With five Grammys, an American Music Award, and more Dove Awards than any other artist in the history of the Gospel Music Association, Steven Curtis Chapman (815c Brazilian, 814c, 714ce, 712ce, 512-M, 510) has amassed a hit-studded musical catalog and inspired legions of fans over the past two decades. At the heart of Chapman’s songs is a message of hope and love, a message he pairs with a moving tribute to his daughter in his new Taylor signature model guitar, the SCCSM.
Based on his primary stage guitar, a Taylor 714, the SCCSM honors Chapman’s late daughter Maria by incorporating design touches recreated from one of her last crayon drawings. The peghead features a six-petal flower with only one of the petals completed in blue. On the fretboard at the 12th fret, the word “See,” inlaid in her handwriting, accompanies a small mother-of-pearl butterfly: a call to “see” beyond the immediate and towards hope. The fretboard also includes small mother-of-pearl dots on the bass side.
A longtime Taylor player, Chapman chose the 714 — his favorite Taylor through the years — as a basis for his signature model because of the way it sonically fits into a mix with different tracks. “With my music sometimes being rock and needing a guitar that cuts through a wall of sound, it’s got to have a more compact sound,” he says. “The 714 had a great spot within a band setting; it cut through.” The SCCSM features Indian rosewood back and sides with a rich tobacco sunburst cedar top. Classic appointments include rosewood for the binding and peghead overlay, an abalone rosette, abalone-topped bridge pins, along with gold tuners and buttons, which give the guitar a warm, sophisticated look.
Each SCCSM includes Taylor’s tone-enhancing relief rout and is equipped with the company’s award-winning Expression System® pickup to dial in pristine acoustic tones. Along with a hard shell case, the SCCSM comes with a custom guitar label and a certificate of authenticity signed by Chapman. The guitar will be available at Authorized Taylor Dealers this fall at a suggested retail price of $3,998.
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