As a guitar manufacturer, Taylor Guitars are widely regarded as one of the world’s finest and most prestigious. All of their exquisite acoustic guitars and electric guitars are crafted with meticulous attention-to-detail and high-quality tonewoods.
Taylor Guitars have been at the forefront of guitar design and construction for over 40 years and have been granted numerous patents for various proprietary technologies. Their revolutionary V-Class Bracing, developed by master luthier Andy Powers, delivers enhanced sustain, improved intonation and increased volume. All of these patents have been developed to get more out of the guitars they build and have led to Taylor Guitars’ awesome reputation for both playability and incredible tone, whether plugged in or played acoustically.
Taylor acoustic guitars are synonymous with exceptional build quality, comfortable playability and crisp, detailed tone. Whilst Taylor Guitars are a relative newcomer to the world of acoustic instruments, discerning acoustic guitarists hold them in the same regard as esteemed builders such as Martin and Gibson. Whether you opt for an elegantly-appointed 900 Series or an affordable, travel-friendly Baby Taylor, a Taylor acoustic is a guaranteed lifelong companion that will serve you well for years to come. Taylor also caters to leftie guitarists with their selection of superb left-handed guitars, which offer Taylor's trademark tone and feel to left-handed players.
Here at GAK, we’re proud to offer one of the best selections of Taylor Guitars UK-wide. From the ultra-portable GS Mini series to the entry-level Academy Series to the top-tier Koa Series, we have a wide range of Taylor Guitars ready to ship with next-day delivery.
Having trouble deciding which Taylor Guitars model is right for you? Head down to our Brighton store, where our acoustic guitar experts are ready to offer friendly, knowledgeable advice and set you up with any Taylor you’d like to try. You can also contact us online, over the phone or via email if you aren’t able to make it down.
What are the different Taylor body shapes?
Taylor has a range of body shapes to choose from, each being specially designed to deliver a certain tone, suited for different needs.
The Grand Theater (GT) is Taylor’s most compact body shape making it easy to transport. The Grand Concert is Taylor’s most intimate full-scale shape, which is great for both strumming and fingerstyle. The Grand Auditorium is the quintessential Taylor body shape, with comfortable contours and a vibrant, balanced tonal response.
The Dreadnought is a traditional shape with powerful lows and snappy mids, while the Grand Pacific is a rounded shoulder version of the Dreadnought, delivering a warm, balanced tone with lots of low-end power and clarity.
With the Grand Symphony, the clue is in the name - delivering full-spectrum clarity, deeper bass, thicker trebles, with new upgrades including a sound port cutaway and innovative V-Class bracing. The Grand Orchestra is Taylor’s largest and most powerful body shape.
In the States, selected Taylor models like the 114ce and 814ce are routinely the top-selling guitars in each of their respective price brackets, month-in, month-out.
What electronics do Taylor Guitars use?
Taylor Guitars are equipped with the innovative Expression System 2. This proprietary pickup design uses a patented behind-the-saddle pickup. The pickup is equipped with three individually calibrated sensors that are uniquely positioned for superior dynamic range and a more natural plugged-in tone. This pickup is combined with a custom-designed preamp for a truly exceptional tone through a PA system, direct into an audio interface and more.
How much are Taylor Guitars?
Taylor Guitars are available across a variety of ranges that cover different price points. At the higher end of the spectrum, there are the 700 Series, 800 Series and 900 Series models. These premium acoustic guitars are amongst the best that Taylor have to offer, boasting specially-selected tonewoods and the finest components. In addition to their collector-grade guitars, Taylor also offer instruments that are suited to working musicians who need a reliable, great-sounding instrument with tone-enhancing features. These can be found within the 200 Series and 400 Series. Affordable, budget-friendly models including the Academy Series, 100 Series and 200 Series give players that unmistakable Taylor playability and tone at an attainable price.
What warranty do Taylor Guitars offer?
Taylor is so proud and assured by the consistency of their manufacturing and QC processes that every new Taylor Guitar is backed by a limited 12-year warranty. If you want an heirloom-worthy guitar, buy a Taylor.
Any famous Taylor Guitars users?
As one of the top guitar manufacturers in the world and a leading name in the world of acoustic guitars, it’s only natural that Taylor Guitars would be the first pick for many professional players. Famous Taylor Guitars artists include Taylor Swift, Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz, John Petrucci, Tony Iommi and George Ezra.
What is the Taylor Guitars Ebony Project?
In 2011, Taylor Guitars became the co-owner (along with Spanish tonewood supplier Madinter) of the Crelicam ebony sawmill in Yaoundé, Cameroon, so they can produce their own sustainable supply of ebony to use.
A History of Taylor Guitars
Headquartered in El Cajon, California, Taylor Guitars was founded in 1974 by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug. The two first met while working at a hippie guitar shop in San Diego called the American Dream and partnered to buy the business when owner Sam Radding announced he was selling the shop.
Though young when they started (Bob was 19, Kurt was 21), their shared passion for guitar making, along with their gritty resolve to make a living doing what they loved, nurtured the company’s gradual transformation from a struggling shop into the leading global manufacturer of premium acoustic guitars.
Today, Taylor Guitars employs over 1,200 people and produces hundreds of guitars per day in its state-of-the-art factory complexes in both El Cajon and in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico. They combine the use of modern equipment like computer mills, lasers, and proprietary machinery with handmade craftsmanship to move the company into the modern era without compromising on what makes Taylor great.
In 2011, Bob Taylor hired luthier Andy Powers to lead Taylor’s guitar design efforts. As Master Guitar Designer, Andy continues to advance Taylor’s product designs with groundbreaking innovations like V-Class bracing architecture and many other award-winning guitar models.
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