Takamine Co., Ltd. (株式会社 高峰楽器製作所 Kabushiki-gaisha Takamine Gakki Seisakusho) is a Japanese guitar manufacturer based in Nakatsugawa, Gifu, Japan. Takamine is known for its steel-string acoustic guitars.
The company was founded in May 1962; in 1978 they were one of the first companies to introduce acoustic-electric models, where they pioneered the design of the preamplifier-equalizer component.
English speakers often pronounce the company name as /ˈtækəmaɪn/ (“ta – ka – mine”), but the correct pronunciation in the original Japanese, is /tɑːkɑːˈmiːneɪ/ (“ta – ka – mee – nay”). The name comes from Mount Takamine located in Nakatsugawa