With unmatched research and design, Takamine® continues to demonstrate their leadership in acoustic-electric guitar amplification technology.
The Cool Tube® preamp 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 Cool Tube® preamp is an on-board acoustic- electric preamp that utilizes a 12AU7 dual triode vacuum tube. The “Cool Tube” packs a huge amount of features and amazing tone into a compact package that fits neatly into Takamine’s “SoundChoice” docking port. The “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 Cool 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 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: