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Takamine TF450GC Sante Fe NEX Flame Maple Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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The Takamine Santa Fe Series is inspired by the designs and sounds of the desert Southwest. Intricate inlays are perfectly executed and the tone is as wide as the horizon. The Takamine TF450GC has a s... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Takamine Santa Fe Series is inspired by the designs and sounds of the desert Southwest. Intricate inlays are perfectly executed and the tone is as wide as the horizon.

The Takamine TF450GC has a solid spruce top and beautiful deep flame maple back and sides in the comfortable NEX body style. The ebony-on-maple neck highlights abalone and pearl inlays. Other features include gold tuners and the Takamine Blue Tube preamp system. This outstanding guitar will sing in any venue.

The Takamine CTP-1 "Cool Tube" preamp is an onboard acoustic- electric preamp that utilizes a 12AU7 dual triode vacuum tube. The CTP-1 packs a huge amount of features and amazing tone into a compact package that fits neatly into Takamine's "SoundChoice" docking port. This new "Cool Tube" preamp joins a range of five distinctly different preamps that are all interchangeable, giving the Takamine player several great options to fit their personal style and taste.

The CTP-1 "Cool Tube" preamp features 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.

Takamine players will find a most useful array of features to enhance their recording or live performance applications:

Chromatic tuner
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.

EQ section
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.

Tonality of the preamp
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.

Auxiliary input jack and volume knob
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 is powered by 4 AA batteries, which will deliver approximately 24 hours of playing time.


  • Body Shape: NEX
  • Rosette: Concentric Rings
  • Top: Solid Spruce
  • Inlays: Abalone and Pearl
  • Back: Solid Flame Maple
  • Sides: Flame Maple
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Electronics: Cool Tube
  • Tuners: Gold
Pro Coverage
Limited lifetime warranty on Japan-made, G Series, and Jasmine products.
5 year limited warranty on Jasmine Studio products.
No warrany on electronics or plating.
Warranty terms vary. Check with manufacturer for specific product warranty.

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best dollar value out there

By Jim

from phila,pa

Comments about Takamine TF450GC Sante Fe NEX Flame Maple Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have used one of the Santa Fe models for that last 10 years. It has played with me over 100 shows a year and continues to work flawlessly. A great sounding guitar both acoustically and plugged in. There certainly is no Taylor,Martin or anything else out there at this price point that can compare to this guitar.Also only a handful of artists get their Takamine free, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Glen Frey etc. All the others you see playing a tak. Bruce Springsteen, Don Henly, Toby Keith, Montgomerey Gentry, and all the others have to actually go out and buy their own Takamine. So for stars that could play any guitar they want they still choose a Tak.

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