You know, my passion being guitar and my inability to play it well, is something I have mentioned a few times on this blog. Then before you know it, you take your eye off the ball and find that the makers of you’re most coveted guitars only brought something totally new out a while ago and I missed it. Had it not been for Ryan over at Taylor – I’d still be missing it!
As a Brit, I waste no time in having the odd fun jibe at our American cousins, you know – stuff about unpaid back rent and so on. Indeed the war of independence was not a war won or lost – it was a war that finished with the first major international trade deal (much to the loss of the Fr**ch) between the US and UK. But some things our American cousins do better than anyone, like Leatherman tools, Maglites, but above ALL else they’re the best by far at making guitars!
Taylor (in my view) make probably the finest acoustic guitars available. Indeed, I have mentioned before that in their up-market range the Taylor K22ce made of Hawaiian Koa is the one single guitar that stands head and shoulders above most.
A couple or three years back they introduced a ‘hybrid’ electro-acoustic which has got be one of the most successful of its type (along with Godin) around. The Taylor T5 is an amazing guitar and I must say that the only one to get is the ‘Custom’ as there is a real difference between that and the ‘Standard’. Both the K22ce and T5 Custom have nearly been purchased by me, but my life style hasn’t been very conducive to the looking after of high quality instruments – this, and the fact I don’t believe my standard of playing is good enough for the quality of the guitars. Just so you know what I mean by that; If I owned a Formula 1 car, it does not make me an F1 driver…
Here is Marc Seal showing off the T5 at NAMM 06
So what have Taylor done? What new innovation have they now brought to the fore? They’ve only gone and built a range of solid body full blooded electric guitars !!! I have a real frustration here as I have yet to try one and with my Taylor-born fetish for guitars made of Koa, this is not good for me LOL.
Now I’m not going to go into a whole sales pitch here, but if you want to know more, there is a new link on the right hand page column – or you can simply click a logo.
The Taylor website is an amazing resource for guitar players and techs alike – even if you don’t own a Taylor. The technical reference guides and ‘how-to’ videos are an excellent source of nearly all repair, maintenance and adjustment procedures – Brilliant infact.
The other thing I like about Taylor is their people and the passion for guitars. Heck, if you turn up unannounced at the factory for a tour, not only will you get a tour, but don’t be surprised if Bob Taylor himself takes you around. And just to prove that the staff love their work – check this out. (Questions regarding Ryan’s hat are best directed at him.)
Marc Seal’s first Impressions of the Solid Body