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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.…

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…

Update: Travelin’ Taylor Tour Live At 35

June 19, 2013 - by Taylor Guitars - Artists

We recently partnered with Southwest Airlines to present the Travelin’ Taylor Tour, a unique performance series in which six Taylor-playing acts entertained passengers aboard a half-dozen select Southwest Airlines flights across the country, from Nashville to Los Angeles. The Travelin'…

Enter For A Chance To Win A Taylor GS Mini

June 19, 2013 - by Taylor Guitars - Taylor News

Southwest Airlines' Live at 35™ concert series recently rolled out of the gate with the Travelin' Taylor Tour, a series of six inflight shows featuring Taylor-playing artists: emerging country acts Parmalee,The Farm, and Easton Corbin, folk-rock trio Good Old War,…

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…

Learn The Riff To Save Music Education

May 13, 2013 - by Taylor Guitars - Artists

Taylor artist and music advocate Philip Phillips, together with DoSomething.org and the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, is asking fans to Band Together and contribute to a cover and music video for his song “Gone Gone Gone.” In this week’s challenge,…

Phillip Phillips Asks Fans To Band Together

May 2, 2013 - by Taylor Guitars - Artists

Taylor artist and music education advocate Phillip Phillips is enlisting fans to join him to help save music education. Together with DoSomething.org and the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, Phillips is asking fans to  Band Together and contribute to a…

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…

A Song In A Day With Bend Sinister

April 30, 2013 - by Taylor Guitars - Artists

“There’s nothing better for songwriting than being given constraints and saying by the end of two hours you’re gonna have a song here, and whatever it is, that’s what it is, right?” offers Dan Moxon from Bend Sinister, an indie…

Tone Talk: Rosewood, Mahogany And Maple

April 25, 2013 - by Taylor Guitars - Taylor News

We love to share our perspective on tonewood nuances with guitar enthusiasts. The better your understanding of the unique sonic characteristics that distinguish different woods, the easier it is to find the right type of guitar for your playing style…

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…

Celebrating Progress In Cameroon

April 22, 2013 - by Taylor Guitars - Taylor News

In honor of Earth Day we asked Anne Middleton, Crelicam's Environment and Community Relations Manager to offer an update on progress at the mill. So much has been happening in Cameroon the last few months we’ve barely had time to…

A Song In A Day With Ben Sollee And Erin McKeown

April 22, 2013 - by Taylor Guitars - Taylor News

At this year’s SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, six artists were paired up and tasked with a herculean feat: to create a fully realized song, from concept to fully produced recording, in just one day. The collaborative challenge was based…

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…

A Song In A Day: The Sean Rowe Edition

April 9, 2013 - by Taylor Guitars - Artists

At this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, six artists were paired up and tasked with a herculean feat: to create a fully realized song, from concept to fully produced recording, in just one day. The collaborative…

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…

The Craft: Back To The Beginning

April 5, 2013 - by Taylor Guitars - Taylor News

The Craft Editor’s Note: We’re pleased to introduce a new column by Taylor luthier Andy Powers. Each issue he’ll be sharing ideas that have inspired Taylor’s latest guitar designs. Beginnings are complicated for me. The concept of a starting point…

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…

Music Womb

April 2, 2013 - by Taylor Guitars - Taylor News

I’ve been a traveling musician for a few years now and have been looking for a guitar upgrade. My parents knew I loved the Taylor sound and bought me a brand new Taylor 214ce for Christmas. I was stoked! Such…

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…

Under My Skin

March 6, 2013 - by Taylor Guitars - Taylor News

I wasn’t planning to buy a Taylor. Instead, I was simply trying to replace my old Fender that I’d played for nearly 20 years. But when I was in the music store, I asked the salesperson, “OK, so let’s assume…

Vintage Taylor

February 8, 2013 - by Taylor Guitars - Taylor News

In 1965 my father-in-law, Ikey Bayless (deceased), gave me a 1953 Martin D-18. He taught me a few “cowboy” chords — but working and raising a family got in the way. Played occasionally, the D-18 stayed in the case for…