Alongside Martin and Gibson, Taylor instruments have become the most respected guitars worldwide. The company builds these wonderful guitars in absolutely high quality and excellent manufacture with an exquisite sound. Well-known bands and musicians like America, Neil Young, Leo Kottke, Dan Crary, Nancy Griffith or Kathy Mattea rely on this perfect sound, the unique pick-ups and unbeatable playability of this noble brand.
In 1974 Bob Taylor, his partner Kurt Listing and about 10 employees founded the company in Lemon Grass, California. In the mean time it has become one of the biggest guitar manufacturers with more than 500 employees. A number of innovations in the guitar building area and new manufacturing methods on the wood-works were developed. Examples are the screwed neck or the incompatible expression pick-up system.
Taylor has a very interesting and manifold product range. Most instruments sold belong to the 300- or 400-series. Once a year, Taylor also builds a special limited edition - for the German market only. The construction of this German Limited Edition is based on the ideas of German distributors and is also built in cooperation with the company Headliner and the responsible product manager Thomas Supper. Depending on Tommy´s reference Bob Taylor also takes wood supplies from his private storage in order to develop really exclusive models. These instruments like the Cujo, Koi-Fish, Grey Wale or the Sea Turtle are treasured collector’s items.
Taylor has always been the forerunner when it comes to using the most modern techniques for the production of acoustic guitars. Due to computer technology both for the design and for the production the door was opened for reoccurring and constantly rising quality standards and new developments, e.g. the patented neck-body-connection from 1999 and the “Expression” pick-up system which was developed together with the audio legend Rupert Neve in 2003. This way the small company which only produced a small number of guitars a month became one of the leading manufacturers in the high-end area producing more than 250 instruments a day.
A few years ago the company began to launch products to the middle-price market. First of all with ¾-learner-guitars, the so called Baby Taylors, then with the Taylor 15/16 Big Baby, and finally with the grown-up Taylor Dreadnought 110-GB. In the meantime the program consists of 13 different model-lines with more than 60 different models in absolutely impressive quality, as well as a few wonderful limited models.
Artists and bands who play on Taylo0r guitars are: Bryan Adams, Aerosmith, America, Willy Astor, die Beach Boys, Blink-182, Michelle Branch, Jeff Bridges, Cheap Trick, Cranberries, Neil Diamond, Dixie Chicks, Duran Duran, Doyle Dykes, The Edge, U2, Fleetwood Mac, Reinhard Fendrich, Peter Frampton, David Gilmour, Green Day, Billy Idol, Mick Jagger, Don Johnson, Mark Knopfler, Lenny Kravitz, Kenny Loggins, Madonna, Peter Maffay, Maroon 5, Richard Marx, Matchbox 20, Dave Matthews, Mickey Meinert (Juliane Werding, Schiller), Alanis Morissette, Jason Mraz, Chris Norman, Christoph Papendieck (Marianne Rosenberg, Schiller), Brad Pitt, R.E.M, Axl Rose, Richie Sambora, Schürzenjäger, The Scorpions, Bernd Stelter, Styx, Sum 41, Andy Summers, Travis, Shania Twain, Otto Walkes, Robbie Williams, Nancy Wilson, Neil Young and many more.