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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 08-16-2011, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
 
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My Taylor SolidBody Classic Double-Cut

Taylor is building me a totally sweet custom, which I will review and then use for various things including online gear reviews (amps/pedals), live gigs, photos accompanying instructional columns in print and online, etc. I designed it using the SolidBody Configurator on their site, and I can't wait to get my hands on it.

You can follow the build process on my blog. http://iheartguitarblog.com/2011/08/...om-guitar.html but you don't have to click all the way over there to see it: here she is!



They're doing the same for Jon from Guitar Noize, and his guitar is also going to be totally killer!
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Re: My Taylor SolidBody Classic Double-Cut

Nice! Looks a bit like a cross between my very first Sekova ('71?) and Brian May's guitar We'll need a lot more pics when she's in your hands!
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Funny you should say that because the colour combo was inspired by this:

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Re: My Taylor SolidBody Classic Double-Cut

And here is mine, in Balboa blue. Someone suggested I should call it Rocky lol!



You can check out why I chose the options I did in my video here: http://www.guitarnoize.com/building-...ouble-cutaway/

The cool thing is Peter and I chose totally different options, mine was very rhythm focussed I wanted something big and ballsy to go with my Suhr's, Peter's has the trem and mini humbuckers for a wide range of tones and the pickguard mounted pickups over the direct mounted humbuckers that I chose. Can't wait to hear a comparison!
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Re: My Taylor SolidBody Classic Double-Cut

Just found a nice photo that shows off the finish (although this model is kitted out more like Jon's than mine)

http://www.mojosmusic.com/wp-content...7/IMG_0817.jpg
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Hey dude, I played one of these yesterday... and OH MY GOD. It had such a good tone. It was a store, so the setup was crap, so hopefully you can make it play well. Are these things chambered? It was quite possibly the most resonant guitar I've ever strummed on. Their bridge is pretty amazing as well! I was ready to buy it until I looked at the price tag haha
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Hey dude, I played one of these yesterday... and OH MY GOD. It had such a good tone. It was a store, so the setup was crap, so hopefully you can make it play well. Are these things chambered? It was quite possibly the most resonant guitar I've ever strummed on. Their bridge is pretty amazing as well! I was ready to buy it until I looked at the price tag haha
Yup, it's chambered. The top is actually inset into the body rather than just glued on top of it, so the top has more contact with the body than usual. And yeah, that bridge is killer. The fulcrum point is set lower than most other bridges, which gives it a different feel that I really like.
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Cool, it was just that crazy sounding. My main points of annoyance were

1) crap setup on a 2000$ guitar... thats just unacceptable to me
2) pickups... very muddy sounding to me, perhaps it was the amp, but thats an EASY fix.
3) Sloppy selector switch. My musicman axis had a crappy switch too, but perhaps thats a guitar-to-guitar problem, not a manufacturer problem.


Still, easily one of the best unplugged electrics I've ever had the glory of touching. I HATE evo's, but I have a feeling they would SMOKE in that guitar.
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post #9 of 28 (permalink) Old 08-21-2011, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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Taylor does a bunch of different pickups. I ordered the really bright-sounding ones, which almost sound Gretschy but with more sustain and harmonics. Can't wait to introduce them to my Marshall.
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It begins!!! http://iheartguitarblog.com/2011/09/...ss-report.html
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Those Taylor pickup-swapping pickguards look awesome.
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Those Taylor pickup-swapping pickguards look awesome.
Yeah! I just interviewed David Hosler, who designed the Taylor pickups. I really like that everything is done in house. It'd be so easy to just stick Gotoh parts on and use existing pickups, but instead they design it all themselves.
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Yeah! I just interviewed David Hosler, who designed the Taylor pickups. I really like that everything is done in house. It'd be so easy to just stick Gotoh parts on and use existing pickups, but instead they design it all themselves.
did yuou ask him why they set up their guitars like crap from the factory?
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did yuou ask him why they set up their guitars like crap from the factory?
Haha, no but guitars are typically set up to be a general compromise, which is a much different kind of setup to what we shredders are into. My solution is to have guitars with various setups and to play lots of different guitars whenever I can so I never feel put out by any particular setup I may come across.

Also, how do you know the store didn't set it up like that?
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It's finished!!!

http://iheartguitarblog.com/2011/11/...ed-guitar.html
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