Taylor Guitars and Basses
Taylor Guitars holds over 40 years of history with numerous innovations that have revolutionized the acoustic guitar’s marketing, design, and manufacturing process. Taylor’s bolt-on neck construction pickup systems have continued to improve the amplified sound of Taylor acoustic-electric guitars. While Taylor Guitars has made market inroads with its electric instrument, nylon string, and acoustic bass guitar lines, its 6- and 12-string acoustic-electric guitars are renowned for easy playability and excellent acoustic sound in electric ensembles.Which tonewood materials are available?
Taylor offers its guitars in an array of tonewoods. Different parts of a guitar may be made of different tone woods.
- Select a top: Sitka or Lutz spruce, cedar, and more.
- Select a body: From Rosewood and mahogany to Tasmanian blackwood and Macassar ebony.
Taylor 6-string guitars come in a variety of body shapes. From the smallest to the largest, they are as follows:
- Baby - This guitar is a travel-sized, three-fourths-scale version of Taylor Guitars' dreadnought model.
- Big Baby - This is a seven-eighths-scale version of Taylor’s dreadnought.
- GS - This guitar is a three-fourths-scale version of Taylor’s Grand Symphony series.
- Grand Concert - This one is the smallest full-size body shape. This size is commonly used for finger-style.
- Grand Auditorium - This guitar is considered the most versatile for strumming or finger-style.
- Grand Symphony - This version is comparable to a mini Jumbo and is commonly used for strumming.
- Dreadnought - This is a square-shouldered shape and is commonly used for bluegrass flat-picking.
- Grand Orchestra - This guitar is Taylor’s revamp of its jumbo body shape. This size has been designed for balance without sacrifice of volume.
Taylor Guitars has undergone several serial number system changes.
- From 1975 to 1977, serial numbers were sequential in five digits, switching to three digits in 1977 and progressing as production volume increased until reaching five digits again in 1992.
- In 1992, Taylor Guitars switched to a nine-code serial number system. The first six indicated date (YY/MM/DD), then model number, and production sequence. This continued until 1999.
- From 2000-2009, Taylor used an 11-code serial number system that was essentially the same as the 9-digit with acknowledgement of Y2K.
- 2009 to present - Taylor has a 10-number system to indicate US or Mexico factory, then a date followed by a sequence number.