the warmth and clarity only a tube can provide from an onboard preamp system featuring a single tube operating only slighty above room tempreture. At this time the Cool Tube Preamps are available only as part of your purchase of a cool tube guitar.

The CTP-1Cool Tube”On-board tube preamp with bass and treble tone controls, semi-parametric midrange, a second-source input and blend control, and chromatic tuner. The preamp was introduced at the January 2004 NAMM show in Anaheim, California is the most significant development in “on-board” acoustic signal processing since Takamine presented the Acoustic DSP, the industry’s first on-board “digital” acoustic guitar preamplifier in 1998. The Takamine CTP-1 “Cool Tube” preamp is an on-board acoustic- electric preamp that utilizes a 12AU7 dual triode vacuum tube.

Cool Tube Front Panel
Cool Tube Back Panel- 12AU7 preamp tube

The CTP-1Cool Tube” preamp gets its name from Takamine’s unique and new technology that runs the Tube at very low voltages, therefore the tube does not glow or produce high levels of heat. The tube actually runs at only two or three degrees above ambient, so there is no concern over the delicate tone woods being affected by radiant heat. With the Takamine CTP-1 “Cool Tube” preamp, the playing will be hot, the tone will be warm, and the tube always remains cool."Cool Tube the warmest tone you've ever heard".

Please note - CTP1 Cool Tube Series 1 - is now discontinued *

Introducing the CTP1 / CTP2 Cool Tube Features

Takamine players will find a most useful array of features to enhance their recording or live performance applications when using the cool tube these are the features to bear in mind:(Now Available in CTP-2 Series two,
with faster warm up response
)

  • A chromatic tuner available at your fingertips keeps the guitar in tune.
  • The tuner is capable of being calibrated from A438, to A445. An LED display reveals the note being played and directs the player with illuminated arrows that show sharp and flat.
  • The EQ section utilizes a shelving, graphic EQ, which can cut or
    boost bass and treble frequencies.
  • The mid range is shaped using a semi-parametric EQ section comprised of a rotary knob used to choose the mid point of the midrange frequency.
  • The midrange frequency can be cut or boosted with the mid slider.
    The range of frequency covered by the rotary knob is 200hz to 8.5Khz.
  • The tonality of the preamp is further enhanced by the use of the rotary knob labeled “Cool Tube” With this control, the player chooses the depth of effect the tube places on the signal generated by the proven Takamine “Palathetic” pickup.
  • With this knob the player can choose from a high degree of “CUT” for aggressive strumming; expanded “sweetness” and harmonic density with fatter lows and rounder highs;or levels of rewarding richness for finger style players.
  • An auxiliary input jack and volume knob, which can control an additional add-on pickup of your choice.
  • This facility can accept a magnetic sound hole pickup, or a soundboard transducer. The AUX control knob is used to blend the add-on signal with the Takamine pickup.
  • A small switch in the back of the preamp can be used to match the varying outputs of different pickups with the preamp.
  • The output volume slider can then control the blended signal.
    The CTP-1 / CTP-2 is powered by 4 AA batteries, which will deliver approximately 24 hours of playing time.
  • Faster Warm up Time on CTP2 with Signal Indication
    when Cool Tube is warmer.

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Takamine CTP2 Series 2 - Cool Tube Preamp

Found on the New Cool Tube Models (from the start of April 2008 Production) The Takamine Cool Tube CTP-2 Series two preamp delivers rich and extraordinary tone for acoustic players! The Cool Tube preamp features a single 12AU7 running at low voltage and may be blended with the input signal to give it as much warmth as you need. Direct replacement for recent Pro Series Takamine instruments with existing preamps. Includes a chromatic tuner which may be calibrated from A438-A445, a shelving/graphic EQ for cutting or boosting bass and treble frequencies, semi-parametric shapeable mid-range control and a mid-cut/boost slider. An auxiliary input jack and volume knob also are included for adding a magnetic pickup or soundboard transducer. Operates on 4 AA batteries which will deliver approximately 24 hours of playing time. Improvements over the original CTP-1 include a mute button and a faster warm up time that is
quieter with no volume swell.

The New CTP-2 Cool Tube also includes adjustment controls for the tube and an external microphone. It still includes bass and treble tone controls, semi-parametric midrange, a second-source input and blend control & Chromatic Tuner. (Found on the Newer Cool Tube Models from April 2008)

Cool Tube Series 2 Front Panel
(Bottom Image)
Cool Tube Series 2 Back Panel - 12AU7 preamp tube
(Top Image)

NEW MODELS NOW AVAILABLE ---
SEE THE NEW CTP3 MODEL FEATURED ON THE LTD2015 / 2016CTP-3 COOL TUBE SERIES 3 - INFORMATION ON NEW MODEL 2016

Current Takamine Cool Tube Models

TTSF40C Takamine 6 String Acoustic/Electric NEX Cutaway Santa Fe Guitar w/CTP3 preamp,Solid Cedar Top,12th Fret Turquoise Inlay,Mahogany
Back & Sides,Gold Machine Heads.

Available: TTSF40CLH Left Hand Version $2299.00

TTCL132SCBL Takamine Acoustic/Electric Classical Guitar w/CTP3 Preamp,Solid Cedar Top,Solid Rosewood Back & Sides,Marquettery Rosette,Rosewood Fingerboard, Classical Machine Heads
Available Colour: Gloss BL-Black Finish.$2399.00
ALSO IN TTC132SC MODEL SC-NATURAL GLOSS - $2199.00

TTSF48C Takamine 6 String Acoustic/Electric NEX Cutaway Santa Fe Guitar w/CTP3 preamp,Laser-cut Wood & Steel Rosette,Solid Spruce,Laser-cut American Eagle Inlay,Solid Rosewood Back,Rosewood Sides,Ebony Fingerboard,Gold w/Amber Pearl Machine Heads,Featured Inlays
Black Crow Rosette,Eagle Fingerboard inlay.

Available Colour: Gloss N-Natural Finish.$2999.00


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