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Taylor Guitars & Basses

Taylor Guitars and Basses

Taylor Guitars holds over 40 years of history with numerous innovations that have revolutionized the acoustic guitar’s marketing, design, and manufacturing process. Taylor’s bolt-on neck construction pickup systems have continued to improve the amplified sound of Taylor acoustic-electric guitars. While Taylor Guitars has made market inroads with its electric instrument, nylon string, and acoustic bass guitar lines, its 6- and 12-string acoustic-electric guitars are renowned for easy playability and excellent acoustic sound in electric ensembles.

Which tonewood materials are available?

Taylor offers its guitars in an array of tonewoods. Different parts of a guitar may be made of different tone woods.

  • Select a top: Sitka or Lutz spruce, cedar, and more.
  • Select a body: From Rosewood and mahogany to Tasmanian blackwood and Macassar ebony.
How do you choose a Taylor instrument body size?

Taylor 6-string guitars come in a variety of body shapes. From the smallest to the largest, they are as follows:

  • Baby - This guitar is a travel-sized, three-fourths-scale version of Taylor Guitars dreadnought model.
  • Big Baby - This is a seven-eighths-scale version of Taylor’s dreadnought.
  • GS - This guitar is a three-fourths-scale version of Taylor’s Grand Symphony series.
  • Grand Concert - This one is the smallest full-size body shape. This size is commonly used for finger-style.
  • Grand Auditorium - This guitar is considered the most versatile for strumming or finger-style.
  • Grand Symphony - This version is comparable to a mini Jumbo and is commonly used for strumming.
  • Dreadnought - This is a square-shouldered shape and is commonly used for bluegrass flat-picking.
  • Grand Orchestra - This guitar is Taylor’s revamp of its jumbo body shape. This size has been designed for balance without sacrifice of volume.
How can you determine when a Taylor guitar was made?

Taylor Guitars has undergone several serial number system changes.

  • From 1975 to 1977, serial numbers were sequential in five digits, switching to three digits in 1977 and progressing as production volume increased until reaching five digits again in 1992.
  • In 1992, Taylor Guitars switched to a nine-code serial number system. The first six indicated date (YY/MM/DD), then model number, and production sequence. This continued until 1999.
  • From 2000-2009, Taylor used an 11-code serial number system that was essentially the same as the 9-digit with acknowledgement of Y2K.
  • 2009 to present - Taylor has a 10-number system to indicate US or Mexico factory, then a date followed by a sequence number.
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