Taylor T3 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar
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It seems every time Taylor starts a new guitar line, it's a hit. The T3 is the company's first purely electric semi-hollow body guitar and there are all the usual Taylor touchstones of quality.
Here in Music Connection's office our two resident guitar-players, Bill McBee and Brian Stewart, picked up the T3 for a test spin and were immediately impressed by the beautiful look of Sapele body and luxuriously quilted maple top and high gloss finish. Both Bill and Brian loved the huge range of sounds possible due to this semi-hollow's great resonance and sustain. Brian felt the flatter neck makes for easier playing and effortless note bending and Bill found the guitar (compared to other semi-hollows) to be much less susceptible to acoustical feedback when playing on loud stages.
The tropical American mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard attaches to the body using Taylor's single bolt T-Lock joinery. It is flat, has 21 mother-of-pearl dots and is 1 11/16-inches wide with heavier fret wire for a true electric feel. The T3B model has an authentic Bigsby model B70 vibrato tailpiece and roller bridge while the standard T3 model comes with a stop tailpiece.
Taylor's Style 2 humbuckers are used along with a standard three-way toggle switch and a special pull up volume control for coil splitting. In addition, the tone control has a tone splitter--a pull up switch that engages a second capacitor for a mellow and smooth jazz tone.
The T3 sells for $2,998 while the T3B is $3,198. Both are available in a variety of sunburst colors, come with Elixir light gauge electric strings and a hard shell Taylor case. For more information, visit www.taylorguitars.com.
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