This week’s featured gear line is Taylor Guitars! Founded by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug in 1974, they are an American guitar manufacturer based in California, and one of the largest manufacturers of acoustic guitars in the United States.

Needing a compact logo suitable for the guitars’ headstock, the founders decided on the name Taylor as it sounded more “American” than Listug.

In January 1999, Taylor began making guitars with a patented, bolt-on neck they called the NT (new technology) neck. It differs from other guitar necks by using one continuous piece of wood all the way to the 19th fret to support the fretboard. Taylor uses their own pickup system, the “Expression System,” which consists of a humbucking induction pickup mounted in the neck and a pair of dynamic soundboard transducers wired to an onboard pre-amplifier.

As of 2012 Taylor Guitars had more than 700 employees in two factories. In early 2011, the company opened a Taylor distribution warehouse in the Netherlands to serve the European market.

Taylor Guitars are generally fantastic – have you played one? What do you think of them? If you want to talk gear, remember that we are currently offering video conference lessons!

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