They’re the guitar of choice for modern artists like Taylor Swift and Jason Mraz and have a very American history which dates back to the 1970s. So it’s no wonder Taylor guitars are considered the supreme of the string world.
Their inventory is wide-ranging. To help you navigate it, here’s a list of their five most popular instruments.
First among the guitars it promotes on its website, the GS Mini is a solid go-to acoustic guitar. Its at the lower end of Taylor’s cost range at $499 and is adored by artists for its playability and portability.
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The clue’s in the name with the Big Baby Taylor – it’s the Baby, but bigger. Add on another $70, this acoustic guitar comes in at $399. It graduates past being the travel guitar category given its extra size.
The 214ce is a 25 and a half inch beast. It’s more expensive, at $999, but guitarists love its rosewood finish. It’s considered the ‘gateway’ into the brand’s more expensive instruments. The Taylor sound thats common throughout the range is also elevated when plugged in.
At a jaw-dropping $8,000, the PS16CE sits at the top of the Taylor range and is part of its Presentation Series. Its designed for performance and comes under the category of Grand Symphony limited edition.
Its sides are a dark, Macassar ebony and the body is Spruce. All in all, it’s a show-stopping guitar with a rumbling belly of sound. Its bells and whistles include Gotoh Gold tuners, a bone nut and saddle, a Florentine cutaway, and Taylor Expression System 2 electronics.
When it comes to choosing a bass guitar, the options can seem endless. Acoustic vs electric? Fretless or fretted? There are thousands of ways to go, just like with most other string instruments.
To try to help narrow down your search, here’s a list of the ten best bass guitars of 2017 as voted by beginners and pros. If you’re still stuck by the end, check out the bassist at the bottom of the article as he compares a $100 instrument to a $10,000 one and see if you can hear the difference.
This full-size electric bass guitar comes with a rosewood fingerboard, a high performance-to-cost ratio, ships fast, and is teacher-approved for beginner bassists. Owners say it plays well and is lightweight so easy to carry around. Not bad a bad option for anyone thinking of taking up the instrument, it’ll only set you back $69.99.
This bad boy has a 34-inch maple wood neck and rosewood fretboard with abalone fret dot inlays. The passive dean soap bar pickup delivers both volume and treble control. Vintage styling, adjustable intonation, and die-cast tuners make this a complete package for $136.85
This candy apple red classic design features an Agathis body, maple wood, medium jumbo frets, and a precision bass pickup. It is equipped with a single coil Jazz Bass pickup, master tone, and double volume control. Plus it boasts the iconic Fender name. It is available for $199.99.
This offering from Ibanez is finished with a natural-wood grey-burst veneer. It has a spalted maple top and a mahogany body. Musicians love how light this bass is. They also vouch for its playability and the deep palette of sounds it can produce. The Ibanez and its 22 rosewood frets are available for $249.99.
This silvered champion comes in an Agathis body type, with c shape maple neck in a 9.5 radius and 20 medium jumbo frets. It is equipped with a single coil Jazz Bass pickup, master tone, and double volume control. It is available for $199.99 and also comes in the famous Fender candy-apple red. Beginners love its short scale which makes it easier to learn upon and some even prefer it to more expensive guitars from other brands, namely Ibanez.
This liquid-black finish bass guitar from Silvertone comes complete with everything you need to get started including an instructional DVD, amp, a carrying case and all the connective equipment. It is available for $199.00 and is billed as a beginner’s product so seasoned bass players shouldn’t expect any miracles from it.
A classic black and white body style, die-cast tuning pegs, Agathis body, and c-shape maple neck. It also features a 2-saddle chrome bridge, volume and tone control, and a specially designed single coil pickup. It is available for $149.99. Popular among non-serious players and pros alike!
This classic black bass guitar comes with a 34-inch mahogany neck and rosewood fretboard and pearl dot inlays. It also features a passive Dean preamp with treble and volume controls. It starts at $179.00. Musicians love the smooth acoustic tones the Dean achieves and appreciate its size.
They say that everyone should learn to play a musical instrument at some time in their life, even if it’s just a simple one like the harmonica or ukulele. But if you are interested in playing beautiful classical tracks, you need a classical instrument- and you could hardly do better than to choose to learn to play the violin. The violin is a versatile and time-tested musical instrument that can play anything from whimsical folk tunes to awe inspiring classical compositions. Here’s a survey of the ten best violins for beginners.
This 4/4 (full size) antique style violin features a hand carved top of solid spruce with maple sides and back. The maple fingerboard pegs, chin rest, and alloy tail make this violin a great choice at $59.99.
This spruce top violin with ebony colored fingerboards and tuning pegs comes complete with its own carrying case, rosin and horsehair bow. It is a great bargain at $39.00, a price low enough to trust with young learners.
A relatively upscale item, this full sized Mendini features a solid, carved-by-hand maple back, spruce top, and inlaid purfling. It comes with a string tuner and metronome, and 2 wood bows made with unbleached Mongolian horsehair for $139.99.
This full sized Cecilio violin features an ebony fingerboard, tail-piece, chin rest, and 4 detachable nickel plated tuners. It comes with a chromatic tuner, hard case, lesson book and 2 bows made with unbleached Mongolian horsehair for just $129.99.
Don’t be fooled by the name of this high quality violin- the Bunnel Basic is an excellent violin at a fair price. It is among the highest rated violins on Amazon and comes with a full 45-day guarantee of satisfaction. It comes fully assembled and ready to play after unboxing at a price of $199.99.
An excellent starter’s violin made from quality composite wood and a hand carved glossy finish. It comes with a black carrying case and is suitable for persons of any size. It is available for just $39.99.
This high quality journeyman’s violin is fully hand crafted with a solid spruce face, a solid maple back and sides and full ebony fittings. It also comes with a professional hard case. This high quality classical instrument is $186.49.
A top quality young beginner’s violin, the TMS is well crafted and full size with natural color and a beautiful varnish finish. Specially crafted composite wood makes this violin inexpensive to produce and therefore inexpensive to own- making it ideal for young learners who want the look and feel of a high quality instrument- without the responsibility. The case is hard on the outside and soft on the inside to protect the instrument during travel and storage. It is available for just $39.95.
This full sized solid wood violin strikes a resonant tone with its solid wood construction, maple back, sides and neck, all natural varnish, and inlaid purfling. It features a maple fingerboard, chin rest, and four nickel plated tuners that are completely detachable. It is available for just $99.99,
If you’re looking for a musical instrument that’s fun, versatile, inexpensive and relatively easy to learn then a ukulele just might be the thing for you. Ukuleles can be serious or comical and have been used by comedians and professional musicians with equal success. If you’re not sure where to start, here’s a list of recommended best ukuleles for beginners to help you put fingers to strings.
This great little beginner’s kit comes with a tote bag, a getting started guide and a special tuning kit to help you get the hang of maintaining its proper tones. It comes with a nice wood finish and free lessons through the available app.
The Martin Smith UK-212 features some of the finest quality tuning gears that you’re likely to find on a ukulele. The oversized tuning knobs make the job even easier. It also comes with a carrying case and two months free access to live and local instruction.
This item is specially designed for ease of play and durability. It comes with a waterproof nylon bag, an electronic LED lit tuner, extra picks and a strap. The body is also handsomely stained with a redwood finish that makes it look like a professional grade ukulele.
This traditionally shaped ukulele has a full sized body for a nice resonant sound that you don’t get with many others. It comes with an easy to follow three-chord chart which will kick off your playing quite rapidly and a gig bag that has everything you need to start serenading.
Made entirely from mahogany, this beginner’s ukulele has a professional look and feel that will make you love to play. It features 12 brass frets on the rosewood fingerboard for greater resonance and looks great. The satin finish and geared tuners make this ukulele tough to beat.
Choose from an array of handsome color schemes when you select this festive ukulele. Made from maple and rosewood, the Hola! HM-21 Soprano Ukulele is going to feel as good in your hands as it sounds. 12 nickel frets round out the look and sound of this item nicely.
This is a great package for anyone who wants to learn to play and start entertaining as soon as possible. It comes with a case, a strap, a tuning device, three extra picks and one of the finest wood finishes you’re likely to find. It also comes with one of the highest quality stock carrying cases available.
This traditional concert ukulele is made from mahogany and comes strung with advanced carbon strings for longer lasting play. With its exceptionally fine finish, this ukulele plays smoothly and easily. The 18 brass frets enable you to hit more notes than an ordinary ukulele making it perfect for ambitious players.
With its lime and wood tone color scheme, the Makala Shark will stand out in any setting. It comes in a range of colors if lime is too much for you and the Agathis top offers the same quality of mahogany for less. It features 12 brass frets, geared tuners and comes with a lightweight nylon carrying bag.
Beautifully made and a great bargain with lots of extras, this is an excellent starter pack for any beginner ukulele player. It features brass frets, finger position markers, chrome plating and a high-quality finish. Choose from a range of colors and stow it in the included carrier gig bag.