If you’re looking for a Taylor guitar, but have no idea where to begin, the Taylor “Find Your Fit” center at The Music Zoo is the perfect place to start. For many years, The Music Zoo has had a very close relationship with Taylor Guitars. Now, we have the privilege of providing customers with a type of service previously only available from Taylor themselves. As the first Taylor “Find Your Fit” center on the East Coast, you’ll have a wide range of Taylor guitar models to choose from. Together with Taylor, we sought to create a haven for finding the perfect guitar to suit ones needs and desires; a place where you not only have the ability to play these great instruments, but also gain a broader knowledge of what goes into making a Taylor guitar perfect for you. Plaques placed next to each guitar offer information on body shapes as well as wood types, and how they contribute to the tone and feel of a guitar. Models from the Gs-Mini to the T5-Z Electric are available for you to pick up and play. You’ll also have the ability to explore the qualities that make a Taylor guitar one-of-a-kind.
We recognize that no two players are alike, so we’re here to make your search for the “perfect fit” as easy as possible. Feel free to come on down to this exclusive space within our showroom to find yours! You can have a look at our entire inventory of Taylor’s right here!
Here are a few useful tips when beginning your search for the Taylor guitar that fits you best:
Start with Shapes
An acoustic guitar’s body design literally shapes the sound that comes out of it.
Each Taylor shape has a tonal personality that matches specific playing styles. Consider physical comfort and whether you’re a flatpicker or fingerstylist (or a little bit of both) to find the shape that fits best.
Season with woods
Woods work in concert with a guitar’s body shape to “flavor” the shape’s fundamental sound.
Once you’ve found a shape, tonewoods add subtle refinement and flavor to a guitar’s overall tone. Terms like warm, bright or dark are often used to describe the influence woods have on tone.
Choose your look
Thoughtful design details enhance a guitar’s visual appeal and add to your inspiration.
You want a guitar that not only sounds great, but also has a pleasing visual aesthetic. Each Taylor acoustic series boasts a unique package of appointments that range from elegantly simple to exquisitely detailed.
Consider different specialty categories
Beyond our standard steel-string acoustics is an array of guitars for more specialized applications.
Taylor’s acoustics branch into categories like portable small-body guitars, easy-to-play nylon-strings, lush 12-strings, deep-voiced baritones, and warm-toned 12-fret models.
Know your player profile
The real discovery happens when you pick up a guitar and play.
In addition to shapes and woods, your acoustic tone also has a lot to do with your personal playing technique. Do you have a heavy or light touch with your strumming/picking hand? The next time you’re in a music store, try comparing several guitars that have the same body style but different woods. Or the same woods with different body styles. You’ll start to connect with certain tones and, ultimately, find the Taylor that fits you best.
And remember, whichever body style, wood combination, or type of Taylor you choose, you can always rely on Taylor’s signature playability, quality, and ongoing customer support.
Panoramic view of the Taylor “Find Your Fit” Room!