The Takamine LTD 98 was the Limited Edition model for 1998 – a tradition for Takamine since at least 1987, and built at their plant in Nakatsugawa, Gifu Prefecture, Japan. At the time of construction, this plant was in Sakashita, but in 2005 Sakashita was merged into Nakatsugawa along with several other towns and villages.
The Takamine LTD 98 features a NEX C cutaway mini-Jumbo body with a rounded Venetian cutaway. The top is solid spruce, while the back and sides use a laminate rosewood – the exterior layer is called ‘Rio Grande Palisandro’, likely Dalbergia Nigra The neck is mahogany, and the bound rosewood fingerboard features mother of pearl ‘Lunar Eclipse’ inlays, with that concept finished in the “Sun and Moon” rosette. The headplate and bridge are also rosewood.
The guitar has been upgraded in 2020 to the latest Takamine CPT3 control system and original Takamine TP0894 onboard transducer. This massively improves the electrified tone. Original electronics are also included with the guitar.
This guitar is in overall very good condition, and plays well. Includes case.