Taylor has a new solidbody electric guitar in the works!

El Cajon, CA (August 28, 2007)-In a Premier Guitar exclusive, Taylor Guitars has surreptitiously announced a first for the company – a solidbody electric guitar. We were fortunate enough to sit down and discuss the new instrument with Bob Taylor, President and Co-founder of Taylor Guitars, Brian Swerdferger, Director of Product Marketing, and David Hosler, Product Development Manager. The discussion will be available to download in its entirety on Tuesday, September 4th via our podcast page.

Word of the not-yet-officially-announced guitar leaked out after Tommy Shaw was shown several prototypes. Refusing to give them back, he instead played them at a Styx show just a few hours later. A few of those pics can be found on his website. Details of the as-yet-unnamed instrument are few – no one at Premier Guitar world headquarters has yet to put their hands on one – but this is what we do know:

  • The guitar features a from-the-ground-up, all-new humbucking pickup design
  • Bob Taylor assured us that the new axe would fully represent Taylor’s legendary playability
  • Everything, from the bridge to the volume knobs, was specifically designed for this guitar
  • Three models will ultimately be available
  • Pricing is expected to be from below $2000 to the $3500 range for various models
The guitar is expected to be announced officially at the Boston Premier Guitar Festival. Check back often for details as we get them.

ARTICLE UPDATE: We''ve interviewed Bob Taylor and his crew about this new axe!! >Click here to hear the interview in our latest podcast...

Photo credit: Jason Powell

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Whether in the studio or on solo gigs, the Nashville session-guitar star holds a lotta cards, with guitars and amps for everything he’s dealt.

Adam Shoenfeld has helped shape the tone of modern country guitar. How? Well, the Nashville-based session star, producer, and frontman has played on hundreds of albums and 45 No. 1 country hits, starting with Jason Aldean’s “Hicktown,” since 2005. Plus, he’s found time for several bands of his own as well as the first studio album under his own name, All the Birds Sing, which drops January 28.

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• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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Knowing how to function in different keys is crucial to improvising in any context. One path to fretboard mastery is learning how to move through positions across the neck. Even something as simple as a three-note-per-string major scale can offer loads of options when it’s time to step up and rip. I’m going to outline seven technical sequences, each one focusing on a position of a diatonic major scale. This should provide a fun workout for the fingers and hopefully inspire a few licks of your own.
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