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A backstage pass to the world of Taylor Guitars

All from the factory in El Cajon, California

Guitar talk, demos & more

Cameron and Jay from Taylor Guitars hang out with artists, music industry insiders, and guitar engineers from the Taylor factory. They chat about guitars we've built, argue about music, and provide an inside look at the world of Taylor Guitars.

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Episodes

Episode 16: The Tone Collector

Air date: June 1, 2018

The guys are joined by Taylor District Sales Manager Rich Casciato, who shares his thoughts about what makes a great guitar collection and demos a 522ce 12-Fret. After that, Jonah Matranga, Taylor artist and member of Far and Onelinedrawing, stops be to chat about his solo work and reminisce about Far album Water & Solutions on its 20th anniversary.

 

Episode 15: Bob Taylor: The Ebony Project Takes Root

Air date: April 20, 2018

In this conversation about Taylor’s latest efforts to create a more sustainable future, Bob Taylor joins Tony Polecastro, Cameron and Jay to share what he’s learned while working to transform an ebony sawmill business in Cameroon over six years. Bob talks about the challenges and progress along the way, his love of the Cameroonian people, and why standardization is the way out of chaos. He also explains why planting trees has become his mission, and sheds light on two current projects: an innovative ebony replanting program, and his work to plant a koa forest in Hawaii. As usual, Bob serves up a few nuggets of inspiring life wisdom along the way.

 

Episode 14: Sustain and Sustainability

Air date: April 6, 2018

Taylor’s Director of Natural Resource Sustainability, Scott Paul, shares how an epiphany at a volcano in Costa Rica set him on a path that led him to the UN, the White House, Greenpeace, and Taylor Guitars. He also talks about the project that brought him together with Bob Taylor in Alaska, what sustainability actually means, and the work Taylor is doing to replant ebony in Cameroon and koa in Hawaii. It all starts with a killer guitar demo from Taylor’s Michael Lille, who plays an all-koa K24ce featuring Taylor’s V-Class bracing.

 

Episode 13: Steph Johnson: Helping Homeless People Express Their Voice

Air date: March 29, 2018

Award-winning soul-jazz singer-songwriter and community leader Steph Johnson not only left a solid job in banking to pursue a professional career in music, she also applied her musical talents to address the issues of homelessness. Steph talks about co-founding the Voices of Our City Choir for people experiencing homeless in her home town of San Diego.

 

Episode 12: Geeking out with Tony Polecastro

Air date: March 13, 2018

Unabashed guitar geek and veteran reviewer Tony Polecastro stops by the factory to share his take on 914ce, and offer tips on how to test-drive a V-Class guitar. Tony also recalls how his acoustic guitar obsession took root at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and explains what Tony’s Acoustic Challenge is all about.

 

 

Episode 11: Taylor Artist - Elise Trouw

Air date: January 30, 2018

Taylor singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Elise Trouw chats with Cameron and Jay about her recent YouTube song mashup success. They talk about songwriting and live looping, and she plays a few songs on her T5z.

 

Episode 10: V-Class Bracing

Air date: January 25, 2018

Andy Powers, master guitar designer for Taylor, talks about introducing V-Class bracing and our new Builder’s Edition guitars at NAMM 2018, and demonstrates the new sonic power of V-Class with the new PS14ce.

 

Bob and Kurt: How It All Started

Air date: January 17, 2018

Taylor Guitars founders Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug share stories of the very beginning. They look back on early struggles, accomplishments, and why keeping guitars is bad for a luthier.

 

Episode 9: Guitar Girl Magazine

Air date: December 6, 2017

Tara Low, founder of Guitar Girl Magazine, stops by to discuss why she started a guitar ezine specifically for women. Cameron demos the 618e, a big-bodied maple/spruce acoustic with a dynamic response.

Episode 8: The Gift of Guitar

Air date: November 22, 2017

Monte Montefusco, Director of Sales for Taylor, appears in studio to discuss why many music careers begin during the holiday season. They also demo a GS Mini-e Bass and give tips and advice for anyone buying a guitar as a gift this season.

 

Episode 7: 1 Billion Views

Air date: October 31, 2017

Marty Schwartz, the Internet’s most popular guitar teacher, joins Cameron and Jay to share tips for new guitar players of all ages and chat about sharing the stage with your heroes. The guys also demo the Taylor Academy 10e, the guitar everyone wishes they had when they started playing. Visit Marty’s Youtube channel here.

 

Episode 6: No Guitars in the Shower

Air date: October 4, 2017

Taylor Service Network Manager Rob Magargal talks with Cameron and Jay about the fundamentals of guitar care and how humidity can affect your guitar. They also chat about setting up guitars and playing lefty. The guys also demo a K22ce from our line of koa guitars. They also chat about the TaylorSense guitar health monitor system.

 

Episode 5: Dr. Godwin Will See You Now

Air date: September 20, 2017

Cameron and Jay bring in Artist Relations Director Tim Godwin to talk about why Taylor doesn't pay artists for endorsements and to reveal Taylor's semi-secret location in Nashville. They also demo a 714ce WSB.

 

Episode 4: Building Someone's Best Friend

Air date: September 13, 2017

Cameron and Jay chat with 30-year Taylor veteran Terry Myers about special projects at Taylor, his own hand in starting Breedlove Guitars, and why the guitar can be more valuable than the family car. They also demo the 322ce 12-Fret, a small-bodied bluesy acoustic with a solid mahogany top.

 

Episode 3: Taylor Across the Pond

Air date: September 6, 2017

Cameron and Jay are joined by Dan Boreham, Taylor's Europe Marketing Manager, to discuss Taylor's growth in Europe and what to consider when shopping for a guitar. This episode includes a demo of a sunburst 814ce DLX.

 

Episode 2: Road Stories

Air date: August 23, 2017

Cameron and Jay discuss Taylor Road Shows with District Sales Manager JR Robison, who also demos the 352ce and shares his stories about traveling to host the award-winning Taylor Guitars Road Shows.

 

Episode 1: Wait, Taylor has a podcast?

Air date: August 25, 2017

Get to know Cameron and Jay as they discuss why it's time for a Taylor Guitars podcast.

 

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