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How I Got That Sound by Jody Whitesides

January 31, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Articles

Composer and Taylor strummer Jody Whitesides recently invited fans into his studio to hear how he got the guitar sound from his 615ce and Taylor K4 for a movie trailer for “Goats,” a soon-to-be released movie starring David Duchovny, Vera…

Two Artists, One Day and One Song

January 30, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Artists

The online series “Dubway Days” explores the collaborative songwriting process in an intriguing way: by pairing together two artists with the mission of composing and recording a song in one day. Each episode, the host and principle artist, singer-songwriter Ben Arthur…

How to Become a Natural

January 30, 2012 - by Shawn Persinger - Articles

Think you lack the innate talent of other players? With enough desire and commitment, you can transform yourself into a “natural.”  When it comes to my guitar-playing ability, people often say to me, “You really have a gift. You’re a natural.” While I’ve…

John Rzeznik Takes Over the Taylor Stage and Talks Smashing Guitars

January 27, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Artists

Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik dropped by our NAMM showcase in a surprise performance. Rzeznik, accompanied by Goo guitarist Brad Fernquist, hung out to talk guitars and performed two hits, “Broadway,” and “As I Am,” to a packed room.…

GS Mini Inspires Lots of Playtime

January 26, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Taylor News

It’s been almost two years since the release of the GS Mini, and the guitar continues to inspire and delight players. Harmony Central’s Phil O’Keefe took the guitar on a test drive and called it “seductive.” “I found myself drawn…

Andy Brown “What If?” on BalconyTV.com

January 16, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Artists

Winner of Taylor's Acoustic Test Drive contest, Andy Brown performs "What If" off his yet-to-be released album due in Spring 2012. rQwpuoUNnjc Video of rQwpuoUNnjc

Breaking the Mold with Wayne Johnson

January 16, 2012 - by wayne.johnson - Articles

Ed. Note: We’re pleased to welcome Wayne Johnson, a Grammy-winning guitarist and Taylor Road Show product specialist, back to the pages of Wood&Steel as a regular contributor. In addition to writing instructional pieces, Wayne will also be presenting online video…

“Angels We Have Heard on High” by Daria Musk

January 14, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Articles

Google+ musician Daria Musk teaches players how to play "Angels We Have Heard on High."                

FAQ: How should I clean or polish my guitar?

January 9, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Articles

Q: How should I clean or polish my guitar? A: Most store-bought guitar and automotive polishes will work fine on the glossy areas of our UV-finished guitars built after 1995. These polishes will also work well on older gloss-finish models. You may…

FAQ: When was my guitar made?

January 9, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Articles

Q: When was my guitar made? A: The new, 10-digit serial numbering format identifies the factory of production, year, date and the assigned number of the guitar on that day’s production schedule, although the numerical sequence is slightly different from…

The 2012 Road Show Kicks off in Australia

January 6, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Taylor News

The Taylor Guitars Road Show returns to Australia! Beginning in February, the Road Show will visit eight Australian dealers for an evening of talking – and playing guitars with the Taylor team from El Cajon, California. Here are the dates:…

Pickups, Uneven String Balance

January 5, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Articles

When your guitar is plugged in, each string should be relatively the same volume. Expect a slight variance as you would hear when the guitar is played acoustically. If there seems to be a serious balance issue, test the guitar…

Pickups, Hum or Buzz

January 5, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Articles

  Noisy electronics are usually a symptom of a grounding issue or interference coming from outside of the guitar.  Try plugging your amp into a different outlet or move the amp to a different room. You can test the outlet…

Pickups, Distorted Sound

January 5, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Articles

Does your amplified signal sound distorted or overdriven instead of crisp and clear? Check your signal path to make sure you’re not clipping (overdriving) the input of your amp or mixer.  We like to start with the guitar’s controls in…

Pickups, No Sound

January 5, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Articles

  You plug in your guitar and get…nothing.  Here are a few troubleshooting tips to try first to check for a simple fix.  First, start with the basic. Check if the amp or PA you are plugged into is turned…

Crack Repair

January 5, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Articles

  Cracks in the wood are usually repairable, depending on the degree of severity. We recommend repairing promptly, to prevent the crack from spreading. You can take it a step further by having some finish work done to make it…

Ding Repair

January 5, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Articles

  Inspect the ding closely to make sure the impact didn’t crack the wood. If so, see “Crack Repair.” Taylor Factory Service Centers and UV finish-equipped service centers can to touch-up dings and, in many cases, make them disappear completely.…

String Buzz, Multiple Strings

January 5, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Articles

If all your strings are buzzing, there are few things you’ll want to check. Are the strings new? Have you changed strings recently? If the strings have been used more than a few times, try a fresh pack and see…

String Buzz, One String Only

January 5, 2012 - by Taylor Guitars - Articles

  Any time you have a problem that is isolated to one string on the guitar, start by replacing the individual string. You don’t necessarily have to replace them all if they’re in good shape.  A string can get worn…

Ask Bob: BTO Blues Guitar

December 21, 2011 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: I own eight Taylor guitars and love them all! It will be nine as soon as I can get my hands on a GS Mini.  They each have their unique voice, from the DN to the GS. I'm primarily a…

Ask Bob: Maple Brightness with Low End

December 21, 2011 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: I currently own a 614. I love the bright, crisp sound, but it is a little short on the bass. What products in the Taylor line will keep the bright sound of maple and provide more on the low…

Ask Bob: Indian or East Indian Rosewood?

December 21, 2011 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: Is there a difference between Indian rosewood and East Indian rosewood? I've noticed that some guitar makers specify that they use East Indian rosewood on their guitars, and I've always wondered if there is a recognized, qualitative difference between…

Ask Bob: Humidification Cabinet

December 21, 2011 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: I currently have three Taylors: a Taylor T5-S, a Taylor 614ce that my wife bought me as a birthday present, and a wife with the last name Taylor. In "Ask Bob," I have a keen interest in reading all…

Ask Bob: Three-Piece Backs

December 21, 2011 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: I have an all-koa, custom GS 12-string that has a three-piece back with a flamed maple center wedge. It is gorgeous, of course, and the guitar sounds exceptional. I seem to remember reading once that three-piece backs mostly had…

Ask Bob: Humidifiers: Tap Water vs. Distilled Water

December 21, 2011 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: As I anxiously await the arrival of my custom GA thru the BTO program, I have a question regarding humidification. I've been using Dampits with my 810 and 714. Is tap water OK, or should I use distilled water?…