TAKAMINE GOES ACOUSTIC/ELECTRIC
Takamine entered full-scale development of acoustic-electric guitars in late 1970s.For this project, engineers were allowed to pursue their own ideal sound without being bound by the traditional rules of guitar-making.
In the course of bringing the new acoustic-electric guitars into the market, Takamine invented several key components, one of which is its proprietary Palathetic™ pickup. By introducing this unique and innovative device that integrates transducers and bridge to minimize the feed back and between-strings crosstalk, Takamine successfully set the industry's standard of today's acoustic-electric guitar. The first commercial model of Takamine acoustic-electric guitar with Palathetic™ pickup was completed in 1978.