Q: What guitar strings does Taylor install on its guitars? Does the gauge matter, or should I use whatever feels best to me?
A: Strings are extremely important – Since June 1, 1999, we’ve been installing Elixir Strings on all steel-string Taylor models, and currently we use Elixir’s ultra-thin NANOWEB design. In 2014, we switched from 80/20 Bronze to Phosphor Bronze on most steel-string acoustic models. While it’s perfectly OK to experiment with different types/brands of strings (excluding the GS Mini Bass), to maintain factory performance and specifications we recommend staying with the correct string gauges as follows.
Acoustic Guitar Strings
Grand Auditorium, Grand Concert, Academy Series, Big Baby Taylor, Baby Taylor
Elixir Light Gauge Phosphor Bronze NANOWEB (.012-.053)
Grand Symphony, Grand Orchestra, Dreadnought, GS Mini
Elixir Medium Gauge Phosphor Bronze NANOWEB (.013-.056)
Acoustic 12-String Models
Elixir Phosphor Bronze NANOWEB Light Gauge (.010 -.047)
GS Mini Bass – ONLY USE THESE STRINGS
D’Addario (EXP PBB190GS) GS Mini Acoustic Bass Custom Light (.037-.090)
D’Addario (EJ46FF) Pro-Arté Carbon, Dynacore Basses, Hard Tension
Electric Guitar Strings
T5 and T5z
Elixir Electric Medium Gauge NANOWEB (.011-.049)
Elixir Electric Light Gauge NANOWEB (.010-.046)