In January, Taylor Guitars’ website goes online; guitar line expanded to 61 models, including three new series (300, Koa, and Walnut), revamped 400, 600, 700, 800 Series, introduction of Baby-M and AB-3 maple/spruce bass; release of , a CD featuring numerous artists playing Taylor guitars and basses; in August, begin moving into new factory/office building; introduce re-designed label and begin affixing them to the back of the interior of each guitar, where they’re easily visible., a sequel to the 1998 CD collection; introduce new gig bag for the Baby Taylor; open 8,000-square-foot storage facility next to Taylor factory; enter agreement to factory-install Elixir strings, featuring Polyweb coating, on all Taylors.
In January, we introduce the Gallery Series of guitars, featuring original, thematic artwork inlays (for 2000 it was “sea life”); also create our first new Signature Models in a decade, making guitars with Clint Black, Jewel, Kenny Loggins, Richie Sambora, Doyle Dykes, John Cephas, and Chris Proctor, and create a Limited Edition version of the Pallet Guitar; in April, the U. Patent and Trademark Office grants Bob Taylor his first-ever patent for his revolutionary new neck design; we add Taylor-branded guitar and bass gig bags; extend our Limited Warranty to Canadian Taylor owners and to owners of Baby Taylors, both retroactive, and establish our first official warranty repair center in Canada; on August 24, Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug sign a five-year lease agreement on a 22,000-square-foot building in Tecate, Mexico, where Taylor will make its hardshell cases; in September, we open an in-house production training room equipped to introduce prospective employees to a full range of guitar-making processes; re-design the Grand Concert and Jumbo bodies to bring them into aesthetic alignment with the proprietary Grand Auditorium and the re-designed Dreadnought; transform our former mega-storage facility into a full-time Baby Taylor factory, and add maple-, koa-, and rosewood-veneer Babys and a 15/16-size Big Baby to the line; launch a program to provide Baby Taylors to elementary schools that have guitar programs, beginning with a donation of 28 Babys to Emerson-Bandini Elementary School in an economically disadvantaged area of San Diego; make significant advancements in technology, including the implementation of a robotic buffing machine; push past 350 employees for the first time.
Here’s how it breaks down: Factory: Factory Designation: 1 = El Cajon 2 = Tecate Accordingly, the serial number for the first guitar built in the Tecate factory on November 2, 2009 is 2011029001.
As with the previous serial numbering system, the serial number does not indicate when a guitar was finished, or when it was shipped, but the day the guitar’s body was assembled.
Since 1956, all Celestion chassis drivers have been stamped with a date code (two numbers and two letters), denoting exact date of manufacture.
If you can track down the date code, simply refer to the following set of tables, which provide an accurate record of the date codes used throughout the years.Guitar #20168 is the first Taylor made from East Indian rosewood; guitar #20179 is the latest Taylor “on record” to have the mortise neck joint (by the time we made #20229, we were not using mortise neck joints); Kurt hits the road to sell direct to dealers.Still finishing up and selling off guitars started in 1979, before we let our employees go for the second time; sold some guitars to Musician’s Supply, and finally paid off a five-year-old bill for wood we’d purchased from Martin. At first glance no big difference from the previous configuration, except that truss-rod adjustment has been moved from headstock to the body end of the neck.Hence no more black plastic clock shaped plate above the nut.*From 1993 until the end of 1999, each Taylor guitar featured a nine-digit serial number that precisely pinpoints when work was begun on that guitar.(As of 2000, the serial number expanded to 11 digits to accommodate the four-digit year designation.) Reading left to right, the first two digits (or four starting in 2000) represent the year; the second pair of digits represents the month; and the third pair of digits represents the calendar day that work was begun.Now a clever mix of specialisation and overlapping between the Vox and Eko ranges allowed to built from standardised components hundreds of guitar models instead of a dozen.Outdated ranges like the 500 and 700 series that didn’t fit in the new scene were discontinued. The old “double polarity” pickups and push-button controls survived this mutation by a few quarters, long enough to empty warehouses.It takes days to make each Taylor guitar, and the serial number indicates only the day a particular guitar was started in assembly.Effective November 2, 2009, Taylor officially revised its serial numbering system.