Electronics
Using six individually shielded piezo-electric elements, the Palathetic™ pickup is not a just a UST. It employs twelve times the element mass of the typical under saddle pickup.
Palethetic Steel

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 guitar's 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.