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Wood&Steel

Our in-house magazine brings you all the latest from Taylor

Volume 94 / Summer 2019

COVER STORY

V-Class 12-String Guitars

Resident design guru Andy Powers has adapted his V-Class bracing pattern for our 12-string Grand Concerts. Together with a new string anchoring system, the 12-string sound has never been more pitch-friendly.

FEATURES

From Songwriting to Production

In part two of our series on the craft and commerce of songwriting, we explore how song ideas take form in the production process.

Pick Power

The oft-overlooked guitar pick flavors your acoustic tone more than you think. With our versatile new line of picks, we’ve brought a whole new world of feel and sound to your fingertips.

The Wood&Steel Interview: Mimi Fox

The renowned jazz guitarist talks about returning to her acoustic roots on her new album, This Bird Still Flies, and sheds light on her expansive approach to composing and improvising.

New V-Class Grand Concerts

Following its debut in select series to start the year, our V-Class bracing now powers all of our U.S.-made Grand Concert guitars. Here are a few of our favorites.

New Model Spotlight: Builder’s Edition K24ce

As if the beauty of an all-koa guitar wasn’t already inspiring enough, sleek ergonomic contouring elevates this Builder’s Edition offering to sublime heights.

A Grand Reception

Our new Grand Pacific has made a great impression on guitar reviewers around the world. Here’s a roundup of reactions so far.

COLUMNS

Kurt’s Corner

Kurt shares Taylor’s plans for continued growth.

BobSpeak

Bob explains why the skill set of Andy Powers makes him ideally suited to drive Taylor’s design innovation for years to come.

The Craft

Andy explores the ways in which a guitar maker’s design approach is informed by the surrounding environment.

DEPARTMENTS

Ask Bob

Fretboard oiling tips, how soundhole size affects tone, high-humidity guitar care, Adirondack spruce trees, and more.

Sustainability

Scott Paul traces the technological progress that has enabled the status of wood species to be assessed more accurately and reveals why that’s good news for ebony. Plus, our ebony planting initiative in Cameroon reaches a new milestone.

Soundings

Grand Pacific artist reactions from Winter NAMM and Nashville, plus Linda Perry, Ben Harper and Alex Cuba.

TaylorWare

Our new line of Taylor guitar accessories includes tuner upgrade options, premium guitar straps, an innovative capo, and guitar care products.

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.

How to Get Wood&Steel

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.