Taylor Introduces Ultra-Limited 9-String 35th Anniversary Model
(ShackMan | Posted 2009-09-13)
EL CAJON, Calif. - September 10, 2009 - According to Taylor guitars, "You asked for it," and that's exactly the approach they're taking with the new run of 35th Anniversary Models. Taylor is putting together a new set of instruments that guitar players have requested through the years that are each a first-of-its-kind for the company, and the latest unveiling is Taylor's 9-string beauty.
Notice it isn't nine separate strings but rather two bass strings, the D and G doubled an octave apart, a doubled B string, and a high E. It's got 12-string jangle with 6-string playability, merely embellishing the sound with three additional strings for shimmery midrange sparkle. Don't see what I mean? Let me zoom in for you...
For a long time, Nashville players have worked in custom 9-string axes to their quiver of recording instruments to add some midrange sparkle without oversaturating the mix. The undoubled low strings are perfect for adding a walking bassline to the chords as well, making this one of the most versatile guitars I've ever seen.
The XXXV-9 features a GS body shape with Tropical mahogany back and sides, a Sitka spruce top, and Taylor's Standard II soundboard bracing. Other appointments include a three-ring abalone rosette, a "35" anniversary logo between the 11th and 12th frets, and the company's Expression SystemŪ pickup, for high-fidelity plugged-in playing. Chrome mini tuners and buttons grace the rosewood peghead veneer, along with a mother-of-pearl peghead "Taylor" inlay.
Taylor is serious about these guitars too. The XXXV-9 comes ready to play with ElixirŪ strings and in a hardshell Taylor case, and includes a certificate of authenticity signed by Taylor Guitars co-founders Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug. The XXXV-9 will be produced in an initial run of (appropriately) only 35 guitars and offered at a suggested retail price of $4998; expect to pay in the ballpark of $4,000-$4,500 for the model in stores. All 35th Anniversary models, including those yet-to-be announced, are expected to be available in North America in early fall and internationally late Winter.
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