So last week at the invite from Taylor guitars, we sent Will and Rob over to Holland to visit the Taylor Guitars European distribution and repair centre and have a couple of days training for maintenance and repair work.
Rob trying a Sinker Redwood top and Cocobolo back and sides BTO.
We’re a big fan of Taylor guitars here at Peach, their consistency and innovation is leading the way in all things acoustic, and they’re extremely proud of what they’ve accomplished.
The training consisted mainly of showing the attendees of the following 3 main areas.
The importance of the effects of humidity on acoustic guitars:
This was really surprising to see how badly an acoustic can be destroyed by high or low humidity; even in the UK where the weather is rarely extreme the regular use of central heating can result in guitars becoming really dried out, eventually the wood warps and can even have the finish come away from the wood, or even worse crack!
The above guitar has been dried out until the wood has bowed and cracked.
The answer to this if you invest in any really high end acoustic from any brand that you want to look after is use a digital hydrometer to ensure you’re keeping the guitar in the sweet spot of between 45% to 65% humidity. There are products you can get that will either put in, or take our moisture into your acoustic that you can put inside a guitar case with your guitar that can keep the guitar at the optimum humidity levels.
An Oasis case humidifier.
The second thing we were shown was how Taylor guitars NT necks, which are unique to their guitars, allow for simple and easy resets on the angle of the guitar neck, and combining changing simple spacers and a truss rod adjustment can fix a guitars action and playability without ever touching the bridge, saddle, frets or nut.
With the neck off, you can see the holes under the neck for the ES1 to ES1.3 systems.
Tim the master at work.
The final thing we were shown was about the expression pickup systems, and how to go about testing, and if necessary, replacing components of the pickup system with relative ease, this again was fascinating, as Taylors expression systems are one of the best on the market when they’re working correctly, but also one of the easiest to problem solve and fix if anything ever does go wrong.
The various versions of the Expression systems pre-amps.
A demo guitar with no back showing the electrics inside a Taylor guitar.
We were finally shown into the repair workshop and talked over some common repair issues that come up which was just great to see these experts do what they do.
A customer guitar getting some TLC.
An ES1 fitted guitar having it's battery compartment hole routed to make room for the ES2 battery system.
Sticking their necks out.
The last step of having a dink repaired, which was remarkable to see. Except sunburst guitars which are harder to colour match, pretty heavy dents in the finish can be repaired to almost invisible.
Peach would like to thank Taylor for having us, everyone we met from Taylor was lovely, and their passion and care for their products are apparent to see.
What a lot of high end guitars.
The group of attendees from all over Europe with the good folks from Taylor.