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LET FREEDOM ROCK: TAYLOR GUITARS and JASON MRAZ

October 14, 2008
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About the Taylor Liberty Tree Guitar

 


The beginning of the Liberty Tree T5 – from the collectible Builder’s Reserve series –dates back to the Revolutionary War. Patriots chose trees in each of the colonies to hold secret rally meetings to drum up support for freedom from the rule of England and individual liberty. The last standing “Liberty Tree,” an enormous tulip poplar in Annapolis, Maryland, succumbed to natural forces in 1999. The wood was nearly lost forever until one smart contractor salvaged the lumber from its destiny as mulch or pencil sets. Bob Taylor, owner of Taylor Guitars and long-time American History buff, bought the wood and manufactured 400 Taylor Liberty Tree limited edition acoustic guitars. These collectors’ items sold out in record time. Unlucky music aficionados lamented the lost chance to own a piece of American and music history.
Two facts saved the day. The leftover pieces were suitable for the back of a guitar, but no sides remained. But Taylor could not bring himself to throw away the tiny bit of remaining wood and chose to store it just in case. Then, in 2005, Taylor introduced the highly acclaimed T5, a hollow body electric/acoustic hybrid guitar that’s built from a body of sapele and a top of spruce, maple or other hardwood, in this case, the Liberty Tree Tulip Poplar. “Then it came to me that we have just enough Liberty Tree wood left to make a very limited number of T5s – 50 to be exact.” said Taylor. “Fifty guitars for 50 states -- how fitting a tribute to American history is that?”

Each Liberty Tree T5 is individually identified by the name of a state, with a corresponding serial number to designate the order in which the state entered the Union. The guitar’s design retains some key elements from the original Liberty Tree Guitar: a stylized, hand-inlaid Revolutionary period battle banner drapes its shoulder; a post-Revolution American flag is
unfurled on the peghead; mother-of-pearl star inlays decorate the fretboard and battle banner; additional Liberty Tree wood makes a decorative “backstrap” on the headstock, and a laser-cut Liberty Tree shape that is inlaid on the maple back panel, with the word "Liberty" etched in elegant lasered script just beneath it. The vintage-style “Gotoh” tuners and other hardware sport an antique gold finish, and each Liberty Tree T5 will come in a custom case. Suggested list price is $10,000.     

About Taylor Guitars
Founded in 1974, San Diego-based Taylor Guitars has grown from a small venture between co-founders Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug into the world’s leading manufacturer of high-end acoustic and electric guitars. Taylor has distinguished itself as an innovative force in the guitar industry by blending a pioneering use of modern tools and technology with a master craftsman’s attention to detail, resulting in guitars that are widely considered among the best-sounding and easiest to play in the world. Many of today’s most popular musicians play Taylors, including Dave Matthews, Prince, Mick Jagger, Taylor Swift, the Goo Goo Dolls and Sarah McLachlan. Visit the company online at www.taylorguitars.com.
 
Builder’s Reserve
The first Builder's Reserve guitars were a small batch of Bastogne walnut SolidBody guitars released in January 2008. Each Builder's Reserve guitar comes with a custom photo book signed by Bob Taylor that documents the build process, history and origin of the special woods used for that particular guitar.

About Jason Mraz
Like the Taylor Liberty Tree Guitar, singer-songwriter Jason Mraz is an American original. His new hit single, "I'm Yours," was a fan favorite even before it was officially released on his new album "We Sing. We Dance. We Steal." Written in 2004 while working on his "Mr. A-Z" album, a demo of the song leaked to the public and instantly found a place in the hearts of fans around the world, many who recorded their own covers on YouTube. The song was Jason's first Billboard Top 100 hit--the song placed #10 on the list--and his international fans can be treated to live versions as he continues his current world tour.

Born in Virginia, Jason gained a loyal following while performing his Thursday night gigs at Java Joe's coffeehouse in San Diego's Ocean Beach. His major-label debut, "Waiting for My Rocket to Come," was a smash success with such hits as "Remedy (I Won't Worry)," "You & I Both" and "Curbside Prophet." With new widespread exposure, Jason's music won fans and critical acclaim for the clever wordplay of his lyrics combined with infectious pop melodies. He followed up with the critically hailed album "Mr. A-Z," which includes the hit single "Wordplay," and his song "One Love" was featured in a Gap commercial.

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