With humble beginnings in 1959 as a small family-run guitar shop nestled at the foot of Mount Takamine in the central Japanese town of Sakashita, the fledgling company took the mountains name in 1962 and began in earnest the journey that led to the phenomenal success that is the modern Takamine company. Introduction of the Takamine parametric EQ (TP preamp; later redesigned as the AAP preamp). Innovative external battery box and replaceable preamp package systems are developed. The Steve Wariner signature model is introduced. Takamine introduces its first acoustic-electric model, the PT-007S. The first Natural series guitar is introduced. Takamine marks its 25th anniversary with the introduction of its first Limited Edition guitar model, the EF25.
Luthier Mass Hirade arrives at Takamine and introduces many effective design and manufacturing improvements. The company later adds Hirades name to many of its classical guitar models in honor of his contributions.