Taylor Guitars

Guitars of the future for the future

Why are we such big fans of Taylor Guitars, you ask? Because the playability of Taylor Guitars is unmatched, and because they continue to blow us away with the genius innovations they continue to make in the instruments they build. Because they are doing their best to reduce their climate footprint by using sustainable tonewood. And, of course, because they sound great.

Why we sell Taylor

At KGS, we only carry brands we truly believe in. Here are the some of the key reasons we sell Taylor Guitars:

  • One of the most playable guitars due to the innovative neck-body construction
  • Continues and superior innovation in acoustic guitars such as easy adjustable bold on necks, V-class bracing that gives a louder and more sustained tone with better perceived intonation up the entire neck
  • Keen eye for sustainability, Taylor has their own Ebony plantations and uses reclaimed wood from urban areas. And they make it sound awesome.

Do you ever wonder where the wood in your guitar comes from? And how guitar builders deal with the increasingly scarce tonewoods? Then you can’t miss the Taylor Ebony project. Read here all about combating unnecessary waste, about replanting in Cameroon, and about fairer labour.

The Ebony project

Taylor GT

The Taylor GT combines the best of both worlds; the compact dimensions of a travel guitar and the sound of a ‘big’ guitar. But how is that even possible?

Head designer at Taylor Guitars Andy Powers, combines an unusual string length of 24.125″ with a new design based on a proprietary C-class bracing. The shorter string length makes the guitar play smoother and the C-Class bracing makes the guitar sound bigger than it actually is.

The sides and back are made of solid Urban Ash, a type of wood that would previously be discarded or burned in cities across America. Being big advocates of sustainability, Taylor Guitars found a new use for this wood and proved to the world that it can be used to build great guitars. In terms of tone, Urban Ash can be compared to mahogany, which is known for its warm sound, with an accent on the midrange.

About Taylor Guitars

Founded in 1974 by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug, Taylor Guitars has since grown into one of the leading builders of acoustic guitars worldwide. Recognised for their ability to blend modern, innovative manufacturing techniques with a master craftsman’s attention to detail, Taylor Guitars are considered as some of the easiest to play, and best sounding guitars on the market today. Bob Taylor is widely known for his visionary approach to acoustic guitar manufacturing, and for good reason. The company is an industry pioneer when it comes to the use of computer mills, lasers, as well as other high-tech tools and proprietary machinery.

2011 marked Taylor Guitars’ expansion into the European market, as it was the year they opened a Taylor distribution warehouse, located in the Netherlands. In order to keep up with the ever growing demand for their guitars, Taylor Guitars surpassed 700 employees in 2012, the majority of which operate in the brand’s two factories – one located in El Cajon, California and the other a few miles south, in Tecate, Mexico. The Tecate factory is where the lower-priced Taylor Guitar models and guitar cases are manufactured. In 2014 Taylor Guitars was honored by the U.S. State Department with an Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE). The award was citing the company’s commitment and proactive efforts when it comes to responsible practices when obtaining ebony wood for its guitars, which notably included the purchase of their own sustainable ebony mill in Cameroon, and effectively increasing the mill’s usable timber output from 10% to 100%.

Over the years, founders Bob and Kurt have attracted a vast number of talented, like-minded individuals, many of which ended up joining the Taylor family as employees. This constant involvement of new talent has allowed the Taylor brand to continuously shape and evolve a widely admired culture of creativity and innovation which has never lost sight of the philosophy that it was founded on; to improve the guitar-playing experience. Today, Taylor employs over 1200 people world wide. Another notable achievement for the company is that it became fully employee-owned as of January 12th, 2021 through an EOSP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan). Rather than selling the company to a mega guitar conglomerate or brand, Bob and Kurt felt that it was best to position the company for future success by entrusting it to the people who are the lifeblood of Taylor Guitars’ innovative culture, growth and success. The decision to go this route demonstrates that the brand has the best interest at heart for what makes Taylor Guitars, Taylor Guitars; its employees. At Kauffmann’s Guitar Store we firmly believe that this is a key reason the brand will continue to provide customers with the best possible Taylor experience for years to come.

And there you have it; several of the many reasons we are proud to be an official Taylor Guitar dealer. Kudos to the Taylor team for working so hard to help the brand expand its mission of making great, innovative guitars for enthusiasts around the world, and doing so in the most sustainable way possible.

REVIEWS EN DEMO’S

BEATIE WOLFE TAYLOR GT URBAN ASH

Muzikale zonderling en visonair Beatie Wolfe geeft haar eerste indruk van de Taylor Grand Theater. En praat over haar gebruik van traditionele instrumenten voor futurische muziek. Over het belang van Urban Ash en hergebruikt hout. En over hoe mooi een gitaar kan klinken.

MASTER DESIGNER ANDT POWERS AND THE AMERICAN DREAM AD17E 

Het populairste model van Faith is zonder twijfel de Venus. En die is er is veel verschillende uitvoeringen. Mike en Pete van Acoustic Paradiso nemen er twee onder de loep. Is de Hi-Gloss het extra geld waard? 

CHRIS MCKEE HEEFT 10 TIPS VOORDAT JE EEN TAYLOR KOOPT

10 zeer handige tips van onze collega Chris Mckee die je helpen als je er aan denkt om een taylor te kopen.

V CLASS BRACING, EEN NIEUWE REVOLUTIE?

Andy Powers bedacht hoe de spanten van een akoestische gitaar het geluid beinvloeden. En verving de traditionele X bracing voor V class bracing. Anderton’s onderzoekt of het echt de wereld gaat veranderen?

PAUL DAVIDS VERGELIJKT ZIJN MARTIN EN ZIJN TAYLOR

Paul Davids zoekt de overeenkomsten en verschillen tussen zijn Martin D 42 en zijn Taylor 716.

TAYLOR GRAND PACIFIC WITH ANDY POWERS

Meester bouwer Andy Powers erkende dat er in het Taylor assortiment ruimte was voor een ander geluid. Geinspireerd door de sounds uit de jaren 60 en 70 van California’s Laurel Canyon scene heeft deze Grand Pacific een rondere warmere toon met meer accent op het laag. Een bijna klassieke Slope Shoulder dreadnought maar dan gemoderniseerd met Taylor’s V-Class bracing.

HET ECHTE VERHAAL OVER V-CLASS BRACING MET ANDY POWERS

V-Class bracing is de nieuwe standaard in Taylor gitare geworden. Hoor en zie het verhaal van Andy Powers, de ontwerper van V Class bracing.

WAT IS V-CLASS BRACING? EN HOE WERKT HET?

Waarom een gitaar met V-class bracing meer volume en meer sustain heeft.

MOLLY MILLER EN ANDY POWERS VERKENNEN DE GRAND THEATER

De Taylor GT zit tussen een full size gitaar en laten we zeggen de Taylor GS Mini. Maar hoe klinkt dat? Is het de klank van een full size in de vorm van een small size?