Jun 21, 2023

Revolutionizing Acoustic Guitars: Taylor Guitars x D’Addario Collaboration

For all musicians out there, get ready to experience something truly remarkable in the world of acoustic guitars!

Taylor Guitars, the leading manufacturer of top-notch acoustic guitars, has teamed up with D’Addario, the legendary producer of high-quality guitar strings. This collaboration brings together decades of innovation and expertise to create a harmonious blend of Taylor’s award-winning craftsmanship and D’Addario’s legendary sound quality and durability. Together, they are set to revolutionize your acoustic guitar playing experience. Join us as we explore the thrilling details of this groundbreaking collaboration and the profound impact it holds for musicians around the globe.

A Shared Commitment: Shaping the Future of Acoustic Guitars

Taylor Guitars and D’Addario share a common mission: to shape the future of acoustic guitars. Renowned for their relentless pursuit of innovation and their unwavering commitment to enhancing sound, playability, and performance, both companies have forged a longstanding partnership that has now reached an exciting new chapter. Their collaboration dates back to 2017 when they joined forces to create a revolutionary nylon-core string by D’Addario. This groundbreaking development paved the way for Taylor to introduce the acclaimed GS Mini Bass to the market. Combining exceptional control and rich low-end response in a compact and ergonomically designed instrument, the GS Mini Bass offers a playing experience like no other.

Optimizing Taylor Guitars

This year, musicians can expect Taylor’s exceptional instruments, such as the recently revamped 400 Series and the new Builder’s Edition 814ce, to be equipped with D’Addario’s high-quality coated XS Phosphor Bronze guitar strings. Renowned for their exceptional reputation, these strings offer maximum tuning stability, extended string lifespan, enhanced durability, and a thin coating that provides an incredibly comfortable playing experience.

By incorporating these top-tier strings, Taylor Guitars ensures that their instruments maintain their signature characteristics of performance, playability, and balance while benefiting from D’Addario’s legendary sound, comfort, and longevity. Taylor models manufactured in the USA will now come equipped with XS strings, while guitars produced in Mexico will transition to these revolutionary strings in the coming months, promising guitarists an unparalleled acoustic experience that will take their music to new heights.

A Testament to Excellence

Andy Powers, the visionary behind Taylor Guitars as Chief Guitar Designer, President, and CEO, couldn’t contain his excitement when discussing this momentous partnership. With great enthusiasm, he shared his deep admiration for the XS strings, emphasizing their unwavering consistency, exceptional responsiveness, and remarkable ability to enhance the tonal qualities of Taylor guitars.

“The XS strings are incredibly consistent and deliver an excellent response. They possess all the qualities that give a guitar its musical sound: pitch accuracy, dynamic range, playability, and sustain. They are simply outstanding.” – Andy Powers, Chief Guitar Designer, President, and CEO of Taylor Guitars

The XS strings have captured the attention of Taylor’s team with their consistency, excellent response, and ability to enhance the tonal characteristics of their guitars. Introduced in 2021, the XS strings represent D’Addario’s most innovative string line to date. (Taylor also uses D’Addario strings, specifically Pro-Arté Carbon, for its nylon-string models.)

Each set of XS strings features wound strings with an ultra-thin protective film coating, while the plain steel strings are treated with a unique polymer coating, providing all six strings with protection against unwanted contaminants. Supported by D’Addario’s Fusion Twist technology and NY Steel core, the XS line guarantees unparalleled tuning stability and enhanced durability for each individual string. Crafted in the most sought-after gauges for acoustic guitars, encompassing both Phosphor Bronze and 80/20 Bronze variations, the XS line is truly a game-changer.

For more on the D’Addario x Taylor collaboration with Jim D’Addario, Bob Taylor, and Andy Powers, click here or watch their conversation below.

Looking Ahead: Redefining Acoustic Brilliance

This collaboration between Taylor Guitars and D’Addario goes beyond being renowned guitar and string manufacturers. As Jim D’Addario, Founder, Chairman of the Board, and Chief Innovation Officer of D’Addario puts it, “It’s about the opportunities that arise for musicians when endlessly curious people come together with the sole objective of creating improvements.”

So musicians, get ready for some incredible sounds that will stand the test of time with this “partnership built to last”.
Find more information about the preferred strings of Taylor guitars here!


About both companies

Taylor Guitars: Pioneers of Exceptional Craftsmanship

Since its establishment in 1974 by Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug, Taylor Guitars has risen to become the foremost producer of high-quality acoustic guitars. With a workforce of over 1,500 skilled craftsmen, Taylor Guitars produces hundreds of guitars daily at their state-of-the-art facilities in El Cajon, California, USA, and Tecate, Baja California, Mexico. Renowned for their commitment to innovation, Taylor guitars have set new industry standards, continuously striving to enhance sound, playability, and performance. With an extensive network of retail partners across North America and distribution in 65 countries worldwide, Taylor Guitars remains at the forefront of acoustic guitar craftsmanship.

D’Addario: Unyielding Excellence in Guitar Strings

D’Addario, the world’s largest manufacturer of music accessories, has been delivering exceptional quality for generations. With roots dating back to the 17th century, this family-owned company now employs over 1,100 people worldwide. D’Addario proudly produces 95% of its products in the USA, adhering to the lean manufacturing principles of Toyota. With their products available under different brand names like D’Addario Fretted, D’Addario Orchestral, and D’Addario Woodwinds, D’Addario has a global presence in 120 countries. Their products are sold through over 3,300 retailers in the US and are available on all major e-commerce platforms. As the top preference for musicians worldwide, D’Addario’s dedication to precision and craftsmanship guarantees that every string delivers exceptional tone, durability, and dependability.

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