NEWS: Airline’s Taylor carnage immortalized in song

When musician Dave Carroll checked in his beloved Taylor guitar on a flight from Halifax to Nebraska for a short tour, he never could have imagined the horrible fate that would befall the guitar before his very eyes during a stopover in Chicago.

Alas, in Carroll’s own words: “In the spring of 2008, Sons of Maxwell were traveling to Nebraska for a one-week tour and my Taylor guitar was witnessed being thrown by United Airlines baggage handlers in Chicago. I discovered later that the $3500 guitar was severely damaged. They didn’t deny the experience occurred but for nine months the various people I communicated with put the responsibility for dealing with the damage on everyone other than themselves and finally said they would do nothing to compensate me for my loss. So I promised the last person to finally say “no” to compensation (Ms. Irlweg) that I would write and produce three songs about my experience with United Airlines and make videos for each to be viewed online by anyone in the world. United: Song 1 is the first of those songs. United: Song 2 has been written and video production is underway. United: Song 3 is coming. I promise.”

So here’s the result: Dave’s song ‘United Breaks Guitars.’ You can read the full version of the fiasco HERE.

By the way, the Taylor guitar Dave is playing in the video is a T5 model. Here are a few of the colors available from Musician’s Friend:

Taylor T5 Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Maple Top Trans Black Edge Burst

Taylor T5 Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Spruce Top Blue Edge Burst
Taylor T5 Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Spruce Top Honey Sunburst
Taylor T5 Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Spruce Top Black
Taylor T5 Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Maple Top Cherry Sunburst
Taylor T5 Custom Electric Guitar with Koa Top Clear Edge Burst
Taylor T5 Custom Acoustic-Electric Guitar with Spruce Top Tobacco Sunburst