In 2017 Mike travelled to the Taylor Guitars factory in El Cajon, California, where he hand selected tonewoods to be used in creating four custom Taylor guitars exclusive to Guitar Galleries.
This beautiful custom Taylor features a Grand Concert body shape and 12-fret design. The GC size is Tayor's smallest standard size and lends itself wonderfully to finger style and players with a lighter touch. The 12-fret design means that the neck joins the body at the 12th fret, rather than the more traditional 14-fret joining, which adds to the overall playing comfort.
The stunning back and side wood is Cocobolo. Cocobolo is a dense, stiff tropical hardwood from Mexico, and it produces a fairly bright overall tone emphasised by sparkling treble notes. Sonically it resembles Hawaiian koa but resonates a little deeper on the low end. The tone is fast, responsive, and articulate.
This is paired with an Adirondack Spruce top. Adirondack spruce has a “springy” quality. Acoustically, it produces a robust output and more dynamic range than Sitka, which allows it to be driven aggressively for greater volume without distortion. The midrange tones also tend to have a richer, sweeter quality.
This custom guitar also features a tropical mahogany neck with an ebony fingerboard, with ebony sourced ethically from Taylor's own mill in Cameroon. The fingerboard features a stunning unique inlay featuring a delicate leaf design. The slotted headstock is also a stylish feature. And of course the guitar is equipped with Taylor's Expression System 2 electronics. Their breakthrough behind-the-saddle transducer pickup which accurately amplifies the natural tone of the guitar, not just the sound of a pickup, allowing this custom guitar's unique sound to shine through at its best.
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