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Guitar Review :Taylor Solid Body Classic (Black With Black Pickguard)

Taylor Quality in an Incredible Solidbody Electric Guitar
The Taylor SolidBody Classic electric guitar brings an acoustic innovator into the world of premium solidbody electric instruments, in a big way! Bob Taylor and his team designed the SolidBody Classic from the ground up with original 3/4-size humbuckers, a sleek aluminum bridge, contoured ergonomic single cutaway body design, and a familiar headstock that proudly tops off a quality instrument. Elegant appointments include mother-of-pearl dot inlays and a crushed pearl pickguard. Taylor hits the first pitch out of the park with its beautiful, great-sounding SolidBody Classic!
Taylor SolidBody Classic (Black With Black Pickguard) 
Taylor SolidBody Classic at a Glance:

Taylor's breakthrough pickup design spawned this guitar. 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. 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. No matter what your electric pickup of choice has been, these pickups will appease your sonic cravings, plus dish out some new tonal flavors with the help of the combo settings and tone controls.

Another fully original design, the sleek, all-aluminum bridge looks and feels great, and it's ultra-adjustable. Once you lock it down it holds perfect intonation. Designed entirely from scratch, Taylor's 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 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. Taylor also tweaked the break angle for the strings, so that no matter where each individual saddle is positioned, it maintains the perfect amount of downward pressure and string length for easy playing and great tone. Taylor specially contoured the bridge to give it a curvy, ultra-smooth feel; your picking hand will be happy to camp out there.

Taylor's innovative T-Lock neck joint brings Taylor's trademark consistency and comfort into the solidbody player's hands. Taylor's heritage of easy-playing, superbly intonated necks continues with the single-bolt T-Lock joint first used on the T5. Like the NT neck, a precisely milled pocket spacer is used to dial-in the perfect neck angle. As the neck is bolted in place, it pulls both down and back toward the bridge for perfect alignment and stability. It?s simple to put on or take off to switch out spacers for angle adjustment. The contouring makes the neck 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.

Tone control is the Holy Grail for an electric player. From Taylor's five-way pickup switch to their original control knobs, Taylor's given you more tone and made it easier to tweak it on the fly. The 5-way 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 its own distinctive voicings.

Position 1: Full neck pickup
Position 2: Inside coils of the neck and bridge pickups in parallel (skinny, funky neck tone)
Position 3: Full neck pickup with the inside coil of the bridge pickup (adds fatness and drives the amp a little harder for extra crunch)
Position 4: Inside coil of each pickup in series (creating the effect of a super-wide humbucker and producing a truly unique tone)
Position 5: Full bridge pickup

The first two-thirds of the tone 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.

Taylor SolidBody Classic Electric Guitar Features:
Color: Black
Finish: Gloss
Neck: Rock Maple (Satin Finish)
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Inlays: Mother-of-pearl 4mm dots
Headstock overlay: Ebony
Pickups: Style 1 3/4-size humbuckers
Pickguard: Black pearl
Case: Taylor rectangular hardshell
The Taylor SolidBody Classic adds a legendary name to a premium solidbody electric guitars!
Specification    Detail
Body Material    Swamp Ash
Body Finish    Arylic
Color    Black
Neck Material    Rock Maple, Bolt-on
Neck Shape    Taylor SolidBody
Scale Length    24-7/8"
Fingerboard Material    Rosewood, 15" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay    Mother of Pearl Dots
Number of Frets    22
Nut Width    1-11/16"
Bridge/Tailpiece    Stoptail
Tuners    Standard
Number of Pickups    2
Neck Pickup    Style I Humbucker
Middle Pickup    No Middle Pickup
Bridge Pickup    Style I Humbucker
Controls    1 x Volume, 1 x Tone, 5-way Pickup Blade Switch
Case Included    Hardshell
Notes    Black Pearl Pickguard
Manufacturer Part Number    SB-X1
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