Taylor's homage to the resilient spirit of freedom that inspired our nation's birth.
Taylor's Liberty Tree Guitars are built of wood salvaged from the last of 13 majestic Liberty Trees (one in each Colony) under which Colonists gathered to plot the American Revolution. The last surviving Liberty Tree, a 400-year-old tulip poplar, was still growing on the St. John's College campus in Annapolis, Maryland, until Hurricane Floyd irreparably damaged it in September 1999. A month later, experts decided that the 90-foot-tall living landmark had become a safety hazard, and cut it down following a special ceremony.
Taylor Guitars cofounder/president Bob Taylor purchased enough of the salvaged Liberty Tree wood to make a Limited Edition run of about 400 guitars. In addition to being world renowned for his guitar design and building methods, Bob Taylor is an American History buff. It was his dream to immortalize and pay homage to the wood of this important tree by building guitars that for generations to come will symbolize our country's struggle for freedom, whenever and wherever they are played.
This Emmy-nominated documentary produced by Taylor guitar encapsulates the story of the Liberty Tree Guitar and the history of the 13 Liberty Trees. The Liberty Tree Guitar video features archival images, expert testimony of respected historians, Colonial reenactment footage, television news coverage, design and production meetings at the Taylor factory, a live performance by Taylor clinician Doyle Dykes playing his "patriotic medley" on the Liberty Tree Guitar, and more. Approximately 60 minutes.