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Sitka Spruce vs Adirondack (Taylor 814ce Comparison)

Today, we take the very popular Taylor 814ce Grand Auditorium and compare 2 models… one with a sitka spruce top and one with an adirondack top. Which do you think will sound better? Similarities: Grand Auditorium body shape East Indian Rosewood back & sides Expression 2 pickup system Venetian cutaway Rosewood pickguard Advanced performance bracing with relief […]


2016 Taylor 500 Series GC 12-Stings (552ce and 562ce)

Introducing two new 500 Series 12-string guitars from Taylor. We’re very excited about these Grand Concert models. Both guitars are nearly identical with the exception of a Western Red Cedar top on the 552ce and the Tropical Mahogany top on the 562ce. Please note that the 562ce sold before today’s email but another is due in stock any day now! […]


Taylor Guitars – What’s New for 2016?

Curious what’s new from Taylor Guitars in 2016? We have all the insider information you’re dying to hear! Here’s a look at some changes… ES2 pickup in every Taylor Guitar with electronics. (Preamps will be different based on the model. 300 series and higher will have the premier preamp). NEW BY SERIES 200 Series: Added 254ce […]


Limited GS Mini-e Models From Taylor

The Taylor GS Mini has become one of the most popular and best-selling guitars in our store… now they have a Rosewood and a Koa version, both with a pickup system. Both also come with Taylor’s durable GS Mini Hard bag, making them the perfect guitar for players of any skill level. Shop Now… Taylor GS Mini-e RW […]


November’s Top 16 Guitars We Can’t Believe are Still in Stock

To kick off November, here’s our “Top 16 guitars we can’t believe are still in stock.” Which would you LOVE to add to your arsenal?? Taylor GC Custom Sassafras (short scale): $4,700 | View Product >> Gibson J-45 Vintage LTD: $3,999 | View Product >> Taylor GS Custom 9-string: $4,800 | View Product >> Martin 0000 14-fret Madagascar […]


2015 Taylor Limited Edition Models

Every season Taylor comes out with limited acoustic models with special specifications only found on these special editions. This year Taylor is featuring 5 guitars, all with stunning appointments, and truly unique tone woods! The Florentine Limiteds Back/Sides: Flamed Mahogany, Quilted Sapele, or Blackheart Sassafras Top: Sitka Spruce Models (click to view product page): 514ce-FM LTD, […]


Taylor GS Mini vs Martin Dreadnought Junior

We’re very excited about today’s comparison between the reigning champ of travel acoustics, the Taylor GS Mini, and the all new Martin Dreadnought Junior. Do you think the GS Mini can be dethroned? Similarities: Travel bag Low profile neck Strap buttons Closed-back Chrome tuners Solid sitka spruce tops Tusq saddle & nut Differences: Taylor GS […]


The 2015 Redesigned Taylor 900 Series

We’re pleased to introduce the latest addition to the Taylor line, the redesigned 900 Series. Our friend, Master Guitar Designer Andy Powers has blended his suite of tonal refinements with elegant new appointments, including an ebony armrest. All 2015 900 Series models feature the same package of tone-enhancing refinements introduced on the 800 Series: customized bracing and […]


Taylor 214ce DLX vs 214ce-K DLX Comparison

Today it’s a Taylor 214 DLX battle… the 214ce DLX vs the 214ce-K DLX. Does the Koa make a difference? Similarities: Layered back & sides Sitka spruce top Forward shifted X-bracing Full gloss body Expression System 2 pickup Mahogany neck Ebony fingerboard Tusq nut (1 11/16 inch) Chrome tuners Hard shell case Differences: 214ce DLX: Layered Rosewood back […]


Taylor 214 vs 214 DLX Comparison

Today it’s a Taylor 214 battle… the 214ce vs the 214ce DLX. Are you standard or deluxe? Similarities: Sitka spruce top Forward shifted X-bracing Ebony bridge Tusq saddle White binding Mahogany neck Ebony fingerboard Tusq nut (1 11/16 inch) Closed-back chrome tuners Layered rosewood back & sides Differences: 214ce Standard: Gloss top Expression System-T pickup Hard gig bag […]


Taylor GS Mini Standard vs Rosewood GS Mini

Today it’s a Taylor GS Mini battle… the standard GS Mini vs the Rosewood GS Mini. Which would you choose? Similarities: Sitka spruce top X-bracing w/ relief rout Mahogany neck 1 11/16 inch tusq nut Tusq saddle Plastic bridge pins Ebony bridge & fingerboard Chrome tuners Taylor’s hard gig bag Differences: GS Mini Standard: Layered Sapele back & […]


Taylor 618 vs 818 Comparison – Which Sounds Better?

Today we give you another interesting comparison… the NEW Taylor 618e vs the NEW 818e. In your opinion, which sounds better? Similarities: Newly revamped (818e in 2014, 618e in 2015) Taylor’s Advanced Performance bracing w/ relief rout 1 3/4 inch Tusq nut Taylor’s Expression System 2® Chrome tuners Grand Orchestra body size Thinner finish Differences: Taylor 618e: Voiced […]


Taylor 614ce vs 814ce Comparison

Today we give you one of our most requested comparisons… the Taylor 614ce vs 814ce. Which would you choose? Similarities: Newly revamped (814ce in 2014, 614ce in 2015) Taylor’s Advanced Performance bracing w/ relief rout 1 3/4 inch Tusq nut Taylor’s Expression System 2® Differences: Taylor 614ce: Voiced for maple Maple back & sides Torrified spruce […]


Taylor’s Andy Powers Talks About HIS Playing with Tony Polecastro (3 of 3)

In Part 3 of 3, Tony asks Andy about how his own guitar playing has influenced how he builds guitars, and much more! This is Part 3 of 3 of the interview. We hope you enjoyed the series, and please don’t hesitate to leave us a comment below. Thanks for watching! Shop all our Taylor Guitars HERE


The REAL Story Behind Taylor’s New 600 Series w/ Andy Powers & Tony Polecastro (1 of 3)

In this interview, Tony sits down with Taylor Guitar’s Andy Powers to chat about how he redesigned & built both the 2014 800 Series, and the brand new 2015 600 Series. This is Part 1 of 3 of the interview. We hope you enjoy the interview, and please don’t hesitate to leave us a comment below. […]


The Redesigned Maple 600 Series from Taylor

Taylor has applied its latest tone-enhancing design strokes to the maple 600 Series. The result is a transformation of maple’s historically bright tone profile into a richer, warmer, more complex voice. Players who consider maple’s tone too bright or one-dimensional will be pleasantly surprised by the more musical, versatile nature of these next-generation maple guitars. […]


Bob Taylor’s Dream Comes True – The Full Story (3 of 3)

Tony sits down with Bob Taylor (founder of Taylor Guitars) at the Taylor Factory in El Cajon, California. In Part 3, Bob tells the story of meeting and hiring Andy Powers as the future of the company. This is Part 3 of 3 of the interview. We hope you enjoy the interview, and please don’t hesitate […]


Is Brazilian Better Than East Indian Rosewood? Let’s Find Out!

Today we try to answer a BIG question… Does Brazilian Rosewood really sound better than Indian Rosewood? What do you think? Similarities: These 2 guitars are identical other than the back & side wood… Sitka spruce tops Grand Auditorium body Advanced performance bracing with relief rout 1 3/4 inch bone nut Mahogany neck, standard carve and more Differences: […]


Taylor 522e VS Martin 000-15SM – 12-fret Mahogany Comparison

Today we compare a couple 12-fret Mahogany acoustics… the Taylor 522e vs the Martin 000-15sm. Which would you choose? Similarities: 12-fret Solid mahogany body 1 3/4 inch nut Slotted headstock Ivoroid button tuners Differences: Taylor 522e: Gloss Finish Ebony bridge & fingerboard Tusq saddle Ivoroid binding Tusq nut 24 7/8 inch scale length Martin 000-15sm: 25.4 […]


Gibson J-200 vs Taylor 618e

Today we compare 2 popular jumbo bodies with very similar specs… the Gibson J-200 vs the Taylor 618e. Which would you choose? Similarities: Body size (jumbo) Sitka spruce top X-bracing Maple back & sides Maple neck Gold tuners Tusq nut Differences: J-200: Traditional X-bracing 1 11/16 inch nut width Rosewood fingerboard Rosewood bridge Fishman Elipse […]


Martin LX1 vs Baby Taylor – A Travel Guitar Comparison

No, Tony didn’t become a giant… he’s just comparing 2 tiny guitars (or travel guitars). Today, it’s the Martin LX1 vs the Baby Taylor. Which one wins for you? Similarities: Both travel guitars Sitka spruce tops X-bracing 1 11/16 inch nuts Same tuners Gig bag Price: $299 Differences: Baby Taylor: Laminate sapele back & sides Mahogany […]


Taylor 114 vs 314 – Laminate vs Solid Wood Comparison

Today, it’s the ultimate Laminate vs Solid Wood showdown as we pit the Taylor 114 (laminate) against the Taylor 314 (solid wood). Is there really that much difference? Similarities: Sitka spruce tops Standard carve mahogany necks Ebony bridge & fingerboards Tusq saddles & nuts Closed-gear tuners Differences: Taylor 114: Laminate sapele back & sides Forward shifted […]