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Guitar of the Day

Taylor guitars have long been respected for their overall sound, playability, and good looks. Their preamps are among the best in the industry, with their proprietary Expression System being created in partnership with legendary audio pioneer Rupert Neve. A few years back, the company created a hybrid guitar that could deliver a glossy acoustic sound onstage, along with four classic electric guitar tones. That guitar was the T5, which was almost universally praised for its amazing diversity of sounds, not to mention its good looks. So successful was this innovation that Taylor made the decision to dedicate its resources and innovative spirit into creating a traditional solidbody electric, with three models: the SolidBody Classic, the Standard, and the Custom. All three have been our Guitar of the Day at various times since their introduction earlier this year. Today, the Taylor SolidBody Custom gets the honors once more. Why? Go check out the photos in our Guitar Gallery and gaze at the Customs we have in stock, with their bookmatched figured walnut or koa tops, two original 3/4-size humbuckers, and mahogany necks with ebony fingerboards.

The British magazine Guitarist was so impressed with the Solidbody that they gave it the cover spot in their February 2008 issue, where they asked the provocative question: “Is this the most important guitar in 25 years?” While that’s a question that each guitar player will have to answer individually, we have to admit the Custom is gorgeous. Both the walnut and koa bookmatched tops are stunning. For extra resonance, these solidbody guitars are actually heavily chambered, with only the area under the pickups and bridge being truly solid. Tonally, the Custom has a 5-way blade switch that, in position one, gives you full neck humbucker. Position two is the inside coils of both pickups in parallel, while position three is full neck humbucker with one coil of the bridge pickup. Position four is the two inside coils, but this time in series, and position five is full bridge humbucker. All sound great! The neck is a comfortable C-shape with a 15″ radius, and the bridge is machined from acoustically resonant aluminum and is nicely contoured. Of course, the Custom includes our exclusive 2-year Total Confidence Coverage Warranty™ and free FedEx shipping right to your door!

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