The Takamine Pro Series 4 is, like their Pro Series 2 – a very small line of guitars – so this will be a very brief overview.
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The Pro Series 4 has just 2 guitars (1 more than their Pro 2 series!) in it. Those guitars are the:
- P4DC; and the
To better interpret these names:
- P4 signifies that they belong to the Pro 4 series
- C signifies that the guitar has a cutaway
- D signifies that the guitar is a dreadnought
- OV signifies the use of Ovangkol wood for the back and sides
The “C” at the start of the CP4DC-OV model, I believe, just signifies that it’s a more decorative model, but I’m not entirely sure. If anyone knows, feel free to leave a comment in the comments section at the end of this post.
Prices are in USD and are only rough.
P4DC – $1,499 (USD)
The P4DC features:
- Body Shape/Size: Dreadnought
- Solid Spruce Top
- Solid Sapele Back
- Laminate Sapele Sides
- Scalloped 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: Yes
- Electronics: CTP-3 Cool Tube with Built-in Tuner
The P4DC features a Spruce top, like their Pro Series 2 guitar. Pro Series 1 & 3 guitars all have Cedar tops. So, if Spruce is more your thing, then this is the next step up for Spruce in Takamine’s line.
The biggest differences between this and the Pro Series 2’s P2DC, are:
- The P4DC has a Solid Sapele back, and the P2DC has a laminate Sapele back
- The P4DC has an upgrade in terms of electronics, with the CTP-3 Cool Tube preamp in place of the CT4B II Preamp System on the P2DC
- The 2 upgrades above, naturally increase the price of the guitar but also enhance the tone
Both models have laminate Sapele sides.
Another difference is that the P4DC has a gloss finish as opposed to the P2DC’s satin finish.
The upgraded finish and electronics is an upgrade from the Pro Series 3 models as well. But there is a more direct comparison with the Pro Series 2 model, because it has the same top wood.
Like most Takamine guitars, the P4DC has the pin-less bridge and split saddle that are unique to Takamine and the slightly narrower than normal neck width.
CP4DC-OV – $1,959 (USD)
The biggest difference between the CP4DC-OV and the P4DC is that the CP4DC-OV has a solid Ovangkol back and laminate Ovangkol back and sides.
There are also some aesthetic differences, but in terms of tone those are the biggest differences.
It has all the other upgrades from the previous series that the P4DC has. It’s essentially the P4DC, except with Ovangkol in place of the Sapele.
This has been a very brief overview of Takamine‘s Pro Series 4 acoustic guitars, made even more brief because there are only 2 guitars in the series!
If you have anything to add about the guitars in this series or have any other comments, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.
For more acoustic guitar series overviews see: Acoustic Guitar Series Overviews from Various Brands.
Takamine guitars are known to be made in Japan.