Volume 78 / Winter 2014

Cover Story: Taylor Turns 40
Bob and Kurt are plenty proud of Taylor’s improbable arc from fledgling guitar shop to leading manufacturer. But their 40th year in business finds them even more excited about the road ahead.

The Rebirth of the 800 Series: Bob Taylor and Andy Powers reveal the next generation of Taylor acoustic tone with a comprehensive redesign of Taylor’s flagship guitar series. Among the voicing nuances: bracing, protein glues, ultra-thin finish, and the new Expression System® 2, plus a refreshed design aesthetic.

The 800 Series By Shape: Andy Powers explains how Taylor’s latest design touches help articulate the unique tonal strengths of each body shape.

The 2014 Taylor Guitar Guide: From steel-strings to nylon-strings to the new T5z, the 2014 Taylor line offers something for every type of player. Our Guitar Guide will lead you toward the best guitar for your needs.

What is Wood&Steel?

Wood&Steel began as a desire of Taylor co-founders Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug to create an informative communication channel between the company and the people who buy our guitars. Since its summer 1994 debut, our quarterly “owners newsletter” has evolved from its grassroots beginnings into a robust publication that covers all things Taylor, taking readers inside the Taylor factory for the inside scoop on our latest guitar developments and out into the world to connect with Taylor players, dealers and others who make up the vibrant, extended Taylor community. From stories about sourcing wood to guitar care tips to Q&A’s with Bob, we strive to share our passion for making and playing great guitars and to chronicle yours.

Wood&Steel for Taylor Owners

Wood&Steel is direct-mailed (free of charge) only to Taylor owners in the U.S. and Canada (if you are a Taylor owner in either country and are not receiving Wood&Steel, see our Owner Registration page). Free copies also are available at authorized Taylor dealers around the world, and each issue is viewable online. There is no paid subscription service.



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