Taylor Guitar endorsement!
Christmas came early this year - very late fall 2012 we received news that Taylor Guitars endorsed me. Their Artist Program gives professional players a leg-up by vastly reducing the retail cost on any model, so it isn't a giveaway, which keeps players honest, but it sure makes it a whole lot easier to get your hands on an absolute top-quality instrument. This in turn somehow beefs up the level of your playing, making you a better artist. I was told to go to their site an pick out the guitar I always wanted. After much consideration I couldn't tear my eyes off the Presentation Series. Although I've always been a dedicated fan of the dreadnaught sound, the asthetics of the Grand Symphony body shape just grabbed me by the neck hairs. The back and sides are highly figured cocobolo from central Mexico, and I chose a cedar top to keep the tone warm. A unique beveled armrest made from ebony and contoured into the binding adds unbelievable comfort to the top of the guitar as you're playing it. Other artistic features are an extravagant amount of abalone inlay, including a gorgeous vine inlay along the fretboard. Here's more images and information on this guitar, and while you're there snoop around to see the other models they offer. Taylor asks from 6 - 8 weeks to build a guitar, but one day short of the 4-week mark they called to inform me that my piece of art was shipped, bringing it to me just short of Christmas. I can honestly say that I've never played as high quality an instrument as this one. The tone is very balanced, deep and crisp - and the electronics! Taylor reinvented how an acoustic instrument is amplified, and the result of their patented Expression System is stunning. It actually made my wife, who runs sound at our shows, drop her jaw when she first brought up the fader.
Special thanks also goes to Dorothy Lethbridge for setting this whole scenario up, and to my Mom for additional help in the paperwork.