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Give a Taylor Guitar—a Lifelong Gift

A Taylor acoustic guitar makes an unforgettable gift. This year’s holiday gift guide will help you find the best guitar for every type of player.

Basics to Get You Started

Buying a guitar doesn’t have to be difficult. Whether you’re ordering online or planning to visit a shop, these videos will answer the basic questions and help you narrow down the field.

Shapes

We offer five different guitar shapes, each with a unique sound and feel, from the versatile Grand Auditorium to the compact Grand Concert. Learn how to choose the best shape for your gift recipient.

Tonewoods

Tonewoods give a guitar its sonic flavor. Discover how each of our tonewoods creates a unique musical tone.

Cutaway vs. Non-Cutaway

When you’re guitar-shopping, you’ll likely come across guitars both with and without a cutaway. Learn which option is best for you.

     

Taylor Guitar Gift Picks Under $1,500

Our most affordable guitars, making happy holidays year in and year out.

Academy 12e

It’s really easy to love this new Academy series. For beginners, the smart feature set means you can practice more comfortably and for longer periods of time, while experienced players will see these as pretty much the best short-scale guitars they’ve ever played.

- Acoustic Magazine, 2018

Built specifically for the player’s comfort, this compact Grand Concert model features an easy-playing neck, an armrest, and a solid top for rich, responsive tone.

 

GS Mini-e Walnut

From our popular line of small-scale guitars, this model includes a built-in pickup and tuner. Its size makes it couch- and travel-friendly, and a great choice for beginners.

214ce DLX

This stage-worthy Grand Auditorium features layered Indian rosewood back and sides, a solid spruce top, full-gloss body, onboard pickup, and includes a hardshell case.

Taylor Guitar Gift Picks $1,500 - $3,000

These stunning guitars will make for an unforgettable holiday season.

324ce

Newly redesigned with V-Class bracing and black graphite tuners, the 324ce is an all-purpose guitar sporting a touch of vintage warmth. Made from solid sapele with a shaded edgeburst mahogany top, it boasts a tone balanced and powerful enough to handle lively strumming, and includes ES2 electronics for organic plugged-in sound.

414ce-R

The rosewood version of our workhorse Grand Auditorium is an expressive instrument with Swiss Army-knife utility. With V-Class bracing, it produces a warm, full-spectrum sound with low-end power, top-end shimmer, and pleasing harmonic complexity. All that tonal character translates into great sound when plugged in.

714ce WSB

Indian rosewood is a classic acoustic tonewood, and this acoustic-electric model brings out its best with a warm low end and clear highs—boosted even further by V-Class bracing. A Lutz spruce top, instead of Sitka, makes for an even punchier, warmer response, while the Western Sunburst finish adds a classic visual touch.

Taylor Guitar Gift Picks, $3,000 and Up

For longtime players, aspiring collectors, or unsuspecting gift recipients, these guitars are a dream come true.

522e 12-Fret

This all-mahogany acoustic-electric features a slightly shorter scale, lending a relaxed, easy feel to the fretboard and an open, powerful tone with plenty of crowd-pleasing midrange presence.

614ce

A new addition to the V-Class family, the 614ce combines solid, figured maple with spruce for a focused, yet warm sound that has enough clarity to contend with live situations and recording applications alike.

812ce 12-Fret DLX

Another small-body model with a player-friendly neck, this Grand Concert pairs solid Indian rosewood with Sitka spruce to produce lively, balanced tone with a dynamic response and an ergonomic feel.

V-Class Bracing: a Taylor Innovation

Earlier this year, we released V-Class bracing, a new interior design that powers our guitars to produce greater volume, longer sustain, and a more musical sound. It’s a game-changing feature in the acoustic guitar world, and you’ll only find it in Taylor guitars.

How V-Class Works

By changing the way the guitar’s top vibrates, V-Class helps the instrument produce louder volume, longer sustain, and cleaner, more tuneful intonation all the way down the neck.

V-Class Artist Reactions

Taylor artists have loved the way our new bracing design creates a more expressive, responsive, and musical experience, opening new possibilities for the acoustic guitar.

V-Class Guitar Spotlight

Builder's Edition K14ce

Awarded Premier Guitar's Gear Of The Year 2018

Our first Builder’s Edition model set the guitar world on fire. Solid koa back and sides, along with V-Class bracing, power this Grand Auditorium to new levels of volume and notes that sustain and bloom with stunning harmonic complexity. We’ve applied our special torrefaction process to this model’s solid Sitka spruce top, a special roasting technique that opens up the sound of the guitar and adds a touch of depth and sweetness that you’d expect from a vintage instrument. It’s also one of our most inviting and comfortable guitars to play—an armrest and double-carved cutaway along with a rounded edge treatment along the whole body contribute to a smooth, seamless feel, a perfect complement with the trademark ease of play that comes with the Taylor neck. All in all, the Builder’s Edition K14ce is a truly unique experience in both sound and feel, and one of the finest guitar’s we’ve ever built.

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Builder’s Edition 614ce

With appointments designed for an ideal playing experience, the Builder’s Edition 614ce embodies Taylor’s unmatched craftsmanship. Boosted by V-Class bracing, its solid maple back and sides and torrefied spruce top deliver a warm, focused sound, ideal for all styles and levels of ability.

K24ce

Built entirely from solid Hawaiian koa, the K24ce is a work of guitar art that doubles as one of our most tuneful, expressive instruments. The V-Class enhancement brings even greater depth and bloom to an already-robust tone, with a visual character that will draw eyes wherever it goes.

Why Taylor? We Support Healthy Forests.

When you buy a Taylor, you help us preserve vulnerable forests and support local communities. 

About The Ebony Project

We’re committed to being responsible stewards of forest resources. The Ebony Project is focused on creating a more sustainable future for ebony. As co-owners of an ebony mill in Cameroon, we work with local communities to ensure ethical sourcing and provide jobs with living wages. We’ve also invested in groundbreaking research that has led to a scalable ebony replanting program. Purchasing a Taylor means supporting programs to safeguard the future of our forests.

Accessories and Add-Ons

Opening and playing a new guitar at the holidays is a magical experience. By adding just a couple key items, you can make sure that your gift is ready to play right out of the wrapping, as special and meaningful as you wanted it to be.

Apparel

From shirts and sweaters to caps and beanies, we have a wide range of Taylor merchandise available at the TaylorWare store.

Accessories

A digital tuner is the most useful thing a guitarist can own—and a few sets of extra picks are always helpful, too.

Guitar Care

Love your Taylor and it’ll love you back. Grab a case humidifier, guitar polish, and some fretboard oil and watch that new guitar shine.

Straps

Whether you play at home or perform on stage, a good, reliable strap is a must-have. Choose one from the variety available at the TaylorWare shop.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I buy a nylon-stringed guitar for a beginner?

We don’t recommend it. Nylon strings are softer than steel strings, but guitars with nylon strings have very wide necks that are difficult for beginners.

Should I buy an electric or acoustic guitar first?

It depends on the gift recipient. Are they obsessed with hard rock and heavy guitars? If so, electric might be the way to go. However, acoustic guitars are perfect for beginners, since they’re portable and don’t require an amp. That means your giftee can easily take it to lessons, to school, or to a friend’s place to jam with others.

I need a guitar for a beginner. What features should I look for?

Start with a guitar with a comfortable neck (like a Taylor!), a solid top, and a body size that isn’t too big for the recipient. A guitar that fits those three criteria will probably be great for a beginner, and will likely last a long time before you need to upgrade.

Do new guitars come with cases?

All Taylor guitars come with either a padded gig bag or a hard case, but many other brands don’t offer this convenience. If the guitar doesn’t come with a case, we recommend a hard case to protect your guitar from impact and climate damage.

Where can I find lessons?

Ask the salesperson if the music store offers a free lesson with the purchase of the guitar, or if they offer scheduled lessons in store. A chord chart is a great place to start for a new guitarist, and most stores will be able to provide references for local instructors if you ask.

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