Taylor Guitars: From The Factory

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Cameron and Jay from Taylor Guitars chat with artists, guests from the music industry, and some of Taylor’s guitar designers and engineers. They talk about guitars, argue about music, and provide an inside look at the world of Taylor Guitars, all from the factory in El Cajon, California.

Episode Date
Episode 17: Juno on Acting, Music, and Finding Your Path
In this episode, our hosts chat with Taylor artist Juno about launching her musical journey and her role on the popular Fox show, Empire. Cameron and Jay also talk guitar care with Customer Service Manager Glen Wolff and share updates from Summer NAMM 2018.
Aug 03, 2018
Episode 16: The Tone Collector
The guys are joined by Taylor District Sales Manager Rich Casciato, who shares his thoughts about what makes a great guitar collection and demos a 522ce 12-Fret. After that, Jonah Matranga, Taylor artist and member of Far and Onelinedrawing, stops by to chat about his solo work and reminisce about Far album Water & Solutions on its 20th anniversary.
Jun 01, 2018
Episode 15: Bob Taylor: The Ebony Project Takes Root
In this conversation about Taylor’s latest efforts to create a more sustainable future, Bob Taylor joins Tony Polecastro, Cameron and Jay to share what he’s learned while working to transform an ebony sawmill business in Cameroon over six years. Bob talks about the challenges and progress along the way, his love of the Cameroonian people, and why standardization is the way out of chaos. He also explains why planting trees has become his mission, and sheds light on two current projects: an innovative ebony replanting program, and his work to plant a koa forest in Hawaii. As usual, Bob serves up a few nuggets of inspiring life wisdom along the way.
Apr 20, 2018
Episode 14: Sustain and Sustainability
Taylor’s Director of Natural Resource Sustainability, Scott Paul, shares how an epiphany at a volcano in Costa Rica set him on a path that led him to the UN, the White House, Greenpeace, and Taylor Guitars. He also talks about the project that brought him together with Bob Taylor in Alaska, what sustainability actually means, and the work Taylor is doing to replant ebony in Cameroon and koa in Hawaii. It all starts with a killer guitar demo from Taylor’s Michael Lille, who plays an all-koa K24ce featuring Taylor’s V-Class bracing.
Apr 06, 2018
Episode 13: Steph Johnson: Helping Homeless People Express Their Voice
Award-winning soul-jazz singer-songwriter and community leader Steph Johnson not only left a solid job in banking to pursue a professional career in music, she also applied her musical talents to address the issues of homelessness. Steph talks about co-founding the Voices of Our City Choir for people experiencing homeless in her home town of San Diego.  
Mar 29, 2018
Episode 12: Geeking out with Tony Polecastro
Unabashed guitar geek and veteran reviewer Tony Polecastro stops by the factory to share his take on V-Class bracing, demo a V-Class 914ce, and offer tips on how to test-drive a V-Class guitar.  Tony also recalls how his acoustic guitar obsession took root at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and explains what Tony’s Acoustic Challenge is all about.
Mar 13, 2018
Episode 11: Taylor Artist - Elise Trouw
Taylor singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Elise Trouw chats with Cameron and Jay about her recent YouTube song mashup success. They talk about songwriting and live looping, and she plays a few songs on her T5z. 
Jan 30, 2018
Episode 10: V-Class Bracing
Andy Powers, master guitar designer for Taylor, talks about introducing V-Class bracing and our new Builder’s Edition guitars at NAMM 2018, and demonstrates the new sonic power of V-Class with the new PS14ce.
Jan 25, 2018
Bob and Kurt: How It All Started
Taylor Guitars founders Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug share stories of the very beginning. They look back on early struggles, accomplishments, and why keeping guitars is bad for a luthier. 
Jan 17, 2018
Episode 9: Guitar Girl Magazine
Tara Low, founder of Guitar Girl Magazine, stops by to discuss why she started a guitar ezine specifically for women. Cameron demos the 618e, a big-bodied maple/spruce acoustic with a dynamic response.
Dec 06, 2017
Episode 8: The Gift of Guitar
Monte Montefusco, Director of Sales for Taylor, appears in studio to discuss why many music careers begin during the holiday season. They also demo a GS Mini-E Bass and give tips and advice for anyone buying a guitar as a gift this season.
Nov 22, 2017
Episode 7: 1 Billion Views
Marty Schwartz, the Internet’s most popular guitar teacher, joins Cameron and Jay to share tips for new guitar players of all ages and chat about sharing the stage with your heroes. The guys also demo the Taylor Academy 10e, the guitar everyone wishes they had when they started playing.
Oct 31, 2017
Episode 6: No Guitars in the Shower
Taylor Service Network Manager Rob Magargal talks with Cameron and Jay about the fundamentals of guitar care and how humidity can affect your guitar. They also chat about setting up guitars and playing lefty. The guys also demo a K22ce from our line of koa guitars.
Oct 03, 2017
Episode 5: Dr. Godwin Will See You Now
Cameron and Jay talk to Artist Relations Director Tim Godwin. They demo a 714ce WSB, talk about why Taylor doesn't pay artists for endorsements and Taylor's semi-secret location in Nashville. 
Sep 20, 2017
Episode 4: Building someone's best friend
Cameron and Jay speak chat with 30 year Taylor vetran Terry Myers about special projects at Taylor, his own hand in starting Breedlove Guitars, and why the guitar can be more valuable than the family car. They also demo the 322ce 12-Fret, a small-bodied bluesy acoustic with a mahogany top. 
Sep 13, 2017
Episode 3: Taylor Across the Pond
Cameron and Jay chat with Dan Boreham, Taylor's Europe Marketing Manager. They discuss why guitar stores are so important and they demo a sunburst version of the 814ce DLX.
Sep 06, 2017
Episode 2: Road Stories
Cameron and Jay discuss Road Shows with District Sales Manager JR Robison. JR demonstrates the 352ce and shares his stories about traveling to host the award-winning Taylor Road Show events.
Aug 23, 2017
Episode 1: Wait, Taylor has a podcast?
Get to know Cameron and Jay as they discuss why it's time for a Taylor Guitars podcast.
Aug 20, 2017
Introducing the Taylor Guitars: From The Factory Podcast
Aug 19, 2017