Taylor Guitars, founded in 1974 by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug, have become one of the premier American guitar manufactures. Taylor Guitars has its main headquarters in El Cajon, California where they employ over 900 people and operates a state-of-the-art facility where the 300 Series through the Custom Shop and electric guitars are made. Taylor Guitars also has a brand new facility in Tecate Mexico which builds the 200 Series Deluxe, 200 Series, 100 Series, travel guitars, cases and gig bags. Innovative building techniques, sustainable methods in wood harvesting, and continual design enhancements back a routed tradition in an industry-changing neck design, keeping Taylor Guitars in the upper echelon of the guitar making world. The company artist roster hosts a prodigious list of notables, including the likes of Taylor Swift, Prince, Jason Mraz and Zac Brown.
Taylor Guitars encourages the player to match up their playing type and pair that with a combination of 5 different body shapes and a mix of tone woods across the entire sonic palette to yield the proper sonic fit for the players’ needs. Indian Rosewood and Ovangkol yield a strong bass and treble response which is best suited for singer songwriters requiring a large sonic footprint. Sapele and Tropical Mahogany generate a warm midrange which is ideal for players in a multiple-guitar arrangement, the recording studio, or an acoustic jazz ensemble. Maple is the most transparent of tone woods and highlights the player’s nuances and attack, allowing it to be warm and robust or with strong cut in a live mix or recording. Regarding body size, the bold strummers will favor the Grand Symphony, Dreadnought and Grand Orchestra models for their power, headroom and low end response. Fingerstyle players will gravitate to the Grand Concert and 12-Fret Grand Concert Shapes. The all-around player will still find the Grand Auditorium the shape most valued for its balance and modern voice. All Taylor Guitars feature a solid top for maximum tonal resonance and voice, and include either a deluxe hard shell case or a Taylor gig bag.
Taylor Guitars Expression System Electronics
Taylor Acoustic Electric Guitars feature Taylor Guitar’s exclusive Expression System 2 (ES2) electronics on the 100 Series all the way through to the Custom Shop guitars. The Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) is a revolutionary pickup design that delivers the latest in Taylor's ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylor’s proprietary behind-the-saddle pickup, which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated piezo-crystal based sensors. The location of the sensors enables a more dynamic range of acoustic sound to be captured than ever before while delivering a very lively and balanced output. Together with Taylor's custom-designed pro audio-grade preamp, the ES2 produces exceptional amplified tone and responsiveness. The electronics are active with should controls on the guitar for bass, treble, and volume boost or cut. This makes it plug-and-play friendly both for artists and live sound mixers.
The Taylor Guitars Collection
Travel Series (Baby Taylor, Big Baby Taylor): Solid spruce or mahogany top, sapele layered back/sides.
GS Mini: Layered Sapele or Layered Rosewood back/sides, Sitka Spruce (Layered Sapele, Layered Rosewood) or Mahogany top (Layered Sapele).
100 Series: Solid spruce top, sapele layered back/sides.
200 Series: Rosewood, koa, or sapele laminate back/sides. Solid spruce top.
200 Deluxe Series: ES2 electronics, small diamond fretboard inlays, and hard shell case.
300 Series: Sapele or Tasmanian Blackwood back/sides, Sitka Spruce (Sapele back/sides) or Mahogany top (Tasmanian Blackwood back/sides).
400 Series: Ovangkol back/sides, Sitka spruce top.
400 Series Rosewood: Rosewood back/sides, Sitka Spruce top.
500 Series: Mahogany back/sides, Western Red Cedar (Grand Concert, Grand Auditorium), Lutz Spruce (Grand Symphony, Dreadnought) or Mahogany top (Grand Concert, Grand Auditorium, Grand Symphony, Dreadnought).
600 Series: Maple back and sides with torrified Sitka spruce top, protein glues, 3.5 mil finish and Ebony binding, back strap and pickguard.
700 Series: Indian Rosewood back/sides, Lutz Spruce top
800 Series: Indian rosewood back and sides, protein glues, 3.5 mil finish, smoked Ebony fretboards, rosewood pickguard and nickel hardware.
800 Deluxe Series: Standard 800 Series appointments with upgraded with armrest, Adirondack spruce bracing and Gotoh 510 tuners with 21:1 gear ratio.
900 Series: AA Indian rosewood back and sides trimmed in Koa purfling, AA Sitka spruce top, Ebony armrest, binding and back strap.
Koa Series: Hawaiian koa back, sides, and top (spruce top optional).
Presentation Series: Macassar Ebony back and sides, Paua shell body and neck trim.
Signature Model Guitars: Jason Mraz, Taylor Swift
Taylor Electric Guitars
Taylor T5z: The T5z has a body size that is more compact that the original T5 with a fretboard more suited to electric guitarists, including jumbo frets and a 12” neck radius. Like all models in the T5 series, the T5z is fully electric with a full range acoustic setting, utilizing a five-way toggle switch and on-board tone controls that unleash endless tonal possibilities.
Taylor T5: Available in Classic (Mahogany top), Standard (Spruce top), Pro (Maple top) and Custom (Hawaiian Koa top) models, the hollow body T5 is the best of both worlds - acoustic and electric. With two humbucker pickups and and an acoustic body sensor, The T5 lets you A/B your sound flow to shift between acoustic and electric amps or blend them and create new sounds suited to your style.
Taylor T3: Equipped with a unique coil-splitting application, the T3 lets players switch between killer humbucker and single-coil sounds with one guitar. You can opt for a stop tailpiece or a Bigsby with a specially designed roller bridge to eliminate the pitch issues usually found with vibrato systems.