Knock-off guitars. These fake guitars are not something we deal with in the United States and Europe very often, but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist.
However, it’s a hot market in Asia where many of the world’s guitars are produced and exported.
While in China this year, I bought a knock-off guitar just for the heck of it. It’s a dead-ringer for a Baby Taylor guitar, from the headstock to the binding to the gig bag. But I’m now painfully aware that it’s a fake.
The year was 1995. The name “Taylor Guitars” was becoming known as a great-sounding, quality guitar when one of the most interesting stories in modern guitar-making history took place. It was the birth of Taylor’s “Pallet Guitar”.
The story – now a legend complete with multiple versions – still proves the point that owner Bob Taylor was trying to drive home at the time: the quality of construction is as important to a guitar as the type of wood used.
Taylor’s original Shop Pallet Guitar is still on display at the Taylor factory in California and this is the story of how it got there.
What was it that sparked my interest in travel guitars? I’m traveling on beach vacation in a couple weeks and I am facing a tough decision. Should I lug my massive full-sized guitar all the way across the ocean or just leave it at home and not have anything?
I decided I didn’t like either option. So I just went out and bought a new 3/4-size travel guitar.
That was only a week ago and there hasn’t been a moment where I’ve regretted purchasing the mini-guitar. Sure, it doesn’t have the same volume as a full-size guitar but it feels great in my hands and it’s going to travel nicely in the overhead bins.
I did quite a bit of research before buying this guitar (I know, it sounded like an impulse buy but it wasn’t). I thought it might be useful to share with you what I found when it comes to travel guitars. My goal was to find a travel guitar that didn’t suck.
A close friend called me the other day asking about beginner guitars. Apparently his oldest son, now 12, had decided that he wanted a guitar for Christmas.
“I don’t want to spend too much money” he said. “I’m afraid this is just a fad and he’ll just end up giving up on the guitar like he did with the piano.“