Each body’s dimensions create a distinctive feel and sound.
The 2021 Guitar Guide
The 2021 Guitar Guide
We love helping people find the right guitar for their needs. Whether you’re looking for your first guitar or expanding your acoustic arsenal, it’s important to find an instrument that feels comfortable in your hands and sings with a voice that resonates with your soul.
Our Guitar Guide takes you on a tour of the 2021 Taylor guitar line. We start with two core ingredients that help define an acoustic guitar’s musical personality: body style, which literally shapes its voice, and tonewoods, which infuse it with additional sonic flavors. From there, we’ll walk you through the framework of the Taylor line, organized by series. Each is defined by a combination of tonewood pairings and aesthetic details, presenting an array of options in feel, sound and looks. Whichever way your tastes lean, you can always count on a reliable musical companion that’s built to last.
Our website is also a robust resource for information on all of our models, including photos, videos, specifications* and pricing. And if you have specific guitar questions, feel free to contact our Customer Service team; they’ll be happy to help you.
*Prices, specifications and availability are subject to change without notice.
A Guide to Taylor Acoustic Model Numbers
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The Taylor Difference
5 things that set the Taylor experience apart
Why do people choose to play a Taylor guitar?
We can think of lots of reasons. From our perspective, they all flow from the same wellspring: our underlying passion for improving the guitar-playing experience. That creative drive set a teenage Bob Taylor on a path of innovation 46 years ago, and that push for continuous improvement laid the creative foundation of our culture, guiding our approach to everything we do. For anyone curious about what makes us unique, here are five things that players can count on from us.
Finding Your Fit
At Taylor Guitars, we believe in helping each player choose the guitar that will best inspire their musical interests and ignite a passion for the instrument. Watch the video below and learn how shape, size, features and tonewoods factor in to your decision of which acoustic guitar to buy.
Taylor Guitar Pick Primer
Your choice of guitar pick has a dramatic influence over your guitar’s tone, and playing with picks of different shapes, thicknesses and materials, such as our DarkTone picks, will emphasize different parts of the guitar’s range. The result is a wider spectrum of tonal colors to add to your musical arsenal. Watch Taylor guitar guru Andy Lund as he runs through how different picks can shape your guitar’s sound.
Understanding the ES2 Pickup and Preamp
Many of today’s acoustic guitars are sold with built-in electronics, and Taylor is no different. Taylor guitars with model designations including “e” (e.g., 814ce) incorporate acoustic electronics, most often the Expression System® 2, our proprietary behind-the-saddle pickup and preamp. Watch audio engineer and recording expert Gabriel O’Brien as he demonstrates the basic functions of the ES2 and explains how to tweak it to achieve the tone you want for live or other plugged-in situations.
On the Bench: How to Change Guitar Strings
Changing strings is a fundamental skill for any guitar player, whether for changing a broken string on the fly or swapping out a whole set for that fresh new-string sound. Watch Taylor Network Service Manager Rob Magargal as he shows you how to change acoustic guitar strings.
On the Bench: Guitar Tools
Every guitarist needs a few basic tools to maintain their instrument. Watch the video for Rob’s rundown of the basic tools you should keep handy in your practice space or guitar case.
On the Bench: Humidity and Acoustic Guitars
Acoustic guitars are dynamic instruments that are always reacting to their environment, and keeping humidity at a safe level is important for keeping your guitar in great condition. Watch the video for Rob’s explanation of how humidity affects acoustic guitars.