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❌SOLD❌ Taylor Leo Kottke Signature Model Natural, 1994


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The Taylor Leo Kottke Signature model is now discontinued, but is a fantastic instrument for the finger stylist into the massive sounds of the 12-string guitar. Featuring a a Jumbo body with an Venetian cutaway, using a Sitka Spruce top paired with Mahogany for the sides, back, body blocks and neck, and Ebony for the fingerboard and bridge, the Taylor LKSM delivers a big sound with plenty of articulation, sparkle and projection.

This example of an earlier Taylor Leo Kottke model is in very nice condition and is presently strung with standard light gauge strings, tuned down one half step to E Flat. Leo Kottke’s usual spec is heavier gauge strings tuned down to C Sharp.   This sonic effect is clearly heard in the attached video.

Leo Kottke has been closely associated with the 12-string guitar for most of his career, and often played models by Bozo Podunovak, Gibson and Martin. Known for his fast, loud and well articulated playing, Kottke used both thumb and finger picks until the 1980s when tendonitis forced him to stop playing for several years. When he was finally able to resume playing, it was without fingerpicks and with lighter gauge strings. At this point, he started playing Taylor models.

Here’s the builder on the Taylor Leo Kottke Signature Model:

“One of the most celebrated and popular 12-strings ever made, the Taylor Leo Kottke Signature Model incorporates tropical American mahogany back and sides, a Sitka spruce top, Indian rosewood binding, and special bracing with a Jumbo body shape. Rosewood binding and a thin band of green purfling add subtle accents, while the inlay-free fretboard is profound in its simplicity. The model uses heavy gauge strings and is tuned to C#, which yields Kottke’s rumbling, throaty piano guitar sound.”

Taylor Leo Kottke Signature Model Specifications:

  • Scale Length: 25-1/2″
  • Nut & Saddle: Tusq
  • Bracing: LKSM Bracing
  • Truss Rod Cover: Indian Rosewood
  • Pickguard: None
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Tuners: Taylor Gold
  • Case: Taylor Deluxe Hardshell Brown
  • Brand of Strings: Elixir Custom
  • Body Length: 21″
  • Body Width: 17″
  • Body Depth: 4 5/8″
  • Body Binding/Edge Treatment: Indian Rosewood
  • Top Finish: Gloss
  • Back Config: 2-piece No Wedge
  • Backstrap Finish: None
  • Rosette Size: Three Ring
  • Bridge Inlay: None
  • Back/Side Finish: Gloss
  • Armrest Binding: None
  • Backstrap Wood: None
  • Rosette Material: Fiber
  • Stain/Sunburst: None
  • Wedge: None
  • Armrest: no
  • Neck Width: 1-7/8″
  • Fretboard Inlay: None
  • Fretboard Binding/Edge Treatment: Indian Rosewood
  • Heel Cap Binding: Indian Rosewood
  • Type of Neck Joint: Taylor Neck
  • Neck/Heel: Tropical Mahogany
  • Fretboard Wood: Ebony
  • Neck Finish: Satin
  • Heel Length: 3-1/2″
  • Peghead
  • Peghead Finish: Satin
  • Peghead Binding: None
  • Peghead Type: Standard
  • Peghead Purfling: None
  • Headstock Overlay: Indian Rosewood
  • Peghead Inlay: None
  • Peghead Logo: Taylor Mother of Pearl
  • Bridge Pins: Ebony
  • Buttons: Gold
  • Fingerboard Ext: None
  • Edge Trim: None


Price: $2,700.00 CAD
  • Model: Leo Kottke Signature Model
  • Year: 1994
  • Finish Natural
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 940621121, label dated 7/15/1994 at El Cajon, CA
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Good
  • Date Posted: 26/10/2021

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 4.752lbs 2.16kg
  • Scale Length: 25.5in 647.7mm
  • Nut Width: 1.863in 47.34mm
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