Which Taylor Acoustic Guitar Is Right for You?

by Jules Fitzgerald

Taylor has come up with a wide variety of acoustic guitars to choose from, each with its own unique characteristics. Aside from their standard steel-string models, the company also has specialty models that include 12-string guitars, baritone guitars, 12-fret models, small-body guitars like the Big Baby Taylor acoustic guitar and even those with nylon strings. The array is so massive that it can be challenging and confusing to find the right model that suits you best.

Fortunately, you can’t really go wrong when choosing a Taylor. Taylor acoustic guitars have a proven reputation for staying in tune, being comfortable to play and having a clear and balanced tone. This means that whichever Taylor acoustic you choose, you’re sure to have an enjoyable and fulfilling playing experience, whether you’re just starting out or have been playing for years.

To help you find the right fit, we’ve put together this quick guide for narrowing down your options and choosing the Taylor acoustic guitar that’s right for you.

Determine your playing style

The first step in choosing the right acoustic guitar is knowing your own needs and preferences. Do you need a guitar that performs best when strumming, fingerpicking, flatpicking or a mix or all of these playing styles? If you’re new and don’t have a playing style yet, think about your musical interests and goals. For beginners, it’s best to choose a guitar that’s versatile and allows you to explore various techniques as well as musical genres.

Choose a Shape

Taylor Guitars offers five full-size body shapes:

Choosing which shape to go for depends on your level of comfort when playing as well as the sound profile of the guitar. Try out different shapes and see which one feels natural and sounds great to you!

Select your tonewoods

Taylor guitars are made of different tonewoods, such as Maple and Tropical Mahogany. Different combinations of these tonewoods influence the sound of the guitar. Once you’ve found the guitar body shape that fits you best, try playing different acoustic guitars with the same shape but different tonewoods.

When trying out different Taylor acoustic guitars, listen carefully and pay close attention to the model that gives you the best feeling in the world, the one that speaks to you - that is the guitar for you.

Have fun choosing your Taylor guitar and let us know what you picked!