By JIM KIRLIN

8 Travel And Guitar Care Tips For Summer

May 19, 2017 - by Jim Kirlin - Articles

Traveling with a guitar? Whether your summer plans include a vacation or staycation, the warmer weather can impact the condition of your guitar. Here’s how to keep your guitar healthy wherever you both end up. 1. If traveling by car,…

Guitar Shape Spotlight: The Grand Auditorium

April 26, 2016 - by Jim Kirlin - Taylor News

The Grand Auditorium is Taylor’s most popular body shape, thanks to a design that accommodates a full range of playing styles. As a medium-size shape, it’s physically comfortable to play, and it responds with a pleasing blend of volume, clarity…

Meet The Redesigned 500 Series

January 18, 2016 - by Jim Kirlin - Taylor News

The past few years have brought a transformative sonic and aesthetic overhaul to our rosewood 800 and 900 Series, along with our maple 600 Series. This year we’ve applied our creative strokes to invigorate the 500 Series in several exciting…

300 Series Guitars

300 Series Updates: Blackwood, 12-String Dreads, 12-Frets And More

January 12, 2016 - by Jim Kirlin - Taylor News

Taylor’s 300 Series guitars boast an exciting assortment of new tonal flavors for 2016. For starters, Tasmanian blackwood, a tonewood we love, joins the series as the standard back and side wood on models featuring a mahogany top. (The tonewood…

Guitar Dealer

7 Tips For Finding A Great Acoustic Guitar Dealer

November 18, 2015 - by Jim Kirlin - Taylor News

Buying an acoustic guitar from a brick-and-mortar music store is ideal for many customers for a simple reason: It lets them play, feel and compare actual models. That tangible playing and listening experience can be invaluable. Plus, a good store…

Holiday Guitar Gift Recommendations

November 6, 2015 - by Jim Kirlin - Taylor News

Whether you’re shopping for that special someone or treating yourself this holiday season, a Taylor guitar makes an amazing gift that will resonate with its owner for many years. If you’re not sure which model to choose, we’ve got you…

The New 900 Series: Detail-Rich Curve Appeal

October 28, 2015 - by Jim Kirlin - Taylor News

Taylor is proud to reveal a luxurious update to the 900 Series, bringing an array of tonal and aesthetic refinements to our most elegant class of rosewood/spruce guitars. The 900s now boast many of the same tone-enhancing upgrades first unveiled…

Using A Guitar Humidifier And Other Guitar Humidity Tips

October 19, 2015 - by Jim Kirlin - Taylor News

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…

Grand Concert Guitar

Grand Concert Guitar – 5 Reasons To Try A Maple

May 26, 2015 - by Jim Kirlin - Taylor News

With Taylor’s redesigned 600 Series Guitars, maple’s tone profile has been rebooted to reveal a richer, warmer voice with more overall volume, sustain, and complexity. On top of that, each different body style features custom-calibrated bracing and wood thicknesses to…

5 Reasons Why The ES2 Rocks

March 10, 2015 - by Jim Kirlin - Taylor News

Since its debut in 2014, Taylor’s onboard Expression System® 2 (ES2) pickup/preamp has been the featured acoustic electronics package on many Taylor acoustic models. The patented Taylor design uses a breakthrough behind-the-saddle placement of piezo sensors to capture more of…

3 Reasons To Go Big With The Grand Orchestra

November 10, 2014 - by Jim Kirlin - Taylor News

When Taylor set out to redesign its Jumbo guitar, one of the underlying goals was to capture everything that people love about a big-voiced instrument, while also expanding its versatility to appeal to broader mix of players. The result was…

6 Guitar Care Tips For Fall

November 10, 2014 - by Jim Kirlin - Taylor News

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…

10 Key Taylor Innovations

October 7, 2014 - by Jim Kirlin - Taylor News

From Day 1, Taylor’s innovative spirit has been a driving force behind our efforts to improve the guitar-playing experience. From our ultra-playable necks to high-tech finish application, here are 10 game-changing Taylor innovations. For a longer list of 40, see…

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…

Rosewood Riches

August 12, 2013 - by Jim Kirlin - Taylor News

One of the reasons rosewood has amassed an iconic heritage in the acoustic guitar universe is that its broad frequency range and sparkling overtones yield a wonderfully complex voice. Coaxed into the shape of our full-figured Grand Orchestra body style…

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…

New Mahogany-Top 300s

July 11, 2013 - by Jim Kirlin - Taylor News

In addition to bringing all-mahogany models to the 500 Series, Taylor has introduced three mahogany-top guitars to the 300 Series: the Dreadnought 320, Grand Concert 322, and Grand Auditorium 324. All are available with an optional cutaway and Taylor Expression…

New All-Mahogany Guitars Now Available

July 11, 2013 - by Jim Kirlin - Taylor News

There’s a lot to love about a rich, complex acoustic sound. That said, a guitar’s tonal personality should fit comfortably into its playing context, and sometimes complexity can get in the way, like when other instruments are in the mix.…

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…