I’m a big fan of Taylor Guitars. Their 8-string Baritone is one of my favourite instruments ever. Their acoustics are of course incredible. The GS-Mini is a great idea. And Bob Taylor’s book is an entertaining and informative look into what it takes to build your dream into a business.
Well, this week Taylor came to me with an incredible proposal: configure my dream guitar via the Taylor SolidBody Configurator, they will build it, we’ll document the build process (I’m unofficially calling this “The Taylor Project”), and then I will review it, use it and love it! So I’ve picked out my specs, my order is in, and I’m awaiting an ETA. Once I have my mitts on the guitar I’ll review it in text and video form, and I’ll use it in pedal and amp reviews, lessons, in photos with my band, on stage, etc. I really believe in these guitars from the time I’ve spent playing them in review and at NAMM (and at the Taylor factory), so I’m really excited about this project.
[geo-in country=”Australia” note=””]Incidentally, you can try out the SolidBody for yourself at one of these dealers.[/geo-in]
So what will my guitar look like? Well, I toyed with a few different options before settling on the design for my guitar.
First off, I let my son (who is almost 5) design a guitar. This is what he came up with:
Hmm, not bad, little buddy, not bad. But daddy doesn’t really dig that colour combo. Let’s see what else we can come up with.
First I messed around with this, which I kinda liked, but as cool as it is, it’s ultimately not flashy enough for what I’m into.
Again leaning towards the traditional, I thought I’d go for something with a groovy transparent red finish. But again, not quite me.
So what about something a little bit Texas?
Naah. Maybe I need something a bit more elegant. Something like…
Not bad. Not bad at all. But then I remembered a particularly sexy SolidBody I saw at NAMM this year and decided to do something very much like that but with a whammy bar…
I do love my single coils, after all. But then again, I also like humbuckers… and I think I prefer black pick guards… so what about this?
All of these would be beautiful guitars, but after a little bit more thought, it hit me.
Taylor’s mini humbuckers.
I loved them when I reviewed a SolidBody way back, and I’ve always loved the middle pickup position on 3-pickup guitars. And for about 12 years now I’ve had a recurring dream about having a green guitar with a quilted maple top. Why not make this into that guitar?
So, ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, I give you…
The Taylor Project.
Isn’t she a beauty? You can follow her build process here regularly, and as soon as I have a second post about this, I’ll create a whole page to keep updates easily accessible via the site menu bar.
Thanks so much to Taylor for suggesting this very cool idea. Also, Jon from Guitar Noize is doing the same thing, and you can check out his idea here. We’ll do some cool cross-promotional stuff over the next few months. I think you’ll dig it.