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PedalFreak
12-11-2012, 06:25 AM
My shop just got these in. Thought everyone would like to see these. I actually like these better than the koa ones they did at the beginning of the year! They come with a nice hardshell case this time.

If I get some time later I'll make a video or make an audio clip!

http://i1156.photobucket.com/albums/p571/aaronhwarren/taylorukeset.jpg

http://i1156.photobucket.com/albums/p571/aaronhwarren/taylorukes.jpg

http://i1156.photobucket.com/albums/p571/aaronhwarren/taylorukecase.jpg

caukulele
12-11-2012, 06:32 AM
They look lovely! Are they always sold as unit (guitar and uke together)? I know it is completely out of my price range, but they are very beautiful!

PedalFreak
12-11-2012, 07:01 AM
They look lovely! Are they always sold as unit (guitar and uke together)? I know it is completely out of my price range, but they are very beautiful!

Yeah they are: $7998 for the set.

chrimess
12-11-2012, 12:09 PM
would that be your guys' final price?

Yeah they are: $7998 for the set.

Steedy
12-11-2012, 12:49 PM
Oh man, I love that triple uke shot! :)

frets alot
12-11-2012, 01:46 PM
I am a Taylor Girl. I saw this set when it was first introduced by Taylor. Wish funds were unlimited..they are beautiful.

OldePhart
12-11-2012, 02:52 PM
I am a Taylor Girl. I saw this set when it was first introduced by Taylor. Wish funds were unlimited..they are beautiful.

I'm a Taylor guy...but I'm not sure I could bring myself to spend that much for the set even if I had it to spend. Maybe if I hit one of those big Powerball lotteries...

Of course, ten years or so ago I went down to my local Taylor dealer with a pocket full of money fully intending to get one of the Taylor high-end guitars. After I played everything he had (and this guy carries almost everything Taylor makes) I came home with a 312-CE. None of the more expensive guitars played or sounded any better, and I just couldn't bring myself to spend a boatload on bling.

John

frets alot
12-12-2012, 01:57 AM
I'm a Taylor guy...but I'm not sure I could bring myself to spend that much for the set even if I had it to spend. Maybe if I hit one of those big Powerball lotteries...

Of course, ten years or so ago I went down to my local Taylor dealer with a pocket full of money fully intending to get one of the Taylor high-end guitars. After I played everything he had (and this guy carries almost everything Taylor makes) I came home with a 312-CE. None of the more expensive guitars played or sounded any better, and I just couldn't bring myself to spend a boatload on bling.

John
John, I agree that is alot to spend on bling. I love my 414 and even my GS Mini. Still the great Taylor sound without the bells and whistles. That's what makes Taylor great. But, all I was saying is if money wasn't an issue, that set is beautiful in my eyes. I'm way to conservative to own it. I'm much too practical. I do love my Taylors.

Rick Turner
12-12-2012, 07:21 AM
So is that a $6,000.00 guitar and a $2,000.00 uke, both in mahogany? Or a $5,500.00 guitar and a $2,500.00 uke?

I'm not charging enough...back to the spread sheets...

Beau Hannam Ukuleles
12-12-2012, 07:35 AM
I like that one tone burst on mahogany.

Aesthetically, I think the waist should have been tightened though.

PedalFreak
12-12-2012, 02:19 PM
So is that a $6,000.00 guitar and a $2,000.00 uke, both in mahogany? Or a $5,500.00 guitar and a $2,500.00 uke?

I'm not charging enough...back to the spread sheets...

$5498 Guitar, $2500 Ukulele.

Not a bad price for the uke, as Andy Power's ukes usually start at $3000! And Andy and his team at Taylor are the ones that build these ukes.

OldePhart
12-12-2012, 02:49 PM
I like that one tone burst on mahogany.

Aesthetically, I think the waist should have been tightened though.

That's what my wife keeps telling me...oh, you meant the uke! :biglaugh:

decaturcomp
12-12-2012, 05:36 PM
So this is the second run or a third?
I was talking to a Taylor rep about these lately and he indicated that they wouldn't do a uke as a stand alone, which didn't surprise me but a guy can dream, right?

blue_knight_usa
12-12-2012, 07:01 PM
So is that a $6,000.00 guitar and a $2,000.00 uke, both in mahogany? Or a $5,500.00 guitar and a $2,500.00 uke?

I'm not charging enough...back to the spread sheets...

It's a $1500.00 guitar, $1000.00 ukulele and $5500.00 of marketing and overhead for each set.

Thus, you're way ahead of Taylor!

mm stan
12-12-2012, 08:53 PM
So is that a $6,000.00 guitar and a $2,000.00 uke, both in mahogany? Or a $5,500.00 guitar and a $2,500.00 uke?

I'm not charging enough...back to the spread sheets...

Aloha Ricky,
Ha Ha.....You know Taylor has always has always overpriced their instruments....way too expensive for my blood.....but I really want a uke from you Before You raise your prices..
Do I get first cousin prices....please....Stan

mm stan
12-12-2012, 08:55 PM
You know how long can they build limited edition sets and still maintain the same high prices when they are more going around now??? sheesh
just not geared for my budget I guess....shoots

Stevelele
12-13-2012, 04:53 AM
I think they really should've done something to make this uke stand out more, like some kind of inlay. Otherwise when they start making a production uke (if they do) it might look just the same

PedalFreak
12-13-2012, 10:44 AM
I think they really should've done something to make this uke stand out more, like some kind of inlay. Otherwise when they start making a production uke (if they do) it might look just the same

Everything that I've heard about the "production ukes" is that there would be 3 levels of them: standard, deluxe & premium. The burst and the ivroid inlays are really cool on these in person. I doubt the standard version would be as cool as this one. But I'm looking forward to the production runs, I'd like to think the standard would be a satin finish mahogany. All of there satin finished guitars really ring nice IMO.

frets alot
12-13-2012, 11:20 AM
Everything that I've heard about the "production ukes" is that there would be 3 levels of them: standard, deluxe & premium. The burst and the ivroid inlays are really cool on these in person. I doubt the standard version would be as cool as this one. But I'm looking forward to the production runs, I'd like to think the standard would be a satin finish mahogany. All of there satin finished guitars really ring nice IMO.

So, is Taylor planning to produce just ukes (not part of a set)?

PedalFreak
12-14-2012, 09:12 AM
So, is Taylor planning to produce just ukes (not part of a set)?

Eventually is the plan I've heard. But they haven't given any hints as to when that would be. But from the sounds of it they will be factory made, not hand made like these Builders Reserve are.

Skinny Money McGee
12-14-2012, 11:51 AM
Eventually is the plan I've heard. But they haven't given any hints as to when that would be. But from the sounds of it they will be factory made, not hand made like these Builders Reserve are.

Just curious, what defines a factory made uke vs a hand made uke, other than a CNC'd neck? **Envisioning robotic arms cutting and gluing**:eek:

PedalFreak
12-15-2012, 01:20 PM
Just curious, what defines a factory made uke vs a hand made uke, other than a CNC'd neck? **Envisioning robotic arms cutting and gluing**:eek:

It's pretty cool, the Taylor factory. They use laser cutting machines for the tops, backs, sides. Braces are premade, not sure if it's by CNC or not. Then a human assembles them. That's the factory. The ukes are made by a team that Andy Powers put together at the factory. They hand shape the braces, and a lot of other work by hand instead of the machines.