By BOB TAYLOR

Upside Down Truss Rod Cover

July 9, 2013 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

After I had tweaked the action on my Tasmanian [blackwood] Build to Order guitar, my son walked by and told me I had put the truss rod cover on upside down. He said, “Obviously the designer wanted the scalloped end…

The Worst A Guitar Will Ever Sound

June 14, 2013 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: I’ve heard that the worst a guitar will ever sound is the day you take it home. This is due to the fact that, as a guitar ages, the wood hardens, giving it a better tonal quality over the…

Changing Strings

June 10, 2013 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: I have a Taylor 514ce using your recommended [Elixir] strings. To my unrefined ear, how do I know when it is time to change strings? -- Stanley J. Answer: Stanley, one of the best ways to know is to train…

Fast Neck

April 24, 2013 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: I own three Taylors: a 210e, a 414ce and a DN8e. The frequency of use is in that order. The back sides of the necks on the 210 and 414 behind the first and third frets feel a little…

Electrostatic “Charging”

April 1, 2013 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: I recently took the factory tour and enjoyed it. The electrostatic “charging” of the guitar to attract the [finish] intrigued me. Since wood is an insulator and not a conductor of electricity, how can you charge the guitar body?…

Fretboard Oil

March 29, 2013 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: On guitar chat forums people rave about the merits of using lemon oil to clean their guitar fretboards. Other people respond by saying that lemon oil is actually bad for the guitar. Can you shed some light on this? -- Claudio…

Classical Guitar Update

March 26, 2012 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: I was fascinated by your article about building a classical guitar and wanted to know what progress has been made on that project. -- Robert Wheeler Answer: Robert, we’ve made some progress in the area of “thinking,” which is…

Ask Bob: Sinker Redwood/Rosewood Tone

December 21, 2011 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: I recently acquired a custom GC-TF [12-Fret] at a Road Show event in New Jersey.  I already own a number of great guitars with various wood configurations, but I had not found a rosewood guitar with my name on…

Ask Bob: Tenor Guitars

December 21, 2011 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: Have you ever considered producing a tenor guitar? There is a resurgence in their popularity, and several are now in production. I have a GS Mini that I have strung with four strings and tuned GDAE, and it sounds…

Ask Bob: Accelerating the Darkening of a Top

December 21, 2011 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: I've been the proud owner of several awesome Taylors (I'm one of those "traders" you mentioned in BobSpeak in the fall 2011 issue of W&S). My favorite right now, and a keeper, is my 1999 W14c. As you said,…

Ask Bob: Case Design

December 21, 2011 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: OK, here's a challenge, Bob. Every guitar player I know has either cut their foot or ankle or dinged their beloved guitar on a metal case buckle/latch. You have changed the guitar industry and the way guitars are built.…

Ask Bob: Maple Soundboard?

December 21, 2011 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: I was browsing the Taylor catalog looking to purchase my third Taylor and came across the Big Leaf maple 600 Series. Is it possible to use maple as a soundboard? I have never seen this and wonder if maple…

Ask Bob: Humidity Control in the Case

December 21, 2011 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: For many years I lived where humidifying my instruments was unnecessary. Now I live in the Midwest. I was using Dampits in my Taylors (355, 614ce and 710-L9) and switching an Oasis hygrometer from case to case every few…

Ask Bob: Spruce Back and Sides?

December 21, 2011 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: I have never seen an acoustic guitar with spruce sides and back. Have you guys experimented with one? What sound qualities would it have?Charles Vance Answer: Nope, Charles, we've never experimented with that. Not that it wouldn't sound good,…

Ask Bob: How to Get a Jazz Sound on a T5

December 21, 2011 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: Two years ago my wife accompanied me to a Road Show at which Wayne Johnson played a T5. She saw my eyes light up and correctly figured it was the guitar, so that Christmas she gave me a spruce…

Ask Bob: Musicwood Coalition

December 21, 2011 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: It's been years since Wood&Steel ran the story about Taylor's relationship with Greenpeace as part of the Musicwood Coalition (Volume 57, fall 2008). How is that relationship going?Tom SalzOlathe, KS Answer: Thanks for the interest, Tom. The Musicwood Coalition…

Guitar Value

What is the Value of my Guitar?

December 21, 2011 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: What is my Guitar Value? Bob, some pre-war Martins are very much sought after. Do you think some Taylor guitars might be the same someday? Or do you think advances like the NT neck make newer Taylors more desirable compared…

Ask Bob: High-strung Guitar Setup

December 21, 2011 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question:  I have been using Nashville tuning (the higher set from a 12-string used on a six) on a cheap guitar and want to improve the sound to use it seriously. I tried it on my 614ce but was disappointed,…

Ask Bob: Stainless Steel Frets, Ceramic Nut/Saddle

December 21, 2011 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: A few years ago, I became the proud owner of a Taylor T5 Standard. My beautiful "Belle" is everything I've ever dreamed of, and she'll do things I don't even ask her to do. But I have a bit…

Ask Bob: Top, Back and Side Thicknesses

December 21, 2011 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: If I could, please let me gloat about my brand new GS8e! It has growling bass, tremendous mids, and glorious, soaring trebles. It is the most even guitar I've ever played. How did you determine how thick the top, back…

Which Guitars to Use Nylon Strings

Ask Bob: Thin-Body Nylon String Options

December 21, 2011 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: I own an NS62ce and I love it. However, I had rotator cuff surgery and the depth of my guitar is problematic. I tried a steel-string walnut T5 with its thin body. Sweet instrument, but steel-strings and my voice…

Ask Bob: Spruce Top Runout

December 21, 2011 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: I have a new 814ce I ordered with a short-scale neck and Engelmann [spruce] top. Very nice! Can you explain why half the top appears to be a lighter shade of wood?John C. Answer: You bet, John. Imagine standing…

Ask Bob: Restringing Techniques

December 21, 2011 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: The tech sheet on the Taylor website ["Changing Steel Strings"] says when restringing to take off all six old strings, and then put all six new strings on. When I was first learning how to take care of a…

Ask Bob: Pickguard vs. No Pickguard

December 21, 2011 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: I'm from the UK and walked into my local guitar shop in Harlow, in Essex. I've fallen in love with one of your guitars. I noticed it doesn't have a scratch plate. Can you tell me why some of…

Ask Bob: Black Cases and Heat

December 21, 2011 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: I live in Sweden and am about to buy my first Taylor guitar. My choices are between the 314ce, 414ce and 514ce, but my question concerns your (and everyone's) hard case. Considering that you spend a lot of effort…

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