Where are Taylor Guitars Made?

There is something about a Taylor guitar that just makes you want to pick it up and play. From the moment you touch one, you can feel the class and workmanship that has been put into making each one. So where are Taylor guitars made?

Taylor has long been known as one of America’s finest guitar makers. You might also be surprised to learn that they don’t manufacture any guitars in Asia. There is a common misconception, many people assume that Taylor guitars are made in Asia. But the truth is, the company has never had a single production facility set up there.

There are two different factories where Taylor guitars are made, one in El Cajon, California, USA, and the other in Tecate, Mexico. The distance between them is approximately 40 miles each way.

where are taylor guitars made

El Cajon, California, USA Factory

Nestled in the hills of southern California, the El Cajon factory is where some of the world’s finest acoustic guitars are made. These guitars are made with great care and attention to detail, from the selection of wood to the final varnish.

The factory takes great care in choosing the right materials for each guitar so that each one is perfect for the customer. The tour of the factory is worth taking to see the state-of-the-art research and development department, where new ideas are constantly being explored.

Tecate, Mexico Factory

Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug founded their company in 1985 with the intention of keeping all operations under one roof to increase efficiency. But as their ability to design and make guitars increased, a second factory was necessary.

In order to keep costs down, Taylor guitars opened a factory in Tecate. This location allows for lower labor and material prices while still producing models that can be more affordable than ever before. 

These affordable-priced guitars have a solid wood top, layered back and sides, and feature ES2 electronics.

Models Manufactured in USA Factory

Taylor 562ce

The Taylor 562ce is a 12-string guitar that will allow you to experiment with new sounds. This guitar’s top and back are made of solid mahogany, which gives it a perfect balance of midrange response and natural compression.

Whether you’re playing loudly or softly, this guitar produces a clear, rich tone. With its V-Class bracing system underneath the hood, this guitar produces more volume and sustain while maintaining its natural tonal qualities.

The Grand Concert body provides optimal support and stability, making it perfect for both sitting and standing positions. The dusky finish of the 562ce guitar is offset by its elegant Medium Brown stain, creating a unique and detailed look.

Taylor Builder’s Edition 324ce

taylor 324ce

The new 324ce guitar from Taylor is the perfect mix of playability and comfort, with a rich tone that can only be found in these fine instruments. The Urban Ash body of the Taylor Builder’s Edition 324ce provides an amazing sound that can only be achieved from these instruments. This wood originates from Shamel ash trees that need to be removed for public safety.

The Silent Satin finish reduces noise from hitting the surface during the performance. The beveled armrests on the 324ce make it more comfortable for players to access the higher frets.

Taylor Acoustic 712e 12-Fret

Without any worry of cutting away parts or compromising tone, the easy-going feel of this guitar is perfect for any player to enjoy their music. It gives a classic look, while the 12-fret design brings your hands closer together for ultimate comfort. If you play finger style and like low action, this Taylor guitar will be an excellent choice for you.

The back side of the guitar features Indian rosewood and the front is made of Lutz spruce, giving the instrument its unique springy tone. You’ll be able to deliver articulate sounds with rich low-end resonance due to the combination of these two kinds of wood.

If you’re looking for an acoustic guitar that has shimmering treble, this model is a perfect addition to your collection.

Its V-class bracing is a new innovation that Taylor Guitars has come out with, and it offers players more power and sustain when playing. The shifted bridge position on this guitar also helps add some extra midrange presence, making the sound come alive down the neck.

Models Manufactured in Mexico Factory

Taylor Academy 12e-N

The 12e-N has an excellent tonality that makes it a great choice for beginners looking to get started with the classics. It’s also effortless to play, which is another reason why it’s suitable for newcomers in the guitar industry.

It lies under the Academy Series, which is designed to give new players the best possible first experiences with playing the guitar.

Not only that, but it features a grand concert body shape with nylon string which makes it easy on the fingers, making it an ideal choice for those looking to switch from steel-string acoustic guitars.

These Taylor guitars have an ES-B digital chromatic tuner that is helpful in keeping the instrument in tune with a low end that can’t be tamed.

GS Mini-e Koa

Taylor GS Mini Koa

The Taylor GS Mini-e Koa guitar’s vibrant color scheme is sure to make you stand out in any crowd. With its reduced scale model, this guitar brings the sounds and looks of koa to life. The Mini’s rich and bold sound is perfect for musicians who want to take their music with them and play it wherever they go.

With its size compared to other guitars on the market today, this model will have you sounding like an expert before long. It has an ES-B pickup which comprises an electronics system with a digital tuner that is easy to read on an LED screen and comes with an amplified tone.

USA Vs Mexican Made Taylor Guitars

While Taylor goes above and beyond to make sure that all of their guitars are quality instruments, there are some differences between the US and Mexican-made models available.

Tonewood 

While both factories use the same high-quality tonewoods, the USA-made models use solid wood throughout, while the Mexican guitars have laminated or layered back and sides. This results in a better sound with solid wood, which also ages over time.

Laminated wood is also good, but doesn’t have the same sound as a guitar made with solid tonewoods.

Construction and Design

Another difference between the guitars made by each factory is some design and construction options. The USA factory offers a few body shapes that are exclusive to the models made here. These are the Grand Symphony and Pacific models that are redesigned and part of the Taylor USA vision of guitars.

Another benefit to the USA models is the use of V-class bracing, which provides a more focused and tunable system. This allows Taylor to properly tune their guitars based on the wood choices as well as the body shapes of each model. 

Here is a video that goes into more detail about their V-class bracing.

Hardware and Finishes

Another difference between the US and Mexican-made guitars are the hardware and finishes. The USA-made guitars feature nicer finishes, better hardware like tuners and nut material, as well as inlays and aesthetic details.

Now that is not to say that the Mexican-made Taylor’s are lacking in these areas, it just means the USA guitars are simply that much better. The difference however is in the price of the instrument, so better quality parts and finishes are a requirement.

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Conclusion

So, where are Taylor guitars made? Taylor guitars are made in the United States of America and Mexico. The El Cajon, California factory is where their high-end acoustics are made.

The Tecate, Mexico factory makes less expensive guitars for beginner and intermediate players. The company employs around 1,200 people and produces hundreds of guitars per day at their U.S. and Mexican facilities.

In the end, both factories produce high-quality guitars that a-re beloved by professionals and amateurs alike. While there may be some difference in tone based on location, the fact remains that Taylor guitars are synonymous with quality and craftsmanship.

If you’re exploring a guitar that will last a lifetime, a Taylor is definitely a worthy brand to consider.

FAQs

Which Taylor Guitars are American made?

American-made Taylor guitars have an upward range of series from 300s.

Where is Taylor 214ce made?

The 214ce Plus is made at Taylor’s Tecate, Mexico factory, which is produced alongside 200 series models.

What type of wood are Taylor guitars made from?

Taylor guitars are made from a variety of woods, including layered Sapele, rosewood, walnut, and koa.

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Don East

My name is Don East, I'm the editor for Killer Rig. I've been playing guitar for over 20 years and have designed and manufactured products like guitar amps, effects pedals, and more. Over the years I have played in many bands and have a deep love for quality gear. I am an electrical engineer and have a passion for music gear, and now want to share what I know with the community!