In celebration of 50 years in business, Taylor Guitars, the leading global builder of premium acoustic guitars, launches a special 50th Anniversary Limited Edition series. This collection, rolling out throughout 2024, will feature commemorative versions of iconic best-selling Taylor models that reflect the diverse tastes and styles of Taylor guitar players over the years. The celebration kicks off with a 50th Builder’s Edition 814ce LTD, 50th 314ce LTD, American Dream AD14ce-SB LTD, and three special 50th anniversary Presentation Series guitars. All 50th anniversary guitars in the collection will share a design theme of gold tuners and ebony bridge pins with gold acrylic dots, along with a commemorative 50th anniversary label inside the guitar.
“Here we are at 50 years, and not only am I delighted with our progress but humbled by the success of Taylor Guitars,” says Taylor co-founder Bob Taylor. “These special 50th anniversary guitars are a tribute to all the players who have made Taylor a part of their musical journey over the past half-century.”
50th Anniversary Model Versions of Best Sellers
Wave one of the 50th anniversary rollout begins with the 50th Anniversary Builder’s Edition 814ce LTD, a tribute to Taylor’s quintessential modern acoustic guitar model featuring Taylor’s most popular Grand Auditorium body shape, originally introduced for Taylor’s 20th anniversary. The shape quickly grew in popularity to become Taylor’s flagship body style. The 50th anniversary LTD model pairs Indian rosewood back and sides with a sinker redwood top from logs reclaimed from the rivers of northern California. The wood pairing, together with Taylor’s V-Class bracing, brings rich lows and clear, sparkly highs. The Builder’s Edition 814ce LTD showcases ergonomic, advanced-performance contouring features known from Taylor’s Builder’s Edition line, with chamfered, unbound body edges and a beveled mahogany armrest. The guitar comes with onboard ES2 electronics and ships in a Taylor deluxe hardshell case.
A re-imagined 314ce is also included in the first wave of special versions of iconic Taylor models. The 50th Anniversary 314ce LTD sports a torrefied (roasted) Sitka spruce top and African sapele back and sides with a vintage-inspired shaded edgeburst. The roasted spruce top, together with Taylor’s proprietary V-Class bracing architecture, delivers balance and clarity with pleasing warmth, projection and sustain.
One model from Taylor’s recently launched American Dream Series has also been included in the 50th Anniversary collection: the AD14ce-SB LTD. The American Dream Series debuted in 2020 in response to the pandemic, channeling the resilient spirit of Taylor’s earliest years from the original American Dream guitar shop in Lemon Grove, California, where Taylor co-founders Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug first met. The 50th Anniversary AD14ce-SB LTD is a spruce-topped cutaway Grand Auditorium that incorporates walnut back and sides and a hand-sprayed tobacco sunburst top with clean Italian acrylic dot inlays and a firestripe pickguard for a neo-vintage appeal. The guitar has a strong midrange presence and balanced warmth, making it a spectacular workhorse player guitar for all genres.
For more information on Taylor’s 50th Anniversary Collection, and to find out about the next group of 50th anniversary model releases throughout the year, visit Taylorguitars.com.
About Taylor Guitars
Taylor Guitars was founded in 1974 by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug and has grown into the leading global builder of premium acoustic guitars. Taylor now employs over 1,300 people and currently produces hundreds of guitars per day in its state-of-the-art factory complexes in both El Cajon, California, and in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico. The company maintains an active dealer network, with Taylor guitars sold through hundreds of retail locations in North America and with international distribution to 65 countries, including a distribution warehouse and factory service center in the Netherlands. In December of 2020, Taylor transitioned to 100-percent employee ownership. In 2022, Taylor’s Chief Guitar Designer, Andy Powers, was also named President and CEO, with Bob and Kurt continuing to guide the company forward as senior advisors and co-chairmen of the Taylor Guitars board, established as part of the company’s ownership transition.