There is no denying the appeal of a quality acoustic guitar. Taylor Guitars are at the forefront of this space that is well respected for their tone, quality and selection. Musicians often set a goal to attain a Taylor guitar, and if you have the opportunity to play one you’ll quickly understand why.
Their clarity, tone and projection come from the unique combination of qualities that are inherent to the brand: selection of woods; storage & humidity; attention to detail at all steps of construction and finishing; and the quality of all components attached to the guitar body and neck.
The overall process of constructing Taylor Guitars isn’t all that different from Gibsons, Martins or Breedloves. There will be obvious differences in the individual processes at each company and how quality control is performed, but the basics remain largely the same. The video below is a 30 minute factory tour of Taylor guitars being manufactured at the plant in California. It’s a few years old, but still relevant and entertaining. It’s quite well done.
History and Manufacturing
Taylor Guitars was founded in 1974 by Bob Taylor and today has manufacturing locations in El Cajon, CA and Tecate, Mexico. They are well known for their combination of advanced manufacturing techniques. Their plants employ CNC machines, laser cutters and advanced robotics, with hand craftsmanship at several steps along the way. Almost every guitar is a product of this combination of techniques with the result being a high quality product at reasonable prices. Today their process has also expanded to include environmentally sustainable woods as part of the manufacturing process.
If you’re on the fence about a Taylor guitar thinking maybe they’re too expensive, keep in mind that these are “lifetime” purchases. Buy one, take reasonable care of it, and it will last you a lifetime if not longer. And if you want to feel like you’re in good company while you strum your guitar, there are literally thousands of performers who choose Taylor Guitars. Folks like Taylor Swift, Jason Mraz and Zack Brown.
If you like Taylors, you may also enjoy learning about Larrivee Guitars as well.