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Takamine - Dating Your Guitar
( How to Date Your Guitar)

Dating your Guitar

It's pretty simple to date a Japanese Built Takamine Guitar. Here's how;

YY is the year
MM is the Month
DD is the Day
NN is the NNth guitar made that day.

So… 01020345 would be the 45th guitar made on 3rd of February 2001.

Dating a G series instrument, however, is not so simple
and there is no hard and fast rule.

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 J Series Takamine instruments with existing CTP1 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)

Takamine CTP1 Series 1/2 - Cool Tube Preamp

> Found on Cool Tube Instruments Till March 2008
This is No Longer Being Made by Takamine.

After over two years of research and design time,Takamine has once again demonstrated their leadership in acoustic-electric guitar amplification technology. The Cool Tube Preamp.Pictures-Left View,MIddle View,Right View.The Cool-Tube features an onboard tuner and an auxiliary input jack and volume knob, which can control an additional add-on pickup of your choice.For Cool Tube Models additional information is here .The EQ section utilizes a shelving, graphic EQ, which can cut or boost bass and
treble frequencies.

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

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 CTP-1 is powered by 4 AA batteries, which will deliver approximately 24 hours of playing time.Want More Cool Tube Info? Click here.


Takamine DSP-Digital Preamp

The Takamine DSP Series Preamp is an approach to acoustic guitar preamp designing.Using the latest analogue-to-digital conversion technology, the DSP preamp translates the output of Takamine's exclusive Palathetic bridge pickup into high-resolution digital code. Once in the digital domain, the signals from the pickup are processed by a computer program which precisely adjusts all of the audio parameters the preamp is designed to control. This is referred to as Digital Signal Processing (DSP). DSP means greater precision in parametric EQ control as well as the capability for exciting effects and easy-to-use performance enhancements like built-in Chromatic Tuner, 20 Memory Locations, LED Display, and
Feedback Absorber.
Found in the older model G Series Guitars.
This is No Longer Being Made by Takamine.

Takamine AAP Accura-Acoustic Preamp

The Takamine AAP Accura-Acoustic Preamp Features illuminated sliders for rapid on-stage adjustments. You'll enjoy natural-sounding bass and treble variations with a high and low pass shelving EQ and appreciate dramatic sound control (between 89 Hz and 10 kHz) with the on-board parametric EQ section.The Accuracoustic also has a handy bypass switch that allows you to eliminate the EQ for a straight sound out.
Found in the older model G Series Guitars.
This is No Longer Being Made by Takamine.

Takamine CT4B Tuner Preamp

The CT4B II preamp is designed for ease of use and purity of tone. The CT4B II consists of 3 bands of graphic EQ tone control, a volume control slider and a built-in chromatic tuner.The 3 band EQ provides control over the bass (LOW), midrange (MID) and treble (HIGH) frequency response. With the sliders set at the midpoint (0) the electric signal from the guitar is evenly balanced across the frequency range. The desired tone is then dialed in by using the sliders to add or subtract frequency response as desired. Each frequency control slider will raise or lower the band response by +/-5db.
The volume slider adjusts the output volume of the preamp.

Want More CT4B-II Preamp Info? Click here.


NEW CT4B DX MODEL The two-channel CT4-DX offers the ultimate in preamp flexibility. Used with the Palathetic® under- saddle pickup, it offers four-band EQ (low, low mid, high mid, high) and two notch filter controls to reduce feedback.Add a second pickup (the Takamine Tri-Ax, for example), and the CT4-DX gives you independent control over both pickups, each of which will then have two-band EQ and a notch filter control. You can also alter the mix levels of each of the pickups. Other features include volume control and onboard tuner. ( More Info ) Found on the NEW TP SERIES

Takamine Graph-Ex Preamp

The Takamine Graph-Ex Preamp has three bands of EQ along with an "Exciter" control which allows you to accentuate, brighten-up, or "excite" the output in a cleaner more defined sound. This clarity will offer the listener better intelligibility. The Graph-Ex has a volume knob which retracts to a flush position and also a battery check to let you know
you've still got enough power..
Found in the older model G Series Guitars.
This is No Longer Being Made by Takamine.

Takamine TK4N-G Series Preamp

The Takamine TK4N Preamp is the older version of Takamines preamps found on the discountinued Models of the G Series guitars from 2005 - 2006 .This preamp has a tuner built in,three bands of Graphic EQ,with a mid-shift control.This preamp offers an EQ bypass switch and a notch filter to allow you to dial out troublesome frequencies.
Found in the older model G Series Guitars.
This is No Longer Being Made by Takamine.

Takamine N4B-G Series Preamp

The Takamine N4B Preamp which Takamine uses exclusively on the G-Series guitars found in the 2004-2005 Range,it has an easy-to-use four-slider control. Three bands of active EQ coupled with a volume control keep it simple. The external battery box and battery check are a handy feature..
Found in the older model G Series Guitars
This is No Longer Being Made by Takamine.

Takamine TP4T Preamp

Easy to use TP4T preamp featuring a 3 Band Graphic EQ and built in tuner with x Bass, 1 x Treble, 1 x Middle,1 x Gain, 1 x Volume Controls, 3-band Graphic EQ, 1 x Tuner Switch& Battery Indication Light available on
G Series Bluegrass Models & Now on the D Series Solid Top
Guitars Only. ( More Info )
Found in the Newer G Series Bluegrass Guitars.
Found in the D Series Solid Top Models From April 2009 Onwards.

Takamine Tri-Ax Pickup

The world's first active triaxial soundhole-mounted acoustic guitar pickup.
The Takamine Tri-Ax pickup is a Sound board sensitive,dual coil magnetic pickup system, matched to our Cool Tube preamp.Noiseless class (A) all discreet line driver,Adjustable pole pieces for balance control,Highly feedback resistant Passive/Active switch,Volume control,1000 hour battery life with CR2032 coin cell.Takamine Guitars, the industry leader in acoustic electric guitar technology is proud to introduce its first “add-on” acoustic guitar pickup. Takamine's Tri-Ax is a tri-axial dynamic body sensing, soundhole mounted pickup that is “System Matched” to perform with the Takamine CTP-1 Cool Tube preamp.

When installed in the CTP-1 auxiliary input, the Tri-Ax gives the player a greatly expanded palette of tonal possibilities.To Learn More about the add on features and any other information regarding the Tri-Ax click here.
The Tri-Ax is also an excellent stand-alone pickup that can be installed in any acoustic guitar for a level of realism and fidelity that was previously unattainable. The Tri-Ax features both passive and active operation and a volume control in active mode.Additional Pictures can be downloaded in the Zip File below.Enables Blending w/ Under Saddle Pickup using a Cool Tube Preamp as an addition.

ZTP0893P Triax 2 Pickup 2016 ( retail $499 )

Takamine D Series TS1 Preamp

Found on the D Series Acoustic Electric Takamines, this reliable preamp is nothing fancy but does the job just nicely. Made by SHADOW in Germany, The TS1 Pre-Amp, features a Volume switch , 2 Tone switches (Bass & Treble) & a built in Phase Switch, making it
the perfect simple compact preamp.
> Found on Aco/Elec D Series Guitars from March 2007


Takamine D Series TS2 Preamp

Found on the D Series Solid Top Takamines is the TS2 System,
this reliable preamp with built in Digital Tuner does the job just nicely.
Made by SHADOW in Germany, The TS2 Pre-Amp, features a Volume switch,2 Tone switches (Bass & Treble) a built in Phase Switch & a Battery Indication Light , making it the perfect simple easy to use preamp.
> Found on D Series Solid Top Instruments Till March 2009
This is No Longer Being Made by Takamine.


Takamine G Series TK-40 Preamp

The Newest Addition to the Takamine G Series Guitars line up,
The Takamine TK-40 Preamp.Features: EQ Bypass: Bypassing EQ is desirable in some studio or live environments where external EQ is preferable. It's also useful in that it allows you to compare your EQ adjustments to your unaffected amplified tone. With the switch in the depressed position, the EQ is active - return it to the ‘up' position and the EQ is bypassed. Notch Filter: The notch filter is a highly selective form of EQ that affects only an extremely narrow and deep cut of an audio frequency band. The TK-40 has a tuneable notch filter, allowing you to select the frequencies affected by the notch so you can dial out feedback. If monitor or stage levels are too high and you hear your guitar starting to feed back, press notch filter in/out and simply tune out the feedback by slowly rotating the rotary notch control until it's eliminated.

Mid Contour: Press the mid contour button and you activate a pre-shaped EQ that emphasises the frequencies that best complement an amplified acoustic guitar. The control can add punch or reduce unwanted mid frequencies. Try experimenting with the mid contour and the ‘Mid' EQ control to find the tonality that suits you best.

Built in Tuner: The tuner in the TK-40 is fully chromatic and automatic. Simply press the tuner switch to activate it, sound each string in turn, tune to concert pitch and then start playing! (Found on 2008 Models Onwards)

Takamine Line Driver Preamp

The Takamine Line Driver (TLD for short ), is the most basic preamp system you could ever want, it buffers the pickup from the rest of your amplification set up and makes the signal ready to be processed for external gear, there are no controls on the guitar, and no holes and a minimum amount of wiring. The TLD is Acoustic/Electric for the purist.
(Found on TEF340SBG & TEF360SBG J Series Bluegrass Models)

Takamine Preamp Images File Download

  • Download the Following if you require pictures of all takamine preamps-Useful for presentations

Takamine Preamps.zip