Taylor’s Build-to-Order program allows any guitar player, anywhere in the world, to design their very own customized ‘dream guitar’, at a fraction of the cost of most custom instruments. Choose your wood sets, body style, inlay package, binding details, and much more. Here at the 12th Fret, many of the Taylor guitars you will see hanging on our walls were designed and ordered through Taylor’s BTO program.
In August 2010, I had the opportunity to travel down to San Diego and visit the Taylor factory. By far, the highlight of my trip was getting the chance to site down an design a guitar with Bob Taylor himself. We chose the wood sets and speced out the details together.
This week, we received the finished guitar. I’m happy to say that it is even more beautiful than I had hoped! Grand Concert body, 12-fret neck joint, Cedar top with a 3-piece Zircote back, with flamed Koa binding and matching Laskin-style armrest. What a work of art!
You can read all about my trip to Taylor Guitars here.
Just this past weekend, our very own Mike Gray traveled to the Taylor Guitar factor to attend a very special Build-to-Order session, where he selected wood and designed 6 custom guitars for the 12th Fret. Every single one is sure to be something special.
On Friday March 25 I had the chance to work first hand with the wonderful crew from Taylor guitars and master luthier Andy Powers. After a long day of travel to San Diego the day before I was ready and raring to choose some wood sets and spec out some beautiful build to order guitars. Let me tell you the minute you step into this room the smell of the wood is intoxicating. One of the sets even smells of cinnamon! Each one of the six dealers invited to this event were paired off with someone from Taylor to help select their sets. It was a real pleasure to be paired with Andy Powers as his wealth of knowledge and keen eye helped to confirm some of my choices as well as furthering my education on tone woods. These six unique and very special guitars should be arriving in the summer so stay tuned.