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Taylor SB-X3-T Classic Electric Guitar with Tremolo

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The Taylor SB-X3-T Classic electric guitar has a sharp, modern-retro look and features a solid ash body with a vintage crushed pearl pickguard, maple...Click To Read More About This Product

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A great looking guitar with innovative feature designs and Taylor playability.

The Taylor SB-X3-T Classic electric guitar has a sharp, modern-retro look and features a solid ash body with a vintage crushed pearl pickguard, maple neck and chrome hardware. The full-output Style 1 humbuckers are clear, spanky, tone-rich and ready to relay your attitude.

Tone Chambers
Chambering on electric bodies has been used primarily to lighten the body weight. Taylor has applied their acoustic expertise to chambering in order to create the optimal acoustic "bloom." This enhances sustain, which is otherwise hard to create on an electric guitar when everything is locked down.

Contours with Binding
Most electric guitars either have a hard edge with binding or sleek contouring. Taylor is able to integrate the two in a unique way, because of the way they inset the guitar top into the body. This enables them to define an edge with binding and then contour up to that edge. Forearm and cutaway contours are comfortable and especially beautiful with elegant binding trim.

Taylor's innovative T-Lock neck joint brings Taylor's trademark consistency and comfort into the solid body player's hands. The contouring makes the neck of the SB-X3-T guitar feel and look great, especially up by the body. There's no heel, and the asymmetrical curve where it meets the body creates a smooth aesthetic line that flows into the cutaway.

The SB-X3-T Classic electric guitar features a Taylor plug and play pickguard loaded with Style 1 high definition mini-humbuckers. Don't let the slightly smaller, 3/4-size fool you. This full-output humbucker is punchy, dripping with tone, and will keep up with every type of player. Vintage sweetness together with the power to drive an amp gives you the best of both worlds, plus some fresh sounds that'll lead you to a world of your own.

Five-Way Pickup Switch
The switch on the Taylor SB-X3-T guitar is laid out in a familiar way, with the neck pickup position located closest to the neck humbucker and the bridge position closest to the bridge pickup. In between the full, fat neck tone and the rockin bridge tone, the middle settings give the Taylor electric guitar its own distinctive voicings.

1) Full neck pickup

2) "Skinny neck tone" “ two inside coils from both pickups wired in parallel

3) "In-between rock tone" “ both coils of neck pickup combined with the inside coil of bridge pickup for classic bright single-coil tone with the added fullness of neck tone. Great for semi-distorted amp setting.

4) Fat single-coil “ two inside coils from both pickups in series (north from neck and south from bridge) creating, in effect, a 4" humbucker.

5) Full bridge pickup

Fused String Ground
Taylor has also added a fused string ground (wired to the switch plate inside the guitar), so that in the event of faulty ground or funky wiring, the 5-milliamp fuse will fry instead of you. If the fuse blows, your guitar will still play, but it may be susceptible to more noise until you can replace it, which is easy to do, especially since you won't be in the hospital.

Tone Control
Tone controls on electric guitars are often along for the ride. This is not the case with the Taylor SB-X3-T guitar. The first two-thirds of the knob rotation acts like a traditional tone control. The last third, especially when all the way at the end, starts peaking the mids, yielding a killer nasal tone that resembles playing through a semi-cocked Wah-wah pedal. It's ideal for slide playing, or as a different tonal color for solos or throaty rhythm parts. The tone control together with the different pickup settings give you a whole new set of flavors to play with.

Designed in-house, the knobs on the Taylor guitar had to look uniquely cool, yet more importantly, feel good to the touch, and allow smooth tone-tweaking on the fly. They have a lip on the top, which makes them easy to roll in the moment. If your hands tend to get slick when you play, slip a rubber O-ring (included) over the knob and you'll never lose your grip.

Taylor's tremolo bridge features a modern design that will feel comfortable and familiar to whammy bar fans. It has a lowered fulcrum point that creates a more fluid, balanced feel. This tremolo has a flexible design that lets you set it up to float (pull up and push down) or bottom out (push down only). Locking tuners ensure that tuning stability is maintained.

Taylor's contoured bridge gives it a curvy, ultra-smooth feel. This all-aluminum bridge solves the intonation drift and ergonomic problems that often plague other electric bridges. The bridge height can be adjusted both front-to-back and side-to-side. Each of the strings on the Taylor SB-X3-T guitar sits in its own saddle, and once the intonation is set, the saddles are locked in place with screws located discretely under the bridge (accessible from the back). Once everything is locked down, you can take the strings off without the saddles moving, maintaining precise intonation.

The Taylor SB-X1-T Classic electric guitar comes with a deluxe hardshell case.

  • Model Number: SB-X43-T
  • Model Name: SolidBody with tremolo
  • Body: swamp ash
  • Finish: UV poly
  • Color: black
  • Neck: maple
  • Neck joint: T-lock
  • Fretboard: rosewood, 15" radius
  • No. of frets: 22
  • Pickups: Dual Taylor Style 1 mini humbuckers
  • Controls:
    Master volume
    master tone: traditional control for first two-thirds, last third peaks the mids
    5-way switching
    Bridge: aluminum Taylor with tremolo
  • Machine heads: Taylor locking tuners
  • Hardware: chrome
  • Pickguard: 3-ply white pearloid on:
  • trans. White
  • Scale length: 24.875''
  • Width at nut: 1.6875''
  • Fretboard inlays: 4mm mother-of-pearl dots
  • Strings: light gauge Nanoweb coated Elixir strings (.010 - .046)
  • Case: deluxe hardshell case
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