The Eagles, Bruce Springsteen and Takamine partner
to benefit Cousteau Society
Takamine guitar designers set about developing the new Limited Edition
instrument for 2001, they wanted to give it a special purpose. In addition
to some significant performance enhancements, the instrument features a
stunning dolphin motif in the soundhole rosette and 12th fret inlay.
give the guitar its special purpose, the company partnered with celebrated
Takamine players and The Cousteau Society to benefit the world's ocean
habitats. All members of the Eagles autographed a Takamine LTD-2001 which
will be donated to The Cousteau Society. The same happened to another instrument
which was signed by Bruce Springsteen. The Society will auction the instruments
to raise funds for its many Water Planet activities. Takamine will also
donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of LTD-2001 models to The
The instrument is a cutaway acoustic/electric model in the company's
popular NEX body style. The top is select solid spruce supported with lightened
and contoured braces. Combined with the solid rosewood back, the top design
generates exceptional volume and brilliance with a deep and powerful bass.
The mahogany neck joins the body at the 14th fret and features an ebony
fingerboard and bridge. Takamine's palathetic pickup and Graph-Ex
preamp give the instrument broad acoustic/electric flexibility.
"We're very proud to share this instrument with The Cousteau Society,"
commented Paul Damiano, vice president of sales and marketing for Kaman
Music and longtime Cousteau Society member. "Those of us in the music products
industry are acutely aware of the need to wisely manage our natural resources.
When we can call our customers' attention to this need, we feel as though
we are making a small contribution to our collective future."
Robert Steele, of The Cousteau Society and third generation guitarist
was glad to welcome Takamine's contribution. "Besides our oceans, music
is one of the great gifts that all humans share. We're very happy that
people in the music products industry are sensitive to our important ecological
issues. The Eagles and the folks at Takamine have our sincere thanks for
helping the cause."
The Cousteau Society is a membership-supported non-profit organization
dedicated to the protection and improvement of the quality of life for
present and future generations. Founded in 1973 by Captain Jacques-Yves
Cousteau, the Society now has more than 150,000 members worldwide. The
Society believes that only an informed and alerted public can make the
decisions necessary to protect and manage the world's natural resources.
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