How did Martin, Taylor & Fender guitars become famous?
Since Taylor Guitars was founded by Bob Taylor in 1974 back in Southern California over 40 years ago, the premier guitar brand has enjoyed a stratospheric rise in popularity that has seen many artists relying on them to get their signature sound. Put simply, Taylor guitars are players guitars, able to offer up the tone you need, the comfortability you’ve always been looking for, and the sound you should demand from an acoustic guitar.
As these exquisite guitars stand out from the rest, thanks to their high-quality construction and attention to detail. Everything from the wood, to the hardware to the tonewoods is carefully selected to ensure you get a hardworking, great sounding and completely comfortable guitar every time.
Thanks to the combination of high quality tonewoods and superb quality, yet light finishing process that Taylor use, each guitar whether it utilises Sapele, Koa, Sitka Spruce, Mahogany and Koa to name a few, evolves slightly each year.
It’s good to know you’re in good company when you pick up a Taylor guitar. These guitars are relied upon by some of the worlds most prominent musical artists such as Gustavo Cerati, Jason Mraz, Taylor Swift, Rob Thomas, RJ Thompson, Switchfoot, Tony Iommi, Rowan Meldal-Johnsen, Air Supply, Hillsong, John 5, Dave Matthews, Rolling Stones, Shawn Mendes, Jewel, Johnny Rzeznik, Iron & Wine, – to name just a few!
Martin guitars used hide glue from their beginnings until the 1960s where it was swapped out for more environmentally friendly options and something that was easier to work with.
However, guitarists, and Martin firmly believe that Hide glue makes a true difference to the sound. This use of hide glue is now often revered by luthiers and guitar aficionados alike as it creates a stronger bond between each part of the guitar. It not only fuses to the wood but starts to become part of its ‘DNA’ if you will, effectively turning many pieces of wood into one. This adds to the resonance of the guitar and improves the sonic quality as the entire guitar is essentially one piece of wood. Hide glue creates a cohesive rather than adhesive bond and transfers the tone across the guitar a lot better. This is part of the reason Martin guitars will reverberate for a lot longer than most guitars.
The Fender Stratocaster is a versatile guitar, one of the most famous instruments in the world. Players in every music genre have found a way to put it to work and squeeze out incredible tones. From rock to blues and even heavy metal the Strat comes through again and again. Some pretty talented guitar heroes have relied on the Stratocaster since it was first introduced back in the1950s. Maybe your favorite guitar player uses a Strat. Heck, maybe you play a Strat. But did you ever stop to wonder why?
Perhaps even more significant and culture- altering than the Stratocaster was one of Mr. Fender’s prior inventions, the Precision Bass. In the very early 1950s, Leo Fender and his crack team were creating something so groundbreaking that it changed popular music forever. In the first quarter of the year 1954, the Stratocaster was born. Fender’s Broadcaster/Telecaster guitars had already proven commercially successful in the years since 1950, so it would only be natural to continue evolving the company’s product offering.