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Taylor Doyle Dykes Grand Auditorium Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar   

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Doyle Dykes is generally considered one of the greatest fingerstylists ever to pick up a guitar. And this is truly Doyle's guitar, built to meet his ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Doyle's signature sound with solid Sitka spruce top punched up with solid figured maple back and sides.

Doyle Dykes is generally considered one of the greatest fingerstylists ever to pick up a guitar. And this is truly Doyle's guitar, built to meet his exact specifications. Grand Auditorium body crafted from figured maple with Chet-style thumbprint fretboard markers, Florentine cutaway and a pearl/abalone white rose peghead inlay that's ready for the stage lights. 24-7/8" scale and L.R. Baggs Doyle Dykes Signature System electronics provide sterling sound through an acoustic amp or straight through the PA.

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  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Figured maple back and sides
  • Hard rock maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • L.R. Baggs Doyle Dykes Signature System electronics
  • Gold-plated Taylor tuners
  • Chet-Style Thumbprint fretboard markers
  • 24-7/8" scale

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(4 of 14 customers found this review helpful)


Dolye Dykes No Longer Plays Or Endorses This Guitar

By Glenn

from SW Florida

Ask me a question

Of course you've probably seen Doyle Dykes sounding great on youtube or live with this guitar but he does with every guitar he plays. He made a travel guitar sound mouth watering once on youtube.
First let me explain: In the back of my May 2012 issue of Premier Guitar magazine I saw a full size ad for Guild Guitars with Doyle Dykes playing a F-0RCE standard Guild guitar! Went to Doyle's website and saw nothing but his association with Fender (which owns Guilds) and no mention whatsover of Taylor Guitars. Now, I've been seeing for a long time Doyle endorsing Taylor guitars as the greatest guitars on the planet for a long time. I think were entitled to an explanation but he doesn't seem to want to give one neither does Taylor but I suspect it has something to do with M-O-N-E-Y. For the price of this guitar I know guitar makers who wound make one from scratch and even put your name on the headstock. So, they came up with a less expenses version of this and I guess it isn't selling either.
Anyway, I went to a Taylor guitar trade in event that they were having in the next town over to me. I brought with me my Martin OMC Aura guitar just in case I was so impressed with this Doyle Dykes guitar that I would trade it in. I brought my Martin and the Taylor Dykes guitar in the back room and closed the door as I really wanted to test this guitar. The guitar itself is attractive enough but to my surpise I didn't feel the "I've got to have it thing." So, I tuned it up and played it, the guitar itself was'nt really noticeable easier to play than my Martin but what surprised me was the bland sound of the guitar. I put it back down and played the same Chet Atkins song on the Martin--big difference, great tone, resonance, character I'd even say. In all honesty I did not plug in the guitars because if an acoustic guitar does not pass the "just sitting down and playing it" test then I don't bother with the electrified sound. Let's be real with this over 90% of the time a person has an acoustic-electric guitar they are just playing it acoustic.
Quality is good and should be at this price.
Hate to be blunt on this with but with Doyle Dykes coming up with his own Guild guitar model coming out this winter, owning this guitar is a very bad investment.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


A piece of art - Nothing sounds better !

By Gerhard Burda

from Providence, RI

I have not found a better electic - accoustic guitar for on - stage performance yet, I'll keep searching!
I love the versatility of the LR Baggs Electronics which boost the guitars natural sounds when plugged in.

I also own a Taylor 814 CE which may sound more subtle when microphoned but plug in the Doyle and you will be blown away!
Taylors luthiers deliver a masterpiece with a fingerboard easy to play, beautiful inlays and this magnificent sound!
I owned a black one for a while, fell in love and was so frightened about something happening to it that I went and bought a second one, this time natural.

Like my first it came set up just right, plug and play!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


saw him play live with it

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

My friends and I went to a clinic at a local music store and he was performing using this guitar. It was his own original (we could see the 0000001 serial #) and oh my god there is nothing else like the sound he made with this instrument. I actually was able to hold it for 5 brief seconds while he switched guitars and it was a moment I'll never forget. One of the best sounding guitars I've heard in a long time.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Game Changer

By JazzJointJoey

from Nash Vegas

Simply stated, this guitar was a game changer for me. I bought my first one to try the LR Baggs Hex pickup system, and I was blown away by the overall guitar's playability and sound. It literally gave me a large boost in the level of difficulty that I could cleanly perform. I have been playing for many years, and this is not the most expensive guitar I have owned, or that I currently own. I think that the reason for the boost is that Doyle Dykes is a genius when it comes to specifying an acoustic guitar, and Bob Taylor is a genius when it comes to building them. This guitar is more playable than any other I have ever picked up.I now have two of them. The second one was "rescued" from a negligent owner. After a string change, rehumidification, and a neck adjustment, it snapped into playability virtually exactly matching the first one.The guitar is extremely comfortable. My left hand just falls into place on the neck. Frets are perfect, as are intonation and action. Strap buttons are in locations chosen by Doyle, and they avoid stressing the neck. The output jack is in the perfect location to route the cable away from the guitar when standing. The Hex pick up system's individual height adjustability allows for the perfect set up for every string. The Chet style fretboard markers are simple and elegant. The curly maple back and sides are beautiful, and pay homage to traditional wooden instruments.Some expensive guitars are a disappointment. The DDSM is a gem. With proper set up, it will blow your socks off, and raise the level of your game like nothing else I've ever experienced.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


It sings (speaks) for it's self

By Happy

from Somewhere in middle USA

I've owned mine now for over a year and I will have to say the more I play the more I love it. If you have a chance to play one you will see for your self because this guitar sings (speaks) for it's self.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Brown sugar is too sweet

By 1nodrvnfool

from Abilene, Texas

I bought this guitar for my 40th birthday. I own several other guitars, including Fender, Ovation, Alvarez, Guild and one other Taylor. This guitar is beautiful, it is the brown sugar color. I've had it for about four monthes now and I swear each time I play it it sounds better. It's so easy to play it makes you a better player and the tone and action is just incredible. This is the most exspensive guitar I own, most of the guitars I have I inherited from my father. This is well worth the price and should never be worth less than what you pay for it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


short scale

By short-scale 101

from tripoli, WI

If you like playing fingerstyle guitar,and Doyle Dykes tunes,this is a must have instrument.The new 24 7/8 inch scale length or (string length) makes playing easier.The strings are a little looser,making chords and vibrato's easier to play.And the strings vibrate the top more,which in turn gives this fine instrument a great tone and a louder sound(also due to Taylors scalloped 'X' bracing)The distance between the 7th. and 12th. fret is aprox. 1/8 less than a standard 25 1/2 inch scale length,and if you have a smaller hand''what a differance an eigth makes!The new 'Taylor' tunes are just excellent.This guitar not only sounds and plays great it is a work of art,the guitar itself is beautiful. Bob Taylor and Doyle Dykes really have a world class instrument with the short-scale DDSM.And lets not forget the affordable pricing that Musicians friend has to offer us!Thanks..... John,Tripoli,Wi.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


DDSM Guitar

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I bought one of these a couple of years ago and couldn't be happier. Played gentle it is warm and sweet. Dig in and it sings big and bright. The LR Baggs system works and sounds great.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Black Magic

By JagDaddy

from Reston, VA

I knew immediately there was something special about this guitar the minute I picked it up. Yes, I thought the appearance was a trifle gaudy, but that was just a first impression. I had been playing an 814, and this, by comparison was so much more focused and articulate, very clear and well defined, but not that loud. However, loud enough, with advanced hex pickups for amplification. I also like the dramatic appearance, and the comfort of the guitar. That was the other thing, the thin body and short scale neck make it as comfy as an electric.

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