Although the dreadnought guitar shape has roots in the early 1900s, well before Takamine's inception in 1962, it's been integral to Takamine’s tradition. Representing the iconic image of an acoustic guitar, Takamine has been crafting esteemed dreadnought guitars for over 55 years.
Originally, "dreadnought" described a British battleship, symbolising fearlessness and robustness—a fitting parallel for a guitar renowned for its powerful acoustic presence.
The dreadnought is second in size only to Takamine’s jumbo shape and shares dimensions with the NEX shape. However, it distinguishes itself sonically, offering a unique percussive element, delivering a kick drum-like resonance unparalleled by other shapes. This distinct feature has earned its popularity amongst diverse genres and artists like Bruce Springsteen and Bruno Mars, who favour the Takamine dreadnought for its dynamic and versatile appeal.
Takamine's dreadnought guitars harmoniously blend power and versatility, appealing to musicians across the musical spectrum.