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An innovative semi-hollow body with a great feel, beautiful tones, and gorgeous looks.
The T3/B continues Taylor's quest to expand the range of tones available to the electric player. Inspired by both the T5 and the SolidBody, they've taken the classic semi-hollowbody sound and applied their signature Taylor design and tonal touches, blending high-definition Style 2 pickups with coil-splitting capability to give players killer humbucker and single-coil sounds in one guitar. A push-pull tone knob brings 2 sweeping modes of tone control. Taylor has also paired a Bigsby vibrato tailpiece with a roller bridge on the Taylor T3/B Guitar, giving players a high-performance vibrato bar without pitch issues.
What's great about the T3/B electric guitar is the way it soups-up a semi-hollowbody's essential sound, transforming it into a hotrod guitar capable of a wider range of tones as a result of the pickups, coil-splitting, and unique tone control. All on top of signature Taylor traits you can always count on, like superb intonation and easy playability.
Taylor's unique humbuckers balance the sweetness of a vintage pickup sound—where you hear the woods and the ways the guitar is responding to the player—with the power to fully drive an amp without being super hot and overpounding it. The T3 pickups features a pair of full-size Style 2 HD (high definition) humbuckers. Style 2 pickups unleash raw rock power and great sustain without sacrificing balance or great tone. A 3-way switch covers 3 standard configurations: full neck, neck/bridge and full bridge. The T3 pickups also have old-school coil-splitting.
Push/Pull Control Knobs
The Taylor T3/B volume and tone knobs both utilize push/pull pots, which give players 2 tiers of unique tone control. Pulling up on the volume knob activates a coil splitter, that in effect turns the humbuckers into single coils. The guitar's 3-way switch functions the same way, allowing you to choose between full neck, neck/bridge and full bridge single coil tones. In its down position, the tone knob boosts the midrange. Pulling up the knob engages a second capacitor, which mellows the tone without squashing it into a muddy sound. Within that tonal range is a fresh Taylor electric voice: a mellow, old-school jazz tone that's loaded with warmth and fatness. And there's a lot of cool rock tones in-between.
The sapele T3 body is designed as a semi-hollowbody electric. The body is hollowed out except for a solid block of wood that runs down the length of the center. The T3 guitar has no acoustic bracing inside it. The quilted maple top is laid directly on top of the internal block like the Taylor Solid Body. The sapele neck incorporates Taylor's rock-solid single-bolt T-Lock, and a precisely milled pocket spacer is used to secure the perfect neck angle. The T3 also has beefier electric-style frets, giving electric players a familiar feel.
The T3/B Bridge/Tailpiece
Pairing an authentic Bigsby vibrato tailpiece with a roller bridge was the key to achieving smooth functionality. Traditionally, Bigsbys are attached to fixed bridges, and as they work, the notched strings drag across a hard point. The Taylor T3's Bigsby/roller bridge combo eliminates the problems associated with fixed bridges and tuning stability.
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Definitely one of the best guitar purchases I have made. Plays everything to smooth jazz to silky blues tear splitting metal without missing a beat. I can pretty much duplicate the sounds of every other guitar I have with this one. Restring with some Ernie's, truss rod adjustment and it's off to the races.I can get any sound I want from this. Fender hot rod deluxe, boss effects and I'm in heaven. Buy with confidence.
The humbuckers in this guitar are fantastic. Very clear high definition sound with plenty of bottom end. The coils splitting is a really nice features giving very true to life single coil sounds. Sweet highs, tight lows. Bigsby is, well a Bigsby. Need I say more? I can tune it, play it, put it away for a couple days, pick it back up and it is still in tune!
There is not question in my mind, this is one of the highest quality guitars for the money. Ebony fretboard, mahogany and sapele woods, fully bound. Granted a largish semi-hollow isn't for everybody. But for me, this is some of the best money can buy. Intonation, frets, action all perfect. Fit and finish is flawless. The binding is to die for. Everywhere I take this people ogle it. I play strats, rics, and PRS. This is definitely on par with the best any American manufactured guitar company has to offer.
No question of the value here.Regardless I find this to be one of the nicest looking, best sounding semi hollows available at any price.
Simply, the Taylor T3B is a great instrument. If it has any fault, it is that it tries to be a guitar for all seasons. If you were going to own only one electric, this would be my choice. It's a flashy thing and that's not for everyone. As I said earlier, I feel a little guilty playing something so pretty, but this guitar delivers tonally everything I need and is capable of covering a wide spectrum of musical tastes. I would heartily recommend it.
This guitar has astonishing versatility due to its fine pickup system and great playability. The pickups and tone control offer a huge range of sound options suitable for use in nearly any style of music. The push/pull pots with coil splitting and the addition of a second capacitor on the tone knob as well as a tone boost, give you so many options. Like most semi hollows, it is a little wide through the lower bout but feels very comfortable and balanced on the strap. The neck is a very much like playing my Taylor acoustic but with a narrower profile and is plenty fast. Let it be known that it is a bolt on neck, but Taylor has come up with a single bolt T lock design that they swear adds increased stability. The bigsby tremolo is fun as always and does a good job of not throwing the guitar out of tune due to the innovative roller bridge design of this instrument.
I purchased the tobacco sunburst model and feel a little guilty to actually play such a pretty instrument. The sapele back and sides compliment the flamed maple top nicely. The binding is also very nice. The tuners do a good job of keeping the guitar in tune and are Taylor made Grover style tuners. Changing out pickups has become a simple job without solder and Taylor claims it can be done in only a couple of minutes. Overall, the attention to detail on this instrument is fantastic. I only have a couple of minor gripes. On a guitar in this price range, I was amazed to see a plastic truss rod cover. That's saving a few pennies too many in production. Should be wood. I am also surprised that the fret markers are so conservative given the fancy overall look of the instrument, but these two complaints are so minor that I won't let them affect my rating.
Bob Taylor believes his company makes the worlds best machine made guitars. This is my third Taylor and as much as I love each of them, I think the Taylor name and the fact that the instrument is entirely made in house and in America comes at a steep price. This, like my other Taylors, is a great guitar and I suppose it can be said that they also hold their value well.
Guitar Player Magazine's review (07/09) called the Taylor T3 B "as perfect as a guitar can be." They're right. There is nothing on the market that does everything exceptionally well. This guitar is amazing. If you can own only one guitar, make it this one. No matter what type of music you play, the T3B is up to the task. I play jazz and blues and this baby sings. After modifying my Fender Hot Rod DeVille, I've got a perfect match. You've got to play this guitar to understand what a magnificent creature it is. The neck is awesome, the electronics perfectly balanced, and the build quality is outstanding in every way. Stop reading and go for it. You'll thank me later.
Ok, this guitar didn't really speak to me when shopping for a hollow-bodied guitar. I bought a Gibson ES-335, a Gibson ES-175, a PRS Hollowbody II w/ Piezo, all lacking that hollowbody "zing." After spending $10K on other guitars, I finally found a guitar that 1) sounds like a hollowbody, 20 looks great, 3) doesn't feedback at volume and/or overdrive, and 4) is relitively easy on the wallet. The push/pull knobs are awesome. They literally lend the pickups to sound like any guitar you can think of. When I try out amps now, I always grab this guitar because it can sound like a Strat, a Tele, a Les Paul, and a hollowbody in general. That being said, it does have its own unique voice and place in the tone freak hall of fame.When I took it to the studio for the first time, the engineers all oo'd and ah'd over it, and they see these things carried in and out of their place all day long. In total, a real keeper that I'd replace in a heartbeat if it walked away.