Taylor Guitars Kicks Off 2015 Road Shows

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PRESS RELEASE: The award-winning Taylor Guitars Road Show is back and making its way around the globe at Taylor Guitars dealers. The fun and informative in-store event gives fans the opportunity to connect with Taylor factory staff, play exceptional one-off custom Taylor guitars, and meet like-minded players. The Road Show also brings players the latest guitar developments from the company, including the redesigned and award-winning maple 600 Series and rosewood 800 Series models. Read More …

Ultimate Custom Taylor Sweepstakes

844PRESS RELEASE: To celebrate 40 years of crafting exceptional guitars, Taylor Guitars has teamed with Ultimate Ears, the leader in custom in-ear monitors used by musicians around the globe, to offer one lucky fan the chance of a lifetime: to build their own custom Taylor guitar at the Taylor Guitars factory in Southern California, matched with special edition custom in-ear monitors from Ultimate Ears, adorned with ebony wood supplied by Taylor. The winner of the Ultimate Custom Taylor Sweepstakes and a guest will experience the intricacies of Taylor’s guitar-building processes through an exclusive behind-the-scenes factory tour, work with Taylor’s custom guitar experts to select wood for their custom guitar, and enjoy a meet-and-greet with company co-founder Bob Taylor. Read More …

Taylor’s Tony Iommi Sweepstakes

IommiAah, I always knew Tony Iommi was a man with impeccable taste in guitars. Turns out Mr. Iommi used several Taylor acoustic guitars during the creation of Black Sabbath’s awesome new album 13, and he’s teamed up with the good folks at Taylor for the ultimate sweepstakes, where you can win a trip to see Sabbath in Las Vegas staying at the MGM Grand, and receive your very own Taylor GS Mini signed by Iommi, as well as a Taylor Guitars prize pack and a signed copy of 13. Full details in the press release below. Read More …

Taylor Guitars Seeks Stories from Players and Fans


EL CAJON, Calif. – October 17, 2012 – Every guitar has a story and Taylor Guitars wants to hear it. On the heels of the company’s 38th anniversary, Taylor is inviting fans and owners to share their Taylor tales through a new online platform called, appropriately, Taylor Stories. Located on the Taylor Guitars website, the feature enables fans to submit their Taylor anecdotes, upload a photo, and include a link to a video.

Among the first round of stories is an account of an 810 which was wounded during a California earthquake but went on to become a hit machine; a reflection on how a Big Baby made an immediate impact and provided solace during difficult times; and the remarkable recovery of a 414ce and its owner after both were injured during a monstrous tornado.

Story submissions can be made directly through www.taylorguitars.com/taylor-stories
upon the acceptance of the terms and conditions. While on the site, visitors can also check out the Taylor Sessions page, where artists including Shinedown, Jason Mraz, Blackberry Smoke and others perform their hits, and in a few cases, share their own Taylor story.

For additional news from Taylor Guitars, please visit
Twitter: @TaylorGuitars
Facebook: facebook.com/taylorguitars

Here’s me with Bob Taylor on the day I picked up my Taylor SolidBody from the factory. Love it!

VIDEO: Taylor’s new tremolo (plus ShareMyGuitar.com video)

A couple of weeks ago I toured the Taylor factory and got to see these awesome guitars coming to life. One of my favourite things about Taylor’s current offerings, and one of my NAMM highlights, is their new tremolo, available on all of their SolidBody offerings. I spent a bit of time at NAMM checking out this trem and I was really impressed with how smoothly it operated. It kinda feels like a very well set-up Bigsby in terms of feeling substantial yet light at the same time, while giving the range of pitch-drop that you would expect in a standard two-point fulcrum design. And you can set it to float or to only go flat. Cool!

LINK: TaylorGuitars.com

By the way, while I was checking out Taylor at NAMM, a jam started to develop and the folks at Share My Guitar happened to catch it on video. You can see and hear me playing some blues licks for a few seconds at the veeeeeeeeeeeery end of this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJIt62qPG8o

NEWS: Taylor opens new factory service center

Here’s some more info on the Taylor Factory Service Center as mentioned by Bob Taylor in his response to Dave Carroll’s broken Taylor guitar recently. This is such a great idea. Who better to look after your guitar than a company like Taylor? It’s especially cool that the service center is open to guitars of any brand, not just Taylor.

Taylor Guitars Opens New US-Based Factory Service Center

EL CAJON, Calif. – July 16, 2009 – With 35 years of quality guitar-crafting expertise, industry-leading design, and a myriad manufacturing innovations, Taylor Guitars is answering the call for quality repairs and knowledgeable service from players of all makes and models with its new Factory Service Center.

Located on the Taylor Guitars campus in El Cajon, California, the Taylor Factory Service center is staffed with world-class repair technicians whose extensive working knowledge of guitar-building techniques and precise attention to detail enable them to bring any brand of guitar back to great playing condition. Using the advanced tools and machinery of the Taylor factory, Taylor’s repair techs give each guitar the signature “Taylor touch” to remedy distress that may range from normal wear-and-tear to extreme guitar damage. For guitars in need of a periodic tune-up, the Service Center offers four comprehensive guitar maintenance packages: Refresh, Revive, Renew and Rejuvenate, all designed to restore the guitar to its optimum health.

Taylor Vice President of Customer Service and Repair David Hosler emphasizes that Taylor’s passion for guitar quality extends over the entire life of a guitar, noting that a well-cared-for guitar can bring a player many decades of inspiring music. “As any player knows, a quality repair by a knowledgeable repairman can make all the difference in restoring a guitar to its ultimate playing state,” Hosler says. “With the resources of the Taylor Guitars factory and the know-how of our service techs, whether it’s a quick tune-up or a completely new top, the Service Center will return your guitar to tip-top shape.”

Taylor owners wary of shipping their prized guitars can rest assured that our service technicians offer instructions to ship it safely. Taylor guitars are returned in the company’s specially engineered shipping carton, which features custom inserts that cushion the guitar to give it the best support possible during shipping.

Open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Factory Service Center is located at 1900 Gillespie Way, in El Cajon, California. Players who visit the Factory Service Center will be greeted in a storefront that stocks a variety of popular Taylor parts, including the solderless, “plug and play” pickups for the SolidBody Classic electric guitar, as well as accessories and apparel from TaylorWare, the company’s line of Taylor-branded items.

For the travel-worn guitars of gigging troubadours, the Factory Service Center is currently offering its Refresh package at a special rate. Taylor’s repair technicians will restore a guitar to its proper humidity level, adjust the tuners, clean and condition the fretboard, and adjust the truss rod. With a thorough cleaning and polishing and a new set of Elixir strings, the guitar’s travel travails will all be remedied. Now through August 31, the Refresh package is offered at a special introductory price of $75. To schedule service, please call 1-800-943-6782 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For additional information about Taylor Guitars and the Taylor Guitars Service Center, please visit www.taylorguitars.com

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: Taylor Guitars Road Show dates

I’ve had a bit of a guitar-crush on Taylor since reviewing a SolidBody Koa for Mixdown Magazine last year, and of course their acoustics have always been great. But man, that SolidBody was something else. Unfortunately the Taylor Guitars Road Show isn’t coming to Australia, so if anyone reading this happens to go, please let me know how it was, so I can live vicariously through you.

Here’s the press release:

Taylor Guitars Kicks Off Third Year of Popular Road Shows

EL CAJON, Calif. – February 10, 2009 – In response to requests from guitar players around the world, Taylor Guitars is poised to bring its award-winning Taylor Guitars Road Show to dealerships across the U.S. and abroad in 2009.

Now in its third year, the Taylor Guitars Road Show is a guitar lover’s dream: a fun, lively in-store gathering that brings enthusiasts together with Taylor clinicians and experts straight from the company’s factory in El Cajon, California. At each Road Show, the Taylor Road Show team shares insights on the company’s guitar making process, including an informative demonstration on how body shapes and woods affect tone. After the demonstration, players are invited to take part in the show’s most popular feature, the “Petting Zoo”: an opportunity to pick up and play a variety of different models, as well as rare and custom Build to Order models. Admission to each Road Show is free.

At select locations, a special Electric Road Show will highlight Taylor’s award-winning electric lineup, including the new and much-raved-about T3 and T3/B, the ever-popular Taylor SolidBody, as well as the versatile, number-one-selling electric/acoustic hollowbody, the T5. Attendees will also have the chance to explore Taylor’s line of acoustic guitars.

The 2009 Road Show tour will kick off in March with multiple dates in California and Oklahoma, as well as an East Coast swing with special stops in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Each Road Show attendee will receive a complimentary copy of Premier Guitar magazine (www.premierguitar.com) and while supplies last, TaylorWare gear and Elixir® strings. Attendees will have the chance to enter to win the grand prize, an opportunity to build their own custom guitar through Taylor’s Build To Order program.

In 2008, Taylor brought the Road Show to over 146 locations throughout the U.S., Germany and England. The Taylor Guitars Road Show was awarded the 2008 Supplier Excellence Award from Music Inc. magazine in the category of Events for putting “the excitement of the company’s factory tours into retail dealers across the country.”

For more information on Road Shows dates and locations, please visit the official Taylor Guitars Road Show calendar at www.taylorguitars.com/roadshows

CLICK HERE to buy the Taylor SolidBody Standard Electric Guitar Cherry Sunburst (pictured above) from Guitar Center for $1,799.