Taylor Acoustic Electric Guitar!
With The Taylor Expression System
Taylor Acoustic Electric Guitar
If you’re not careful, you could try to put Taylor in the wrong box.
While true acoustic guitars may be the first thing you think of when you hear their name, a complete Taylor acoustic electric line is the bread and butter of today’s Taylor.
Taylor is a major player across the guitar industry, despite being a relatively young company.
While big-name makers like Fender and Gibson have origins deep in the past, Taylor is a fresh-faced kid on the guitar market, offering products only since 1974.
They make true acoustics, a complete acoustic/electric line and even solid-body electric guitars.
Their large acoustic/electric line covers just about every niche within that market.
The bulk of their models are numbered with a hundred-series system.
Acoustic/electric models fall into the 300 to 900 series, with additional 12-string and other specialty models.
In general, wood quality increases as the model number gets larger -- and ornamentation goes from practically nonexistent to almost gaudy.
Retail prices for the 300 series models start at under $2,000.
Prices go up from there, with 900 series models starting at nearly five grand.
Taylor is known for beautifully crafted guitars with finishes that show off the natural properties of the wood rather than showing off the varnish job.
But Taylor has reached its respected status for more than just looks.
Taylor acoustic/electric models feature a proprietary Taylor pickup system, which works very differently from pickups in other brands of electric guitars.
The Taylor Expression System is made up of two dynamic soundboard transducers that are wired directly into an on-board preamp.
The expression system also has a unique humbucking induction pickup at the neck position.
To get the power needed for this unique system, users have to make sure they keep a fresh 9-volt battery installed. (AA batteries were used before 2007.)
Other brands use single-coil pickups or some version of humbucker pickups, usually placed on the neck and bridge.
When Bob Taylor started working at American Dream -- an aptly named company -- in 1972, he couldn’t have known that by 1974, he and co-worker Kurt Listug would own the company.
And neither of them could have known the role their guitars would play in American music.
While Taylor acoustic electric guitar models have never reached the sales levels of some competing models, the company has nothing to complain about.
Three or four decades isn’t very long in the guitar business, so the relatively young Taylor company has plenty of time to grow even more -- if they want to.
Imagine the possibilities.
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