A Fresh Take on an Old Favorite
Several years ago, it was difficult to imagine anyone improving upon Taylor’s vaunted 800 series. Most people would be terrified to try and fix something so decidedly unbroken, but Andy Powers is not most people. He built his first guitar at age eight, and he’s had his nose to the grindstone ever since. So, the redesigned 800 series is a celebration of a storied tradition by a builder with twenty years of experience, but it it also injects that tradition with oodles and oodles of youthful energy. This combination of innovation and experience has resulted in a truly stunning final product.
To start, they recalculated the ideal thickness of every top, back, and side of every guitar, and they decided to finish each piece of wood with a very thin polyester gloss finish to optimize projection. Also, each body size features side bracing to help improve connection between the top and back to increase frequency response. This doesn’t even take into account the redesigned ES-2 System–which delivers truly incredible plugged-in tone–or the stunning new aesthetic updates like figured maple binding, an Indian rosewood pickguard, and an abalone rosette.
We’re proud to present the 800 series. We believe that they are a perfect blend of old world-expertise and new-school innovation, and we know they will inspire you to make all sorts of joyous noise.