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Guitar of the Day

Considering the resounding success of its hybrid acoustic/electric T5 Thinline, Taylor obviously made the right call in choosing to build their first standard solidbody electrics. Of course, with Taylor, there’s really nothing “standard” about anything they do, so rather than just releasing one electric, they introduced three! There’s the top-of-the-line Taylor Solidbody Custom, the Solidbody Classic, and today’s official Guitar of the Day, the Solidbody Standard (available in Cherry Sunburst and Natural Edgeburst, both of which are stunning finishes). All three models have a similar body shape, which you’d quickly recognize as your timeless mahogany-bodied, dual-humbucker configuration. The main differences are that the cutaway on the Custom has a more rounded shape, while the cutaways on the Standard and Classic are more pointed. Otherwise the basic body outline is quite similar. Both the Custom and Standard come with a dramatically figured, bookmatched top. The Standard uses an unusual (and quite dramatic) wood for the top, which is called Tamo Ash. This Japanese timber is famous for its figuring, which falls into two basic patterns, both of which most closely resemble quilted maple. Check out the photos in our awesome Guitar Gallery and you’ll agree, this is pretty spectacular!

The body and neck of the Standard are constructed of sapele, which some woodworkers call African mahogany, as the two woods are surprisingly similar. In fact, if this wasn’t pointed out to you, odds are you’d assume the Standard had a mahogany back and neck. It’s the very same timber Taylor uses on its T5 Series back and necks. The fingerboard on the Standard is ebony, a pleasant surprise on a guitar this affordable. The position markers are simple mother-of-pearl 4mm dots, giving the Standard an understated look. Even the headstock gets a premium ebony overlay. For pickups, Taylor chose to design something brand new, rather than drop in anything stock. The Standard is equipped with a pair of coverless Style 2 full-size humbuckers, which are specifically voiced to deliver raw rock power and outstanding sustain without sacrificing overall balance or great tone. The pickups are controlled by a master volume and master tone control matched to a 5-position blade switch, which offer additional sounds not usually found in guitars with two humbuckers. An all-aluminum bridge completes the package. Taylor clearly did their homework, and it shows in the final product.

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