This unique device is where it all begins. . .
(Photo above) Takamine’s steel string Palathetic™ Pickup
The core element behind the amplified superiority of Takamine acoustic electric guitars is the proprietary Palathetic™ pickup.
Using six individually shielded piezo-electric elements, one for each string, the Palathetic™ pickup is not a just a UST (under saddle pickup). In fact the Takamine design employs twelve times the element mass of the typical under saddle pickup. The six elements penetrate the bridge plate, soundboard and bridge to make direct contact with the saddle creating a sonic linkage with the string. The pickup casing is mechanically attached to the guitars top and bridge creating a sonic linkage with the soundboard. The result of this design is a signal that possesses the articulation of an isolated string signal and the rich harmonic content delivered by the resonating soundboard for a full, complete and accurate acoustic guitar tone at high sound pressure levels.
(Photo above) Takamine’s nylon string Palathetic™ Pickup
Takamine™ artist Jake Allen goes in-depth with the PalatheticTM Pickup— a design that provides a truly natural amplified acoustic sound and is found only on Takamine guitars.
Courtesy of Jake Allen - http://www.jakeallenmusic.com