Nestled at the base of Takamine Mountain in Sakashita, Japan (which is where the company got its name) Takamine has spent over 40 years perfecting the art and craft of guitarmaking. What began as a small family business has evolved into one of the industry’s leading manufacturers. And nothing illustrates Takamine build quality better than the TF250SMC natural-finish Flame Maple Jumbo. This natural blond beauty features a single-cutaway jumbo body with solid Sitka spruce top and a premium figured maple back and sides. Takamine craftsmen inlaid gorgeous pearl and abalone position markers on the ebony fingerboard, while the soundhole rosette also shimmers with the beauty of hand-inlaid abalone.
Played acoustically, the TF250SMC delivers all the smooth fundamentals and gossamer overtones you’d expect from a guitar built with such exquisite tone woods. What’s more, jumbos can fill a room with sound better than almost any other acoustic guitar. But that’s just part of the story, because this jumbo also comes standard with Takamine’s CTP-1 “Cool Tube” preamp, an onboard acoustic-electric preamp that utilizes a 12AU7 dual-triode vacuum tube. With bass and treble tone controls, semi-parametric midrange, a second source input and blend control plus a chromatic tuner, the CTP-1 packs an astounding number of features into a compact package that doesn’t compromise the instrument’s “unplugged” tone. The “Cool Tube” preamp gets its name from Takamine’s unique technology that allows the tube to run at very low voltages, so it doesn’t glow or produce high levels of heat. In fact, the tube runs at only two or three degrees above ambient temperature. Naturally a guitar this special ships with a deluxe plush-lined hardshell case.