Now Playing: Acoustic Guitar Features | Cutaway vs. Non-cutaway Guitars




Date: 1542328515

Duration: 00:02:26

Taylor Guitars Product Specialist Marc Seal talks acoustic guitar cutaways, describing their purpose and how they affect the feel of the guitar. Depending on your style, you might prefer one over the other, and if you’re a player who loves to move all around the fretboard, a cutaway guitar might be for you. Head to for more videos and guitar shopping tips.

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Where do I start if I’m buying a guitar?

People often ask us, how to properly buy a guitar, our answer; Whether you’re looking to purchase your first guitar or you’re an experienced player searching for your new favorite, Taylor has you covered. We build a wide range of guitars suited for players of all ability levels, so even if you’re just starting on your musical journey, you’re sure to get a good fit with Taylor. Of course, getting started can be the hardest part. Before you choose a guitar, it’s important to understand how a guitar fits with the person playing it. Guitars come in many shapes and sizes, and acoustic guitars can be particularly challenging for beginners due to their size and the high tension of the strings. However, if you’re looking to buy a new guitar and you love that warm acoustic sound, there are many guitars available that will help ease you into the instrument and make the learning process easier. The first step in the guitar buying experience should be to try several options so that you get a sense of how each guitar feels in your hands. A smaller guitar, like those built with our Grand Auditorium or Grand Concert body shapes, might be easier to handle as a first guitar. Other options available through Taylor include the GS Mini, which is a scaled-down, travel-ready guitar with a big sound, and the Baby Taylor, a ¾ size guitar perfect for children. It is also important to consider the longevity of your first guitar before you buy. In this context, “longevity” simply means how long the guitar will work for you before you find yourself needing to upgrade. Low-quality guitars sold for cheaper prices will not sound or feel as good as a higher-quality guitar: they tend to suffer from fret buzz and other maintenance problems in addition to just not sounding very good. However, a quality guitar like a Taylor performs well right out of the box, and will keep performing as long as you enjoy the way it sounds. As a beginner who is buying a guitar for the first time, you may not notice the sound difference. But as you learn to play guitar and you develop your musical ear, you will certainly notice the difference. You’ll be glad you went with the high-quality guitar.