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Ask Bob: Accelerating the Darkening of a Top

December 21, 2011 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: I've been the proud owner of several awesome Taylors (I'm one of those "traders" you mentioned in BobSpeak in the fall 2011 issue of W&S). My favorite right now, and a keeper, is my 1999 W14c. As you said,…

Ask Bob: Tenor Guitars

December 21, 2011 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: Have you ever considered producing a tenor guitar? There is a resurgence in their popularity, and several are now in production. I have a GS Mini that I have strung with four strings and tuned GDAE, and it sounds…

Ask Bob: Sinker Redwood/Rosewood Tone

December 21, 2011 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: I recently acquired a custom GC-TF [12-Fret] at a Road Show event in New Jersey.  I already own a number of great guitars with various wood configurations, but I had not found a rosewood guitar with my name on…

Ask Bob: Musicwood Coalition

December 21, 2011 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: It's been years since Wood&Steel ran the story about Taylor's relationship with Greenpeace as part of the Musicwood Coalition (Volume 57, fall 2008). How is that relationship going?Tom SalzOlathe, KS Answer: Thanks for the interest, Tom. The Musicwood Coalition…

Ask Bob: Vintage Value

December 21, 2011 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: Bob, some pre-war Martins are very much sought after. Do you think some Lemon Grove [Taylor] guitars might be the same someday? Or do you think advances like the NT neck make newer Taylors more desirable compared to their…

Ask Bob: Black Cases and Heat

December 21, 2011 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: I live in Sweden and am about to buy my first Taylor guitar. My choices are between the 314ce, 414ce and 514ce, but my question concerns your (and everyone's) hard case. Considering that you spend a lot of effort…

Ask Bob: Pickguard vs. No Pickguard

December 21, 2011 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: I'm from the UK and walked into my local guitar shop in Harlow, in Essex. I've fallen in love with one of your guitars. I noticed it doesn't have a scratch plate. Can you tell me why some of…

Ask Bob: Restringing Techniques

December 21, 2011 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: The tech sheet on the Taylor website ["Changing Steel Strings"] says when restringing to take off all six old strings, and then put all six new strings on. When I was first learning how to take care of a…

Ask Bob: Spruce Top Runout

December 21, 2011 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: I have a new 814ce I ordered with a short-scale neck and Engelmann [spruce] top. Very nice! Can you explain why half the top appears to be a lighter shade of wood?John C. Answer: You bet, John. Imagine standing…

The TaylorWare Gift Guide

November 21, 2011 - by Taylor Guitars - Taylor News

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the Taylor fan in your life, don’t miss our TaylorWare Holiday Gift Guide*. We’ve put together some great gift ideas and deals through TaylorWare, our online store for Taylor apparel and accessories.…

Ask Bob: Does laminate rosewood lose tone over time?

November 12, 2011 - by Bob Taylor - Articles

Question: I have a few questions regarding the laminate rosewood on the back and sides of my 210e. What exactly is the difference between it and “non-laminate” rosewood? Also, I’ve read that I can actually expect my guitar to lose…

Guten Tag Musik Produktiv!

November 9, 2011 - by Taylor Guitars - Taylor News

In Germany this weekend? Stop by the Musik Produktiv Messe show, which takes place in Ibbenbüren, Germany November 4-6. Over 15,000 music lovers from around the country will visit the show to see the music industry’s latest instruments and tech-gadgets.…

Taylor Road Show Draws Hundreds at Tobias Music

November 1, 2011 - by Taylor Guitars - Taylor News

The Taylor Guitars Road Show has become “the main event” for Chicago-area music retailer Tobias Music, a NAMM Top 100 Dealer. Held at the Tivoli Theater in Downers Grove, Illinois, the Tobias/Taylor Road Show usually draws a crowd of hundreds,…

Silent Comedy Releases Gasoline

November 1, 2011 - by Taylor Guitars - Artists

Rising act and friend of Taylor, the Silent Comedy (DN8e, Baritone 6, GS Mini, 310ce-LTD-Koa) just released their acoustic video for “Gasoline,” from their 2010 album, Common Faults. The band, which has gained notoriety for incredible showmanship, is currently on…

Taylor Paints to Save the Music

October 24, 2011 - by Taylor Guitars - Taylor News

This past weekend, Taylor Guitars was in New York City to help the VH1 Save The Music Foundation further its mission to keep music education in schools across the nation. As part of the organization’s “Family Day,” a free, interactive…

New Wood&Steel Hits the Streets

October 20, 2011 - by Taylor Guitars - Taylor News

The new edition of Wood&Steel is arriving in homes across the globe. The Fall 2011 edition features an array of interviews, tips and tricks for premium guitar health and tone, and of course, drool-worthy guitars, including the 2011 Fall Limiteds.…

Guitar Center’s Singer-Songwriter Showdown

October 3, 2011 - by Taylor Guitars - Taylor News

It’s a singer-songwriter showdown! Guitar Center, Taylor Guitars and other industry players have launched a songwriting contest to offer one artist a career-boosting opportunity: a three-song EP with Grammy-winning Producer of the Year and Taylor player  John Shanks (914ce, Baritone…

Hammer of Justice

September 28, 2011 - by Taylor Guitars - Taylor News

When Jack Hammer’s beloved Taylor 614ce went mysteriously missing, the Fort Wayne, Indiana radio personality and festival executive director jumped into action. In a story from the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, Hammer tells the story of how he added “detective” to…

Ready for Fall (Limiteds)?

September 27, 2011 - by Taylor Guitars - Taylor News

Yesterday, we were walking the factory floor when we spied some of the most exceptional, detailed and stunning Limiteds we’ve crafted to date. While more specifics will be available in the coming week, we wanted to share a sneak peek…

Celebrating Liberty

September 13, 2011 - by Taylor Guitars - Taylor News

Local San Diego musician Bob Woldin honored those lost on September 11 with his musical talent and a bit of American history, performing with his Liberty Tree guitar at a special 9/11 event held aboard the U.S.S. Midway, a decommissioned…

Strummin’ for Wounded Warriors

September 9, 2011 - by Taylor Guitars - Artists

Taylor artist and active-duty U.S. Marine Mike Corrado is raising public awareness and funds for wounded service members through his latest single and video, “Still In The Fight.” The song details the struggle many service men and women face after…

Andy Brown Ballad Appears on “Rookie Blue”

August 28, 2011 - by Taylor Guitars - Artists

You may remember the multitalented Andy Brown as the winner of our Acoustic Test Drive 2010 contest. Andy, who had the chance to record earlier this year, recently wrote us to share that his rather haunting ballad, “Ashes,” would be…

The Goo Goos Hit San Diego

August 24, 2011 - by Taylor Guitars - Artists

On August 23, Taylor’s Canadian Sales Manager and photographer extraordinaire Steve Parr was on-site at the Goo Goo Dolls concert, held at Humphrey’s By the Bay in San Diego. Johnny Rzeznik (lead vocals, guitar) and company played on a bill…

Taylor Travels to Hawaii for the Slack Key Festival

August 16, 2011 - by Taylor Guitars - Taylor News

Can you say “Aloha?” Taylor Guitars is proud to return as a sponsor of the 29th annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival. The second in the series of island festivals will take place in Oahu this Sunday, August 21, at…

Taylor Headed to London Acoustic Guitar Show

August 11, 2011 - by Taylor Guitars - Taylor News

We’re crossing the pond and heading to jolly ol’ England for the upcoming London Acoustic Guitar Show (LAGS). Held at the Olympia Conference Centre from September 10-11, LAGS promises to be a spectacular event, featuring a series of master classes,…