The Eagles, Bruce Springsteen and Takamine partner
to benefit Cousteau Society

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LTD-2001 soundholeWhen 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.
Robert Steele of the Cousteau Society and Paul Damiano of Kaman Music Corp. double up on the LTD-2001To 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 Cousteau Society.
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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