From start to finish, each of our guitars is built with the greatest possible attention to detail. Making the guitars by hand allows the use of construction methods and techniques that are rarely found on machine made guitars due to difficulties in transferring these methods to mass production.
Each guitar starts with inspection of the wood to be used. The two pieces of the Takoba’s mahogany body are individually shaped and attached to a central maple neck piece. The neck
features a 12” radius ebony fingerboard and a double-action truss rod with two
reinforcement bars for improved stability. The one-piece 'thru-neck' construction helps in giving the guitars a slightly sharper sound than found on guitars with bolt-on or set necks, while also increasing sustain.
After sanding the body and routing the cavities, the
guitar is ready for finishing. The finish applied to the Takoba is designed to
enhance its unique body styling in addition to protecting the wood and
maintaining moisture content. Initial coats of filler, shellac sealer and
primer are first applied. The guitar is subsequently finished with a metallic
color coat, over which nitrocellulose lacquer is sprayed. After two weeks of curing
time, the surface is wet-and-dry sanded by hand before being buffed to a perfect
mirror-like, high-gloss finish.
When the guitar has been polished it is ready for final assembly and installation of the electronic components. The Takoba C-1 and C-2 use active EMG pickup systems. The low noise EMG pickups each include an integrated pre-amp, which helps to ensure consistency of tone. The system runs for approximately 1500 hours on a single 9 volt battery, with the system switching off when the cable is unplugged. Each guitar is fitted with a polished chrome backplate, engraved with a unique name.
After a final polish the guitars are set up and given a thorough workout to achieve optimal tone and playing performance.