Up for sale, a 1981 Takamine PT-007S vintage acoustic-electric guitar in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. First released in 1979, this first-ever Takamine acoustic-electric was developed in collaboration with Ry Cooder and road-tested by the Eagles. It features Takamine’s proprietary palathetic pickup technology, with a two-band EQ.
Tonewoods include an X-braced spruce top, rosewood back and sides, and a mahogany neck capped by a bound rosewood fretboard. With a lower body width just over 17” and a body depth of 4 1/4“, this jumbo Takamine has a powerful, bold presence, with ample midrange warmth, just a touch of growl and a rich, broad low end. It’s dynamically responsive; sweet when fingerpicked, huge and resonant when strummed hard with a flatpick. The palathetic pickup features six individually-shielded piezo-electric elements (referred to by Takamine as palathetic crystals), delivering clear tones that have a lively percussive cut, further sculpted by the two-band EQ. This guitar weighs 6lbs 9oz, professionally setup here at Mike & MIke’s Guitar with 12-54 bronze strings, easy-playing action, and accurate intonation.
The mahogany neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulders, bordering on a soft V shape at the nut, measuring .850” deep at the 1st fret and .945” at the 9th. The bound rosewood fretboard features pearloid dot inlay and stock slender fretwire. The frets are in great shape, with well-rounded crowns, only showing light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The original bone nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width. The headstock sports a rosewood veneer, framed by cream binding, and the Takamine-branded Rotomatic-style tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should.
On the body, the electronics function as intended, with the palathetic pickup governed by center detent Bass and Treble sliders with a Master Gain slider. The output jack has been replaced with a brand-new Switchcraft jack. The factory stamp is visible through the soundhole, as is the serial sticker on the heel block. The ebony bridge sits flush with the top on all edges, and the saddle still has plenty of room for future adjustment.
The gloss three-tone Sunburst finish is framed by multi-ply binding, accented by an added Gibson SJ-200-style pickguard, which features an ornate floral design. The body is well-kept and crack-free, with cosmetic wear limited to a handful of minor dings and faint finish scratches on the body as a whole, mainly relegated to the lower bout and back. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, with a few shallow marks along the profile length that have no impact on playability.
The original Takamine-branded hardshell case is included.