Takamine Pro Series 1 Acoustic Guitars: Series Overview

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Takamine Pro Series 1

Below is a quick overview of the Takamine Pro Series 1 acoustic guitars.

I will take a look at the specs of each guitar in the series and the similarities and differences between them.

Takamine has 7 different Pro series. This is the 1st of them.It’s the lowest price point for their pro series, but they do have lower priced instruments in other series, like the G series, for example.

There are 6 different guitars in the Pro 1 series:

  • P1D
  • P1DC
  • P1JC
  • P1JC-12
  • P1M
  • P1NC

Before we look at the details for each guitar, let’s see what the names represent. They are pretty straight forward – no complex code here!

  • P1 signifies that they belong to the Pro 1 series
  • D signifies that the guitar is a dreadnought
  • J signifies that the guitar is a jumbo
  • C signifies that the guitar has a cutaway
  • 12 signifies a 12 string guitar
  • M signifies that the guitar is an Orchestra Model (OM) shape
  • N signifies that the guitar is a NEX shape (mini-jumbo)

O.k. let’s check out the details for the guitars and their similarities and differences.

Prices are only rough.

Table of Contents

P1D – $999 (USD)

The first guitar we’ll look at is the first of 2 Dreadnoughts (non-cutaway) in the pro 1 family.

The P1D features:

  • Body Shape/Size: Dreadnought
  • Solid Cedar Top
  • Laminate Sapele Back and Sides
  • X Bracing
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 25.375″ (644mm) scale length
  • 1.675″ (42.5mm) nut width
  • Bone Nut
  • Pin-less Rosewood Bridge with Bone saddle (split saddle)
  • Cutaway: No
  • Electronics: CT4B II Preamp System with Built-in Tuner

There are some unique features on this guitar. The pin-less bridge and split saddle are unique to this guitar and all other Takamine guitars. The pin-less bridge is pretty cool.

This guitar also has a slightly narrower than normal nut width. 43mm is pretty much the standard for dreadnoughts these days (though 44mm is common too) so it’s not that much narrower, but by just a bit.

P1DC – $1,199 (USD)

The only difference between the P1DC and the P1D is that the P1DC has a venetian cutaway and the P1D doesn’t. Everything else is the same.

P1JC – $1,199 (USD)

The P1JC is essentially the same guitar in every way as the P1DC, except that it has a jumbo shape, which is of course a big difference that will change the character of the tone quite significantly.

P1JC-12 $1,199 (USD)

As you’ve probably guessed this is the 12-string model of the P1JC.

Apart from the fact that it’s a 12-string the other specs are the same, except that it has a 1.875″ (46.7mm) nut width, which is necessary to house the extra strings.

P1M $999 (USD)

The P1M has the same specs as the P1D with the only difference being the shape/size. This is Takamine’s OM shape. Again, this is a significant difference.

The P1M doesn’t have a cutaway.

P1NC – $1,199 (USD)

The P1NC is also very similar to other models when it comes to the specs, with the major difference being that it has Takamine’s NEX shape.

The NEX shape is like a scaled down version of a jumbo.

I played this guitar recently and loved it, it’s on my list of guitars to get! – my dreamers list :-)

See my Full Review of the P1NC.

Takamine Pro Series 1 Acoustic Guitars: Series Overview

Final Thoughts

This has been a very basic overview of Takamine’s Pro Series 1.

Takamine have a very simple formula with these guitars. They’re basically the same general specs but they offer it in different shapes and some with cutaways and some without.

For more details on the P1NC in particular check out the link above. The other guitars in this series will have similar qualities to that, but with tonal differences due to the different shapes.


Where are Takamine Pro Series guitars made?

Takamine Pro Series guitars are known to be primarily manufactured in Japan.

By Nate Pallesen

Nate is just your average (above average) guitar player. He's no Joe Satriani, Jimi Hendrix or Jimmy Page - wait this site is about acoustic guitars (sorry) He's no Django Reinhardt, Chet Atkins, or Michael Hedges, wait? who!? He's no Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton or Ben Harper - more familiar? Anyway you get the point :-)

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