Passion is the secret ingredient at the heart of any great luthier, and Taylor guitars are the perfect example of that passion at work. This brand was founded in 1974 by three co-workers at an El Cajon, CA, guitar-building shop. They loved their work so much that they bought out their employer and made the workshop their own, and that was the start of a legacy that still carries on in today's Taylor guitars. Their greatest design innovation may be the bolt-on neck they patented, which makes these instruments much easier to realign than the glued guitars of the competition - no disassembly required.
There's a long list of artists who have experienced the Taylor difference first-hand, including names as notable as Jewel and Rascal Flatts. Want to add your own name to that list? It's easier than you might think. For example, if you're a beginner, check out the Baby Taylor Sapele/Mahogany Acoustic Guitar or the Taylor Swift Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar. These 3/4-sized models are perfect for travel, or as a first instrument for a young player who hasn't quite grown into a full-sized guitar. Their X-braced tops help to keep their tone rich and earthy, great for the campfire and classroom alike.
For a more professional-oriented choice, you're looking at guitars like the Taylor 214ce and 816ce. Finely crafted in Rosewood and Spruce, these grand auditorium guitars have the versatility to go seamlessly from fingerpicking to strumming. They also come loaded with Taylor's high-end Expression System pickups and electronics, which just might make them the most capable acoustic-electric guitars you'll ever set your eyes on.
Whether you're a beginning player or a seasoned professional, there are some amazing choices in this lineup of Taylor guitars. Look for the instrument that matches your budget, skill level and the body style you prefer, and you'll be well on your way to joining Jason Mraz and Lindsey Buckingham on the roster of artists who have put a Taylor guitar through its paces. From handsome looks to a great feel and, of course, exceptional tone, Taylor guitars simply have it all.