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For players who use a dynamic and generally light fingerstyle approach, the Taylor 518e is a wonderland of color, overtones, and rich, low-end throb that can make a solo composition sound massive and lend body to a spare band mix.

Bob Taylor has a knack for knowing when to heed tradition and when to forge ahead on his own path. His bolt-on NT neck may be the most obvious example, but Taylor has never been shy about tinkering with his guitars or embracing new designs when he thinks it’s a step in the right direction.

Take Taylor’s jumbos: The original design was the work of Sam Radding, the luthier behind the American Dream collective that fostered Bob Taylor’s early development. Knowing a good thing when he saw one, Taylor retained the Jumbo design when American Dream became Taylor Guitars. The model became a pillar of the early Taylor line, and when Neil Young played a 12-string 855 version in his 1978 Rust Never Sleeps film, the model was cemented in legend.

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PG's Shawn Hammond is on location in Frankfurt, Germany, for the 2013 Musikmesse show, where he visits the Taylor booth for a demo of their Mahogany 500 Series, 2013 Spring Limited Series, and Koa Grand Orchestra guitars.



PG's Shawn Hammond is on location in Frankfurt, Germany, for the 2013 Musikmesse show, where he visits the Taylor booth for a demo of their Mahogany 500 Series, 2013 Spring Limited Series, and Koa Grand Orchestra guitars.

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