Taylor Guitars was founded in 1974 by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug. They are known for innovation in guitar building. In 1999, they revolutionized the way necks were attached to the body of the guitar with the NT neck. The neck is bolted on as opposed to being glued on the body. It differs from other guitar necks by using one continuous piece of wood all the way to the 19th fret to support the fretboard rather than the more common method of supporting the fretboard up to the fourteenth fret by gluing the unsupported portion to the top wood. The NT neck fits into a slot on the top of the guitar body and obtains the desired angle by using shims. This gives Taylor guitars an almost electric guitar-like feel when playing because of ideal action. Over time, acoustic guitars will require a neck reset to align the angle of the neck. With this system, it facilitates that procedure. Unbolt the neck, change the shims and it’s done, contrary to the traditional time-consuming method of removing the glued-on neck and resetting it. Taylor uses its own pickup system called the Expression system which helps bring out the natural acoustic sound of the guitar. They offer many body shapes: the dreadnought, the grand concert, the grand symphony, the grand auditorium, and the grand orchestra. They also offer many series with different tonewoods. Top woods include Sitka spruce, cedar, koa, and mahogany. Back and side woods include sapele, ovangkol, mahogany, maple, rosewood, and koa. Offering high quality entry level guitars to high quality professional guitars, Taylor will appeal to all kinds of players and playing styles on most budgets.
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