(In 2014, after this article was written, the U.S. State Department awarded Taylor with the Award for Corporate Excellence citing Taylors responsible use in obtaining ebony for their guitars.)
|Taylor GS Mini|
|Taylor Big Baby|
These are all very nice guitars. I especially like the Big Baby. Mr. Taylor has come up with some excellent instruments.
For example, in the late 1960’s Gibson guitars were looking for an inexpensive line to compete with the onslaught of Asian and European beginner guitars.
|Gibson - Kalamazoo, Michigan|
Gibson revived the product line for a few guitars and amplifiers under the Kalamazoo logo.
Some refer to this as “Glit”, Glue and S**T, however it is more durable and stronger than plywood.
In other words all that sawdust that Gibson was sweeping off the floor was now being used to make guitars.
The headstock was 6 on a side with Kluson tuners.
Their successful X series is made of HPL or High Pressure Laminate. This is the same product used to create laminate wood flooring material.
The fingerboard and bridge of katalox, which is a deep brown fine-grain hardwood. They also produce a similar model with Mahogany back and sides.
|Electro Model B|
Some models came with a tremolo unit. The alnico single coil pickups were unique because they were encased in lipstick container tubes. They were also wound in series to provide a punchy tone characteristic. The uniqueness factor for Danelectro’s is the variety of guitars.
They manufactured some other instruments with plain wooden bodies, but we’ll save that for another discussion.
I will also tip my hat to the Ibanez guitar company. The first Talman electric and electric acoustic guitars were introduced around 1994. The early instruments were made of high pressure laminate that Ibanez called Luthite. After production of the instruments parts a picture of wood was glued to the guitar bodies to give the illusion of wood.