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Andy Powers

Andy Powers

Andy Powers is the Master Guitar Designer at Taylor Guitars. His expertise as a craftsman blends a finely honed sense of aesthetics with nuanced woodworking skills, building upon the rich heritage of previous generations of instrument makers while advancing the art form into inspiring new sonic territory. Visit taylorguitars.com.

ARTICLES

Acoustic Soundboard: Guitars Without Borders

September 27, 2018
Your prized acoustic was likely built in a single shop and locale, but chances are your guitar is much more worldly than you might imagine.
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Acoustic Soundboard: The Cutaway Question

July 11, 2018
A closer look at how, or if, an acoustic cutaway affects your tone.
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Acoustic Soundboard: There’s the Rub

March 22, 2018
Understanding why and how frets wear (hint: it’s not just from fretting) could help extend the life of the ones on your guitar or let you know when it’s time for a complete replacement.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Nut Job

December 18, 2017
The nut is one of the core elements of an instrument’s DNA—provided playability and tone matter to you.
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Acoustic Soundboard: The Perils of Time

September 25, 2017
Every acoustic guitar will change physically, but aging gracefully is possible with good design and proper care.
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Acoustic Soundboard: An Unlevel Playing Field

June 18, 2017
Understanding fretboard radiuses can save you money and heartache—especially if you ever plan to purchase a guitar without playing it first.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Imperfect Pitch

April 4, 2017
Being perfectly in tune is virtually impossible, but understanding all the factors involved (and a little cheating) will help you get as close as possible.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Why Guitar Builders Blend Tonewoods

December 27, 2016
How rigid and flexible woods are mated to create the magic of acoustic guitars.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Water’s War on Wood

November 1, 2016
Taylor Guitars master luthier Andy Powers explains weather and humidity's affects on guitars so you can help your instruments live less stressful lives.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Guitars as Enablers

July 4, 2016
Are you and your instrument a perfect match, or is something missing?
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Acoustic Soundboard: Flattop Fajitas, Curry, and Cordon Bleu

April 26, 2016
Like a chef, a guitar builder strives to create a palate-pleasing balance of ingredients.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Taking a Holistic View of Setup

January 11, 2016
How the numerous elements that determine the feel of your guitar work together.
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