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Manufacturer's ID: TK-P5NC
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Takamine are a very familiar brand to music fans: constantly seen in the overwhelmingly public hands of artists like Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, The Eagles and Garth Brooks. World class professionals choose Takamine, a brand that has grown from a small shop at the foot of Mt Takamine in Japan in 1959 to their status today as one of the world’s biggest acoustic guitar brands.
The Pro Series 5 contains some excellent performer-friendly guitars including this NEX-bodied cutaway model, the P5NC. Built with solid Spruce for the top and solid Rosewood for the back, this guitar has one of Takamine's most famous and popular body shapes, the NEX. This shape is easy to handle (it's like a slightly shrunken Jumbo!) and still has a large sound with lots of balance and projection. The Spruce and Rosewood combination is one of the all-time great blends for guitar making: you get the best of a booming, confidant low end with a sparkly, lively top end, leaving an ever-so-slight dip in the mids which, coincidentally, is the perfect spot for vocals to sit in! Strumming is a lot of fun on this: there is a good percussive attack to be enjoyed and fingerpicked passages blossom too.
Visually, this guitar goes for sophisticated understatement: there are abalone and ivory-style inlays on the rosette and fret markers whilst the body is thickly bound. The bridge on this model bears a split-saddle to offer excellent intonation results and finally the tuners are gold for an extra touch of class.
Excitingly, a Cooltube CTP-3 preamp and a Palathetic undersaddle combine to give you genuine valve tone! There are two channels to use: a bright channel and a warmer, thicker channel. Both sound fantastic. This guitar is all about tone and playability: happily, it excels at both.
It features a resonant solid spruce top with scalloped “X” top bracing for superior balance and articulation, solid rosewood back and rosewood sides, a convenient Venetian cutaway for easy access to the upper reaches of the fingerboard, and elegant ivory body binding with dark wood purfling and abalone rosette.
Built with the performer in mind, the P5NC features Takamine’s proprietary CTP-3 Cool Tube™ preamp system paired with the unique Palathetic™ under-saddle pickup for peerless amplified response. The dual-channel CTP-3 provides low-voltage tube tone, variable from bright and brilliant to thick and warm, three-band EQ with semi-parametric midrange, auxiliary input and volume (for use when a second pickup is added), and an onboard chromatic tuner.
Other performance-enhancing features include Takamine’s asymmetrical neck profile – which is slightly thinner on the bass side so that it fits the natural shape of your hand, resulting in a comfortable feel and improved playability. The split bone saddle provides more accurate intonation, while bridge pin positioning optimizes the break angle to improve sustain and presence.
Premium design appointments include a rosewood fingerboard with abalone “dot-in-dot” inlays, a rosewood headcap, gold tuners with gold buttons, a natural bone nut and gloss natural finish. The P5NC comes complete with a premium archtop hardshell case.
- Top Solid Spruce
- Back Solid Rosewood
- Sides Rosewood
- Neck Mahogany
- Finger Board Rosewood
- Nut Width 1.675" (42.5 mm)
- Electronics CoolTub (CTP-3)
- Finish Natural Gloss