Growing from a small custom shop in the early 1970s to the only new brand to have challenged the traditional Big Three of American acoustic guitars (Gibson, Guild, and Martin), Taylor has effectively changed the marketplace for acoustic steel-string guitars and influenced every other maker of acoustic stringed instruments.
But Taylor's influence in the guitar market goes far beyond the guitars themselves. Having pioneered the use of modern building techniques – such as utilizing CNC machines, UV-finishing, etc. – the company has been an undisputed leader when it comes to innovation. Taylor's latest efforts are concentrated on wood conservation, and again, the company is setting the example that the industry is following.
The Taylor Guitar Book combines a historical story line with useful hands-on information about model changes over the years – to help readers learn how to identify and date a Taylor – and features shop and factory photos (both historical and current) as well as full-color images of guitars.
Teja Gerken (San Francisco) is a guitarist, writer, translator, and video producer. During his 17 years on the editorial staff of Acoustic Guitar magazine, he visited every major manufacturer of acoustic guitars and dozens of luthiers in the U.S., and wrote hundreds of articles. His writing has also appeared in Fretboard Journal, Guitar Player, Premier Guitar, Germany's Gitarre & Bass and Akustik Gitarre, and other magazines. In 2014, he co-founded the roots music e-learning company Peghead Nation. He used his own two Taylors, a 1994 712c and a 1999 355, on both of his albums (On My Way and Postcards) of solo finger-style guitar tunes. For more information, visit www.tejagerken.com.