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UkePA
09-28-2011, 03:11 PM
I heard today that Taylor is supposed to release a uke by Christmas. Not sure if it's true, but we'll see.

If they build one, who would buy one? I am a Taylor Guitars fan. I always said that I would buy one if they made it. Taylor Swift has been playing one on tour recently.

I hope that they don't over-price it though. If it's around $1000, I doubt that many will sell. For that money, you can get a really nice uke from a uke builder.

Just my thoughts.

Erik

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
09-28-2011, 03:22 PM
I'd love to play one. Buy one? My UAS has (thankfully) subsided lately. But if I played one, and if it was amazing, and if I'd been saving up for a while, and if it ended up being the most appealing ukulele to me at the time, then sure, I'd buy one. Mmm, that's four ifs. Maybe I won't buy one. Darn it.

olgoat52
09-28-2011, 03:25 PM
I'd like to hear it. Building a great guitar (which they do) does not mean they will build a great uke. But Bob T. is pretty tenacious so I suspect it will be pretty nice. I think the danger is that it might be too guitarish in sound. The uke is a different animal and needs to be treated as such. At least that is my worthless opinion. :o

flutinggnee
09-28-2011, 03:38 PM
I think this is very exciting news! I love Taylor guitars, and would love to try it. I hope it's not really expensive. They're able to make their Big Baby and Baby Taylors for a reasonable price and they sound great. Of course, they're laminate. So, I will be curious to see what it's like! I hope the local Taylor dealer carries it! :)

zac987
09-28-2011, 03:48 PM
I'd like to try them out.

PoiDog
09-28-2011, 03:58 PM
Another 'ukulele maker isn't a bad thing. Another cheap, or overpriced, or overhyped, or predatory 'ukulele maker is another entirely.

If Taylor is dedicated to making quality 'ukuleles, then how can anyone be upset? If they turn out to just be trying to capitalize on a "fad" by charging way more for a laminate cheapo because of the Taylor name, then that's another thing.

But until they're out, it really isn't a problem, right?

lookingforcurly
09-28-2011, 04:33 PM
Over the years I have owned a dozen Taylor guitars (down to one now), and Bob has never tackled an instrument without building a good one. Anxious to see what he produces.

Nuprin
09-28-2011, 05:12 PM
Spoke with my Taylor rep about this about a year ago. When he mentioned that Taylor was working on a ukulele, I asked if they were just jumping on the ukulele bandwagon as it's become so popular. He said they've been working on one for quite awhile and Bob keeps refining the build. He also keeps getting pulled away from the uke with other products (such as the GS Mini). If what he's saying is true, Bob already has a few prototypes but has been working on it quite a bit to make sure it's worthy of the Taylor name. I love Taylor guitars so I'm pretty sure a Taylor ukulele will end up in my collection.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
09-28-2011, 05:16 PM
Spoke with my Taylor rep about this about a year ago. When he mentioned that Taylor was working on a ukulele, I asked if they were just jumping on the ukulele bandwagon as it's become so popular. He said they've been working on one for quite awhile and Bob keeps refining the build. He also keeps getting pulled away from the uke with other products (such as the GS Mini). If what he's saying is true, Bob already has a few prototypes but has been working on it quite a bit to make sure it's worthy of the Taylor name. I love Taylor guitars so I'm pretty sure a Taylor ukulele will end up in my collection.Nice. I'm looking forward to hearing some of your excellent playing on a Taylor ukulele.

specialk13
09-28-2011, 05:46 PM
I'm curious to see what they come up with but I don't think I'd get one, never been too impressed with their guitars. They do serve a great purpose when playing live though so maybe their uke will have a nice pickup system?

Brad Bordessa
09-28-2011, 06:22 PM
A nice pickup system would be huge. But honestly, I've never been super stoked with what I've heard of the "expression system". Hopefully they spin the concept a bit if they are producing an 'ukulele. I bet it looks awesome.

Pippin
09-28-2011, 10:22 PM
I doubt the Taylor will sell as cheap as $1000 (not that the figure is cheap-- but Taylor will most likely be in the Collings upper price range).

DeVineGuitars
09-29-2011, 12:06 AM
I can't wait to see what they come up with for a uke. IMO Taylor makes the nicest production guitar around and Bob Taylor is an innovator in the field.

olgoat52
09-29-2011, 08:27 AM
I can't wait to see what they come up with for a uke. IMO Taylor makes the nicest production guitar around and Bob Taylor is an innovator in the field.

Agreed on both counts. I have two from the mid 90's and they were the best bang for the buck of any that I own. The expression systems I have heard have been very impressive. I think they use a transducer under the fingerboard as well as a saddle pickup.

space rat
09-29-2011, 08:51 AM
I love my Taylor guitar, I would think their Uke would continue their high standards of excellence and be an instrument of beauty and tone. Count me in, hopefully it won't break the bank.

new wave ukulele
09-29-2011, 10:02 AM
I was talking to Bob a few weeks ago about ukes. He showed me a Koa tenor on his iPhone made for miss Swift. There are a few out there and they are quite nice.

PhilUSAFRet
09-29-2011, 01:19 PM
Don't see why a Taylor Baby with a tenor uke neck would be too expensive.

OldePhart
09-29-2011, 01:23 PM
I love my Taylor guitar but I'd have to have hands on a Taylor uke and play it enough to discover all its features and foibles before I would buy one, I think. No disrespect to Taylor at all, I just see no reason to go to a guitar builder for a uke until the guitar builder has built a deserved reputation within the uke community.

John

joejeweler
09-29-2011, 05:29 PM
I suspect this is the Taylor Tenor that Taylor Swift has been playing in concert, since the performance is just a few weeks old.

If it is,.....neat soundhole design! Certainly don't need a headstock label with that unusual soundhole.

It looks to me like it was over $1000,.....based on US labor costs, and the trim level. The back has a lot of sapwood on it, which you can see as the stage is revolving.

Not sure she has a pickup installed, as the uke "seems" to be picked up a bit more from her vocal mic. The power pac on her back (attached to her uke strap) might be for her cordless voice mic. If it is for the uke,.....she needs a better mix and get the volumn up on the instrument, so we can all hear what a Taylor sounds like.

Gonna take a look when they become available,.....hope they make a concert also.

BTW,....wanna bet she looses the pick after awhile!

...no pickguard so more road rash, and i bet she'll get some "advice" that the tone will improve with a proper finger strum. :o

Did i tell ya all i love the soundhole! :D

....for some reason it reminds me of a bit of the Martin Style 3 tailblock area top inlay,....maybe the point?



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70Qwxmp5pGw

ksiegel
09-29-2011, 05:41 PM
It looks like there is a chord coming out of the strap button on the bottom of the uke, then into the wireless transmitter. The guitar at the very end has the same setup - no connection to a wearable voice microphone noted.


And I agree, it would be nice if she lost the pick.

-Kurt

AncientMatingCalls
09-29-2011, 05:52 PM
Miss Swift looks pretty awkward playing that uke. I guess she's used to having the large body of a guitar under her arm.

haolejohn
09-29-2011, 06:46 PM
I wouldn't hesitate to buy one. Taylor doesn't put out crap. But I am sure it will be like their guitars...Out of my price range.

new wave ukulele
09-29-2011, 07:54 PM
Hey Joe... that is not the uke that Taylor made for her....

Nuprin
09-30-2011, 04:21 AM
I suspect this is the Taylor Tenor that Taylor Swift has been playing in concert, since the performance is just a few weeks old.

There was a thread about this a little while ago. That's not a Taylor uke...it's a Leilani. (http://web.me.com/syacavone/Site/Leilani_Ukulele_(レイラニ・ウクレレ・1).html) She's been using this for quite awhile from what I can tell.

nscafe
09-30-2011, 06:38 AM
I love my Taylor 414ce, and would definitely take a look at a Taylor uke. I agree with what many others in this thread have already said. I doubt Bob Taylor would put his name on any sub-par product. He takes a lot of pride in his instruments.

chrimess
09-30-2011, 06:53 AM
just like with classical guitars (Bob admits they are only making hybrids in the nylon range) Taylor has been very aware of their heritage, respectful of traditional leaders in the field and careful not to damage the brand by rushed new products outside their core competencies. To me, the Kanilea has a bit of a Taylor sound and feel on the uke market, particularly considering that they are using the same UV finish.

zac987
09-30-2011, 11:32 AM
So the Martin vs Taylor argument is going to be extended to the ukulele as well? :P

experimentjon
09-30-2011, 11:29 PM
If they did come out with one, I'd definitely want it. But whether I can justify buying it is always a completely separate question.

I look forward to seeing it if it does come out by Christmas.

flutinggnee
10-16-2011, 07:54 AM
Looking at the current issue of "Wood and Steel:" Taylor has brought on Andy Powers as designer for Taylor. His web page, andypowersinstruments.com , says that he built ukuleles. In the article, he indicates he may be working on something for Taylor: "As many of you are surely wondering based on his background [building ukuleles], he's been developing some ukulele prototypes, including a tenor uke that Bob Taylor has a hard time putting down. He also recently made a beautiful Taylor uke for Taylor Swift that she loves and has been playing live on tour." p. 19

Interesting!

Dan Uke
10-16-2011, 08:19 AM
For all those crossovers from guitar, I'm sure most of us purchased or wanted a Taylor guitar and had no problem paying the price. I have a feeling they will sell alot as ukes are cheaper than guitar.

It's no good for the manufacturers as they put in almost the same amount of work but can't ask as much. However, they realize the popularity of ukes and are looking for ways to diversify and make money

CedarCreek
10-16-2011, 08:42 PM
I have a Taylor Baby BT2 which is a short-scale travel guitar of innovative design with an arched back and solid mahogany top. Very lively and responsive instrument. Take an inch off here and there, remove some bracing, and you'd have a great baritone. These are nicely manufactured in Mexico at a modern factory that's only a couple hundred miles from the main Taylor facility in California.

PoiDog
10-17-2011, 06:09 AM
Miss Swift looks pretty awkward playing that uke. I guess she's used to having the large body of a guitar under her arm.

And I thought I had some difficulty getting used to holding one! That just looked ... well ... uncomfortable. But then, if it works for her, that's all that matters.