Your Guide to Buying a Used Taylor Guitar

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Your Guide to Buying a Used Taylor Guitar

Taylor Guitars is an American manufacturer that offers a wide selection of both acoustic and electric instruments. Many buyers choose to purchase used Taylor guitars because brand new models are expensive. Before selecting a guitar, buyers should decide which type of instrument fits their playing style. Then they must determine if the instrument is in good working order.


Understanding Used Acoustic Taylor Guitars

There is a range of body shapes for Taylor acoustic guitars. Buyers should select the model that complements their playing style.


Acoustic Guitar Body Shape


Grand Auditorium

All-purpose acoustic

Grand Orchestra

Taylor's largest body shape

Balanced and responsive

Offers power and detail

Grand Concert

Small body

Best for players that focus on their fingering style

Grand Symphony

Strong strummer with a rich voice

Deep low-end response

GS Mini

Smaller version of the Grand Symphony


Perfect tone for pickers and strummers


3/4 size Dreadnought

Big Baby

Taylor's largest small body guitar


Mahogany Taylor guitars are perfect for musicians that prefer a traditional, mid-range sound. Maple guitars offer clean articulation and notes that decay quickly, which is useful when playing with a band. Rosewood guitars have a scooped mid-range, perfect for musicians with darker playing tones. These popular tonewoods make it easier for buyers to find a Taylor acoustic guitar that matches their style, especially when browsing through limited used guitar options.


Finding the Perfect Used Electric Taylor Guitar

Used Taylor electric guitars are available in two body types: semi-hollow and hollow body. Semi-hollow body guitars are the most popular, so it should be easy to find used models. They are best suited to rock, jazz, and rockabilly music. Taylor hollow body guitars are ideal for amplified acoustic and electric music.


Choosing a Used Taylor Guitar

Buyers should check the authenticity of the instrument by ensuring that the scratchplate matches the characteristic Taylor Guitars style and the serial number is consistent with the brand's numbering system. If a used Taylor guitar is showing signs of wear and tear, buyers should consider whether it is a worthwhile purchase. Small cracks are relatively easy to fix. However, large cracks can affect the sound of the guitar and are usually expensive to repair.

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