A Stellar Limited Edition Electro-acoustic Guitar
Takamine Guitars is pleased to announce the release of the LTD2024 Limited Edition model, already referred to by many as the “Solar System Limited Edition”.
2024 is a leap year, the quadrennial event of re-calibrating our drifting human calendar to the solar system and the inspiration for the LTD2024.
With each of the eight planets delicately positioned on the ebony fretboard, our Earth clearly distinguished by its distinct orbit around the Sun, the LTD2024 encourages the contemplation of our planet’s magnificent journey through space with every note played.
Central to the design is the Sun, stylistically portrayed at the 12th fret as a swirling symbol of lifegiving energy projecting pale hues across the upper bout and lower headstock of the guitar, renewing the term ‘sunburst’ to its truest form.
Hand-crafted at the Sakashita factory in the foothills of the Japanese Alps — known for centuries as the source of highly detailed, handcrafted woodwork — the LTD2014 boasts an NEX cutaway body of rosewood back and sides and a solid spruce top with bracing and tone bars hand-selected and tuned by Takamine master craftsmen. A black carbon saddle not only transfers sound in a superior fashion, but also fits nicely into the deep-space motif.
To ensure the naturally warm and balanced tones of this finely tuned instrument are faithfully projected on stage, the recently released CTF-2N preamp, a celebrated throwback to the FET technology of the famed “Brownie” preamp, was selected. The very natural-sounding CTF-2N preamp in tandem with Takamine’s legendary Palathetic pickup, makes the LTD2024 one of the most sonically honest acoustic-electric guitars ever created.
Thoughtfully made with Takamine's renowned attention to detail, the LTD2024 boasts a NEX cutaway body, hand-selected bracing, a black carbon saddle for superior sound transfer, and is equipped with the state-of-the-art CTF-2N preamp for exceptional amplified tones.
The LTD2024 is not just a musical instrument, but a collector's piece that captures the harmony of the universe, offering a perfect blend of aesthetic elegance and acoustic excellence.
A Fingerboard Odyssey Through the Solar System
The LTD2024 invites players on a cosmic journey with its uniquely designed fingerboard. Each of the solar system's eight planets is delicately inlaid, showcasing Takamine's attention to detail. The highlight is our very own Earth, presented in a distinct orbit around the sun, encouraging musicians to contemplate our planet's journey through space with each note played.
Sun-Inspired Artistry and Design
Central to the design is the sun, depicted at the 12th fret as a symbol of life and energy. This artistic representation is extended across the guitar's body, with subtle, sun-inspired hues enhancing the upper bout and headstock. These design elements pay homage to the sun's vital role in our solar system and in nurturing life on Earth.
Engineering Excellence in Acoustics
The LTD2024 stands out for its exceptional build quality. Each guitar benefits from the expertise of Takamine's master craftsmen, who hand-select and tune the bracing and tone bars to perfection. The choice of a black carbon saddle is both a visual and auditory decision, ensuring the guitar's aesthetics remain uninterrupted while offering superior sound transmission.
Revolutionary Amplification for the Stage
Equipped with the latest CTF-2N preamp, the LTD2024 guarantees that its beautiful tones are perfectly captured and projected. This preamp, a modern take on the FET technology from our renowned Brownie preamp, offers a warm, authentic acoustic sound. Paired with our acclaimed Palathetic pickup, the LTD2024 promises a balanced, rich tone, making it an ideal choice for live performances.
Penumbra Blue, the distinctive color chosen for this instrument, was inspired by the astronomical concept of a Penumbra – the outer part of a shadow where light is partially obscured. In celestial events such as a solar eclipse, the penumbra is where the Earth’s shadow only partially blocks the sun’s light and creates a deep-sea blue that transitions subtly, echoing the gentle gradient seen in rare cosmic shadows, and now Takamine’s LTD2024 “Solar Eclipse Limited Edition”.
Penumbra Blue mirrors this fascinating interplay of light and darkness, featuring a deep blue that transitions subtly, echoing the gentle gradient seen in cosmic shadows. This colour not only adds a layer of mystique to the LTD2024, but also serves as a reminder of the guitar's celestial inspiration, making it a truly unique addition to any collection.
A Limited Edition for the Discerning Player
The LTD2024 isn't just a guitar; it's a piece of art that celebrates the intricacies of our universe and the beauty of music. Its limited release makes it a sought-after item for collectors and a prized possession for serious musicians. With the LTD2024, players can expect a blend of aesthetic beauty, acoustic innovation, and a touch of cosmic wonder.