On the heels of refreshing the 2012 line, Bob Taylor and his design crew keep the creative juices flowing with an inspired batch of Spring Limited Editions. For this year’s run, ever-popular cocobolo joins the 800 Series, exotic Hawaiian koa pays a rare visit to the 300 Series, an ovangkol baritone brings a unique voice to the 400 Series, and the GS Mini adds a triple-shot of fun with three premium laminate models.
Few woods can match cocobolo’s assertive visual beauty, expressed through bold, fiery hues and dramatic variegation. Some of the sets selected for these Spring Limiteds pack an even more dramatic punch with a swath of contrasting blond sapwood. Tonally, cocobolo is known for its volume and a deep low end that’s balanced by an overall brightness, making it a favorite among players. Normally used for our Presentation Series and Build to Order guitars, here it guest stars with our premium 800 Series appointments, featuring curly maple binding and our popular pearl inlay design.
Hawaiian koa occupies rare air among tonewoods, and for good reason: Its tone is crisp and complex, its figure can be variegated and striking, and it is among the more difficult woods to procure. Though it’s normally reserved for the upper end of the Taylor line, our years of buying whole koa logs can sometimes yield sets of wood that have all the tonal character and charm of premium koa but aren’t quite as figured as the most prized sets reserved for the Koa Series. That’s where our 300 Series Koa Limiteds come in, offering a special treat and a great value.
The raves keep rolling in for the mighty GS Mini as it continues to redefine what a small-bodied guitar can be. A big sound, a real Taylor playing experience, and a do-it-yourself add-on pickup option already make it hard to resist, but we thought we’d up the ante with some beautiful wood veneer options, too. Choose from gorgeous maple, figured blackwood and rosewood laminate for the Mini’s backs and sides, all with a solid spruce top.
We’re excited to bring the Taylor Baritone-6 to the 400 Series in this one-of-a-kind Spring Limited, taking advantage of ovangkol’s full midrange and bright top end. Though slightly less dense than most rosewoods, ovangkol shares much of rosewood’s clarity and fidelity. This pairs well with our baritone design, producing a deep, rich voice with rosewood-like richness and clear note definition. The baritone’s lower B tuning, coupled with a 27-inch scale length, make it possible to generate tonal depth with normal string tension, giving players a familiar playing experience. It’s a great choice if you have a lower vocal range or favor a de-tuned guitar sound.
Taylor Guitars is a leading manufacturer of acoustic, acoustic/electric, and electric guitars, and offers an extensive Build to Order custom guitar program. Taylor guitars are renowned for their playability and great tone, and the company’s full-service outreach includes helpful customer service, informative online guitar videos, and its TaylorWare line of clothing, gear and guitar accessories. Many leading music artists play a Taylor guitar, including Dave Matthews, Taylor Swift, Jason Mraz, Zac Brown, Steven Curtis Chapman, among many others. The company’s headquarters are in El Cajon, California, with a European distribution center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.