7 Intriguing Facts About Taylor Guitars
Taylor is one of the most admired and revered brands in acoustic guitars. The guitars are known for their easy playability and undeniable, unforgettable and signature sound. Throughout their 40+ years in the industry, Taylor has created game-changing innovations all while concentrating on ecology and sustainability. Here are 7 facts about why Taylor is one of our favorite brands!
- Before co-founding the company, Bob Taylor used to build instruments in woodshop class at school in the early 1970’s, trying to replicate the Eko Ranger 12 string—the famed folk and rock guitar . He later teamed up with Kurt Listug, as a young idealistic 19-year-old, in 1974 to buy a guitar shop in southern California and Taylor Guitars was born. “We were very young, and even more naïve,” Kurt recalls. “[Taylor Guitars] struggled for years, almost going out of business a number of times, but the thing that kept us going was this: We were already doing exactly what we wanted to do. If we had quit, it would have been to do something we weren’t excited about. So we continued. And the small successes along the way were enough to give us hope, to keep going.”
- The NT (New Technology) neck is a patented Taylor guitar innovation. While most guitar companies were building necks with V profiles, Taylor designed his necks with slimmer dimensions to feel better in the player’s hand, with low, even action. The NT neck offers optimal contact of the wood and perfect neck angle. Taylor Guitars has one philosophy that dictates how it operates its guitar manufacturing: what produces the best sound and makes the best experience for the user and listener? The NT neck is a result of that focus.
- Another Taylor exclusive is the Expression System (ES), which creates one of the most natural-sounding acoustic guitar pickup possible. It uses sensors to capture the movement of the top wood. With a low-profile set of controls, the ES system allows a player to plug an acoustic guitar straight into the board to produce natural, warm and woody tones. The ES system is an all-magnetic acoustic guitar system that works like a microphone to produce a pure signal and a warm, natural acoustic sound. Best of all, it’s a inobtrusive system that doesn’t get in the way of playing naturally and acoustically.
- Taylor is a company that is dedicated to wood conservation and sustainability. In recent years, they’ve taken on a more active role in responsible forestry. The company operates an ebony mill in Cameroon, and co-ops in Honduras in order to source mahogany responsibly. Mahogany is known for its meaty midrange character, featuring a strong fundamental focus often described as “punchy,” “woody,” or “dry” because it doesn’t produce a lot of ringing overtones.
- The Taylor 614ce won Best Acoustic Guitar of 2015 by Music and Sound Retailer. This model features an array of tone-enhancing refinements that transform the maple’s tone profile into a richer, warmer, more complex sound. On this maple/spruce 614ce, a torrefied (specially roasted) Sitka spruce top and our tone-enhancing V-Class bracing take that natural Taylor acoustic guitar versatility to a whole new level. Whatever the player brings to the guitar comes through—it can be played to sound warm or bright.
- The 145,000 square foot Taylor manufacturing facility is located about 20 miles east of downtown San Diego in El Cajon, California. A free, guided tour of the guitar factory is open to the public every Monday through Friday. The tour takes guests through the steps of Taylor acoustic guitar construction, from wood selection to final assembly.
- Some notable Taylor Guitar musicians and artists include: Gustavo Cerati, Jason Mraz,Taylor Swift, Israel Houghton, Joe Ely, Rob Thomas, RJ Thompson, Switchfoot, Tony Iommi, Rowan Meldal-Johnsen, Air Supply, Hillsong, John 5, Dave Matthews, Rolling Stones, Jars of Clay, Shawn Mendes, Jewel, Johnny Rzeznik, Iron & Wine, Tori Kelly.
Taylor Guitars is truly one of the most iconic, innovative, best acoustic guitar manufacturers in the industry. Once you play a Taylor guitar it’s easy to see why they are so well-loved. We’re proud to carry this brand in our shop, and we know that Taylor Guitars will continue to craft quality, great-sounding instruments.