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Taylor Announce 35th Anniversary Parlor Guitar

8 October 2009 One Comment

taylorparlorfullHere at Guitarless, we like parlour guitars.  We like them a lot.

And this one looks like a beaut.  This is the latest in Taylor’s 35th Anniversary series of special editions and it really does look special.  This is the XXXV Parlor

What Taylor have given us is a Sitka spruce top and a rosewood back and sides.  They tell us that the sides and back are Madagascar rosewood which is denser than Indian rosewood and can therefore be milled thinner.  The Sitka top is specially selected from a slow-growing stock which gives a wider grain and, correspondingly, a warmer tone.  The internal bracing and even the bridge are designed to enhance the movement of the top and, therefore, the tone.

Typically enough, it’s a 12-fret to the body and a traditional slotted headstock tops off the mahogany neck.  The fingerboard is ebony and is unadorned, but for the 35th anniversary inlay at the 12th fret.

The parlour has a scale length typical of the breed, clocking in at 24 7/8 inches.  Width on the lower bout is 14.1 inches and the body is 4.2 inches deep at its deepest point.  It comes pre-loaded with Taylor’s Expression system

The slope-shouldered design really suits this small-body guitar and Taylor have kept the embellishments tasteful:  ivoroid binding and a green abalone soundhole rosette.  A gloss finish serves to protect the instrument from flying beer and the like.

Not that you’d be so careless.  This is a limited run guitar and it’s not cheap.  Prices are expected to be in and around $5998.  Phew!  That’s a lot of cash.

But look at it.  Damn that’s pretty.

Get more info over at Taylor’s site.

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By the way, I know I’ve alternated between the US and British spellings of parlour/parlor throughout.  Taylor say parlor, I say parlour.  There are more interesting things to be annoyed about.

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Written by: Gerry Hayes
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