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Kmetzger
03-01-2011, 08:58 AM
I'm curious what type of ukulele Taylor Swift is playing in this photo - capture from a recent performance of her in Singapore found on youtube. (I'm more interested in the ukulele than in her, actually. No offense to Taylor Swift fans...)

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PedalFreak
03-01-2011, 09:02 AM
Any better photos of the headstock? Taylor guitars has been working on an uke. May be a prototype?

Kmetzger
03-01-2011, 09:24 AM
Unfortunately the headstock wasn't that visible throughout the video. That's what's making it tough to identify.

But the shape of the sound hole and the inlay around it seems quite unique. That's what I thought might tip someone off.

philpot
03-01-2011, 11:39 AM
I would guess a custom Taylor brand, considering thats the brand of guitar she uses...

PedalFreak
03-01-2011, 12:15 PM
Doesn't appear to have anything on the headstock...

http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lgghkxW7gW1qdbau4o1_500.jpg

philpot
03-01-2011, 12:22 PM
Doesn't appear to have anything on the headstock...

http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lgghkxW7gW1qdbau4o1_500.jpg

I'm gonna say its custom made for her, probably by Taylor, maybe not but obviously a custom and with no brand associated with it we're just left to wonder.

Nuprin
03-01-2011, 01:16 PM
Taylor guitars has been working on an uke.

Where did you hear this? If it's true, as a loyal Taylor guitar fan, this is very exciting news!

berylbite
03-01-2011, 02:31 PM
I recognize that she probably doesn't play it much.

PedalFreak
03-02-2011, 08:44 AM
Where did you hear this? If it's true, as a loyal Taylor guitar fan, this is very exciting news!

I work for one of the larger Taylor dealers and a rep told us this. Actually, I've got a photo I took somewhere, of a stack of Koa with Ukulele bodies traced out on them. 2 stacks of AMAZING looking koa about 4 feet high, and 4 feet wide! He told me they were making some prototypes and plan to release one. Rumor was it may have been released at the last NAMM show, but never did. So maybe summer namm?

But Taylor actually sells a lot of the Koa they buy to the hawaiian ukulele makers :) Bob Taylor is close friends with some of the families on Hawaii where koa comes from so he gets a lot of VERY nice koa!

Nuprin
03-02-2011, 01:16 PM
I work for one of the larger Taylor dealers and a rep told us this. Actually, I've got a photo I took somewhere, of a stack of Koa with Ukulele bodies traced out on them. 2 stacks of AMAZING looking koa about 4 feet high, and 4 feet wide! He told me they were making some prototypes and plan to release one. Rumor was it may have been released at the last NAMM show, but never did. So maybe summer namm?

But Taylor actually sells a lot of the Koa they buy to the hawaiian ukulele makers :) Bob Taylor is close friends with some of the families on Hawaii where koa comes from so he gets a lot of VERY nice koa!

So excited! I'll have to ask my Taylor rep about this! I want one!

PedalFreak
03-03-2011, 05:35 AM
So excited! I'll have to ask my Taylor rep about this! I want one!

Last time I asked (about January) they said they don't have one planned. Maybe they are working out every detail. Bob has also been working on a "True Classical" guitar. So maybe they've pushed it to the back for now, I hope not though!

haolejohn
03-03-2011, 09:19 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bV9FY2PRsSM

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091231045232AASc40m

When I saw the date on the second link was December 2009, I thought her most recent hit was really about a ukulele that she had lost.

Funny thing is that the Kamaka was the best answer by fans. Now anyone that know ukuleles will tell you that that uke is most definitly not a Kamaka.

pat rock
03-03-2011, 10:07 AM
So what was the anwer? Is Taylor def. getting into ukulele? I'm dying to know!!!

PedalFreak
03-04-2011, 05:20 AM
So what was the anwer? Is Taylor def. getting into ukulele? I'm dying to know!!!

Nothing is definite yet :) But they've been talking about it, and reportedly working on it. So I'd guess eventually.

Last I heard was that there would be 2 models, one in the $999 price range, the other around $1599.

Ronnie Aloha
03-04-2011, 08:30 AM
Where did you hear this? If it's true, as a loyal Taylor guitar fan, this is very exciting news!

Chris, I think you have enough custom ukes! : )

Nuprin
03-04-2011, 10:59 AM
Chris, I think you have enough custom ukes! : )

Good point........I'll still find room to add a Taylor into my collection!

Nuprin
03-10-2011, 03:14 AM
Just a quick update on this...yesterday I found myself on the phone with my Taylor rep discussing a customer's special order. At the end of the conversation I mentioned that I had heard rumors that Taylor would be getting into the ukulele business. I asked if there was any truth to it...his response: "Of course."

They've been working on it for about 2 years now but keep getting sidetracked by other products (most recently the GS Mini). He stressed that Bob (Taylor) will not put anything out until it is worthy of the Taylor name...they weren't going to just jump on the ukulele bandwagon until they had a great instrument. He is hopeful that it will be released by the end of this year. He did think they might have a prototype somewhere but wasn't positive. He's supposed to stop by for the Taylor Roadshow in a month or two and he promised if he could find a prototype, he'd bring it for me to check out.