Taylor Guitars is an El Cajon, California-based luthier, specializing in hollow-body acoustic guitars, as well as semi-hollow and
solidbody electric guitars. It was established in 1974 by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug and is still operated under Bob Taylor today.
In 1973, at age 18, Bob Taylor began working at American Dream, a small guitar-making shop owned by Sam Radding, where Kurt Listug
was already an employee. In 1974 Sam Radding decided to sell the business. Taylor and Listug became partners along with Steve Schemmer
and bought American Dream which they renamed Westland Music Company hoping to conjure the image of a larger company in the minds of
the public. Needing a more compact logo suitable for the guitars' headstock, the founders decided to change the name to Taylor as it
sounded more American than Listug. Listug became the businessman of the partnership for which he was to prove well suited while
Taylor concentrated on design and production.
Taylor and Listug expanded their small shop into a major guitar manufacturing company
while maintaining creative control and ownership. As of 2009 Taylor Guitars has more than 550 employees. The factory is located in
El Cajon, California with worldwide distribution. A second plant has been opened 40 miles away in Tecate,
Mexico where the entry-level guitars of the Taylor line (the Baby, Big Baby, 100, and 200 series) are made along with the Taylor
guitar cases. All other Taylor guitars are made in El Cajon, California. Taylor's corporate office is located in El Cajon, California.
Starting in January 1999, Taylor guitars are made with a patented bolt-on neck; the NT neck (new technology). It differs from other
necks, whether bolt-on or glued, by supporting the fretboard all the way to the 19th fret with a continuous piece of wood.
The standard practice is to support the fretboard up to the fourteenth fret with the unsupported portion being glued to the
constantly moving soundboard. The NT neck fits into a pocket on the top of the guitar body with the desired angle being achieved
by small, accurately milled neck spacers (shims). After time, some guitars require the neck angle to be realigned (referred to as
a neck reset). This process is greatly simplified by allowing the replacement of different sized neck spacers to return the neck
to the required angle. Prior to 1999, Taylor Guitars had a simpler bolt-on neck. These guitar necks allow for simple adjustment
later if needed. Traditional (non-Taylor) guitars with a glued neck with a dovetail would need to be disassembled to be adjusted.
Musicians who play Taylor guitars include Travis Meeks of Days of the New, Taylor Swift, Miyavi, Augustana, Bryan Adams,
Eric Clapton, John Denver, Robin Williamson, Tom DeLonge, Marc Broussard, Ryan Cabrera, Jackson Browne,
Hall & Oates, Robb Johannes, Mike Keneally, Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz, Jewel, Paramore, Martin Sexton, Billy Simons, Sons of Maxwell,
Larry Stewart, Doug Stone, Val Emmich, Paul Westerberg, Neil Young, Tyler Hilton and Papa Roach.
Bassists Bryan Beller, actor/musician Jeff Bridges, Stanley Clarke, Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick, Billy Sheehan, Claudio Sanchez,
Sting, Matthew Bellamy, Meg Frampton, Taylor Hill and Victor Wooten also use Taylor's AB-series acoustic bass guitars that were
built from 1996 to 2004.