Jim Kirlin is the Editorial Director for the Taylor Guitars marketing team, and has been representing Taylor in writing for more than 20 years. He manages the production of Wood&Steel, in addition to writing many stories for the magazine, and is responsible for directing Taylor’s brand messaging in print, online, and other media. A native of suburban Philadelphia, Jim spends his free time enjoying the culture and natural beauty of Southern California.

Making Taylor Guitars with Urban Ash

January 8, 2020 - by Jim Kirlin - Taylor News

Ever heard the term “urban forest”? It refers to the planned and managed tree canopies that form the green infrastructure of communities, including the public landscaping of neighborhoods, metropolitan areas, and larger regions. Think of the trees on your street,…

How to Take Care of Your Acoustic Guitar During the Summer

How to Take Care of Your Acoustic Guitar During the Summer

June 7, 2019 - by Jim Kirlin - Articles

Summer is upon us, and for many guitarists, that means breaking out the acoustic and getting outside to make some music in the sun. But with the warmer weather and all the traveling with your guitar, it’s important to remember…

New Copafera 200 Deluxe Acoustic Guitar Models Released Internationally

August 2, 2017 - by Jim Kirlin - Taylor News

We’re pleased to introduce a new layered wood option within our 200 Deluxe Series: copafera (pronounced kōh-pǝh-ferr-ǝh). The wood broadens the aesthetic range of our popular series, joining layered rosewood, koa, and sapele as another wood “flavor” for the back…

Using A Guitar Humidifier And Other Guitar Humidity Tips

October 19, 2015 - by Jim Kirlin - Articles

Dry conditions can lead to guitar damage. A guitar humidifier will protect your Taylor and keep it playing and sounding its best. We’ve all felt the depleting effects of dry conditions on our bodies. Think of a long flight spent…

6 Guitar Care Tips For Fall

November 10, 2014 - by Jim Kirlin - Articles

With the weather getting progressively cooler in many regions during the fall months, it’s important to maintain a healthy relative humidity (RH) level for your guitar(s). The ideal humidity range for an acoustic guitar is 45-55 percent. Keep in mind…

5 Tips For Traveling With Your Taylor

July 29, 2014 - by Jim Kirlin - Articles

1. Know your airline policy. In the U.S., the federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) permits you to bring your guitar as a carry-on or checked luggage. Here’s a link to the TSA website’s musical instrument page for more details. You…

Taylor Guitars At The London Acoustic Guitar Show

August 22, 2013 - by Jim Kirlin - Taylor News

Taylor Guitars will be among the exhibitors at the upcoming London Acoustic Guitar Show (LAGS), which takes place on September 7 and 8 at London’s Olympia Conference Centre. The event is being presented in association with the UK’s Acoustic magazine…

Tony Iommi’s Acoustic Side

July 29, 2013 - by Jim Kirlin - Artists

Taylor Director of Artist Relations Tim Godwin recently spent time with the godfather of heavy metal guitar, Black Sabbath co-founder Tony Iommi, at a rehearsal studio in Los Angeles, as the legendary band geared up for a string of tour…

Big Island Waves

April 10, 2013 - by Jim Kirlin - Taylor News

One of the unique strengths of the new Grand Orchestra has been its ability to coax greater complexity from the tonewoods that take its shape. Between its ample real estate, deeper body and innovative bracing, the guitar form seems to…

Winter NAMM 2013

April 4, 2013 - by Jim Kirlin - Taylor News

Grand Entrance: The GO Makes a Big Impression It was a dream scene for any Taylor lover: a showcase room richly stocked with wall-to-wall Taylor guitars, an open invitation to play them, and a clutch of knowledgeable factory staff on…

Return to Sender

October 30, 2012 - by Jim Kirlin - Artists

Alex Woodard wasn’t doing so well. It was 2008, and after nearly 15 years of plying his craft as a performing singer-songwriter, the modest  record deal he’d scored had gone sour. “It sounds like a typical musician complaint, but the…
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