El Cajon, CA (September 12, 2007) – The buzz around Taylor’s new solidbody electric continues to resonate. After bringing you the exclusive announcement of this guitar as well as the backstory of its creation in an exclusive podcast interview with Bob Taylor, President and Co-founder of Taylor Guitars, and some key members of his team, we’ve now got even more news: details of where you can see/hear/play this highly-anticipated solidbody, more insight from Bob Taylor and new pictures.
The new guitar will be available in three models: Classic, Standard and Custom. Each guitar is equipped with Taylor’s new, exclusive humbuckers—two styles are available: full and 3/4 size.
You can check out all three models of the new Taylor solidbody electric this weekend at the Premier Guitar Festival – Boston. The Festival is taking place September 15-16 at the Bayside Expo Center. The guitars are also hitting the road with the Taylor Road Show. These Road Show appearances are special engagements at select dealerships in September and October. A limited number of pre-production models will be for sale. The official launch for Taylor’s solidbody electric will take place in January at Winter NAMM 2008, the industry’s biggest trade show.
Bob Taylor says the highly-anticipated solidbody was the next logical step for his company. Taylor is renowned for innovations like NT (New Technology) neck design, which creates a more playable, stable and easily-adjustable acoustic guitar neck; the Expression System pickup, for unprecedented high-fidelity amplified acoustic sound; and the award-winning electric/acoustic hybrid T5, which allows a player to go from pure acoustic tones to electric twang and crunch at the flick of a five-way switch.
Not surprisingly, the new solidbody has a completely original design.
“I could never justify building a guitar that was an imitation of another brand’s model. That’s not what we do,” Taylor says. “About a year ago, we were working on some humbuckers for a new T5. These pickups sounded so great, we looked up and said, ‘Hey, we’re in the electric guitar business now!’ And instead of keeping them for the T5, we began designing an entirely new guitar, full of touches that are purely Taylor.”
“Our aluminum bridge is just beautiful,” Taylor adds. “ …it feels like a luxury watch band; it’s invisible to the player, yet it’s fully adjustable and loaded with performance features. We developed a new concept of insetting the top with exotic woods, which gives us the look of a bound guitar, with the comfort of a contoured body. “We literally designed every part of this guitar ourselves, right down to the knobs!”
For more information:
Taylor solidbody electric promotional video
Tommy Shaw blogs about playing a prototype
Premier Guitar Podcast Interview w/ Bob Taylor