Taylor go with copafera in 200 Deluxe guitars

In yet another move to overcome the CITES regulation, Taylor has introduced Copafera as the body woods for the 200 Deluxe guitars sold outside America.


The new guitars will be coded with suffix CF to denote copafera for back and sides.


a look at the copafera grains on the 214e-CF DLX

Since the 200 series guitars have layered body woods, the move to include copafera should mean minimal effects on tone. If anything, it is the core wood poplar that we are hearing. ๐Ÿ™‚

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*photos from MusicRadar and Taylor Guitars

Taylor K26ce Setup

Did a setup for this gorgeous guitar last week.


This 2011 model is all-bling and exotic woods. One of those guitars when you buy in and just admire it for its beauty.


Sexy 3-piece back. Plenty of bling going on with all the abalone inlays and bindings too. Crazy level of bling.


Entire guitar is bound with flame maple. Even the sound hole is bound. Guitarbear was drooling profusely. Pardon the dust. Owner probably doesn’t believe in squeaky clean guitars.

Bearclaw Special

We start with some guitar TLC. Fretboard and frets shine. No prizes for guessing which part had some love from Guitarbear. ๐Ÿ™‚ The ebony fretboard and bridge just feel solid and smooth. Thumbs ups!



Brownie was helping me check the fretboard after oiling. It looks like he likes all the beautiful binding too.

Let’s work on the setup.ย 

Saddle needed some sanding for lower action. The base was sanded with 100 grit sandpaper and final sanding with 2000 grit for a baby smooth finish.


I also gave the truss rod a 1/8 turn to straighten the neck a lil’.


Restrung with Elixirs (what else?), and ย we got a really low action here just slightly above 1/16 inch on 12th fret capo on one.

I gave the whole guitar a good clean and polish. It’s a world of a difference from what I received. All the dust and grime had gone and we now have a shiny clean guitar.

The kids came out to pose with it. They love guitars.


Closing notes:

The K26ce is what a high-end guitar is all about – exotic wood (as can be seen), great fretwork (action was low without buzz) and total eye-candy.


Sure, the koa construction meant that it doesn’t sound as punchy and direct as a spruce-topped guitar. But the warmth and slight “reverb” (akin to mahogany) make this guitar a joy to play. It still responds very well to strumming because the GS body is definitely a force to be reckoned with.

Guitarbear can see why the GS shape hasn’t been too popular in this part of the world. The wide lower bout may cause some smaller players to struggle. There’re also players who’d choose the GA and D shapes for reasons ranging from comfort to familiarity.


Having said that, this K26ce is still a great guitar and would probably justify its price tag for being so beautiful in both looks and sound.


Taylor 2017 Limiteds

It’s been a while since Taylor Guitars release Limited Edition guitars. This time round, the four models are spread across different series.


914ce LTD



The ultra lavish 914ce gets sassafras back and sides for this limited edition. Add that to the gorgeous ebony armrest, ebony bindings and gold Gotoh 510s, this is a truly flamboyant and luxurious guitar.

752ce LTD

The new 700 series introduced in 2016 distinguished itself with Lutz top and Taylor has now introduced a 12-string.


The GC body seems to be quite low-key in this part of the world so it remains to be seen if this one will reach us.

410e Baritone-6 LTD


The 410e Baritone sports an ovangkol body matched with spruce top. The 27 inch scale (B to B) gives a deeper tone, so perhaps the shaded burst top suits this guitar.

314ce LTD


The re-worked 300 series introduced Australian Blackwood into the range but this time it is paired with the more popular spruce top for more punch. Only this time, Taylor has used Lutz instead of the usual Sitka variant.


Nice looking “twisted ovals” fingerboard inlays found on this one.ย This seems like the guitar that 300 series buyers would have been asking for.

*photos from Taylor Guitars



GS Mini Mahogany Bone Saddle Upgrade

Worked in this GS Mini mahogany a few weeks back. The guitar was buzzing due to an overly low saddle and the owner needed to get it fixed for his upcoming gig.


Here you can see that there is almost no break angle at the saddle so it’s no wonder the guitar buzzed when strummed even moderately. The saddle looked really dirty here due to the rust caused by sweaty palm.


The idea here was put in a bone saddle and get the optimum saddle height for best playability and tone. We got some Hosco Japan bone saddle for this project.


Carefully shaped to match the Taylor 15 inch radius and to fit the saddle slot.


Bearclaw Special

TLC for all nice guitars. Who likes shiny frets and moisturised fretboards? Wombat was my assistant here.


Pencil lead on nut slots and cleaned up the whole guitar. This was a gigging guitar and it needed some effort to clean off those beer stains. ๐Ÿ™‚

Adjusting truss rod to add relief

I used the Taylor truss rod tool to get it a quarter turn. The GS Minis come stock with 13s so going to 12s will require a bit more relief for the thinner strings. (Note that this is a staged photo.)


Some final adjustments to the saddle height and we’re good to go. Action is now around 3/32 inch at 12th fret.


Roger came out to pose with the guitar. Let’s hope the gig goes well for the owner.



Closing notes:

This particular Mini sounds really good here. It’s got lots of presence and it’s one of the most lush sounding GS Mini I have worked with.

Guitarbear suspects this is due to the fact that it gets played all the time (owner is a gigging musician and doesn’t own too many guitars). So it is true that a played-in worn-in instrument sounds and feels better.


Taylor GS Mini American Girl

An interesting release from Taylor. This time has teamed up with toy maker Mattel to create a life-sized guitar based on the GS Mini.


Like a regular GS Mini, this one sports a solid spruce top and layered sapele body with special teal finish with floral designs.


Not bad if you’re getting a gift for your loved one. ๐Ÿ™‚

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*photos from Taylor