NEWS: Update on Dave Carroll’s broken Taylor guitar

A couple of days ago I posted about guitarist Dave Carroll’s song ‘United Breaks Guitars,’ written after his beloved Taylor acoustic suffered terminal damage while in the care of United Airlines. Dave wrote a song about it (click here to see it on YouTube if you haven’t already).

Now United and Taylor have both responded to Carroll. United have offered to compensate him for the guitar. Hear Carroll’s response in the video below:

Also, Bob Taylor of Taylor Guitars has chipped in with some advice on travelling with a guitar, and some great news for owners of any guitar (not just a Taylor) which has befallen a similar catastrophic crunch.

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