Taylor Guitars announces the redesigned 700 Series, the addition of new rosewood models to the 400 Series, as well as a new “Deluxe” class of 800 Series guitars.
The Redesigned 700 Series
Taylor’s design team has been hard at work redesigning the company’s rosewood/spruce 700 Series, one of the few remaining guitar classes in the Taylor acoustic line that hasn’t undergone a makeover in the past couple of years. The redesigned 700 Series features several tonal enhancements including Lutz spruce tops (provides a higher volume ceiling), Performance bracing and protein glue.
With the new 700 Series, players can expect all of rosewood’s musical richness, anchored by a strong fundamental focus that gives back whatever the player puts into the guitar and making these instruments great for the stage.
Aesthetically, the new 700 Series guitars are both rootsy and refined with wood-rich details and other touches that artfully showcase Taylor’s high-end craftsmanship.
The new 700’s feature:
- Optional Western Sunburst Top—The new color gradient features toasted honey-brown hues to complement rosewood’s variegation and the wood binding, top trim and pickguard
- Douglas Fir Herringbone Rosette—Three-ring design incorporates mirrored, bias-cut Douglas fir strips in a herringbone-style motif, integrated with maple/black trim
- Koa Binding—Light, non-figured Hawaiian koa binding includes a back strip
- Half-Herringbone Top Edge Trim—Bias-cut end-grain Douglas fir with maple/black accents
- Green Abalone “Reflections” Fretboard Inlay—Inspired by traditional shapes that were recomposed in a fresh way. Each element is a mirrored reflection of its opposing piece, creating a progressive symmetry
- Weathered Brown Pickguard—Mottled brown hues and a matte finish suggest the textured patina of worn leather
- Featured 700 Series models include the 710e, 712e 12-Fret, 714ce
Rosewood Models Join the 400 Series
In response to the popularity of rosewood on other guitar models, the 400 Series will now feature rosewood editions with an “R” in the model name (i.e. 414ce-R). The new rosewood models include the same mix and appointments as ovangkol counterparts, also paired with a Sitka spruce top. One spec change for both Dreadnought models: The standard nut width is 1-11/16 inches (1-3/4 inch nut width is available as an option). Featured models include the 410e-R, 414ce-R and the 416ce-R.
800 Deluxe Series
Taylor also announced a new “Deluxe” class of 800 Series guitars that boast three additional ultra-premium features: a new radius armrest, Adirondack spruce bracing, and Gotoh chrome tuners. The maple radius armrest incorporates a beautifully contoured rosewood insert, has rosewood top edge trim, and is narrower and more rounded than the beveled armrest featured on the 900/Presentation Series. Otherwise, the 800 Deluxe models sport all of the same tone-enhancing and other aesthetic features of the standard 800 Series, which was redesigned in 2014.
Featured 800 Deluxe Series models include the 810e DLX, 812e 12-fret DLX, 814ce DLX
Special Edition Quilted Maple 214ce-QM Deluxe
Gorgeous quilted maple is the star of this new guitar. Layered-wood back/side construction features outer and inner veneers of quilted maple, a central core of poplar, and a solid Sitka spruce top. The Hard Rock maple neck adds a matching blonde color tone to the natural-finish maple/spruce body. This new edition comes as a Venetian cutaway with ES2 electronics and a Taylor hardshell case.
(Info received from www.guitarworld.com)
The Summer NAMM Show is in full swing! Martin has announced news about its Standard, 15 & 17 series. The 17 series has been updated with Fishman Matrix VT Enhance electronics and new models have been introduced to both the 15 & Standard series – the GPC-15ME to the 15 series & the 00-18 for the Standard series.
First introduced at the 2016 Winter NAMM Trade Show, Martin Guitar enhances its popular new 17 Series with Matrix VT Enhance acoustic amplification by Fishman. These updated models include 00L-17E Black Smoke, 000-17E Whiskey Sunset and 00-17E Black Smoke. (www.martinguitar.com/VTEnhance)
Martin expands and innovates its world-renowned product line, updating the iconic Standard Series by introducing a new 00-18 and expanding its 15 Series to include the new GPC-15ME.
Full details on the new Martin Guitar models that will be displayed at 2016 Summer NAMM are below and at www.martinguitar.com/new .
00-18 – The 00-18 is an updated version of the popular 00-18V. A scallop-braced Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides are the foundation for this classic grand concert model. The combination of the short expressive 24.9” scale with a modified low oval neck shape and the more parallel high performance taper allows for fast action and playability. An East Indian rosewood head plate with ebony fingerboard and bridge round out the updates 00-18 to this classic model.
GPC-15ME – A solid wood, Grand Performance cutaway model with understated beauty, the GPC-15ME is crafted with mahogany for the scallop-braced top, back and sides. A modified low oval high performance neck allows fast and easy play up and down the East Indian rosewood fingerboard. Fishman Matrix VT Enhance electronics make this the perfect stage guitar.
00L-17E Black Smoke: A solid Sitka spruce top and Mahogany back and sides are the foundation for this sloped shoulder Grand Concert model. The cream colored ivoroid binding and pickguard are a stark contrast against the satin black smoke finish. A modern straight line Guatemalan rosewood bridge and a modified low oval neck with high performance taper complete the 00L-17E Black Smoke. Also available in Whiskey Sunset burst finish.
000-17E Whiskey Sunset: The 000-17E Whiskey Sunset Auditorium model boasts a rich, warm sunburst finish that will impress any player with its aesthetic beauty. It is crafted with a solid Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides for a comforting, warm tone. The Guatemalan rosewood fingerboard and bridge pop against the rich sunburst finish. The comfortable body size and modified low oval neck with a high performance taper make this guitar easy to play. Also available in a Black Smoke finish.
00-17E Black Smoke: A Grand Concert addition to the 17 Series, this model features a beautiful satin black smoke finish with contrasting grained ivoroid binding. Despite its small size, this guitar projects and resonates with bold beauty. The model is constructed with a Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and a Guatemalan rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Also available in a Whiskey Sunset burst finish.
(Info received from www.guitar-bass.net)
We are so excited to be getting this amazing guitar from Bourgeois that is on Display at the Summer NAMM show next week in Nashville! Here’s a sneak peek of what we’ll be getting. She’s a beaut!
And here’s a few pictures to whet your whistle:
Stay tuned for the official listing on our website when we get it here in the shop!
There are a lot of different options to consider when purchasing a new acoustic guitar. One important choice you’ll have to make is what size and shape you’ll want your new instrument to be. Body size/shape, scale length, nut width, even bout and waist size are all things to decide upon. The good news is, that there is no right answer to what size your guitar should be. It’s all about personal preference, comfortability, and what kind of tone/sound you’d like your guitar to have. We’ll go over some of the most common guitar sizes and if they’d be a good fit for your unique needs.
Here’s a few questions to ask yourself before purchasing a new guitar:
Do you see yourself traveling frequently with your guitar?
Are you buying for a child or teen, or are you a smaller-framed person?
Are you a larger-framed person searching for a more suitable sized guitar?
Do you want your guitar to have the right sound for the type of music you’re playing?
Do you want more bass, more treble, or more balance from your acoustic guitar sound?
How much does tone quality, recording quality, or playing for large groups matter for your guitar playing?
The C.F. Martin Company has been the standard for body styles and sizes, and many companies have followed their model as a solid foundation, sometimes altering their designs to create custom sizes and styles. The following describes some of the common acoustic guitar body sizes and styles, and shares a little bit about the sound and tone profiles. These profiles do not follow Martins standards exactly, but are good examples of the most commonly used acoustic guitar body sizes, many having been influenced by the Martin Guitar Company.
SMALLER GUITARS: Typically 12 fret body joint and short scale up to 24.9”
Size (0) – Buy a (0) guitar if:
You want a small guitar to travel with and you are not concerned too concerned with recording quality or sound projection. You do not need a “bassy” sounding guitar or you want to buy a scaled down version for a kid or small-framed beginner. You mostly play finger style without a pick.
Size (00) – Buy a (00) if:
You want a small guitar to travel with that performs and records well with a small sound. You are not concerned with strong sound projection, but still want quality playability. You do not need a “bassy” sounding guitar and you want a more standard fret scale. You want a smaller body for a smaller person. You mostly play finger style without a pick.
Size (000) – Buy a (000) if:
You want quality and balance to write, record, or perform, and you need a little more projection. You prefer a size and feel smaller and less deep than a dreadnought. You need more mid range and a little more bass than a smaller-bodied guitar can provide. You want a mid-sized guitar with a more standard look and feel.
LARGER GUITARS: Usually joined at the 14th fret and have a longer scale length at 25.4”
Orchestra Model (OM) – Buy an orchestra if:
You need a guitar with more projection and wider range than smaller sizes, yet a more delicate size and feel than a larger style guitar. You need more projection than a 000 or smaller. You’d like more mid-range and a little more bass. You want a more standard fret scale but want a smaller body for comfortability. You want a mid-sized guitar with a more standard look and feel with a thinner depth.
Dreadnought (D) – Buy a dreadnought if:
You want the most standard and popular acoustic guitar size, with more projection, bass and wider range than smaller sizes. You want the most balanced guitar in all 3 ranges: bass, mid, and treble, along with the most standard fret scale and iconic tone. You want the most universally available guitar in the world with the most choices for price range and manufactures. Also popular with singer/songwriters for volume and bass response.
Jumbo (J) – Buy a jumbo if:
You want a booming, bassy acoustic guitar without playing a bass. You prefer profound projection of sound, with a large-sized guitar with a distinction between the bass and treble notes. You’re a larger-framed person who needs more guitar, or part of a group that needs a balance of sounds, including deep bass. You want more bass distinction than a dreadnought in your playing.
Body size can also be voiced by using different types of wood and bracing, so these are some general sizes and responses of the various body types.
If you have a general idea of your personal preferences and how you’d like your guitar to perform for you, it’s now time to test out some guitars. Try out a few different sizes and shapes and find one that not only will suit your needs but also is comfortable to play and feels good in your hands. You’ll know when you’ve found the right one!
Currently in the shop, we have two gorgeous Redwood/Rosewood Wee Lowden guitars. One has a fanned-fret while the other has a standard fret. So what is a fanned-fret and what is the tonal difference between these two guitars?
Fanned-fret guitars are characterized by a multi-scale fingerboard and “offset” frets that extend from the neck of the guitar at an angle (much like the strings on a grand piano.) This is different from the standard horizontal arrangement on other guitars. Players of this style of guitar claim to have more comfort, better ergonomics, better intonation, and better control of the tension of the strings across the fretboard.
The idea of fanned frets is, in essence, to combine the baritone or bass guitar with the regular guitar in one instrument. Fanned-frets strengthen the tone of the lower strings by giving them a longer speaking string length. They also help the high string to be tuned higher than is possible on a conventional guitar. By giving it a shorter vibrating length, it enables a higher-tuned string that won’t break under the tension.
So how does the sound compare?
“When I first began to design our multiple scale (fan fret) guitars, logically I thought it would increase the depth of bass response – similar to the way a grand piano does due partly to the longer string length. Some folk had mentioned to me that the tuning would be more accurate. I had trouble seeing how that could be and when the time came to test it out ….. the tuning accuracy was similar to a normal single scale guitar but the bass response was indeed deeper. Then of course logically I began to think a Wee Lowden with the smaller soundbox (already voiced for extra bass) would be even better as a fan fret and the bass would be even deeper than our single scale Wee Lowden. It has turned out to be true – not a day and night difference – more subtle but definitely there!” – George Lowden, Luthier
NEW FOR 2016, COLLINGS GUITARS IS EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THE TRADITIONAL T SERIES DREADNOUGHT AND OM MODELS!
“In the early and mid-70s, I was thinking about how to make guitars that would hold up better than most of the ones that came across my repair bench. I wanted to make guitars that were powerful, had more volume, and would last for a hundred years because they were built right. I made them so that when you put in a little, they would give you more than you put in! They had a fast attack and a sparkle to them. Now, maybe because I’m older or because I’ve been studying old guitars for the Waterloo project, I’m listening differently. I’m hearing things that could be done a little different, something a little warmer and rounder. These new guitars have a more fundamental sound; they take things in a different direction than we’ve gone before.” – Bill Collings
The new Traditional or “T” Series of dreadnought and OM guitars reflect Bill Collings’ return to his guitar making roots and offer a new tonal variation on the distinctive Collings sound. Prompted by the development of the depression-era inspired Waterloo guitars, Bill had an idea for a new series of Collings guitars that would possess a strong fundamental tonal response characteristic of vintage guitars from the 1930s era.
Each T Series guitar is built using animal protein glue and a very thin all-nitrocellulose lacquer finish on the body, making them exceptionally dynamic and responsive. Bracing and tone woods are adjusted for weight and thickness to create a voicing characterized by warm rounded highs and a present low midrange, while retaining a quick attack and strong projection. The T Series models also feature a new Traditional neck profile based on our Vintage Now neck, but with a slightly more tapered carve and rolled fingerboard edges. Vintage-inspired appointments include gold mother of pearl inlays with maple/rosewood purflings for 1-style guitars and small brown herringbone purflings for 2H-style guitars. A full list of the Traditional Series specs can be found below.
One of the most exciting elements of the Traditional Series is the inclusion of the new vintage-inspired Collings hardshell cases. Each Traditional Series guitar will come with one of these handmade lightweight cases designed and built in the Collings shop. The vintage-style construction and fit of each of these new cases is perfectly matched to the instrument it contains. The pairing of these new Traditional guitars and cases makes for a combination of old world quality and aesthetic that is unprecedented among instruments available today.
The Traditional T Series construction/voicing package is available for D1, D2H, OM1, and OM2H models with the following specifications:
– Specially selected premium tone woods
– “Traditional” voicing with pre-war style Sitka spruce bracing
– Animal protein glue
– Very thin all-nitrocellulose lacquer body finish w/ aging toner
– Maple/rosewood purfling (1-style) or small brown herringbone (2H-style) w/ custom wood rosette
– Gold mother-of-pearl logo and fingerboard inlays
– Custom vintage neck profile
– 1 3/4″ bone nut w/ 2 5/16″ bridge spacing
– Cutthrough bone saddle
– No tongue brace
– Tortoise (1-style) or Ivoroid w/ black dot (2H-style) bridge pins
– Collings original vintage-inspired case
We’re very pleased to introduce you to this new custom F-style mandolin! This Cool Kid is a one-of-a-kind mandolin from a fine local luthier, Joel Shewchuck, who’s quality instruments are often difficult to come by. Known and revered in the concert violin world, his pieces are lovingly crafted with only the finest materials. He crafted this very special mandolin exclusively for Acoustic Vibes, and we couldn’t be more ecstatic to share it with all of you!
“The thought process in the design was to have a mandolin that could cross into different styles with a balance between punch and resonance, with a historical instrument look. The soundhole design allowed the use of an X-brace, a major component of the design.” — Joel Shewchuck, Luthier
-Adirondack spruce top and braces
-Historical early instrument style soundhole
-X-bracing top & back
-Quilted Big-Leaf maple back and sides
-Brazilian rosewood headplate and binding
Bedell Guitars has always been at the forefront of sustainability, stewardship, and forest preservation. Recently, the guitar company partnered with Stand For Trees, a forest conservation platform that empowers individuals and businesses to protect the world’s most spectacular forest landscapes and the communities and wildlife that call them home.
As a special promotion, with every Brazilian rosewood Bedell guitar purchased and registered, the guitar company will buy $100 Stand For Trees certificate in your name, which goes towards specifically supporting conservation efforts in Pará, Brazil.
“Bedell Guitars recognizes the rareness of this revered tonewood,” states Tom Bedell, founder Bedell Guitars. “Even though the Brazilian rosewood we use for our guitars was harvested legally Bedell wants to go further to support conservation practices in the area.”
So you have decided to dive into the world of solid wood acoustic guitars and are now faced with the choice… which wood do you choose? There is no “right” answer to this question, as it depends on what style of music you play, technical habits, and your personal ear. Acoustic guitars are defined by the wood they are made of, and that wood directly affects the tone and sound.
The range of different tones largely comes from the guitar body, which is divided into two sections: the top – or soundboard, and the back and sides – usually grouped together, as they are always made of the same material. It is the combination of these parts that gives each guitar it’s own unique voice. If you’re just starting out or having trouble deciding on a wood, here’s an outline of the most popular wood choices and their one-of-a-kind tones.
Spruce is the most popular wood used for guitar tops. It’s characterized by its pale color and understated figuring. Spruce has a very good all-rouder tone: sweet and smooth, but not outrageously bright, with just enough warmth so that it doesn’t sound thin. Spruce sounds good when combined with just about any other tonewood. Sitka spruce is the most commonly found type, with grain varieties such as ‘bear claw’ that add to the aesthetic appeal. Sitka is characterized by is clear fundamental harmonics. Engleman spruce is typically from North America, and has a warmer, creamier tone than Sitka. Adirondack is a lesser-used type of spruce, with a louder and brasher tone.
Most likely the second most popular wood for guitar tops, cedar’s color is a bit richer and redish-brown. Cedar is lot less dense than spruce, which makes it quieter and less bright, with less sustain. However, cedar is much warmer, and takes less time to reach its full tonal potential. As a result, cedar is a popular choice with finger-style players.
Mahogany is a dense wood with a dark finish and close grain. It has a much warmer, darker tone than both spruce and cedar. Mahogany-topped guitars play with a strong “punchy” tone that would be well-suited for country blues playing. As it’s dark color alludes, mahogany is tonally deep and robust.
A hardwood from Hawaii, koa’s tone is the midrange of mahogany mixed with the top end of maple. Due to its density, a new koa guitar starts out sounding a little bright and tight. But the more a koa guitar is played, the more the sound opens up, expanding the midrange with a richer, sweeter, more resonant tone. Koa has a somewhat more “midrangy” tone that works well for rhythm and truly shines in guitars made for Hawaiian-style slide playing.
Back And Sides:
One of the most desirable and sought-after guitar woods, rosewood takes the strong midrange of mahogany and expands it in both directions. Rosewood sounds deeper in the low end to create a complex bottom, and brighter on the top end which contributes to a fatness of tone on the upper registers. Guitars made of rosewood also have a pronounced “reverby” tone, caused by a strong, clear set of sympathetic harmonics. It has a traditional, iconic sound that’s very familiar to the ear.
When chosen for the back and sides, mahogany has somewhat high velocities of sound, contributing a lot to overtone coloration. Lacking low-end frequencies and sustaining reverberation, the tone of mahogany is described as “woody” as opposed to “metallic”.
Koa makes a very balanced sounding guitar when used for the back and sides. It combines the warmth of rosewood with much of the brightness of mahogany. Koa seems to have a little more fullness in the midrange, and can tend to be a bit variable.
Maple & Walnut –
Maple and Walnut tend to be more acoustically transparent than other tonewoods, due to a low velocity of sound and a high degree of internal damping. This means that they allow tonal characteristics of the top to be heard without the addition of unneeded coloration and may even serve to reduce some of the overtones from the top. The harder, denser examples of these woods tend to lean slightly more toward the tonal direction of mahogany, while softer examples tend toward greater tonal transparency.
There are so many different choices and combinations of woods that your acoustic guitar can be made of. We suggest playing a wide variety of guitars to find the perfect one that matches your style and character.
We were so honored to host George Lowden at our shop for an informative, enlightening workshop! For those of you who could not attend, we’d like to share this video of the event filmed by the great folks over at Direct Current Video. Enjoy!
An Evening With George Lowden
of Lowden Guitars
March 25th, 2016 at 7pm here at Acoustic Vibes Music
Join us for a meet and greet reception for George lowden where he will give a seminar on his philosophy of guitar making and there will be a concert featuring Lowden guitars by a local artist!
Acoustic Vibes Music 2070 E. Southern Ave. Tempe, AZ 85282 P: 480-656-7749
Taylor is one of the most admired and revered brands in acoustic guitars. The guitars are known for their easy playability and undeniable, 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!
1. Before co-founding the company, Bob Taylor used to build instruments in wood shop class at school in the early 1970’s, trying to replicate the Echo Ranger 12 string. He later teamed up with Kurt Listug in 1974 to buy a guitar shop in southern California and Taylor Guitars was born.
2. The NT (New Technology) neck is a patented Taylor 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.
3. 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.
4. Taylor is a company that is dedicated to wood conservation and sustainability. In recent years, they’ve taken on a more active roll in responsible forestry. The company operates an ebony mill in Cameroon, and co-ops in Honduras in order to source mahogany responsibly.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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 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.
Starting on Friday, March 18th at 7pm we have the Taylor Roadshow. It will be an evening of guitar talk and demos with the very impressive Eric Sakimoto extraordinaire and Taylor factory staff. We want to know what YOU want to see and play. Please let us know so Taylor can build it and bring it! Just email Kathryn directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or reach her by phone: 480-656-7749
You can also RSVP and register here to win some Taylor gear and strings.
Saturday, March 19th from noon-4pm we have our annual Find Your Fit sales event. Our Taylor Factory experts will give you a personal guitar consultation and help you discover the perfect fit for you.
It’s gonna be an awesome weekend – we look forward to having you here!
When you purchase ANY current USA Bedell Guitar and warranty register it, Bedell will send you a free SKB case (a waterproof tank). Check out our inventory of Bedell Guitars here so you can get yours before supplies run out.