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Volume 76 / Summer 2013

Cover Story: All-New, All-Mahogany 500s
We build upon the rich heritage of all-mahogany guitars with new models that fuse vintage character with signature Taylor playability. Also: Mahogany-top 300s.

Play Like You: You've been cribbing from your guitar heroes long enough. Shawn Persinger helps you develop an expressive voice all your own. 

Backstage Pass: Allen Stone

The young, dynamic soul singer talks about discovering Stevie Wonder, his love of soul music, and his feeling-based creative approach.

Wet Guitar Woes: While dry conditions can hurt a guitar, long periods of high humidity can also lead to problems. Here are some symptoms and solutions.

Grand Orchestra 718e / 818e: Two new rosewood/spruce models expand the Grand Orchestra family, unleashing a lush sound that’s loaded with sonic detail.

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.