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The electric guitar reinvented from the ground up.
The Taylor solidbody electric guitar has arrived! Featuring original design pickups, a sleek all-aluminum bridge, fresh body design, proprietary neck-to-body construction, and unique switching capabilities, Taylor's innovative imprints are all over their Classic Electric Guitar.
The unique Taylor-designed pickups are the foundation the Taylor solid bodies are built on. The Classic is loaded with 3/4-size humbuckers featuring a new type of magnet and special winding process. The combination creates vintage humbucker sound with the power and dynamic range of modern pickups.
Five pickup settings with carefully chosen voicings give you a great range of tones:
1) Neck pickup
2) "Skinny neck tone"--two inside coils from both pickups wired in parallel
3) "In-between rock tone"--both coils of neck pickup combined with the inside coil of bridge pickup for classic bright single-coil tone with the added fullness of neck tone. Great for semi-distorted amp setting.
4) Fat single-coil--two inside coils from both pickups in series (north from neck and south from bridge) creating, in effect, a 4" humbucker.
5) Bridge pickup
The swamp ash body is beveled on the back, sides and in the cutaway so you're always playing in comfort and able to easily reach the upper frets. The maple neck features the single bolt T-Lock™ neck joint that pulls the neck into the body. The simple yet ingenious jigsaw joint shape provides a set neck feel and accurate intonation.
The bridge, also Taylor-designed, is amazing smooth across the top. It looks and feels clean and classy. No exposed adjustment screws to clutter the looks or get caught on.
Even the Classic's knobs are a departure from standard fare: elegant looks with a lipped edge that allows great one-finger control. Sweaty hands? Taylor includes rubber O-ring grips that slip over the knobs.
For years, Bob Taylor was asked if they were going to build a solid body electric, and for years, the answer was no. Bob's thinking was simple: he wasn't going to build a solidbody electric unless he felt there was a real reason to. In other words, he wouldn't put the Taylor name on a guitar that was just another version of what already existed.
For this electric guitar to happen, it had to be innovative, unique and worthy of a place alongside the guitars that electric guitar players have loved for generations. When the design group at Taylor invented new pickups and Bob heard them, he knew the time had come. Starting with the pickups, each element of this solid body was designed from the ground up. The ingenuity that Bob Taylor insisted on resulted in the creation of an electric guitar that's sure to inspire and well-equipped to impress.
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- Body style: Beveled single-cutaway with contoured back
- Body wood: swamp ash
- Scale length: 24-7/8" Taylor short scale
- Neck joint: single bolt T-lock ™ neck joint
- Neck wood: maple
- Fretboard: rosewood
- Neck shape: Taylor neck
- Frets: 22
- Fretboard radius: 15"
- Bridge: aluminum Taylor-designed
- Pickups: Taylor-designed humbuckers (3/4 size)
- Pickup control: 5-way selector: 1- Neck pickup
- 2- Two inside coils from both pickups in parallel
- 3- Both coils of neck pickup w/ inside coil of bridge pickup
- 4- Two inside coils from both pickups in series
- 5- Bridge pickup
- Controls: master volume, master tone
- Tuners: Taylor
- Inlays: dot
- Pickguard: crushed pearl
- Finish: trans white
Tired of the same setups, parts and tone? Get inspired. Order the Taylor solid body electric now.
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Comments about Taylor SolidBody Classic Electric Guitar:
So, there I was... at a local music store with my friend. He was demoing a Telecaster Deluxe and I wanted something to goof with while he was playing. I pulled the white Taylor Solidbody Classic from the wall and started to noodle around with it. I was instantly smitten; it just felt right at home in my hands. The neck was smooth and the action was fast! I said, "Dude, check this out." I handed him the Taylor and he didn't give it back until it was time to leave. Ha! I went back the next weekend and bought it. The most amazing feature, believe it or not: the tone knob. I own 16 guitars and this is the only one that really makes use of the tone circuit. Most tone knobs simply roll off the highs. For the record, all of my tone knobs stay dimed throughout their life with me. Not so with the Taylor. Partnered with a 5-way switch, the tone circuit makes a dramatic difference in the overall sound. The bridge pick-up with the tone wide open sounds like you might expect; but roll the tone closed and it takes on the sound of a cocked wah pedal. The tone knob takes each of the 5 pick-up settings to a different place. The effect is hard to put into words, other than to say, you've probably never experienced anything like this with any other guitar you've ever played. The 3/4-sized humbuckers are split, paralleled, put in series and put into combos I can't duplicate with the other guitars in my collection. The body is slim, but doesn't convey any loss of tone nor does it ever suggest that its construction cuts any corners. You know you're holding a quality instrument right away. The initial appearance might come across as overly simple, but it only goes to prove that the real focus was put into making a tone-monster of a guitar. Mission accomplished. Taylor has done a wonderful job of creating a guitar that is at home playing a wide variety of musical styles. Every pick-up switch position configures the sound into something immediately useful. There are some familiar tones to cover the classic electric guitars we have come to know and love and then there are some that just simply can't be compared to any traditional offerings. Position 2 takes the inside coils from each pick-up and runs them in series to make a super-wide humbucker. The middle position takes the neck pick-up and adds the inside coil of the bridge in parallel for a beautiful new tone as well. Again, toss in the magical tone knob effect and you really come up with something truly special that no one else offers. Did I mention how noise-free the pick-ups are when it's plugged into an amp? I should also mention how loud the guitar is when played unplugged. I woke up early this past weekend and decided to play through my POD with a set of headphones while my wife was sleeping. I was three rooms away and she could hear it as plain as day. Oops. I've haven't got this excited about a new guitar in some time. The bridge design makes you wonder why more companies haven't made an effort to rethink the design. It truly is a work of art; I find myself marveling at its appearance and function. The factory set-up and intonation was spot-on perfect, right out of the box. I encourage you to try one out. Play it unplugged for couple of minutes to appreciate the timbre and volume from the guitar on its own. Then plug it in and play through a clean setting. Run through the pick-up switch and don't forget to play with the TONE knob. It makes a world of difference on all settings. Finally, dial in your choice of drive, gain or fuzz. I picked up the Taylor simply to have something in my hands as my friend strummed away on his demo guitar. I was so impressed, I bought it. I have always heard that Taylor owners are fanatical, now I know why!