Financing As A Guitar Buying Tool

May 22, 2017 - by Taylor Guitars - Articles

Just like with other consumer goods, the holidays are a great time to score a sweet deal on an acoustic guitar, thanks to an array of financing programs. Here are a few tips to help you use financing to your…

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,…

How Much Should I Spend For My First Acoustic Guitar

How Much Should I Spend For My First Acoustic Guitar?

February 9, 2017 - by Jay Parkin - Articles

It’s been said that the hardest part of any journey is the first step. Finding an appropriate acoustic guitar can seem like a complicated task for any first-time guitar buyer. There are many options, body styles, and price ranges to…

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…

FAQ: String Types And Gauges

February 28, 2014 - by Taylor Guitars - Articles

Q: What strings does Taylor install on its guitars? Does the gauge matter, or should I use whatever feels best to me? A: Strings are very important — they can alter the playability and tone of your guitar. Since June 1,…

FAQ: Why Does My ES Go Hum?

July 23, 2013 - by Taylor Guitars - Articles

A constant hum is usually a sign that there is a not a solid ground connection at the amplifier or audio device the guitar is plugged in to. If touching the metal end of the cable or the jack itself…

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…

Cedar Tops

May 1, 2013 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: I have been playing guitar for many years and am the proud owner of a 314ce. My next purchase will be a 512ce with a cedar top and mahogany [back and] sides. I am mostly a fingerstyle player and have…

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…

Laminate And Solid Wood

April 8, 2013 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: I recently bought a 2012 Spring LTD Taylor GS Mini Rosewood, and I was wondering how the wood laminates in the GS Mini Spring Limited Series (or the standard Mini) can sound different if they are all just laminate…

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…

34 Easy Ways to Make Your Guitar Solos and Improvisations More Interesting by Shawn Persinger

July 10, 2012 - by Shawn Persinger - Articles

On first glance this list of “34 Easy Ways to Make Your Guitar Solos and Improvisations More Interesting: For All Levels, Styles and Situations” should seem obvious to many intermediate and advanced players. But a closer look will indicate that…

How to Learn New Chords and Create Your Own Chord Melodies by Shawn Persinger

June 1, 2012 - by Shawn Persinger - Articles

  When I was less experienced player and I wanted to add some new chords to my playing I would learn twelve new chords, find a use for one of them and forget the other eleven until the next time…

Using Dynamics In Your Strumming with Nate Savage

May 23, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Articles

Have you ever been learning a new song or writing one of your own and thought to yourself “man… something is just missing from my playing”? Well, in this little article we are going to talk about dynamics and how…

Using Accents In Your Guitar Strumming with Nate Savage

May 7, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Articles

This lesson is going to take a look at adding accents to your strumming patterns. To do this we will take a look at a simple strumming pattern that will uses some basic accents. Throwing accents into your strumming patterns…

Developing Your Guitar Strumming Timing with Nate Savage

May 7, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Articles

You don’t have to be the world’s greatest strummer to make great sounding music. In fact, if you can play a simple strumming pattern solid and in time it will make you sound like a real pro. In this lesson…

Teaching Kids to Rock: Inside the Center for Creative Youth

April 10, 2012 - by Shawn Persinger - Articles

Since 2009 I have had the privilege of teaching music at the prestigious Center for Creative Youth in Middletown, Connecticut. CCY is a five-week pre-college residential program on the campus of Wesleyan University, now in its 36th year, which emphasizes…

The Constant Strumming Technique with Nate Savage

April 4, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Articles

As guitar players strumming is our bread and butter. Having said that, there are a several simple things that we can do to make our strumming sound like a million bucks. In this series, I am going to show you…

What is the Most Common Chord Progression in the World? with Shawn Persinger

April 4, 2012 - by Shawn Persinger - Articles

  The Ubiquitous I V vi IV Chord Progression.       I am quite aware that this topic has been covered several times in other on-line music blogs and lessons; The Axis of Awesome has gone as far as to write…

Cedar Tops for Hard Strummers

March 26, 2012 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: It’s been said that spruce tops are best for strummers, and cedar fits fingerpickers. I play in a duo, songs like “Crash Into Me” by Dave Matthews but also Motörhead, so I do both. I sometimes strum very hard,…

Complementary Acoustics

March 26, 2012 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: My sweetheart and I have a few Taylor guitars between us: a Baby, a SolidBody and a 414ce. I’m writing about this last one in particular. We play together frequently (at home, open mics, bars, jam sessions) and want…

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…