Taylor Guitar Body Shapes
Taylor Acoustic Guitars come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so you can choose a guitar that suits your playing style and feels good in your arms. The larger bodies are perfect for big rich sound, while the narrower models are great for travel and comfort. Just click on a body shape below to see our selection of Taylor’s in your favorite shape and size:
About Taylor Guitars
Taylor Guitars was founded in 1974 by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug and has become one of the premier American luthiers. Taylor has two facilities, one in El Cajon, California, where all of Taylor’s fine guitars are made and the other, 40 miles away in Tecate, Mexico, where the 200 series down to the Baby Taylors are made. When you own a Taylor, you join the company of many fine Taylor artists, such as Jason Mraz, Dave Matthews, Neil Young, Taylor Swift, Jewel, Doyle Dykes and many others.
Taylor guitars are known for thin necks with very low action, making them particularly easy to play. This is due to the patented Taylor NT (new technology) neck, which bolts the neck in place with precision, computer designed, adjustable spacers that assure that the neck angle can always be perfectly positioned. Since 2001, the NT neck has been used on all Taylor guitars, from the entry level to the most expensive. All Taylor Guitars sold at Sam Ash Direct come with a Taylor hardshell case or a Taylor gig bag.
Taylor Acoustic Guitars
Taylor Acoustic Guitars come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and tonewoods. Most are Steel String guitars featuring traditional X bracing optimized for the size and type of guitar, to provide full tone and balance with durability. The nylon string models feature fan bracing inspired from 19th and early 20th century classic guitars of the great Jose Ramirez and Miguel Rodriquez. All feature solid, not laminate, tops so that even the most affordable models can give you the best sound for the money.
Each combination of tonewoods gives a guitar a characteristic sound. A Sitka Spruce top with Rosewood back and sides are most popular giving a full rich tone with particular resonance at the bass and treble notes. Other full range sounding woods are Ovangkol and Cocobolo. Guitars with Mahogany or Sapele tend to emphasize the mid range, while Maple and Koa put most emphasis on the treble end (although the low end of Koa guitars tend to richen the more they are played). Taylor Acoustics come in the following groups and are available in right and left handed versions:
Dreadnought: Traditional shape with strong high and low end presence and a scooped mid-range with a powerful output. Great for strummers and bluegrass players.
Grand Auditorium: Swiss Army Knife of shapes with a great balance of low, mid and high’s and suitable for all playing styles and player types.
Grand Concert: Smallest body with less overtones and a shorter scale, which also includes the 12-fret models.
Grand Symphony: Big bold strummer with a more powerful low-end than the Grand Auditorium and larger output.
Grand Orchestra: Biggest body with a mixture of scallop and parabolic bracing which is great for medium strummers and finger style players alike.
Taylor Acoustic Electric Guitars
Taylor Acoustic Electric Guitars feature Taylor’s Expression System (ES) electronics. The all magnetic ES pickup is designed to produce a pure natural acoustic tone like you would get from a microphone. The sound is the sound of your guitar, not the sound of a pickup. Nearly every acoustic model Taylor is available in an Acoustic Electric with the ES system and you have the ability to add the ES system electronics to every Acoustic Taylor. Taylor Acoustic Electrics come in the following groups and are available in right and left handed versions:
Travel Series: olid spruce or mahogany top, sapele laminate back/sides,
100 Series: Solid spruce top, sapele laminate back/sides
200 Series: Rosewood, koa, or sapele laminate back/sides. Solid spruce top.
300 Series: Sapele back/sides, mahogany or spruce top
400 Series: Ovangkol back/sides, Sitka spruce top
500 Series: Mahogany back/sides, mahogany or spruce top
600 Series: Maple back/sides, Sitka spruce top
700 Series: Indian rosewood back/sides, spruce top
800 Series: Indian rosewood back/sides, Sitka spruce top
900 Series: Indian rosewood back/sides, Sitka spruce top
Koa Series: Hawaiian koa back, sides, and top (spruce top optional)
Presentation Series: Cocobolo back/sides, Sitka spruce top
Baritone Guitars: Available in 6 and 8 String models. The Baritone guitars have a long 27” scale length and are tuned lower (from B to B) than traditional guitars. The 8 String model doubles the two middle strings with strings tuned one octave above.
Entry Level Taylor Guitars
Entry level Taylor Guitars begin with the Baby Taylors, which are ¾ sized guitars ideal for travel and for smaller players, there’s even a Taylor Swift Signature model. The Big Baby Taylor is nearly full sized with a 15/16 scale neck and the full sound of a Dreadnought Body. The Taylor GS Mini has a reduced scale Grand Symphony body giving it a full rich sound in an easy to handle guitar. In the mid-price level, Taylor offers the 100 series, with laminate sapele back and sides and the 200 series with laminate rosewood back and sides.