To celebrate the company’s 35th Anniversary, Taylor Guitars is honoring requests from players around the globe with the release of two very exclusive editions. Affectionately called the “you asked for it” guitars and constructed in limited quantities, the 12-fret, the XXXV-TF, and the parlor, the XXXV-P, pair vintage acoustic concepts from yesteryear with signature Taylor craftsmanship, delivering results that exquisitely expand Taylor’s palette of acoustic voices.
With a warm, vintage voice, the XXXV-TF, a guitar named so for its 12 frets from the nut to the edge of the body, features a back and sides of spectacular AA-grade koa, an Engelmann spruce top, and a slotted headstock crowned with ebony. The geometry of the neck, body and bridge design in relation to each other translates into modern yet vintage tones. Bob Taylor shares, “It’s probably the warmest Taylor guitar I’ve ever heard. The mid-tones are beautiful, and it’s also loud. The whole experience of playing it is mesmerizing.” Premium appointments include a bone nut and saddle, green heart abalone top trim, a single abalone rosette and a koa peghead backstrap. To honor the anniversary, the 18-fret mahogany neck features the “35” inlay between the 11th and 12th frets, and is amplified with the Expression System®.
Not to be outdone, is the XXXV-P, a parlor guitar that’s compact in size but rich with tone. The XXXV-P features a parlor body shape designed by Taylor’s Larry Breedlove, with a back and sides of Madagascar rosewood and a top of wide grain Sitka spruce. Like the XXXV-TF, the mahogany neck joins the body at the 12-fret, while an ebony-topped slotted peghead is complemented by a bone nut and saddle. The bridge design, which draws from the Taylor Nylon Series bridge, features shortened ends and scalloped contouring for extra flexibility to enhance top movement and tone. A three-ring green heart abalone rosette and abalone dotted ebony bridge pins highlight the beautiful details of this all-gloss, small-bodied model, while parlor bracing and Taylor’s proprietary Expression System® pickup provide clear articulation with each strum.
The XXXV-TF will be offered at a suggested retail price of $6,998 and the XXXV-P at $5,998. All 35th Anniversary models will come with a certificate of authenticity signed by Taylor co-founders Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug. To date, the company has announced 35th Anniversary models in the T3 (XXXV-T3-K, XXXV-T3-C), the T3/B (XXXV-T3/B-K, XXXV-T3/B-C), the SolidBody (XXXV-SB-MP, XXXV-SB-K), the “Armrest Series” (XXXV-GS-C XXXV-GS-M, XXXV-GS-MP, XXXV-GS-W), and has introduced a 9-string (XXXV-9) model. The 35th Anniversary guitars are expected to be available in North America in early fall and internationally in late winter.