Takamine CTP-3

Preamp for acoustic guitars

  • Tube technology
  • Tube: 12AU7
  • 3-band EQ
  • Semi parametric midrange
  • Volume fader
  • Infinitely adjustable Cool Tube effect
  • Auto chromatic tuner
  • Input for additional pickup
  • Battery operation
  • Similar dimensions than in Japanese preamps

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Avison_UK, 26.06.2015
I bought my Takamine P7NC a few years ago when they first were built. The CTP-2 was state of the art then, and it truly has been a fabulous sound. However. Some things were missing: firstly, when you plugged the guitar in the tube fired up, so battery was wasted (I need a 'standby' mode). Secondly, I need a notch filter to handle body resonance feedback in live situations. Otherwise, the CTP-2 was perfect.

The CTP-3 gives a standby button and notch filtering, and a 'boost' for in-out of 'lead'. Lovely. So I bought the CTP-3 from Thomann, it arrived, and the pretty simple swap-out ends up with an upgrade for my lovely, and now mature and even sweeter-sounding, Takamine P7NC.

True satisfaction. A great guitar, and it really is when plugged, made better - particularly live. Plugged, Takamine guitars, certainly at the upper end, are a joy to use because the genuinely unique tube pre-amp lends warmth and thickness to the sound in a properly analogue way - something slightly lost in the digital world.
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19.05.2016
The CTP-3 sounds good and has a fair bit of flexibility, with a mix knob to dial in as much tube tone as you want - normally more for fingerpicking, less for strumming - 3 band EQ with a parametric mid, notch filter and the plug hole, switches and volume for an extra pickip to be controlled by the CTP-3. All in all, sound and features are among the best you can get these days.

One problem I am still working on is that often the unit will not switch on. The 4 AA batteries fit too snugly which means the little springs are not strong enough to push the batteries against the contacts in the lid which has to be removed to replace the batteries. I noticed a small self-adhesive felt pad in the battery compartment, presumably to stop batteries rattling and making a sound that gets picked up. Having removed this all but two brands of batteries now fit loose enough that the preamp has power. I am still cautious, not wanting to have this problem 2 minutes before going on stage.
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